Athens State In-Service Center

December 2019

Christmas is near!

We have many exciting professional learning opportunities taking place in January. Be sure to check them out and register for them as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities or resources, please let us know. You can contact Patty Maze ( or Holly Wood ( with your questions.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Athens State In-Service Center Staff

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Writing PD Opportunity

Smart Writing™ Across the Curriculum:

A Compliment to Your Writer’s Workshop

The demand required of a student’s reading and writing skills in response to a

Text Dependent Writing Prompt is similar to the demand required for a student to be

college career ready!

Who should attend: Principals, Curriculum Specialists, Literacy Specialists, & Teachers of Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies

Dates: January 14th- 3rd- 5th Grade Teachers

January 15th- 6th-8th Grade Teachers

Time: 8:00am-3:30pm

Location: TBD based on number of participants

Register Here:

You are invited to join April DeCesare, International Speaker, Principal, Curriculum Director and former Florida’s Teacher of the Year, for a one day workshop packed with practical strategies and easy to use tips for Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum! Each research based strategy is aligned with the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program, the Alabama State & Content Area Standards, and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels. This workshop is designed to meet the five key components of effective reading instruction and allow for differentiation and modification of content and materials to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Come and discover how to create a language-rich classroom environment with ample time for writing and reading practice! Participants will learn how to create common academic vocabulary, administer writing conferences, utilize formative assessments, keep students engaged, and boost students’ confidence with writing. Based on best practices and research, these Smart Writing™ Strategies will empower K-8 readers and writers to reach their full potential!

Practical Trauma-Responsive Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for the Classroom

Dr. Greg Benner, University of Alabama

O’Sullivan Professor of Special Education, Implementation Science

Is disruptive, disrespectful, or off-task behavior detracting from engagement in your classroom? Are you feeling stress, burnout, or exhaustion due to challenging behavior in your school?

Date: January 30, 2020

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Location: Austin High School Auditorium

Register Here:

The purpose of this presentation is to build your capacity to integrate and infuse trauma-sensitive social and emotional learning strategies in your classroom. You will come away with doable and simple strategies to establish the positive classroom culture you envision and to keep it going all year. Strategies for building youth social and emotional learning competencies while maintaining an engaging classroom learning environment will be demonstrated.

*Sub Reimbursement funds will be offered to the first 50 registered participants.

ACLD PLU Opportunity

Do you need an ACLD PLU before June 1, 2020? The In-Service Center will facilitate an ACLD PLU titled "Leading Schools in Disruptive Times - How to Survive Hyper-Change." Participants will read, discuss, and reflect on this book using the Google Classroom platform. There will be two, short face to face to face meetings (beginning and middle) and virtual discussions. Books will be provided for the first twenty registered participants. Please register for the PLU using the following link:

Start Date: February 2020

End Date: May 2020

PLU Credit: 1.0

IMPACT PD: Dual Language Learner Instruction for PreK Teachers

  • Five engaging Online Professional Development Modules have been created from Dual Language Learner experts around the nation. Pre-K teachers are invited to participate in the third cohort of IMPACT-PD Online PD Module.
  • Participants will develop an expertise in working with DLLs and their families, receive STI-PD credit (50 hours), receive a $300 stipend and may be eligible to receive UAB course credit.
  • Please complete the application through this link by Friday, December 20th:

If you have any questions, contact Julie Paul at or (205)-996-1060.

Census Resources: Statistics in Schools

The U.S. Census Bureau created a free educational program, Statistics in Schools (SIS), for use in every classroom from pre-K through 12th grade. Check out the resources at

North Alabama Networking

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Powerful Conversations Network - North (Meeting #2)

On December 5th, we hosted Powerful Conversations Network Meeting #2 at the Beasley Center in Athens. It was a wonderful time of networking about social and emotional learning. We have some great things happening in our region on this topic, and we are looking forward to the SEL showcase at our next meeting in March. If you are a part of this network, please fill out the link below concerning your team's showcase information

The next PCN North session will take place on Thursday, March 5. We will be at the Beasley Center again.

2019-2020 PCN Meetings

March 5, 2019 - The Beasley Center, First United Methodist Church, Athens (9:00-2:30 PM)

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

NBCT Candidates in Action!

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National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Happenings

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

Earlier this month, all cohorts met in Cullman for a "Writing for National Boards" meeting. Teachers from all ten school districts showed up and spent time learning about the three types of writing for NBCT. We truly have dedicated educators throughout our region who are willing to spend the extra time to improve their practice, and this is just one example.

Upcoming January Meetings

January 11, 2020 - NBCT Component Make-Up Session This training is for anyone who missed any of the monthly meetings on the individual components and would like to get credit for attending so you qualify for the candidate support review during the months of March, April and May. The schedule is as follows: 9:00 AM - Component 2; 10:00 AM - Component 3; 11:00 AM - Component 4. Come for any that you missed, or you can come for all of them to get a refresher. This training will take place at the AMSTI/In-Service Center located at 1115 Hwy 31 South, Athens.

January 27, 2020 - NBCT Q & A/Technology Tips All cohorts (including the Lawrence County Cohort) will meet at the Morgan County Educator Resource Center from 4:30-7:00 PM.

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.

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Announcing the Newest 2019 NBCT Teachers!

Congratulations to the new class of Region 2 2019 NBCT Teachers.

*Daylee Downs - Athens City

Lisa Butler - Blount County

*Jennifer White - Blount County

Kristen Gragg - Cullman City

*Kelly Hayes - Cullman City

*Amber Hembree - Cullman City

*Brent Hill - Cullman City

*Emily Hines - Cullman City

*Salena Mayberry - Cullman City

*Katie McGee - Cullman City

*Fharis Richter - Cullman City

*Jennifer Sparkman - Cullman City

*Danielle Taylor - Cullman City

*Misty Waldrop - Cullman City

*Ginger Hogeland - Cullman County

*Tracey Jones - Cullman County

*Elizabeth Watwood - Cullman County

*Tamala Weaver - Cullman County

Alexis Williams - Cullman County

*Katie Davis - Hartselle City

*Stephanie Roden - Hartselle City

*Ruth Edge - Limestone County

*Jessica Kent - Limestone County

*Courtney Karr - Morgan County

*Lori Knight - Morgan County

*Participated in Region 2 NBCT Support offered by Athens State University Regional In-Service Center.

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Alabama NBCT Conference

Saturday, Jan. 25th 2020 at 8am-3:30pm

5476 Caldwell Mill Road

Birmingham, AL

The Alabama NBCT Network is hosting the 20/20 Catch the Vision Conference on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. This is a great conference and is opened to all educators, not just NBCTs. Registration is $75 per person. Register using the following Eventbrite link

A Shout Out to These Leading Administrators and Teachers!

29th Annual Conference of Learning Forward Alabama

Thank you to Mrs. Layne Dillard (Sparkman School, Morgan County Schools) and Dr. Nelson Brown, Mr. Phillip Jarmin, and Ms. Summer Neely (Renaissance School, Athens City Schools) for presenting at the 29th Annual Conference of Learning Forward Alabama during November. We appreciate the time and effort you put forth to share your expertise with others.
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Mrs. Layne Dillard, Sparkman School (Morgan County Schools)

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Dr. Nelson Brown, Mr. Phillip Jarmon, and Ms. Summer Neely (Renaissance School, Athens City Schools)