UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

November 2019

November Announcements

Happy Fall!

We have several new offerings this month, so please be sure to review the newsletter and contact us with any questions. There are additional dates planned for the ACAP Roadshow training (if you were unable to attend in October), new PowerSchool updates (including a link to the ALSDE website), and a new National Board cohort that will be offered in the southern part of our region beginning November 12!

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 Continue to check out our social media pages on Facebook (@uainservice) and Twitter (@UofARIC). 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

Fall 2019 Professional Learning Opportunities

ACAP Regional Training Dates: November 6 and 7

NEW National Board Candidate Support Cohort to be offered in Marengo County!

  • Thanks to an increase from the ALSDE in our National Board Candidate Support funding, we will now offer a National Board cohort in the southern part of our region.
  • The first session will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at the Marengo County Board of Education in Linden, Alabama. Each session will be held from 4:00-6:30 pm.
  • The focus of this session will be an introduction to the National Board process and an overview of Component 4.
  • To view the schedule for the 2019-2020 southern cohort, visit
  • Please e-mail Dr. Holly Morgan at if you plan to attend! We hope to see you on November 12!

PowerSchool Learning Platform Updates

  • If you would like to review the help information for how to find a course, you may access training:
  • Dr. Robert Mayben and Dr. Holly Morgan provided additional training for district administrators on October 25 and 29. If you are in need of this training (log-in, create a course, administration), please contact us.
  • Additional update: Look for more information coming soon to curriculum directors and superintendents regarding current status of PowerSchool and edits.
  • Additional update: If you are labeled as a "district administrator" in PowerSchool, you can now update your district's accounts (username, e-mail, first and last names).
  • Information needed: Any course that was previously created before the close of Chalkable and will continue to collect attendance/surveys in PowerSchool must be manually reassigned to your school/district. Please e-mail a list of any of these courses to Mr. Rhett Cutts, ALSDE Professional Learning, at
  • For ongoing updates, please visit the PowerSchool link on the ALSDE website at

National Board Candidate Support-Tuscaloosa Cohort

  • Our next candidate support session will be on Thursday, November 14 beginning at 5:00 pm.
  • The focus of this session will be an overview of Component 2.
  • To view the 2019-2020 support schedule, visit
  • For more information, please contact Dr. Holly Morgan at

Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

AMSTI Iron Bowl STEM Competition

  • Who can participate? all students in grades K-12

1. Go to and choose your STEM Challenge Task.

2. Create groups of2-5 students based on their favorite team, Auburn or Alabama.

3. Each group will complete the STEM challenge to the best of their ability!

4. Take pictures or videos of each group's completed challenge and post to social media.

a. Tag us @AMSTI4all (works for all social media platforms)

b. Use #AMSTiironbowl AND #wareagle OR #rolltide to vote for your team.

5. The deadline for posting your projects will be Tuesday, November 26.

To view the informational flyer, visit

November 18-22: Brainspring Structures Course for Grades 6-12

The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center will host a Brainspring Structures Orton-Gillingham Course on November 18-22. This 5 day/30 hour training is designed for 6-12 teachers, instructional coaches, intervention, and resource. The cost of this week-long training is $1,225 per person (classroom materials set included).

2019 Learning Forward Alabama Conference

IMPACT-PD: Dual Language Learner Instruction for Pre-K 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. The informational flyer may be found at
  • Please complete the application through this link by Friday, December 20th:

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

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

  • Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for a chance to win scholarships and have their work exhibited and published.
  • The submission portal is open from September 12, 2019-December 12, 2019.
  • For more information, visit

Final Meeting: Engage Every Family ACLD PLU

  • December 10, 2019
  • 3:30-5:00 pm, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center
  • Final meeting and project presentations for this online PLU opportunity--look for more PLU opportunities in spring/summer 2020!

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

Tuesday, Jan. 21st 2020 at 3:30-5pm

105 Tom Orr Avenue

Butler, AL

Please join us for the Winter Governing Board Meeting on January 21 in Choctaw County. All teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians are invited to attend. A list of current board members can be found at For the 2019-2020 school year, Governing Board meetings will be held in various locations throughout the region so that we may view and share the great things that are happening in our region.

UA/UWA Alabama Science in Motion

  • ASIM Biology Training: December 4, Interested participants may register via the Google Form link and choosing either or both Day(s) 7 and/or 8.

  • December 4th is open for sign-up. It is Day 8 of ASIM Bio year 1 training which involves the following labs that also have a heavy environmental science concentration: Watershed Pilot Lab, S8AquaEcosystems, S4GlobalCarbon, S10EcologicalSuccession
  • For more information regarding biology training and support, contact specialist Lisa Clark at
  • ASIM Chemistry Training: Chemistry training dates will be held in early spring 2020. Look for specific dates in next month's newsletter. For more information regarding chemistry training and support, contact specialist Brooks Moss at
  • ASIM Physics: ASIM Physics, Thursday December 5, Year 2 Day 8 – Electricity Day 2 of 3
  • 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

Applications are now closed for the elementary and secondary 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 the spring. Look for more information on this learning opportunity later in the fall semester.


  • Math training K-12
  • Science training K-8
  • For more information, contact Sara McGee, AMSTI Director at

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate