Athens State University RIC

October 2019

Message From the In-Service Center

As we enter the month of October, many school districts are preparing for a fall break. I hope that you will find that time to be refreshing as you get ready for the next nine weeks.

In the September newsletter, I mentioned that we would be sending out a survey to determine our districts' professional learning needs. I would like to ask you to take the time to complete a short "Needs Assessment Survey" for our center. This data will be used to ensure that the professional development that we offer aligns with what our districts need.

If I can ever be of any help to you, your school, or school district, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Office Phone Number: 256-233-6574

Have a great day!


Spotlight on Blount County Schools

Blount County Schools is comprised of 16 schools, including a Career Technical Center and a Learning Center. Nestled in a county that is home to some of the most beautiful covered bridges, these schools have a strong support base within their community, with the help of the Blount County Education Foundation, which allows them to provide opportunities for their students that is second to none.

Follow the link below to see some of these great opportunities.

Needs Assessment Survey

We need you! Please help us provide the most effective professional learning opportunities by completing the Region 2 Needs Assessment Survey. It will only take a few minutes, but the information gathered will provide us with some valuable data for our planning purposes. Thank you in advance for your help in this endeavor. Please complete the survey by October 18.

Needs Assessment Survey -

Phonics First - Orton Gillingham Training

The In-Service Center is hosting the following Brainspring Phonics First Orton-Gillingham courses the week of October 28, 2019-November 1, 2019. Registration is handled on the following website: All training will be held at the In-Service Center in Athens (1115 Highway 31 South, Athens).

Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Training ($1,295 Five days-Oct. 28-Nov. 1)
Kindergarten through 3rd Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class/small group)
4th through 5th Grade general education (Tier 1 small group)
Kindergarten through 5th Grade special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

This comprehensive and highly intensive multisensory training course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham instruction into their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

Phonics First® Primary Orton-Gillingham Training ($1,195 for 3 Days Oct. 28-Oct.30)
Kindergarten through 1st Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class/small group)
Kindergarten through 2nd Grade special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

This course qualifies primary teachers to bring beginning-level Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

Kicking Off the 2019-2020 Region 2 Powerful Conversations Network Sessions

During the month of September, the Athens State University Regional In-Service Center distributed copies of the book All Learning is Social and Emotional to all the registered Region 2 Powerful Conversations Network participants. We are excited to offer this book for the 21 teams of educators across our region. The first Powerful Conversations Network (PCN) meeting is this week, and we can't wait to learn with you this school year.

2019-2020 PCN Meetings

October 3, 2019 - Athens First United Methodist Church-The Beasley Center* (9:00-2:30 PM) *Please note this location change.

December 5, 2019 - Athens State University Ballroom (9:00-2:30 PM)

March 5, 2019 - Athens State University Ballroom (9:00-2:30 PM)

Instructional Rounds TBD**Participating in one Instructional Round is required for a PLU.

Cultivating Literacy Legacies 51st Annual ALA Fall Conference

The 51st Annual Alabama Literacy Association Conference will host k-12 teachers and higher education faculty and students from across the state. This year the conference will focus on literacy pre-k through twelfth grade and the following themes: technology, STEAM, literature, ESOL, digital literacy, reading workshop, writing workshop, balanced literacy.

Steph Harvey, Lynn Dorfman, and Whitney La Rocca are just a few of the amazing speakers who will join us as we explore the science of reading, reading and writing workshop, STEAM, integrating technology into literacy instruction, digital literacy, storytelling, and more! We are excited to have author Matt de la Peña join us as well. To register, submit a proposal, or purchase a vendor table, please visit the website:

Alabama Literacy Association Presents:

Cultivating Literacy Legacies 51st Annual ALA Fall Conference

October 23-24, 2019

Birmingham Marriott at Grandview (Birmingham, AL)

Cost: $165 (Early Bird Registration ends October 11, 2019)

One Day - October 23, 2019 ($90)

One Day - October 24, 2019 ($90)

National Board Certification Monthly Support Meetings

Anyone interesting in pursuing National Board Certification is welcome to attend any of the monthly NBCT support meetings.

Coming up in October, we will be unpacking Component 3. The date for this meeting is Monday, October 21, 2019, from 4:30-7:00 PM.

Teachers are welcome to attend any of the monthly meetings. There are two locations to choose from, Morgan County Educator Resource Center and Cullman City Board of Education. All meetings are free for anyone interested in attending.

Teachers in Lawrence County will soon have an option for National Board Certification Monthly Support Meetings. If you are in Lawrence County and are interested in pursuing your National Board Certification, please contact Patty Maze (see contact info. below).

Below is the link for the list of scheduled monthly meetings for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions about becoming a National Board Teacher, please contact Patty Maze at or 256-233-6574.

29th Annual Conference of Learning Forward Alabama

Social and Emotional Learning: Getting to the "HEART" of Learning (Using Social-Emotional Practices to Impact Student Success)

Date: November 21-22

Location: Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Alabama

Cost: PreRegistration $130 (Postmarked by October 31st)

Registration $150 (Postmarked after October 31st or onsite)

For more information visit

A Registration Form can be found here:

Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics

We still have room for a few more 3rd-5th Grade teachers in this book study. Please contact Patty Maze ( by October 10 if interested in joining this book study. We have two books still available for teachers who might be interested. If you already have this book and want to join in, please let us know. Jessica Kent, 3rd Grade Teacher at Tanner Elementary, is facilitating this group.

2019-2020 Athens State Regional In-Service Center Governing Board Members

Our board members represent all ten school districts within our region, and they serve staggered three-year terms. These representatives serve as liaisons for the school districts and the in-service center.

The 2019-2020 Governing Board Members for the Regional In-Service Center are listed below.

Athens City Schools - Amy Williams

Blount County Schools - Lisa Hargett

Cullman City Schools - Melinda Willingham

Cullman County Schools - Karen Pinion

Decatur City Schools - Rebekah Higgins

Hartselle City Schools - Susan Hayes

Hartselle City Schools - Elisa Harris

Lawrence County Schools - Pam Crumpton

Lawrence County Schools - Patti Terry

Limestone County Schools - Rebecca Martin

Morgan County Schools - Dr. Cherie Humphries

Oneonta City Schools - Mallory Lamb

School Board Member - Mr. James Lucas

Athens State University Faculty - Dr. Sara Cline

Athens State University Faculty - Dr. Johnnie Lundin

ALSDE Staff - Cyndi Townley