UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

August/September 2021

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Thank you to all that joined us for summer professional learning! Although we have provided both face-to-face and virtual options, we have enjoyed "seeing" you in any format! We are always honored to learn and grow with you. Over 2200 participants joined us this summer in professional learning opportunities, and we hope to see more this fall. We know that this fall presents many challenges as you return to school. However, we are confident that the educators of Alabama will succeed! Please contact us directly for individual support for your school or district.

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:

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 We wish you all a blessed 2021-2022 school year!

Happy learning!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

Fall 2021 Professional Learning Opportunities and Updates

2021-2022 Regional In-Service Center Statewide Needs Assessment: We want to hear from you!

2021-2022 Statewide RIC Needs Assessment: The voices and opinions of teachers and administrators are crucial to this process; therefore, we need your help!

The Regional Inservice Centers want to provide quality and relevant professional learning for all educators across the state. Please take a few minutes to complete the Regional In-Service Education Center 2021-2022 Needs Assessment. For questions, contact Dr. Angie Pelton at the ALSDE, Office of Student Learning

Please respond by August 31.

Survey link:

11th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa: August 2, 2021

Join our free, virtual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa Conference on August 2 for strategies to assist you as you begin your new school year! Our special guests, Mr. Jake Miller and Dr. Barry Wiginton, will offer multiple sessions throughout the conference, which will focus on best strategies for remote teaching and learning. Please register in PowerSchool via this link in order to receive the Zoom access.

West Alabama Regional Counselors' Conference: Survey for Region 4 Counselors

We are excited to announce that the 2nd Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022 at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy.

In order to best prepare for the needs of school counselors, we ask all counselors within our region to complete the following survey by August 31.

Alabama Best Practices Center: Powerful Conversations Network (PCN) West and Key Leaders Network (KLN) West

The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center will host the following two networks from the Alabama Best Practices Center:

  • Powerful Conversations Network (PCN)
    • Text: New Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Marzano and colleagues
    • Teachers will meet in grade bands and/or subject areas planning and identifying lessons for the essential standards.
  • Key Leaders Network (KLN)
    • Text: High Reliability Schools by Robert Marzano and colleagues
    • This year, KLN will connect leaders to strategies that strengthen district and school cultures as they address the challenges caused by the pandemic.

The first training session will be held virtually; other sessions are planned as face-to-face.

If you are unable to secure a school team, contact me ( regarding registering single participants.

We hope that you can join us! For more information regarding registration, please contact Holly Morgan at or Tami Barron at Registration deadline EXTENDED TO AUGUST 19!

Are You Interested in Pursuing National Board Certification? Our UA/UWA Support Cohort is Ready to Assist You!

We are here to support you! If you are interested in pursuing National Board Certification, please join our free, monthly support cohort! Session information, including dates, times, and PowerSchool registration can be found on the calendar located at

For the fall semester, all informational sessions will be offered virtually. In the spring semester, candidates will be assigned NBCT mentors who will support them face-to-face and/or virtually in their NBCT journey.

Click here to be added to the UA/UWA NB email distribution list in order to receive ongoing updates regarding NBCT support.

August 19, 2021: Kick-off Session for UA/UWA NBCT Support with Special Guest, Bobbie Faulkner

Join us on August 19 from 5:00-7:30 pm as we learn from best-selling author of the What Works! Series, Bobbie Faulkner! She will kick-off our yearlong support schedule by providing an overview of best practices through the lens of the National Board Certification process. This session will also offer detailed instructions on application procedures, an overview of the process, helpful resources, grant information, and tips to prepare you for National Board certification.

Register today via PowerSchool at the following link! This session will be presented virtually; a Zoom link will be added to the notes section of the PowerSchool listing and shared with you via e-mail two days prior to the session.

August 26, 2021: NBCT Maintenance of Certification-NBCT Renewal Support

Is it time for you to renewal your National Board certification? Join us on August 26 from 5:00-7:30 pm for this virtual session that will provide you an overview of the renewal process and the support that is provided for renewal candidates through the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center.

Register in PowerSchool via the following link. A Zoom link will be added to the notes section of the PowerSchool listing and will be shared with you via e-mail approximately two days prior to the session.

Office of School Improvement District Transformation Academy

Turnaround Academy for District Leaders

Strengthening the District System of Support for

Principals Leading Instructional Transformation

Training Goal

Evaluate the current district support system to prioritize and strengthen district level supports for principals who are leading instructional transformation.


