Athens State In-Service Center

Summer 2020

Kick off to 2020 Summer Professional Learning

Welcome to Athens State University Regional Inservice Center 2020 Summer Professional Learning Kickoff. While sessions will be highlighted in this newsletter, you may view all sessions in one place by clicking on the Google Sheet link or the Booklet link below.


2020 Athens State University Regional Inservice Center Summer Professional Learning (Google Sheet)



2020 Athens State University Regional Inservice Center Summer Professional Learning (Booklet)​



Registration is simple. On the Google Sheet, just click the title of the session for which you wish to register. In the booklet, you can access the registration page by clicking the "Register" tab located in the session description.



As you prepare to transition to online learning/instruction, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any help you may need. You can contact me (patricia.maze@athens.edu) or Holly Wood (holly.wood@athens.edu).


Stay Safe!


Patty

All Things Virtual!!

All of our session offerings this summer will be delivered via a virtual platform. The two platforms we will be utilizing are Google Classroom/Meet and Zoom. Please refer to the "Notes" section for your selected session in PowerSchool to determine which platform will be used.

Using Visual Strategies to Support the Learning of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Participants in this session will describe, define, and demonstrate the principles of visual structure as they pertain to the physical classroom environment, visual schedules, task analysis, and directives. Additionally, they will describe and create materials necessary to correctly implement structured independent work systems and be able to describe the components of visual structure as they apply to social and behavioral concerns.


Presented by Dr. Whitney Meade, UAH Regional Autism Network

July 13, 2020

8:00-3:00 PM

Register HERE

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Alabama Reading Initiative Summer Science of Reading



ARI Summer Science of Reading: Structured Literacy - June 22, 2020 8:30-3:30 Register HERE.



ARI Summer Science of Reading



The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Oral Language - July 13, 2020, 8:30-3:30 Register HERE.


The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Phonemic Awareness - July 14, 2020, 8:30-3:30 Register HERE.


The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Phonics - July 15, 2020, 8:30-3:30 Register HERE.


The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Writing - July 16, 2020, 8:30 - 3:30 Register HERE.


The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Vocabulary - July 20, 2020, 8:30 - 3:30 Register HERE.


The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Fluency - July 21, 2020, 8:30 - 3:30 Register HERE.


The Foundations for Beginning Reading Modules: Comprehension - July 22, 2020, 8:30 - 3:30 Register HERE.


English Learner Summer Enhancement


EL - Understanding English Language Proficiency - July 6, 2020, 9:00-1:00 PM Register HERE.


EL - Content Instruction for English Learners - July 9, 2020, 9:00-1:00 PM Register HERE.

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Summer ACLD PLU Opportunity

Little did we know how appropriate this book would be when we started this ACLD PLU in February. As we have watched events unfold this spring, we have encountered one of the most disruptive events I can remember in the education setting. The current ACLD PLU "Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper-Change" class will end in May; however, we will be starting up another group for the summer on June 8, 2020. All classwork/activities are completed online through Google Classroom, but there will be two required face to face meetings (Beginning and Midway).


Books will be provided for the first ten registered participants.



To register for this course in PowerSchool, click HERE.


Start Date: June 2020

End Date: August 2020

PLU Credit: 1.0

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MetaMetrics Lexile Framework for Reading - June 9, 2020 8:30-10:00 AM

Register HERE


The Lexile Framework® for Reading measures reading ability and text complexity on the same developmental scale. This presentation offers an introduction to The Lexile Framework for Reading and addresses the following points: ● What is The Lexile Framework for Reading? ● What are Lexile measures for students and Lexile measures for text? ● Where are Lexile measures found? ● How can The Lexile Framework be used? ● What are the benefits of The Lexile Framework? ● What resources for The Lexile Framework are available?

MetaMetrics Quantile Framework for Mathematics - June 10, 2020 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Register HERE


This presentation offers an introduction to The Quantile Framework for Mathematics and addresses the following points: ● What is The Quantile Framework for Mathematics? ● What are Quantile measures for students and Quantile measures for math materials? ● Where can Quantile measures be found? ● What can be done with Quantile measures? ● How can Quantile measures be used in the classroom? ● What resources for The Quantile Framework are available?

