UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

February 2020


Can you believe that we are at the beginning February 2020? We are now one month into the new year (and new decade), so it is the optimal time to consider your professional learning needs for spring 2020 and beyond. Our February newsletter contains information on spring opportunities; we have also included a few save-the-date announcements for summer 2020. Our complete summer schedule will be posted by April 15.

Continue to review our social media pages on Facebook (@uainservice) and Twitter (@UofARIC) for ongoing announcements. As a reminder, you may find any of our newsletters at: We have also linked a calendar on the bottom of the homepage of our website at so that you may quickly review opportunities held in our building. If you need additional information or would like to discuss specific plans for support for your school or district, I am happy to assist you at 205-348-6951 or via e-mail at

Happy learning!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

February 2020 (and beyond) Professional Learning Opportunities

Save-the-Date: West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference--Survey Closes February 4!

Calling all school counselors in the UA/UWA Region!

We are excited to announce that we will host a West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center (260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401). Please look for more information to come soon, including a request for conference presentations. This will be a free event to support the school counselors within our region.

If you are a school counselor in our region, please complete the following survey by Tuesday, February 4:

We will use the survey results to plan sessions based upon your identified needs.

ASIM STEAM Video Competition--Open Now! Ends on February 28th!

Please see the following message from ASIM:
We are excited to announce the 1st Annual ASIM STEAM Video Competition! Please see the attached flyer for details and share with your teachers! (The flyer is also posted at This is a great chance for teachers to show off how they incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math (STEAM) into their classroom instruction and how Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM) aids them in their classroom STEAM goals! This competition will run through February 28th. The earlier teachers begin posting their videos, the more time they have to collect shares and likes!

ALSCA Regional Workshops-Spring 2020

ALSCA is excited to announce our Regional Workshops Spring 2020 with a very timely focus for support of all students, K-12.

· Workshop title: Building Resiliency: School Counselor Response and Intervention for Students' Mental Health Needs

· Presenters: Dr. Ellen Chance (Capella University, Florida Atlantic University, Lamar University) and Dr. Summer Perhay Kuba (Liberty University)

· Workshop topics: crisis prevention and intervention, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm and suicide, evidence based practices for risk assessments, other mental health concerns

· 3 regions and dates available:

o Tuesday, March 3 - Calhoun Community College - Decatur

o Wednesday, March 4 - University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham

o Thursday, March 5 - University of South Alabama - Mobile

· 5.5 NBCC hours available

· $50 for current ALSCA members (member by 1/15/20), $100 for non-members -- by postmark deadline of Monday, February 10, 2020

· Membership deadline for member rate: 1/15/20

· NO POs accepted. Include check with registration form.

· If paying as group, send form for each participant together with check.

· Venmo information available upon request.

· Seating is limited at all locations. On-site registration may be available with immediate, on-site payment ($75 for current ALSCA members, if member by 1/15/20; $125 for non-members), if seats remain. Please check listserv (ALCA and ALSDE), and Twitter @AlabamaSCA for updates.

Please use the following links for our detailed workshop information.

· Workshop Information and Registration Form here

· ALSCA W9 here

· If traveling through Birmingham, please check information about the I-59/20 road closure. Information may be found on or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app from your app store.

The ALSCA Professional Development Committee would like to recognize and thank Ms. Belinda Noe (CCC), Dr. Larry Tyson (UAB), and Dr. Amy Upton (USA) for their collaboration and assistance in scheduling our ALSCA Regional Workshops Spring 2020. ALSCA would also like to thank all hosting campuses, as well as the school counseling organizations and departments at UAB and USA, for financial and strategic contributions to our workshop series.

For questions or concerns, please email your ALSCA Professional Development Committee at

10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa: May 29, 2020--Registration is open!

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa! For the first time, this free event will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus. We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Mr. Jake Miller. You can find more information about Jake at Mr. Miller will also provide a break-out session along with other educators throughout our region.

Registration is now open at Don't delay--register today!

National Board Candidate Support Cohort offered in Marengo County--it's not too late to join!

  • Thanks to an increase from the ALSDE in our National Board Candidate Support funding, a new National Board cohort began in November in the southern part of our region.
  • Our next sessions will be on Monday, February 4 at 4:00 pm at the Marengo County Board of Education.
  • To view the schedule for the 2019-2020 southern cohort, visit

National Board Candidate Support-Tuscaloosa Cohort

2020 UA SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt--Applications due by February 28!

2020 SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) Book Give Away Program is Accepting Applications from School Libraries

In March 2020, the School of Library and Information Studies @ The University of Alabama will award over $20,000 in brand new children’s and teen books to at least five public school libraries in the Black Belt region of the state and two school libraries in an economically deprived area of Alabama outside of the Black Belt Region via the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) program.

School Librarians in the Black Belt counties of Alabama and other economically disadvantaged areas of the state are encouraged to apply for free books that will be awarded by Dr. Jamie C. Naidoo, Professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies.

Interested school librarians can download and complete the application sheet and email it to with “Book Bonanza” in the subject line or fax it to (205) 348-3746. Applications must be received no later than midnight on February 28, 2020. Applications are available on the program website: . Note there is a separate application for schools in the Black Belt Region of the state and another application for low-income schools outside the Black Belt region of the state.

By March 5th, at least 7 winning school libraries will be selected. Each winning school library will receive over $2000 worth of free NEW children’s and/or young adult books. Once notified, winning school librarians will have until April 6, 2020 to claim their free books from the School of Library and Information Studies @ The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Books will need to be picked up in Tuscaloosa.

