UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

October 2020


Happy Fall! As the leaves turn and begin to fall, I hope that we all are finding ways to renew ourselves daily during our ongoing work with students and teachers. As Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie state in module one of The Distance Learning Playbook, take care of yourself! You need to put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. Please know that our center is here to support you in your efforts; we are only a phone call, e-mail, or text away!

As a reminder, please follow our social media pages on Facebook (@uainservice) and Twitter (@UofARIC) for ongoing announcements.You may find any of our newsletters at:

If you would like to request specific support for your school or district, please complete our request form at

Happy learning!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

Center Spotlight: Learning and Growing from a Distance!

Fall 2020 Professional Learning Opportunities and Updates

Providing Continuity of Instructional Services for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders During COVD-19

Join Dr. Sara McDaniel and her staff of The Center for Interconnected Behavioral and Mental Health Systems at The University of Alabama for this session regarding support during the COVID-19 pandemic and racial equity in education and youth mental health.

Moundville Native American Festival Goes Virtual: Virtual Field Trip Opportunity

The Moundville Native American Festival is going VIRTUAL! Join us from October 5th through the 10th, as we bring this celebration of Native American Heritage and Culture to your classrooms. We have created a portal specifically for our educators. This festival educators portal will give you access to new lesson plans, educational resource guides, interactive daily live cultural performances, and video demonstration of Native American craftsmanship such as pottery making. Students will have the opportunity to interact with tribal members and ask questions during our live performances and demonstrations. We are bringing the park to you through our virtual tour of the park grounds and the Jones Archaeological Museum. Your students can also participate in hands on learning by engaging in our "how to" videos that feature educational crafts from our children's area.

This virtual field trip is only $35 and live performances will occur from October 5th through the 10th. If purchased, you will have access to the festival educators portal and all of it's content from October 5, 2020 - June 1, 2021 to allow for flexibility in your teaching schedule.

Educators can also purchase prepackaged materials for the "how to" videos for an additional $5 per student. These package also come with materials that can be incorporated into your lesson plans.

Sign-up today using the link below!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lisa Rasco 205-371-8732 or

The flyer may be found at

UA/UWA Regional Curriculum Directors' PLC

  • October 7, 2020
  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Each of these regional meetings, beginning with October 7, 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.
  • On October 7, our special guest will be Taylor Puett from Woz-Ed who will discuss information on STEM Career Pathways. Each meeting will focus on a brief topic related to our region's professional learning needs.

ALSDE-OSL Byte-Sized Professional Learning: The Distance Learning Playbook

Join Dr. Holly Morgan, UA/UWA In-Service Center Director, for Part 4 and 5 of The Distance Learning Playbook on October 13 and 27. These sessions are hosted as a part of the ALSDE-OSL Byte-Sized Professional Learning series. Part 4 will be offered on October 13 at 11:30 and 3:30. We will discuss Modules 8 and 9, which include feedback, assessment, and grading.

Register via PowerSchool in order to receive the session Zoom link.

11:30 session: PowerSchool Section #386973

3:30 session: PowerSchool Section #386975

***Part 5 of this series will be offered on October 27 at 11:30 and 3:30. Check back for more information regarding registration via PowerSchool.

To view all of the ALSDE-OSL Byte-Sized Professional Learning Sessions for October, go to

ALSDE-OSL October "Byte-Sized" Professional Learning Options

Octboer "Byte-Sized" Professional Learning Menu:

· This month’s PD features micro-sessions on topics that are “right on time” for your teachers, counselors, technology coordinators, administrators, and CO staff to help navigate through digital learning and other topics.

UWA Schoology Boot Camp: Basic Training

Schoology Boot Camp: Basic Training

Get ready for training in the basics of using Schoology! Please join Lori Franks as she hosts a 4 part series on how to navigate the Schoology platform, design effective instruction, and collaborate using this learning management system. Once you have learned the basics, Lori will follow up with 2 new training series for you to get the most out of Schoology. Sessions for Basic Training are scheduled for October 15, 22, 29, and November 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to grow your Schoology muscles!

Register via PowerSchool Course Number #257524

UA/UWA National Board Support for Region 4 Teachers

Are you interested in pursuing National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification? Join us for our 2020-2021 candidate support! Our schedule can be found at The schedule includes dates and session information, along with PowerSchool registration information for each session.

Please contact the following NBCT faciliators for more information:

Anna Daly, or Krissy Stevenson,

UA/UWA National Board Support Cohort Monthly Session: October 15 and Upcoming Fall Retreat!

Join us virtually on October 15 from 5:00-7:30 pm for "Component 3: Instructions and Planning." Register via PowerSchool section #376219 in order to receive the session Zoom link.

Also, facilitators will share more information regarding our upcoming NBCT writing retreat for November 13. Join in for this October session to learn about the writing retreat opportunity!

Rise To The Challenge Virtual Fall Conference hosted by the International Dyslexia Association Alabama Branch

  • Rise To The Challenge Virtual Fall Conference hosted by the International Dyslexia Association Alabama Branch

WIDA eSummit

  • October 12 – 30, 2020
  • See attached flyer for registration information
  • (Click on the picture of the flyer, and it will enlarge in your view.)

Alabama Technology in Motion: Virtual ACLD-PLU opportunity

The Alabama Technology in Motion program at the UA-UWA In-Service Center will be offering a virtual ACLD PLU this Fall. This new PLU is free and open to administrators and teachers with administrative certification in the UA-UWA In-Service Region. As you may remember, ATiM offered this PLU statewide in the summer, and this is the first exclusive opportunity for educators in the UA-UWA Region.

The focus of the PLU is how technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK) work together to create effective teaching and learning environments. This course will meet online for Zoom sessions on October 21, November 4, November 18, and December 9 from 3:45 PM to 5 PM each day. All other work will be completed online by participants in Schoology between the virtual meetings. The attached document contains further details, and the registration link from PowerSchool PL is below. Please consider sharing this with the administrators and teachers with administrative certification in your schools. If you have any questions or would like to schedule this PLU for your specific system, please let me know. Thanks!

Registration Link:

PowerScheduler Training for October and November

PowerScheduler Training for October and November

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), along with PowerSchool Group LLC, will provide training on how to build your master schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. This is critical training to assist each LEA with the ability to train primarily middle and high schools – this may also include schools that have middle and high school grades within a K-12 school.

IMPORTANT: The PowerScheduler courses offered are sequential and require attendees assigned to attend both Course 1 (Fall 2020) and Course 2 (Spring 2021) as a group.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, both cohorts will meet virtually. Each LEA in the UA-UWA in-service region may send up to 3 representatives.

The following is a recommendation of who should already be signed up to attend from your LEA. The recommendation comes from the Program Director of Alabama PowerSchool Implementation:

· 2 of 3 should be either school counselor, school administrator, or scheduling coordinator.

· 1 of 3 should be the Technology Coordinator or the PS SIS Administrator The same 3 attendees will participate in both Course 1 and Course 2 and all should attend as a group due to work needed to be done as a team.

Training is being delivered using a train-the-trainer model. The 3 LEA attendees will need to provide training to others within their LEA including software use, documentation, checklists and the steps learned during this course.

Dates for the UA-UWA In-Service Region:

October Cohort meets 10/26 through 10/28

November Cohort meets 11/16 through 11/18

Please contact Alabama Technology in Motion Specialist, Dr. Robert Mayben, if you have any questions including registration.

K-3 Literacy Leaders: ARI Lunch and Learn for Region 4 (Hosted by Dr. Tiffany Davis)

The ARI Leadership Team will utilize the Journey to Success process to implement a plan of action for all K-3 schools. This process outlines five ‘circles of influence’ that must be cohesive and function effectively for schools to be successful. In each webinar, discussion will revolve around the circles and their current influences on student learning. Sessions will be 50 minutes in length, with a 15 minutes updates and a Q&A to follow.

A total of five webinars will be offered: October 28, December 9, January 14, March 4, and May 4. All sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Tiffany Davis and will begin at 11:00 am.

Register via PowerSchool Section #: 387414 or using the following registration link:

K-3 Literacy Leaders: ARI Brunch and Learn (Hosted by Paula Young)

Paula Young, ARI Literacy Leadership specialist for Fayette, Lamar, and PIckens counties, will also host Brunch/Lunch and Learn sessions at alternate times for Region 4.

The ARI Leadership Team will utilize the Journey to Success process to implement a plan of action for all K-3 schools. This process outlines five ‘circles of influence’ that must be cohesive and function effectively for schools to be successful. In each webinar, discussion will revolve around the circles and their current influences on student learning. Sessions will be 50 minutes in length, with a 15 minutes updates and a Q&A to follow.

A total of five webinars will be offered: October 30, December 9, January 14, March 4, and May 4. All sessions will be facilitated by Paula Young. Sessions will be offered at both 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

To register for the 9:00 am session, go to:

Section # 388592

Registration Link:

To register for the 12:30 pm session, go to:

Section# 388595

Registration Link:

Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning (ACGAL)-November 7

3rd Annual Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning (ACGAL) Conference:

Our Regional Inservice Center Governing Board has voted to pay for 6 registrations per district. Please contact your district's curriculum director to be added to this list.

UA/UWA In-Service Center Winter Governing Board Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 14th 2021 at 3:30-5:30pm

Virtual Session via Zoom

Please join us for the winter Governing Board Meeting on January 14. All teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians are invited to attend. A list of current board members can be found at Out of an abundance of caution, our winter meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Governing Board members will receive a link. If you would also like to participate, please contact Tami Barron at to receive the session link.

West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference--Rescheduled for February 5, 2021

Calling all school counselors in the UA/UWA Region! Although we had to reschedule our date, we are thrilled that all of our speakers will be with us in February! Registration is open now! It will be a wonderful way to celebrate National School Counseling Week!

We are excited to announce that registration in PowerSchool is open for the 1st Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center (260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401). Registration will be open at 8:00 am, and the first session will begin at 8:30 am.

This free opportunity is available to all K-12 school counselors in our region. (If space allows, we will open the event throughout the state.) A steering committee of counselors from both the north, central, and southern portions of our region have worked diligently to plan sessions based upon the needs reflected in our recent survey. These sessions include ethics updates for counselors, PowerSchool updates, data-driven programs, mental health, behavioral interventions, and social-emotional learning. We are also providing for one block of round-table sessions to which counselors can share ideas and network with colleagues throughout the region. Featured speakers are Dr. Amy Upton, Mr. Sean Stevens, and Dr. Greg Benner.

Free breakfast and lunch will also be provided from our gracious sponsors!

Register today at

Teaching Alabama Geography the FUN Way!

***In order to proceed with an abundance of caution, this face-to-face session has been rescheduled for February 10, 2021.

Often times, when geography standards are talked about among teachers, it is immediately assumed that students hear about Alabama geography for the first time in 3rd grade; but, this is not the case! Important geographic skills and concepts are addressed in all grades, starting in kindergarten. The primary goal of this institute is to reestablish the importance of social studies standards as it pertains to geography in a fun, hands-on way. In this PD session you’ll learn about the Giant Traveling Map of Alabama. This resource is a large Alabama map from National Geographic that has recently been purchased by the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center for your use. Attend this session with Sarah Stroud, Tuscaloosa County Schools, and you’ll learn how to check it out for your classroom. You have to see this to believe it—it’s incredible! ***Substitute reimbursement will be provided for each participant.

February 10, 2021


UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

Register via PowerSchool Section #372936

Alabama Science in Motion

Contact our specialists today to support you (either virtually or face-to-face) as you return to school! We are here for you!

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Contact Dr. Robert Mayben at to support your school or district's technology professional learning needs.

Dr. Mayben is also facilitating the following sessions via the ALSDE-OSL's Byte-Sized Learning Opportunities:

Using EdPuzzle with Schoology

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform where you can make any video your lesson. In this session, teachers will learn how to set up and use the Edpuzzle app to assign video lessons on Schoology.

External Tools to Enhance Schoology Lessons

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

In this session, teachers will learn how tools from the Schoology App Center and the web can be used to enhance the content and assessment of lessons in Schoology.

Using Microsoft Tools with Schoology

Thursday, October 22, 2020

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

In this session, teachers will learn how Microsoft tools such as OneDrive, OneNote, and Teams can be seamlessly integrated into the Schoology teaching and learning experience.


Contact Sara McGee, AMSTI Director, at to request K-12 math or K-8 science support for your school or district.

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Tips for Supporting Young Children at Home and for School Re-entry

The University of Alabama College of Education has provided the following resource to assist parents and educators with tip for supporting young children in virtual learning at home. Tips for school re-entry are also included. The resource can be found at

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate