Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute 

It Begins with Me

Eventbrite - Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute

The Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute brings together early childhood professionals from across the state for a unique professional development opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with others. Please join us for our 2018 Fall Institute, It Begins with Me. 


October 5-6, 2018
Pre-Institute Workshops: October 4, 2018


Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
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Registration Information
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Eventbrite - Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute



Friday Keynote

Dr. Adolph Brown, III
The Whole Learner Deserves The Whole Educator

Dr. Adolph Brown, III is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker. He is a teacher at heart, and is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings. Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while simultaneously reducing implicit bias at every turn. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in the inner city housing projects and spending summers in farming country with his grandfather.
      As a Master Teacher, Dr. Brown shines in the classroom and in research. He is in the top 1% of world-class scholar teachers based on peer-reviews, nominations, teaching performance, teaching awards, published evaluations and ratings from American’s best schools, colleges and universities. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational speakers in America. Dr. Adolph Brown is one of the world’s foremost attitude experts, personal development coaches and humorists.

Dr. Brown is the author of acclaimed books, including the international best seller, Two Backpacks. Other best sellers authored by Dr. Brown include Championship Habits and Real Talk. He is also the co-author with his third grade teacher of a children’s book, It’s Gonna Be A Great Day! for youth. His teachings have withstood the test of time with audiences all over the world and he is still extremely passionate and committed to helping others “Learn, Laugh & Lead’ in all walks of life while spreading “Love, Light and Insight” wherever he goes.

Saturday Keynote

Marie Masterson
Making Each Moment Count: Building Your Legacy of Influence

Marie L. Masterson, PhD, is Director of Quality Assessment at McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, where she oversees evaluation for Illinois’ quality rating and improvement system. Marie is an educational consultant to state departments of education, schools, childcare centers, and social service and parenting organizations. She is a national speaker, child behavior expert, researcher, and author of multiple books and articles that address behavior guidance, early care and education, parenting, and high-quality teaching. Marie conducts training on a variety of topics, including behavior guidance, raising responsible children, high-quality family child care practices, program leadership, media influences on children, resilience, and the social-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children. She advocates for strength-based practices that foster resilience, especially for children who have experienced trauma and stress. She is a former Fulbright Specialist, professor of early childhood education, and early childhood specialist for the Virginia Department of Education.




Pre-Institute Workshops - Thursday, October 4


A {R}evolutionary Approach to Inclusion
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education
Exploring the Big Ideas of Early Math
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education
Business and Financial Fundamentals for Child Care
Sponsored by First Children's Finance
Every Child, Every Day: What is the Planned Language Approach?
Sponsored by the Iowa Head Start Association
The Director’s Toolbox: A Management Series for Early Childhood Administrators, Session One
Presented by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership | Sponsored by United Way Women’s
Leadership Connection

Cost for The Director's Toolbox: $125.00. This includes training materials for the series. Participants must be willing to commit to the entire series which will take place during FY19.

We thank the 12 early childhood organizations who agreed to partner with Iowa AEYC for this year's Institute and for their on-going efforts on behalf of young children and their families.


Partners - Level One
Partners - Level Two
Thank you to our 2018 Corporate Sponsors for their generous support of the Fall Institute.

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