AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

Jan/Feb 2021: The Professional Practice of Goal Setting

A Note From The AAMU/UAH RIC Director

Greetings #ALRegion3 Educators,


Happy New Year; hindsight is indeed 2020! Perhaps like me, many of you have taken some time to reflect on the previous year, and to be quite honest, we would be remiss to move forward in the new year without pulling from the previous lessons learned. This time of the year brings about goal setting, resolutions, and vision boards, however, studies show resolutions are often abandoned once February rolls around. A study from the University of Scranton found that 92% of people setting new year goals fail to achieve them. So how do you ensure you can be apart of the successful 8%? The way I see it is... viewing goals as intentions --- intentions are what you want to accomplish, and not how you're going to accomplish it. I recently read an excerpt from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. The piece suggested it’s not necessarily the goals that we need to focus on, but rather the systems we follow. I don’t know about you, but I found the statement intriguing. The author further suggests, “goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress. A handful of problems arise when you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time designing your systems”. If we begin to think about goal setting as the “what” and our system as “the how” we’re sure to get the results we desire. Clear (2018) says it like this… “When you solve problems at the results level, you only solve them temporarily. In order to improve for good, you need to solve problems at the systems level. Fix the inputs and the outputs will fix themselves.”


As we set new goals, whether Teach in Alabama, Lead in Alabama, School Improvement goals, CSI goals, ATSI goals, ELL goals, literacy goals, numeracy goals, or even personal goals, we must always ask ourselves -- “how” will I go about making progress? “What” exactly will I do? Remember long-term success is “not about any single accomplishment. It is about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress" (Clear, 2018).


Interested in learning more about what Clear says about goals, systems, and habits? Visit his page and check out the articles section. Follow him on Twitter @JamesClear


“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” ~Drake



Happy goal setting and systems thinking,


Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, NBCT

Director, AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

Personal Twitter: @KTSimmonsPhDMom

Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM)

Featured ASIM lab of the Month--- Mrs. Phillips, Madison City Schools, James Clemens High School

ASIM Lab P3DisDet -Disorder Detective

This is a lab from our partners at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Educational Outreach. This activity will provide students with a hands-on experience studying human chromosomes and connecting various karyotypes with chromosomal disorders. This classroom activity offers students the chance to take on the role of a cytogeneticist, reviewing a patient history and assembling that patient’s karyotype. Students will be given a case study and a set of patient chromosome decals and asked to arrange the chromosomes on a prepared board into a completed karyotype. Students study the technique of karyotyping by matching chromosomes and arranging them to check for human genetic anomalies. Once assembled, the karyotype is analyzed for numerical or structural anomalies that may link to the clinical symptoms and diagnose their patient. Many types of chromosomal anomalies are presented, though normal karyotypes are also represented.


Essential Questions:

1. Can I describe the anatomy of a human chromosome?

2. Upon construction of a simulated karyotype, can I diagnosis a patient’s disorder based on karyotype analysis and relate those chromosomal abnormalities to clinical symptoms?


The image is taken at James Clemens High School in Mrs. Phillips’s Genetics class.

Mark your Calendar! Upcoming Science Training Events

Online Foundational Training


Registration is open for 3rd Cycle Online Foundational Training sessions. These sessions are required for new teachers but any teacher is welcome to participate. The first step in the process is requesting training using the link: AMSTI/ASIM Online Training Request

Once we have that request form, Ashlie will generate an email with the enrollment codes for these online courses and you will be contacted. The three courses are:


1. AMSTI Science Notebooking K-12 Cycle 3

2. Setting the Stage for AMSTI: Science Cycle 3

3. Getting to Know the Alabama Course of Study: Science Cycle 3

ACT Science Sessions

The ACT Workgroup is presenting this month in the Byte Sized PD sessions. There will be 4 sessions: General Overview of ACT Science, Data Representation Questions, Research Summaries Questions, and Conflicting Viewpoints Questions. Each session will be from 3:30-4:30.

Session Information and PowerSchool Sign Up link


We will be repeating the sessions again in early February and will share those registration links as soon as they are available. Here are the times/dates:


· ACT Science: Overview February 2 at 11:30 am

· ACT Science: Data Representation February 3 at 3:30 pm

· ACT Science: Research Summaries February 4 at 3:30 pm

· ACT Science: Conflicting Viewpoints February 9 at 3:30 pm

ASTA 2021 Conference: "Teachers Are Heroes and Can Do Virtually Anything!" March 15-16, 2021

The 2021 Alabama Science Teachers Association Conference will feature four strands:

  • Tech Tools
  • Socially Distant Science (how to teach science with no shared materials or labs)
  • Virtual Instruction.


Learn More & Register here!

