UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center

March/April 2023

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Spring is Here (Where Did Winter Go?)

Happy Spring...well, it feels like it anyway! I don't know about you, but the recent warm weather has me wondering where winter has gone! The spring semester is passing quickly, and we want to remind you of many upcoming spring professional learning opportunities. Our summer professional learning opportunities are released each year by April 15, so watch for an announcement in early April.

In addition to the sessions that are open to all educators in our region (found on our newsletter below), we also offer targeted professional learning opportunities designed for individual schools or districts. Administrators, please contact the center directly via e-mail ( or via the following link to request targeted support.

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:

Best wishes for a wonderful spring break!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center

March/April 2023 Professional Learning Opportunities and Updates

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March 1: Alabama's Teacher Observation Tool: Training for Administrators

Date: March 1, 2023

Register via PowerSchool section #461413 or use the following link

If you are a new administrator or were unable to attend training last year, be sure to mark this opportunity on your calendar!

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.

Location: UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

March/April 2023: ALSDE Bite-Sized Professional Learning Series

Check out the ALSDE Bite-Sized Professional Learning opportunities that are being offered this spring. Topics range from assessment, teacher mentoring, PowerSchool, and more!

March 2: ALSDE: Overview of the Local Textbook Adoption Process

In this session, provided by Dr. Carolyn Jones (ALSDE) and Dr. Patrick Chappell (Publishers' Warehouse), educators will investigate the following: Goals of the Textbook Committee; Formation of the Local Textbook Committee; Best Practices for the Local Textbook Committee; Work of the Local Textbook Committee; Publisher Expectations; Textbook Caravan; Final Steps for Local Textbook Adoption; Samples Timeline will be provided; Adoption process forms; Procedures for adopting textbooks outside the State approved list; Sample Oath of Office; Textbook Disposal Procedures; Textbook Law; Textbook orders with Publishers' Warehouse.

Date: March 2, 2023

Time: 10:00-11:30 am

Virtual via Zoom

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454312 or via the following link in order to receive the Zoom link.

March 2: English/Language Arts 2021 Course of Study Overview

If you are a new ELA teacher or have not received an overview regarding the transition to the 2021 ELA Course of Study standards, ARI Region Four specialists are offering an overview session on the following date:

  • March 2 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Central Elementary School

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454304 or via the following link

APT and PBS Learning Media for Secondary Math and Science Teachers

Alabama Public Television is offering a one hour session just for secondary math and science teachers. Use the link below to register and receive the zoom information:

March 2, 2023

3:45-5:00 pm

March 6: UA/UWA RIC: Regional Secondary Coaching Community

The next session is March 6!

We are excited to announce that our Inservice Center will once again offer regional support for secondary instructional coaches who are not served by AMSTI or ARI. Each quarterly session will be held at the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education on the following dates. If you are a secondary instructional coach who would like to participate this year, please use the links below to register in PowerSchool for these sessions. We will continue our study of the coaching process and how to use data to drive our coaching conversations.

September 23, 2022

November 17, 2022

January 27, 2023

March 6, 2023

Feel free to contact Dr. Holly Morgan at with any questions.

March 7: Working Smarter, Not Harder-Using Instructional Supports to Guide Instruction in Preparation for the ACAP

Join Charissa Lambert, ALSDE OSI ELA Specialist, for one of the half-day opportunities provided on March 7! This session is intended for ELA teachers in grades 4-8, instructional coaches who support teachers in grades 4-8, and administrators.

Date: March 7, 2023

Location: UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Register in PowerSchool Professional Learning Using the Section Numbers Below:

8:30-11:30 am: Section #466313

12:30-3:30 pm: Section #466316

March 9: ALSDE Social Studies: Using Primary Sources to Teach the Movement

Join Dr. Blake Busbin, ALSDE Social Studies Education Specialist, on March 9 for this second session! Each session will be held from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

If you cannot attend both sessions, feel free to join us for one of them!

Register in PowerSchool PL via the following links:

March 9, 2023

March 18: U.S. Drone Soccer Southeast District V Tournament (AL, GA, FL, MS, TN, SC)

U.S. Drone Soccer Southeast District V Tournament (AL, GA, FL, MS, TN, SC)

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ Shelton State
For more information, visit or email Dr. Mayben at for more information.

If you are interested in bringing Drone Soccer to your school or learning more about this innovative new esport, please contact Dr. Mayben at

March 23: AMSTI/ARI: Region 4 Quarterly Principal Meetings


Region 4 Administrators:

Join AMSTI and ARI for the following quarterly principal meetings on October 6, December 8, February 9, and March 23. These sessions are for building administrators of K-5 schools. This information was referenced in a SDE memo (page 5).

The sessions will be held in Capital Hall on The University of Alabama campus. Please complete the following registration form in order to receive your parking pass.

Sessions begin at 8:30 and end at 3:30. You should plan to attend all day in order to participate in both the AMSTI and ARI session.

Please reach out to your AMSTI Director Sara McGee or your ARI contact Tiffany Davis if you would like additional information.

March 23: Go Beyond the Classroom with Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips can create engaging experiences beyond the classroom for students. In this session, participants will explore tools, resources, and strategies for planning and creating virtual field trips, where to find ready-made virtual field trips, and how to facilitate these interactive learning experiences.

Registration Link: Coming Soon (will be added to

March 28: UA/UWA RIC Implementing Alabama's Core Teaching Standards to Improve Instruction

In this session, educators will develop an awareness of Alabama's Core Teaching Standards.

They will collaborate to apply the Core Teaching Standards in practice and identify evidence of the Core Teaching Standards in their daily practice. Educators will also align the Alabama Core Teaching Standards to the dimension within Alabama's new Teacher Observation Tool.

Date: March 28

Time: 8:30-3:30

Location: UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa

Register via PowerSchool PL section #461411

March 30: UA/UWA NBCT Cohort: March Mentoring Sessions

Join us at the UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center (260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL) on March 30 from 5:00-7:30 pm for our March mentoring sessions. Register via PowerSchool PL Section #435611.

You will receive support from Candidate Support Providers as you work on your selected component(s) in a small group setting.

March 30: Bring Alabama STEM to your classroom through the Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) Gala!

Meet STEM researchers at The University of Alabama who have created K-12 lesson plans based on their cutting-edge research. This is a drop-in networking gala where you can visit with researchers about their lesson plans and with local organizations about their educational programs. We will have food and giveaways while you visit tables.

Thursday, March 30 at 6-7:30PM

Alabama Museum of Natural History Smith Hall, 427 Sixth Ave, Tuscaloosa

Free registration:

Applications are due by March 31! ALSDE National Board Certification Scholarship

The ALSDE National Board Certification scholarship has now been released. The electronic application can be downloaded at The deadline for submitting an application is March 31, 2023. All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-May.

NEW - Year 1 and Year 2 teachers may now apply. Previously, educators must have completed three successful years of teaching prior to beginning the National Board Certification process. The policy change now will open access to educators interested in the Board certification process by allowing them to begin the process of Board certification before completing three years of teaching experience. While this change allows educators to begin the process earlier, educators will need to complete three successful years of teaching employment to become Board-certified.

NEW - The annual household income threshold has been raised from $120,000 to $150,000.

April 18: Explore Alabama with Alabama Public Television- Virtual PD

Join APT as we explore Alabama with this virtual workshop for grades 3-12. Find out about APT resources that examine influential people and places across our state. Some of the resources we will look at include Yellowhammer History Hunt, Shuttlesworth, Alabama African American History and Project C. One hour of PD will be awarded at completion.

April 18, 2023

3:45-4:45 pm

Register via this link:

April 25: Yellowhammer History Hunt at Moundville Archaeological Park

Alabama Public Television is a Yellowhammer History Hunt at Moundville Archeological Park on April 25th. Information regarding the session can be found on the flyer. The link to register for this session is Pre-service teachers are also invited to attend!

UA/UWA Inservice Center Winter Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 25th, 3:30-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us for the Spring Governing Board Meeting on April 25. 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 virtually. If you are not a Governing Board member but would like to attend, please contact Dr. Morgan ( for a virtual link.

April 26: Metametrics: Lexile and Quantile Frameworks

Join us virtually on April 26 for the following opportunities from Metametrics! This information includes free resources for Alabama educators based upon students' lexile and quantile measures.

Metametrics Lexile Framework for Reading

April 26

9:00-10:30 am

Virtual via Zoom

Register via PowerSchool PL #455853 in order to receive Zoom link.

Metametrics Quantile Framework for Mathematics

April 26

1:00-2:30 pm

Virtual via Zoom

Register via PowerSchool PL #455861 in order to receive Zoom link.

***For more information about Metametrics and its partnership with Alabama and their FREE resources, visit

April 27: UA/UWA NBCT Cohort: April Mentoring Sessions

Join us at the UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center (260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL) on April 27 from 5:00-7:30 pm for our April mentoring sessions. Register via PowerSchool PL Section #435613.

You will receive support from Candidate Support Providers as you work on your selected component(s) in a small group setting.

April 28: UA/UWA Cohort-National Board Spring Writing Retreat

If you are an NBCT candidate in the UA/UWA Region, join us on Friday, April 28 for our spring writing retreat. Candidates will work on their analysis of evidence and written commentary. Full-day substitute reimbursement will be provided for each participant (as long as the educator teaches in Region 4, UA/UWA).

Spring Writing Retreat

April 28, 2023; 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

Register via PowerSchool Section #435540

Hudson Alpha Spring Workshops in March and April

Please review the attached flyer for upcoming spring workshops in March and April that will be offered by Hudson Alpha.

~Upcoming Opportunities: May 2023 and Beyond~

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Alabama Pre-AP Readiness Workshops

The UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Pre-AP Readiness Workshops in partnership with College Board. Pre-AP Readiness Workshops are in-person collaborative experiences that orient participants to the content, design, and pedagogy of the Pre-AP Program. Teachers explore Pre-AP design and instructional content-specific topics that empower them to apply what they’ve learned to their own grade level or course within their content area. Save your seat now!

Who Should Attend the Readiness Workshops?

-Grades 6-12 teachers


Why Should I Attend?

-Learn new approaches and develop plans for instruction that can be applied in your own classroom

-Collaboratively design classroom activities that build readiness and meets the needs of all learners

-Gain new skills and insights with a supportive peer network and expert National Faculty

-Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are awarded upon completion

Workshop Objectives

-Explore Pre-AP model lessons, the course framework, teacher resources, and student learning supports

-Analyze how Pre-AP instructional design supports all students in achieving success toward AP, college, and beyond

-Learn how to apply Pre-AP shared principles and course areas of focus to yearlong planning and classroom instruction

We will have workshops on the following dates:

May 1: English Language Arts

May 2: Mathematics

May 4: Social Studies

May 5: Science

Sessions will be held from 8:30-3:30 PM CST. Each math and science workshop counts as TEAMS PD credit. Register for the sessions using the links below by March 31, 2023.

Key Links:

Upon attendance, we will then award credit for attendees in PowerSchool Professional Learning.

UA/UWA Region 4 Curriculum Directors' PLC

  • May 4, 2023
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
  • This year, we will host 3 meetings with the curriculum directors/professional learning directors who serve as direct liaisons to the Inservice Center.
  • Each of these regional meetings, beginning with September 30, 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.

AETC Conference: June 14-16, 2023

Please make plans to join us in Alabama’s Rocket City for the 2023 Alabama Education Technology Conference (AETC) as we “Suit Up for the Mission” of improving educational technology across the state. This conference will be held on June 14-16, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL.

AETC plays a major role in assisting educators to increase their understanding of instructional technology in education. This state conference is an opportunity for educators in the state to refine skills, connect with other educators, and share ideas. Please visit for additional information.

AETC will offer four free registrations per LEA for educators who meet the certain criteria — names must be submitted by April 28th.Please make plans to join us in Alabama’s Rocket City for the 2023 Alabama Education Technology Conference (AETC) as we “Suit Up for the Mission” of improving educational technology across the state. This conference will be held on June 14-16, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL.



AMSTI is continuing to partner with ARI to host regional principal meetings to support implementation of the Alabama Numeracy Act. For more information, please view the flyer posted above in this newsletter.

Summer training is open for registration! You can view all AMSTI opportunities at their new AMSTI-UA website at More information is linked in the flyer below.

Please contact Sara McGee ( if you have questions or requests for other professional learning support.

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Alabama Science in Motion

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

Alabama Reading Initiative

ARI Quick Links Document (Includes Proficiency Scales for K-5)

Quick Links

ARI is partnering with AMSTI to host regional principal meetings to support implementation of the Alabama Literacy Act. For more information, please view the flyer posted above in this newsletter.

ARI Literacy Leadership | Smore Newsletters for Education

ARI Newsletter Listserv Request

New ARI Facebook Page

Family & Community Newsletter

ARI's Spring Literacy Fun Newsletter 2023 (Spring 2023)

2021 ELA Course of Study: Secondary (6-12) ELA Resources

The following document provides access to curated resources to support implementation of the 2021 ELA Course of Study in Grades 6-12. The link will allow you to create your own copy of the resource document.

Office of School Improvement Updates

OSI Docs and Tools

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Join Dr. Mayben for his technology sessions this fall! You may find all of his posted opportunities at

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


Region 4 Regional Coordinator, Office of Mathematics Improvement: Amy Tilford

See the information from Mrs. Tilford linked below regarding the Alabama Numeracy Act Summer Programming FAQs and Alabama Numeracy Act overview. For more information, contact Amy Tilford at

The Office of Mathematics Improvement presents a problem-solving unit that will benefit fourth and fifth graders attending summer math programs. A preview of the unit can be found at the link. The preview contains both a summary of the unit and a registration link for a virtual overview of the unit.

Click on this link for preview!

Region 4 EL Specialist: Dr. Stephanie Reynolds

Please use the direct link below to access the ALSDE English Learner Support Request form and to learn more about the supports available. The ALSDE is now requiring this request to be completed before any initial visit for Instructional Support.

EL Region 4 Specialist: Dr. Stephanie Reynolds (

EL Support Request Link:

ALSDE EL Spring Newsletter

Region 4 MTSS Updates

March Opportunities: Region 4 ALSDE PowerSchool Coach: Quandria Robinson

March opportunities are located in the attached flyer.

Please also feel free to request specific sessions. To request training for your district or school, either reply to this email or click the link in the flyer and submit an Ed Tech ticket request via the following link: Submit Ed Tech Support Ticket

PowerSchool Coach Quandria Robinson (

Alabama Social Studies and Physical Education Newsletters

Check out the latest information from Dr. Blake Busbin, ALSDE Social Studies Education Specialist:

Please find the updates for Alabama Health and Physical Education at:


ACAP Resources

ALSDE Proficiency Scales

ALSDE has developed proficiency scales that can be used by teachers and students. The following link shares how to access those proficiency scales:

ATLAS Resources

ATLAS is a resource designed for National Board Certification, but it can also be used by teachers for personal growth or incorporated into district teacher induction programs.This resource is open to our full-time, public school educators in Alabama. Please contact Dr. Morgan at for an account.

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