· Personalized support

· ALCD PLU Opportunity

· Training Participants - up to 3 District Support Team members who commit to all four sessions (1 of the 3 participants is the superintendent or designee).

***4 Virtual Sessions (3 to 3.5 hrs. each) with an intersession period (4-5 weeks between each virtual session)

If you are interested in participating, complete this Registration Form by Friday, August 27.

Registration Closes September 6: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Join Dr. Daniel Cohen, Co-Director of The University of Alabama's Center for Interconnected Behavioral and Mental Health Systems (CIBMHS), for Youth Mental Health First Aid training. Training will include asynchronous modules and participation in one synchronous session. The synchronous session will be held on Tuesday, September 21. Registration for this opportunity closes on September 6. The synchronous zoom training session will start at 9:30am and end at 3 pm. The self-paced portion takes about 2.5 hours to finish and must be completed 3 days prior to the chosen training date.

To register, please use the following link in PowerSchool. Space is limited! If you teach within the UA/UWA In-Service Center region, your registration fee will be paid for this opportunity.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders. The facilitator, Daniel Cohen, PhD, is an assistant professor of school psychology at UA and is an expert in the provision of mental health supports in school settings. The training includes a self-paced module and a synchronous day-long remote training session.

UA/UWA In-Service Center Fall Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 3:30-5pm

260 Kilgore Lane

Tuscaloosa, AL

Please join us for the fall Governing Board Meeting on September 14. All teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians are invited to attend. A list of current board members can be found at The meeting will be held at the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

ALSDE Curriculum & Instruction Meetings

  • September 15: Birmingham
  • September 21: Montgomery
  • September 22: Mobile

  • Meeting Format: Whole Group Session – 9:00 – 12:00; Specified Breakout Sessions from 1:00 - 4:30
  • Meeting Logistics: Specific locations, agenda topics, parking information, afternoon breakout session titles and target audiences, and other logistical information will be sent to LEAs through Dr. Mackey’s Midweek Matters and the OSL Updates email blast from Dr. Davis.
  • ALSDE Contacts: For additional questions and/or clarifications, contact Susan Zana at or Cristin Dillard at in Instructional Services.

Operation Success: The Role of the Mental Health Service Coordinator Training

Operation Success: The Role of the Mental Health Service Coordinator Training

  • Overview: All LEAs awarded the funds for the MHSC are required to attend and additional social workers or MHSC that an LEA has hired in addition to the MHSC grant or non-grant funded LEAs who use ESSER funds to hire MHSC or social workers may also attend.
  • Dates & Location: September 21-22, 2021, at Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; 9:00 – 4:00 each day
  • Registration Information: Required to attend and must be done in PowerSchool PL via the following link; Capacity is 300 and will be based on PowerSchool registration for the event.
  • Contacts: Dr. Kay Warfield or Ms. Shenitra Dees in Prevention and Support Services for additional information

UA/UWA Region 4 Curriculum Directors' PLC

  • September 24, 2021
  • 10:00 am-11:30 am
  • Virtual meeting via Zoom
  • This year, we will host 3 meetings with the curriculum directors/professional learning directors who serve as direct liaisons to the In-Service Center.
  • Each of these regional meetings, beginning with September 24, 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 updates, data, and requests for support based upon the information shared at the ALSDE meetings. We will share ideas and network to share best practices within our region.

Inaugural Alabama-Georgia Middle Level Conference: September 24-25

The first ever virtual joint Alabama-Georgia Middle Level Education Conference is based on the fifth edition of AMLE's position paper, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe. The conference will support middle level educators at all stages of their career who want to learn more about how to support the attributes and characteristics that define successful middle schools, teachers, and students.

The conference features educators and school leaders from across Alabama and Georgia. We are also proud to host author and leader Robert Jackson as our keynote speaker along with other incredible featured speakers.

We will kick off the weekend Friday night (September 24) with a tailgate social hosted by Dru Tomlin, and rally together to tackle middle level education on Saturday (September 25) during our half-day conference.

If you are an educator in Region 4 who would like to attend, please e-mail Banks Gordy at The in-service center is offering scholarships to pay registration for middle school educators within our region.

Coffee and Conversation: Making Math Learning Richer by Increasing the Rigor

Join Kari Jurgenson on Tuesday, September 28 for this afterschool virtual session from 3:00-4:30 pm! Middle and high school math teachers will learn more about increasing the rigor of mathematical tasks in daily instruction.

Register in PowerSchool via the following link. Zoom information is included in the "notes" section of the listing.

Region 4: ELA Course of Study Documents

ARI Region 4 Lunch and Learn Sessions

ARI Lunch and Learns for Administrators- As outlined in the Alabama Literacy Act (ALA), the ARI local and regional literacy specialists must be clear and intentional in working with the school administrators to create a strategic plan for coaching that includes coaching and mentoring teachers daily (p.10). This strategic plan for coaching will assist in a seamless transition to the 2021 Alabama Course of Study: English Language Arts (ELA COS). Each Lunch and Learn will include time to explore a specific area of foundational reading from our 2021 ELA COS and support administrators in ensuring all educators in our buildings have a clear understanding of how the science of reading is explicitly incorporated to enable K-3 students to master grade-level content.

Lunch & Learn 1

  • September 30, 2021

Lunch & Learn 2

  • December 2, 2021

Lunch & Learn 3

  • January 27, 2022

Lunch & Learn 4

  • March 10, 2022

Lunch & Learn 5

  • April 28, 2022

All sessions will be held via Zoom from 10:00-11:00 am. Register in PowerSchool via the following link to receive the Zoom links.

You may also review ARI updates via their ARI Literacy Leadership | Smore Newsletters.


Alabama's Teacher Observation Tool: Training for Administrators (Region 4: UA/UWA)

Title: Alabama’s Teacher Observation Tool: An Overview for Administrators

Course Description: Alabama Achieves, the strategic plan of the Alabama State Department of Education, specifically focuses on providing students with highly effective teachers. The ALSDE has partnered with Cognia in creating a teacher observation tool that provides educators with specific areas of strengths/growth and aligns with the Alabama Core Teaching Standards. The instrument also assists educators in developing professional development plans and choosing informed professional learning experiences. In this session administrators will be able to

  • Understand the Teacher Observation Tool

  • Utilize the Teacher Observation Tool for classroom observation

  • Calibrate scores on the Teacher Observation Tool

Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Region 4 Dates: October 12 or 13 (Choose one full day to attend; two sessions are open each day)

Region 4 Location: Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Register via the PowerSchool links below for the following opportunities in Region 4:

October 12, Mason Room

October 12, Mobile Room

October 13, Mason Room

October 13, Mobile Room

October 15: Rise to the Challenge Fall Dyslexia Conference

Friday, October 15, 2021 from 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM CDT


St. James Church
9045 Vaughn Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36117

October 16: Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning (ACGAL)

The annual ACGAL conference will be held on October 16 at the new I3 Academy in Birmingham. The conference will feature Matt Townsley and Nathan Wear, authors of Making Grades Matter, as keynote speakers. The cost for attendance is $90 each (or $75 for groups of 5+). A copy of the text is included with the registration fee.

If you are an educator in Region 4 who would like to attend, please contact Banks Gordy at regarding scholarship availability.

Alabama Science in Motion

Contact our specialists today to request on-site instructional support as you return to school! We are here for you!


We are happy to be able to deliver labs to your school this year if you are one of our trained teachers. The process will look a little different this year than it has in the past. Mr. John Pointon will be our new delivery driver this year. Please be on the lookout to welcome him to your school.


If you are a new teacher needing ASIM training, please reach out to us directly via email, phone, and/or text.

Lab Safety

We are unable to provide printed safety contracts, but you will be required to have one on file for your students. You may use the Flinn Safety Contract (also available in Spanish) or a personal/district plan. Try paperless! Use your LMS platform and ask students and parents to sign digitally.

Mark your calendars for the "Scientist for a Day" event in November 2021!

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Contact Dr. Robert Mayben at to support your school or district's technology professional learning needs. He will be working with many districts in our region during the first two weeks of August. PLU opportunities and other training opportunities will be posted soon!


AMSTI has been busy providing professional learning to teachers in our region for math and science. We were excited to hold our first coaching academy to support building-based math coaches. We look forward to working with this great group of educators in our coaching communities this year.

We will hold two more virtual K-5 Math COS overview sessions on August 9.

8:30 – 11: 30 am

12:00 – 3:00 pm

Please contact Sara McGee ( if you need other professional learning needs.

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UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate for In-Service Center and AMSTI

Mrs. Banks Gordy, UWA Assistant