Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
2016 Early Care and Education Fall Institute
September 30 and October 1, 2016
Please join us for the Iowa AEYC Early Care and Education Fall Institute. This year's theme is, "Supporting Children in a Changing World." Over 100 workshops have been submitted on topics including STEM, music, reading, guidance, assessment, curriculum, and much more.
Mark your calendar for September 30 and October 1, 2016 for the Early Care and Education Fall Institute. Again this year, the Institute will be held at Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona, IA.
We will welcome over 40 exhibitors this year, adding a number of new vendors based on input from attendees. Discount School Supply has confirmed that they will join us as well as a planned t-shirt exhibitor.
On Thursday, September 29, attendees will have the opportunity to register for one of five pre-conference events:
- Prevent-Teach-Reinforce - Offered by the Iowa Department of Education - PTR-YC is a research-based strategy designed to reduce challenging behaviors of young children in preschool, early education, and child care settings. This model is intended to help young children whose behaviors are serious enough that they interfere with the child's ability to engage in positive relationships, form friendships, play with others, and learn expected skills.
- Child Care Grant and Proposal Writing - Offered by First Children's Finance - Child care center directors, administrators and owners are invited to spend a hands-on day with First Children’s Finance learning new ways to increase your success in writing excellent grant applications and funding requests. This will be an interactive approach to achieving powerful and compelling written communications for a very important audience—your partners, stakeholders and funders. This 6-hour workshop is designed for all levels, from beginners to those who would like to take a fresh look at the long standing tradition of the philanthropic proposal process. Come with ideas of what your program needs; and let First Children’s Finance’s experienced staff assist you in developing your ideas and drafting a fresh new proposal. Plan to leave this seminar loaded with tips and tools on how to help your ideas become a reality.
- The Great Iowa Out Door Road Trip: Considering Safety and Quality Outdoor Enviornments - Offered by the National Program for Playground Safety/University of Northern Iowa - This training puts theory to practice, combining three hours of face-to-face training with a three hour outdoor environments tour. The face-to-face training will consider the multiple aspects of a safe, inclusive, and high quality early childhood outdoor environment. This time will reflect on the vital role the outdoor environment has to children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development while also considering how a program can assure they are aligned to best practice and standards in their outdoor space.
- Teaching Intentionally in the Interest Areas (offered by Teaching Strategies) - Teachers learn to be purposeful as they create an environment and interact with children in the interest areas and outdoors. In addition to planning the physical spaces, teachers learn strategies for interacting with children in ways that support their development and learning related to the curricular objectives while encouraging children’s explorations and creativity.
- Enhancing Leadership Skills and Directing with Vision and Clarity (offered by United Way of Central Iowa) - In this interactive workshop, educators will learn how to develop and strengthen key skills for supervision and powerful leadership. Topics such as observation, giving constructive feedback, developing individualized professional development plans, and conducting effective staff meetings will be covered in this rewarding course. We will help re-energize you and help you shift to a more positive and inspiring way of managing your program. Upon completion of this workshop, you will return to your program with new ideas and strategies for deeply connecting your vision and core values with the teachers, children, and families in your program.
New Group Registration and Check-in Options
Registration materials will be available this summer. Based on feedback from attendees, we will offer a new option this year for those registering as a group. If you complete the group registration form and are paying with one single form of payment, you may elect to take the "group check-in" option. We will bundle all of your organization's materials together and a special check-in line will be available for one person from your organizationto pick up all of your Institute materials together (program, nametags). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen Teel, 515.331.8000, ext. 12.
Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
ECI Professional Development Training Summit
Spring Leadership Institute 2016
May 7, 2016
Dr. Douglas H. Clements is the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor at the University of Denver. Previously a kindergarten teacher and a preschool teacher, he has conducted research and published widely in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education.
Over 200 leaders and AEYC members, including teachers, administrators, college faculty and consultants, joined Dr. Doug Clements for six hours of inspiration, promoting on STEM in Iowa’s early childhood systems. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds welcomed participants and emphasized the importance of starting STEM education in the early years.