Spring Leadership Institute 2019 | May 4, 2019

Better Together, for Our Future

Thank you for joining the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children on May 4, 2019 for our Spring Leadership Institute, Better Together, for Our Future.


Understanding cultural differences and building an inclusive organization isn’t just a skill for global businesses. Educators with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to value the diversity among colleagues will contribute to an educational system designed to serve all families and students well.

Iowa AEYC, as part of the work with the national office, NAEYC, has been holding conversations about what it takes to be a High Performing Inclusive Organization (HPIO).

An inclusive organization values the individual and group differences within its workforce. Inclusive organizations not only have diverse individuals involved, they are learning centered organizations that value the perspectives and contributions of all. Cultural competence and inclusive practices enable a company to embrace the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of the employees, which in turn, increases their talent, innovation, creativity and contributions. Diverse and inclusive workplaces are more innovative, efficient, productive and successful.

When leaders focus on building cultural competence they also build better rapport. In inclusive competent organizations people feel valued, there is better workplace communication, and higher job satisfaction.

Keynote Speakers Ashley Hopkins (left) and Jesse Thomas (right).