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Save The Date! ASIM Summer Training 2021

Summer training is fast approaching. This year AAMU will be partnering with Athens and Jacksonville State Universities to provide joint training. We are still developing the curriculum for this training event. We are planning on having training for the first two weeks in June. part of our training we will be taking a deep dive into the Biology Course of Study centering around objectives 6 and 6A.

6. Analyze and interpret data from investigations to explain the role of products and reactants of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of matter and the flow of energy.

a. Plan and carry out investigations to explain the interactions among pigments, absorption of light, and reflection of light.)

We will be conducting ASIM labs that will help you to address these standards. We may also schedule additional days of training for other topics. More details will be coming soon.

Mr. Glen Fox, ASIM Biology Specialist

Email: gfoxasimbiology@gmail.com or glen.fox@aamu.edu

Work Cell: (256)924-8203

Follow me on Twitter: @ASIM_BIO_AAMU

Use the hashtags: #AAMUUAHBiologyWorks and #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Technology in Motion (TiM)

"Productivity Tech Tools" You Don't Want To Miss!

Here is your opportunity to check out some of my favorite productivity tools of the new year if you missed the previous session! Section numbers have not been determined. Please stay tuned for updates on registration! Follow me on Twitter if you are not already so you don't miss out! Twitter: @mrscamptech

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Some of Your Favorite Technology Courses Are BACK!

If you have missed any of the previous region 3 TiM courses led by Aundria Campbell, AAMU/UAH RIC TiM Specialist, here is your opportunity to take them all and your own pace! Earn up to 8 credit hours per course! Remember, each course is self-paced! #AAMUUAHTiMWorks

More Tech-y Resources

Mrs. Aundria Campbell, TiM Instructional Technology Specialist

Email: techyteacher3@gmail.com or aundria.campbell@aamu.edu

Work Cell: 256-929-9009 *call or text

Office: (256) 372-4426

Twitter: @mrscamptech

Hashtag to Follow: #AAMUUAHTiMWorks and #AAMUUAHRICWorks

ON THE MARK, GET READY, SET... LEARN. TEACH. LEAD.

Mark Your Calendar! #ALRegion3 Happenings

Stay Connected via...


Twitter: @AAMU_UAHRIC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aamuinservice

Use Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

New Date Alert! Region 3 Mathematics Textbook Expo

Gather your groups & mark your calendar for the AAMU/UAH Regional Math Textbook Expo rescheduled for Thur., Feb.18 & Fri., Feb. 19 at the Von Braun Center in HSV, AL! Register district/school-based teams here: https://caravan.stacksdiscovery.com

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No Cost Space Camp Academy For Alabama Educators

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center has received funding from the Alabama Legislature to bring teachers from across the state to a special Space Academy for Educators.


This professional development program uses the format of astronaut training to convey new ways of teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts to the world’s future workforce. The hands-on learning activities are designed to be easily replicated in the classroom and aim to excite students about STEM education. Activities will be geared to span grade levels 4 -9.


*Trainees attending Space Academy for Educators are housed in the North Campus Residence Hall dormitory at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Transportation is provided between the dorm and camp for the duration of the program.


A Lifetime Opportunity at No Cost

This scholarship includes:

* Meals

* Lodging

* Flight suit

* Educational materials

* Certificate of earned CEUs


Not only will educators have access to NASA educational resources and training, but they will also have the opportunity to meet a real astronaut!


Alabama Space Academy for Educators
Duration: 6 Days, 5 nights
Arrival Window: Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Graduation Ceremony: Monday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(Monday night accommodations are available at no additional cost.)


June 17- June 21st and June 24-June 28th. Apply for the ALSAE scholarship here . Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose ALSAE (Alabama Space Academy for Educators)

scholarship. Deadline to apply is April 3, 2021.

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“Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights” —Su 21 Institute opportunity

Drs. Jada Kohlmeier & Steve Brown at Auburn Univ will host a 2-week virtual institute. Selected participants will receive a $2200 stipend + apprx $400 in books. App is due 3/1. Apply at http://neh.auburn.edu

Sibme Coach Replay

"Are you an instructional coach or leader looking for tips, strategies, and tools to enhance your coaching? Are you interested in using video to support and empower those you coach?

The Sibme Coach Replay Show is designed with you in mind! This weekly web-show hosted by Sibme’s Director of Professional Learning, Cory Camp, features expert coaches to break down classroom instruction, coaching moves, and strategies and discuss important topics in education, instruction, and leadership. Each episode is accompanied by downloadable Coach Also, don't forget the 'notes and takeaways' with episode highlights and additional resources. Find them at ➡️ https://learn.sibme.com/courses/sibme-coach-replay-notes-and-takeaways "

A few of Dr. Kisha's Sibme Coach Replay Favs!