Launched in 2009 by Dr. Jamie Naidoo, the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt is an annual program that provides free books to school libraries in the Black Belt region each academic year. In 2019, the program donated $20, 822 in new books to elementary, middle, and high school libraries in Alabama. If you need additional information about the program, please visit the program website

PowerSchool Spring Training: Links Below to Register!

  • As a reminder, dates for spring 2020 PowerSchool training were sent to local districts this fall. Please refer to the September 12 memo from Dr. Mackey for more information regarding the team structure (including number of people).
  • The following dates are for Region 4 UA/UWA:
  1. SIS/UC Gradebook Session 1 (Tuscaloosa): March 9-13--Register at
  2. SIS/UC Gradebook Session 2 (Demopolis): April 13-17--Register at
  3. SP Programs (Tuscaloosa): March 9-11--Register at
  4. SIS Ent. Reporting Session 1 (Tuscaloosa): May 11-14--Register at
  5. SIS Ent. Reporting Session 2 (Demopolis): June 8-11--Register at
  6. Schoology LMS (1/2 Day Training in Tuscaloosa): July 9--Register for morning session at ------ Register for afternoon session at
  7. Introduction to Connected Analytics (1/2 Day Training in Tuscaloosa): September 1---Register for morning session at for afternoon session at

Literacy Reimagined Inaugural Conference: March 2020

The following literacy conference is being sponsored by the South Alabama Regional In-Service Center. Registration is open to all In-Service Centers throughout the state. The conference will be at the USA Gulf Shores Campus in March 2020. The cost of the two day conference is $175.00 per person. A few of the keynote speakers include Natalie Wexler, author of the Knowledge Gap, and Nancy Young, creator of the Ladder of Reading.

A flyer with more information and the link for registration can be found at There is also a special link for booking hotel rooms:

ALSDE Curriculum and Instruction Meetings

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center Spring Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 28th, 3:30-5pm

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

Calling all teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians! Please join us, along with our Governing Board members, for the Spring Governing Board Meeting on April 28 at our Regional In-Service Center (Tom Barnes Building, 260 Kilgore Lane). A list of current board members can be found at This meeting will include our Summer Learning Showcase. Summer learning providers will be on hand to share learning opportunities and answer any questions.

UA/UWA In-Service Center: Curriculum Director/Professional Learning Director PLC

  • May 1, 2020
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Each of these regional meetings, beginning with October 15, will occur 2-3 weeks after the ALSDE's Curriculum and Instruction meetings. The purpose of this timing is so that we may discuss specific items, updates, data, and requests for support based upon the information shared at the ALSDE meetings.
  • In addition, we are participating in the ACLD-PLU: Leading Schools in Disruptive Times as a part of our learning community.

Save the Date: Alabama PBIS Conference on June 3, 2020!

Alabama Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Conference
June 3, 2020 | Bryant Conference Center | Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Mark your calendar to attend the Alabama Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Conference, a professional learning event for all educators. The conference will feature keynote and breakout sessions applicable to educators across all levels of experience. You will also enjoy planning time and networking opportunities specific to PBIS.

Who should attend?

  • District-level administrators
  • School-level administrators
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • School psychologists and psychometrists

Registration Opening Soon!

Bookmark us at


For more information, contact Amanda Bergeron at 205-348-9966 or

UA/UWA Alabama Science in Motion

  • ASIM Biology Training: For more information regarding biology training and support, contact specialist Lisa Clark at

  • ASIM Chemistry: Chemistry training on February 20--For more information regarding chemistry training and support, contact specialist Brooks Moss at
  • ASIM Physics:
  1. ASIM Physical Science Training Tuesday February 4, 2020.

  2. Alabama Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference Saturday February 8, 2020--contact Julie Covin ( for more information.

  3. ASIM Physics Training: Thursday February 27, 2020. This will be day nine of year two training. The day will focus on Multimeter use, Ohm’s Law and Circuits.

  4. ASIM Physical Science Training Thursday March 5, 2020

  • For more information regarding physics training and support, contact specialist Julie Covin at

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Professional Learning Groups for 2019-2020

If you would like more information about the Alabama Technology in Motion program, you can visit the UATiM site at or the ALSDE site at Please contact Dr. Robert Mayben at for more information and specific requests.

Spring 2020 ACLD PLU – There will be a new PLU offered in late spring. Look for more information on this learning opportunity coming soon.


SAVE THE DATE for AMSTI Summer Training 2020!

July 14-17: Math Year 1, Grades 6-12

July 20-23: Math Year 2, Grades 6-12

July 13 – 24: Science, Grades K-8

For more information, please contact the AMSTI office at 205-348-0294.

Attention Teachers of K-5 Math!

Do you ever wonder…

· How can I be a teacher leader in mathematics at my school?

· How can I help facilitate PLCs to improve math instruction?

· How can I use student work to impact my instruction?

· What does the new Course of Study in math mean for me?

AMSTI UA/UWA is hosting a Math Leadership Community

April 27-28, 2020

Our goal is to build some exceptional math teacher leaders as Alabama moves towards Governor Ivey’s STEM Roadmap goal of having math coaches in our K-5 schools. For a PDF of the STEM roadmap, please follow this link:

As part of this community, you agree to:

  • participate in 2 professional learning days on April 27 and 28. AMSTI will reimburse the cost of your substitute according to our guidelines.
  • participate in AMSTI Summer Math Training in July 2020. AMSTI does not pay stipends or travel.
  • participate in ongoing learning opportunities during the 2020-21 school year.

Please obtain administrator approval prior to applying. To apply, click the following link:

Space is limited. Deadline to apply is March 12. If accepted for participation, you will be notified by March 27.

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate