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May 12-July 7 Virtual Grassroots Civics Institute 

Virtual Grassroots Civics Institute Expanding Civic Capacity in our Students and Ourselves to be Effective Agents of Community Change May 12, 2023-July 7, 2023

Join practitioners from the Community Learning Partnership (CLP) for our first Grassroots Civics Institute!

The CLP Network has many years of experience developing educational and career pathway programs that center the voices and agency of historically marginalized students and support them in cultivating the knowledge, tools, and community organizing skills to make a difference in their communities.

Three Institute Tracks:

Track #1 – U.S. Government for All

Track #2 – Pedagogy for Strengthening Civic Capacity Across Disciplines

Track #3 – Institutional Transformation for Civic Capacity: Best Practices for Institutional Change

Dates/Times: All sessions will be held on Fridays from May 12, 2023 through July 07, 2023 at 12PM – 3PM Eastern.

Cost: This institute is offered free of charge, however space is limited and registration is required to attend. Honoraria are available for select participants who complete all sessions in a track and report on the implementation of a new approach or practice.

Registration: You can register for one or more full tracks, or one or more individual sessions. The application for our first Grassroots Civics Institute Opens April 01, 2023 and closes on May 01, 2023.

Register today!

June 1-2 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurs Conference

Thursday, June 1 - Friday, June 2, Veterans and supporters will learn more about navigating entrepreneurship. 

The conference is co-hosted by Home Base IowaAmerica’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. The conference will offer workshops and resources for Veterans and their families who are considering starting a business, wanting to grow an existing business or simply hope to learn and connect. The conference helps participants acquire powerful new skills to achieve new levels of entrepreneurial success. Attendees go away with an all-new community of friends, supporters, and valuable connections. 


Pitch Workshop (included, optional) June 1, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Reception (included, optional) June 1, 2023, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Conference June 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Who should attend: Veterans, military personnel, and their families and business partners
Cost: $30

Register here!

June 1-3 National Council of Instructional Administrators Rising Star Institute

Lincoln, Nebraska

NCIA provides leadership, advocacy, innovation, and professional development for community college instructional administrators across the country. NCIA is hosting the 2nd annual Rising Star Institute from June 1st through 3rd in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference costs $275 for first-time guests.

For those community colleges who are not members of NCIA, the annual membership fee is only $200 for your entire institution. This is a great professional development opportunity for VPs, deans, program directors, academic service directors/coordinators, and faculty leaders. Most importantly, this is an event for anyone wanting to grow in their leadership capacity.

You can find more information about the event here:

June 13 · 8:45am - June 14 · 3pm Teaching for Impact

Training For All Educators Supporting Learners With Disabilities

The purpose of this training is for educators to develop and expand knowledge and skills related to the education of learners with disabilities from birth to age 21. Emphasis will be placed on integrating information into practice across a variety of educational settings. Sessions will include examples of the content in practice as well as suggestions for classroom application. Participants will have the opportunity to share emerging ideas and network with one another.

To view detailed information about the content offered, please visit Sched. #teaching4impact

The two-day training is structured around six main content areas:

Early Childhood - To provide early childhood-specific training to professionals who work with children birth to age five years with disabilities and their families.

Literacy - Build understanding about effective evidence-based practices to increase student achievement and meet the literacy needs of students with disabilities.

Mathematics - Build the capacity of educators across Iowa to meet the mathematics learning needs of students with disabilities.

Positive Learning Environments - Train educators in evidence-based practices to support positive and healthy environments for learners with disabilities.

College and Career Ready - Build capacity of preschool through 12th grade educators to prepare students with disabilities for life beyond high school.

Leadership - Gain understanding about effective, evidence-based leadership practices to promote implementation of MTSS.

School administrators, building leadership teams, Early ACCESS providers and service coordinators, educators and providers from early childhood to high school, AEA professionals and higher education faculty supporting pre-service educators and providers will all benefit from the training.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Area Education Agencies.

Hotel Accommodations

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June 14 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Mental Health in Higher Education Webinar

June 14 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Mental Health in Higher Education Webinar

Format: Online

About the Webinar

The mental health crisis in higher education impacts entire campus communities, and senior leaders are looking for ways to best address it. In this webinar, we will unpack evidence-based practices that support student mental health and the importance of assessment before and after interventions. This discussion will center on evaluation, data, what works, what has little evidence, and what can impact the future of mental health on campus.


July 19-20 CCforIowa Trustee Conference at Kirkwood

Kirkwood Community College 

July 19-20, 2023

Are you excited about this year's conference? We are too! Check out this video previewing what to look forward to: 

2023 Community Colleges for Iowa Trustee Conference at Kirkwood

Join us at Kirkwood this summer to hear from session speakers, tour the campus, attend the awards ceremony, eat delicious food, and enjoy connecting with your fellow trustees. We can’t wait to see you!

Register today!

Attendee Registration 

For those attending the conference sessions, meetings, etc.

Guest Registration

Usually for a spouse, partner, or plus-one who is attending the conference. If you are planning on going to any of the sessions, register as an attendee.


August 2-4: 2023 ACCT Governance Leadership Institute: Fundamentals of Governance

Washington D.C.

This annual program is designed to orient new and experienced community college trustees, presidents, and board staff to their roles and responsibilities, and to foster discussion of current issues and best practices for high-performing boards. Topics include: the work of the board and board operating procedures, parliamentary procedures, the board/CEO relationship, the board's role in advocacy, board ethics, the board's role in accreditation, and more.

For more information and to register:

October 4-6 Iowa Best Summit: Higher Education Mental Health & Wellbeing Track

Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA

This important event will focus on building a community of care for staff and faculty & mental health and well-being in higher education. All university and college staff and faculty in Iowa are invited to attend with programming, workshops, and plenary sessions focused on "Caring for Self While Caring for Others." Registration is free!

More information on speakers, sessions, and registration can be found here.

October 9-12 ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas: Building a Legacy

Earlybird Registration before August 4 (including meals): $1220

Registration after August 4 (including meals): $1420

Earlybird Registration before August 4 (registration only): $875

Registration after August 4 (registration only): $1075

Registration link:!/registrant//Dashboard/

November 2-3 Way Up Conference

For over thirty years, Iowans have hosted and attended The Way Up Conference to support women in higher education institutions as they develop their leadership and administrative expertise. Whether you have knowledge and skills to share or are eager to learn and connect, we hope you plan to attend this year’s The Way Up Conference!

This year, the event will be held November 2-3, 2023 at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown Conference Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Watch for conference registration materials in August: 

November 28-30 CCforIowa Convention and Tradeshow--First Edition: Writing the Next Chapter of Community Colleges

@ Hilton Des Moines Downtown

In 2023, we are hosting the inaugural Community Colleges for Iowa Convention and Tradeshow. The event will be the only statewide professional development conference in Iowa focusing exclusively on community college administrators, staff, and faculty. This event will feature engaging and informative sessions, hands-on opportunities to engage with local partners, networking opportunities, and most importantly, tons of fun! More information to come!

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