Video Courses

Build My Brain

IACET Accredited
0.2 CEUs 1.5 Training Hours

A child’s brain is born ready to learn and grow. We all have a role to play in making reading a reality for every child. See how you can make every moment an opportunity to build children’s language and literacy skills.

100% Free
Time to complete
1.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Infant/Toddler educators

  • Preschool/Pre-K educators
  • Nonprofit Staff and Volunteers
  • Policy makers

  • Social service professionals who work with young children

By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  •  Describe how brain development unfolds and how early experiences affect this process
  • Explain how interactions between adults and children form and strengthen neural connections
  • Understand how toxic stress responses can negatively impact a child’s ability to learn 
Why It Matters
  • All of us play an important role in constructing children’s brains or supporting those who do so directly

  • The early years are critical years

  • Supporting families, teachers, caregivers and all who work with young children is important for children’s well-being and for the future of our communities.

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    BMB Lesson 1: Let's Build a Brain Together

     Duration 23  minutes
    In this lesson you will learn how brain development unfolds and how early experiences play a major role in this development. You will see how brains are built one word and one hug at a time and how all of us play a role in building the nurturing ecosystem children need to thrive.
  2. Lesson 2

    BMB Lesson 2: The Secret to Strong Brain Architecture

     Duration 32  minutes
    In this lesson you will see how there’s a lot more to the daily interactions adults have with children. Serve and return, or back and forth interactions between adults and children form and strengthen the neural connections that build a foundation for all future learning and behavior.
  3. Lesson 3

    BMB Lesson 3: Toxic Stress Derails Brain Development

     Duration 39  minutes
    Healthy brain development can be derailed when a child experiences conditions that trigger the stress response too frequently and/or for long periods. In this lesson you will learn how the toxic stress response can have damaging effects on learning, health, and behavior and most importantly, how a responsive caregiver can act as a buffer.
  4. Lesson 4

    BMB Lesson 4: End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end of course assessment and post course survey. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Shaquita Gates
Rollins Center Facilitator
Shaquita is a facilitator at the Rollins Center. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "I love the Cox Campus courses because I am able to log on at my convenience and learn a little more information to help me be a better teacher/caregiver and even a better parent."
    Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.