#ALRegion3NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher) Support

The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center is proud to partner with and advocate for educators currently pursuing NBCT status or interested in pursuing NBCT status. For more information about NBCT mentoring support and opportunities offered through the AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center, please complete the Region 3 NBCT interest form and someone from our team will be reaching out to you soon!


#ALRegion3NBCT

NBCT Scholarship Session Alert!!!

Mark Your calendar for February 10, 2021 for the Alabama NBCT Scholarship Session hosted by Brad & Stephanie Lett, NBCTs!
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ALERT: NBCT 2020-2021 Registration, Payment & Submission Extensions

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#RaiseYourHand Initiative: An NBCT Scholarship Opportunity for Madison County Area Educators

RYH Giving Tuesday 2020

Alabama Reading Initiative --- #ALRegion3

ARI's 2020-2021 #ALRegion3 Lunch & Learn Session Information & Dates

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EL Support & Resources

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Strategies for Working with English Language Learners - Session 2 of 3

Date: February 11, 2021


Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

A Virtual Presentation by Tery Medina

Click here to register in PowerSchool - Section # 392252


PowerSchool Section # 392252 (Zoom Link will be emailed to all registered for this session in PowerSchool)


Below are the topics that will be covered in this session.

It is fine if you did not attend the previous session, join us for this one!


  • Culture & the Acculturation Process + Cultural Agility.
  • Language Acquisition & Language Learning.
  • Busting more myths --- cultivating reality.
  • More strategies that work…and why.
  • Reading & Language.
  • Why empathy works and sympathy…not so much.
  • YOUR Questions answered – “Send in YOUR questions folks!” (dchollimon@una.edu)
  • HOMEWORK: Watch “Moises in Math Class.” (it is LESS than 4 minutes…really!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6HUv2eFdLg
  • There is a longer version (12 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Y0HAjLKYI
  • Make a list of what works / what can be improved and strategies that would work. (We will discuss this on 2/11/21)


About the Presenter

Tery Medina currently works at Florida International University where she serves as Faculty Administrator: Coordinator of Professional Development & Pre-service Training at the School of Education and Human Development. She is skilled in English as a Second Language (ESL), K-12 Education, practical classroom applications, and actionable strategies. She has worked closely with school districts and organizations throughout Alabama.

#ALRegion3 AMSTI-UAH (Alabama Math, Science & Technology Initiative at the University of Alabama at Huntsville) Team


Check out AMSTI-UAH's newly release #MathFocusMaps !


K-5 Math Focus Maps


6-8 Math Focus Maps -- coming soon


9-12 Math Focus Maps

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"Caught Being Awesome"! #ALRegion3 Winter '21 Highlights

AAMU/UAH RIC Winter 2021 Governing Board Meeting

When: Monday, February 8, 2021


Time: 3:30pm


Where: Virtual Session via Zoom

AAMU/UAH Governing Board Members

Mr. Jason Hass, Principal, Scottsboro City Schools-- Governing Board President

Ms. Betty McIntire, Teacher, Jackson Co. Schools--- Governing Board Secretary

Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, Director, AAMU/UAH RIC-- Governing Board Executive Secretary

Mr. Travis Cummings, School Board Member, Madison City Schools

Ms. Catina Hamilton, Instructional Coach, Boaz City Schools

Dr. Johanna Massey, Professor, AAMU

Ms. Tameka McGill, Teacher, Huntsville City Schools

Ms. Jennifer Taylor, District Administrator, Madison Co. Schools

Ms. Kimberly Tucker, Teacher, Arab City Schools

Ms. Porshe Chapman, Teacher, Huntsville City Schools

Ms. Shundra Morris, AMSTI-UAH STEM Specialist

Ms. Rachel Gibbs, Teacher, Madison City Schools

Ms. Jodi Jacobs, District Administrator, DeKalb County Schools

Dr. Elisabeth Davis, Assistant State Superintendent of Student Learning, ALSDE

Mr. Sean Stevens, Instructional Services Program Coordinator, ALSDE

Meet the #ALRegion3 Dream Team!

About the AAMU/UAH RIC

The Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University/University of Alabama at Huntsville Inservice Center (AAMU/UAH RIC) is located on the beautiful campus of the historical Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. The AAMU/UAH RIC partners with administrators, teachers, instructional/content specific coaches, counselors and media specialists in 12 school districts, across 4 counties in ALSDE’s region 3---- Albertville City Schools, Arab City Schools, Boaz City Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fort Payne City Schools, Guntersville City Schools, Huntsville City Schools, Jackson County Schools, Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools, Marshall County Schools, and Scottsboro City Schools--- to offer high-quality professional learning experiences to support educator growth.

AAMU/UAH RIC Team

Start Here. Go Anywhere! #AAMU


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