Writing Instruction Professional Learning

Smart Writing™ Across the Curriculum: K-2 Teachers


April DeCesare will be back this summer (virtually) to lead a session with our K-2 teachers. This one-day session will be three 90-minute sessions with a short make and take. Breaks will be given throughout the day, with an hour lunch break.


Participants will learn how to create a 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-2 readers and writers to reach their full potential.


If you are interested in attending this workshop, register HERE.

Writing Sessions Designed Specifically for Grades 4 - 12

Reaching Reluctant Writers - July 15, 2020 9:00-12:00 This session will demonstrate "tried and true" (and fun!) strategies that help bridge the gap for today's learners in the integrated language arts classroom. The presenter will share best practices for teaching poetry, narratives, nonfiction, grammar, and punctuation that both engage and challenge students to become better writers, especially those who are most reluctant to write.Handouts will include helpful links, student samples, and ready-to-use classroom activities/projects. Student web publishing tools will also be provided. Register HERE.


Writing Well Matters: Preparing Our Students for the ACT and Beyond - July 15, 2020 12:30-3:30 The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with a hands-on, interactive experience that offers instructional strategies for supporting student success on ACT and Pre-ACT tested skills, as well as whatever comes next (college and career). This session is designedto target instructional leaders, librarians, expert, intermediate, and novice teachers with impactful information and resources. Register HERE.

Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing

The previously scheduled Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing has canceled the face to face conference; however they are offering a one-day virtual Writing Conference with author Dr. Tony Hicks on July 2. Please see the information below. If you are interested in attending this one day virtual conference, please contact Patty Maze (patricia.maze@athens.edu) or Holly Wood (holly.wood@athens.edu) by June 12.
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Powerful Conversations Network - North

Our first year of hosting a Powerful Conversations Network in collaboration with Alabama Best Practices Center was a huge success. The topic of social and emotional learning was very timely.


As we look forward to the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue on the topic of social and emotional learning as we explore the book Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation. Dates for the upcoming year will be released soon, and an application for teams will not be far behind.

Calling All Administrators, Guidance Counselors, and Instructional Coaches

Data Dashboards for Google Forms and Other Helpful Tips

During this three (3) hour training, participants will create a data dashboard in Google Sheets. Additionally, participants will encounter practice exercises in which they will cover a broad range of formulas (Counta, Countif, Countifs, Wildcard Searches, Vlookup, Sumif, and Input Range). Participants will also learn several Google Form tips to simplify the manipulation of data. This is recommended for educators who manipulate data on a regular basis.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

8:00-11:00 AM

Register HERE

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National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Updates (All Sessions are Virtual)

There are several opportunities this summer to learn more about the NBCT Process.


NBCT Bootcamp June - June 23, 2020 8:00-3:00 There will be four 90 minute sessions, each one on a different component. Times for each component will be as follows: Component 1 (8:00-9:30); Component 2 (9:30 - 11:00); Component 3 (12:00-1:30) and Component 4 (1:30 - 3:00). Register HERE.


Writing for NBCT - June 25, 9:00-11:00 This session is designed to help candidates practice descriptive, analytical, and reflective thinking before you begin working on your Written Commentary or other written components of the portfolio. Register HERE.


Writing the NBCT Way: Making it 3C Worthy! - June 25, 12:00-1:30 Current NBCT candidates will show NBCT candidates how to apply writing strategies to create clear, consistent, and convincing evidence of accomplished teaching. Register HERE.


NBCT Bootcamp July - July 21, 8:00 - 3:00 There will be four 90 minute sessions, each one on a different component. Times for each component will be as follows: Component 1 (8:00-9:30); Component 2 (9:30 - 11:00); Component 3 (12:00-1:30) and Component 4 (1:30 - 3:00). Register HERE.

Classroom Management

Managing K-2 Classrooms Well - June 25, 2020, 1:30-3:00 Register HERE


Classroom Management 2.0 (All Grade Levels) - July 9, 2020 1:30-3:00 Register HERE

Technology in the Classroom

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Instructional Resources