Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Early Learning Fall Institute will be a virtual event. Our goal is to provide high-quality education and professional development while keeping everyone safe. 
The Iowa Early Learning Fall Instiute brings together early childhood professionals from across the state for a unique professional development opportunity. We invite you to join us as we network, share, and learn together, virtually!
We hope you make the most of your virtual Institute experience; stay engaged, ask questions, network with each other, make new friends, reconnect after the Institute, and gear up for another year by turning your learning into action. 
Building Brighter Futures
Early childhood educators provide learning opportunities beginning at birth and play a crucial role in building a child’s brain, and provide a foundation for children’s academic success, health, and general well-being - “Building Brighter Futures” every day.
Click here to view our Virtual Fall Institute Program!
October 1-3, 2020
Thursday - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm || Friday - 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm || Saturday - 8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Pre-Institute Workshops:
September 28 | 10am - 12pm, September 30 | 10am - 12pm, October 1 |10am - 12pm
Registration Booklet: Click HERE for additional details. View pages 9-15 to make your workshop selections.
Registration Deadline: September 23 at 5:00 pm
Cancellation Policy: 

If you must cancel, refunds can be made if cancellation notice is received by September 24, 2020 by 5:00 pm. After September 24, 2020, absolutely no refunds can be given and all registered attendees must pay registration fees.

DHS Training Credit:

Up to 8.5 hours of training credit is available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the Institute:

Thursday Keynote - 1 hour 
Friday - 3 hours available
Saturday - 4.5 hours available

All keynote, pre-institute, and workshop sessions will take place live online via Zoom. Attendees will select the sessions they will attend during registration. Zoom links to join the sessions will be sent via email prior to the Institute. 

There will be a select variety of workshop sessions offered on-demand following the Institute. Separate registration information will be released after the Institute for on-demand workshops. The first 600 registrants will receive a printed copy of the program.


Virtual Fall Institute Schedule

Keynote Speaker - Ron Mohl

Ron Mohl holds a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and brings over 20 years of experience in the education industry to his position of Lead Educational Presenter for Lakeshore Learning Materials. Ron is a CLASS- certified classroom observer for both toddler and pre-k classrooms. Ron has also studied at the Environmental Rating Scale Institute for ECERS-3 and ITERS. In this role, Ron has collaborated
with school districts to enrich their scope of instruction and summer programs—as well as public and private institutions—to provide professional development related to curriculum, including The Creative Curriculum® and HighScope.

Ron’s experience with Head Start programs spans across the country with keynotes in state, regional and national conferences. Ron has also contributed educational strategies to military child development centers around the world, including London, Italy, South Korea and Japan.
By focusing on the importance of play in the learning process, Ron’s interactive trainings help educators enrich curricula that relate to being a partner in play through authentic experiences with children. Ron instills the need for creating a learning environment of mutual respect, and finds inspiration in a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.”
Keynote Address - Celebrating Teamwork

During this fun interactive session, we will explore the successful collaboration of the Power of Purpose, Teamwork, and Persistence. Working from the inside out, we will identify these building blocks and discuss strategies that can be used to enrich your working environment.

Breakout Session - Being a Partner in Play

What intentional choices can we make with children to support their learning while being a partner in play? We will look at specific strategies that enrich being a partner in play through opportunities for discovery, and actively participating in their play. As responsive partners in play, we will address the growth of the whole child while respecting them and their play.

Registration Rates
* All Friday, Saturday, and Both Day ticket options include access to the Thursday evening keynote session.
License Renewal and Graduate Credit Option
Northwestern College is offering one license renewal credit or one graduate credit to licensed teachers who attend the Fall Institute and complete required follow up activities. For additional information, view page 17 of our registration booklet ahd visit www.nwciowa.edu/iaeyc to register.
Pre-Institute Workshops
Join us for one of the three pre-institute workshops. Sessions will take place virtually in two hour blocks over three days: September 28, 30, and October 1 all from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Click here to register.
A) Child Care Grant and Proposal Writing
Sponsored by First Children's Finance
B) How Did That Shadow Get There? Building Upon Children’s Interest in Light and Shadow
Sponsored by University of Northern Iowa
C) Understanding of NAEYC Accreditation Best Practices
Sponsored by the Iowa AEYC
Thank you to the 2020 Sponsors and Level One Partners for their generous support of the Fall Institute!
Thank you to the early childhood organizations that are partnering with Iowa AEYC for the 2020 Fall Institute and for their on-going efforts on behalf of young children and their families.

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