UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

August 2020


Thank you all for joining us this summer! Although it has been a new experience to provide all training virtually, we have enjoyed learning and growing with you. Our center has trained over 3,000 teachers this summer, 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 2020-2021 school year!

Happy learning!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

Fall 2020 Professional Learning Opportunities and Updates

10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa: August 3, 2020

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa! In order to proceed in an abundance of caution, Tech Meet Tuscaloosa will now be held virtually. Our guest speaker, Jake Miller, will offer multiple sessions throughout the conference, which will focus on best strategies for remote teaching and learning. You can find more information about Jake at or via his Twitter feed @JakeMillerTech.

Schoology 101 Training with Dr. Robert Mayben of Alabama Technology in Motion

On Wednesday, August 5, Dr. Robert Mayben and ATIM colleagues will present a Schoology 101 session. This session has just been announced and will fill up quickly!

Schoology 101:

2020-2021 Professional Learning Cohort: The Distance Learning Playbook

Join Dr. Holly Morgan, UA/UWA In-Service Center Director, in a virtual professional learning cohort in utilizing strategies from Fisher, Frey, and Hattie's new text, The Distance Learning Playbook. The cohort will meet virtually from 3:30-5:00 pm beginning on August 13. (Remaining sessions will occur on August 27, September 3, September 10, and September 24.) The in-service center will purchase books for all participants. For more information about this text, view a brief overview from author Doug Fisher:

All educators--teachers and administrators--are invited to participate! We will discuss effective strategies for the virtual environment, including strategies for hybrid environments. This is a K-12 study with examples for both elementary and secondary! If you are a Region 4 educator who would like to participate, complete the following Google form for registration, which includes providing your mailing address for book shipment:

Once registered via the above Google form, we will share PowerSchool information with you prior to Session 1.

Participation will be limited to 60 participants, and registration will close on August 11. We hope that you can join us!

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)
    • Deepen our study of social-emotional learning
    • Text: Relationships, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
    • For the first time, we are offering both an elementary cohort and a secondary cohort.
  • Key Leaders Network (KLN)
    • Text: Coherent School Leadership: Forging Clarity from Complexity by Michael Fullan and Lyle Kirtman
    • Focus upon the factors of Fullan’s Coherence Framework for leaders aligned with Kirtman’s 7 Competencies for Highly Effective Leaders

***All training will be delivered virtually with both asynchronous and synchronous opportunities! If you are unable to secure a school team, contact me ( regarding registering single participants.

Information on Session 1 dates can be found at

We hope that you can join us! For more information regarding registration, please contact Holly Morgan at or Tami Barron at Registration deadline is September 4!

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

Join us on August 27 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 Section #376215! This session will be presented virtually; a Zoom link will be sent two days prior to the session.

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,

TregoEd Session: Potential Problem Analysis

Whether back to school means physically, virtually, or some hybrid of the two—you can protect your plan and ensure a smooth start to school and beyond by preparing for the worst. Learn how our four-step Potential Problem Analysis can help you avoid or minimize problems when school resumes or COVID strikes a classroom.

Join us on August 27, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm for this virtual session, facilitated by Michael Curran-Hays.

Register via PowerSchool Section #380733 (link will be provided two days prior to session)

Dr. Lee Ann Jung: Your Students, My Students, Our Students--September 8 and December 2, 2020

**In order to proceed with an abundance of caution, we have moved the September 8 session to a virtual environment. You will receive a Zoom link in late August. Registration closes on September 1--don't delay!

Join us for this incredible learning opportunity with Dr. LeeAnn Jung, CEO of Lead Inclusion and lead author of ASCD text, Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms. Dr. Jung is also a clinical professor at San Diego State University with her co-authors, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey. She provides support in the areas of inclusion, standards-based learning and grading, designing individualized and goals and interdisciplinary supports, and measuring progress. She has authored 6 books, more than 45 journal articles and book chapters, and has been awarded more than 4 million dollars in federal funding.

This opportunity will be offered in a two-part learning cohort. After the session on September 8, participants will leave with strategies for application within their school teams. Participants will return in December for a follow-up session with Dr. Jung. School teams (consisting of an administrator and multiple teachers) are encourage to attend! Session is limited to 50 participants. Books, training, and substitute reimbursement will be provided by the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center.

September 8, 2020


December 2, 2020

8:30 am-3:00 pm

Register via PowerSchool Section #371121

ALSDE Cultural Diversity Professional Learning Modules

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), along with multiple partnering organizations, will offer online culture and diversity professional learning modules for educators beginning August 5-September 18, 2020. The professional learning modules will be available through online platforms and will include some pre-recorded videos as activities. Professional learning credit will be awarded in PowerSchool Professional Learning upon completion of selected module(s). Participants may earn professional learning clock hours or one (1) Professional Learning Unit (PLU) approved by the Alabama Council for Leadership Development (ACLD). Professional learning credit is assigned based on the selected module(s) of the participant and the requirements of the professional learning module. Slot are limited! Course registration begins September 5, 2020!

Additional information:

  • Participants must have a PowerSchool Professional Learning account with a valid email address and register on the associated learning management system to participate in the online professional learning modules. Course announcements will be sent by email, as needed.
  • In order to receive credit, all activities that accompany each module must be completed in the timeframe allowed. Activities will include online activities (e.g., video, slides, handouts) and an application assignment.
  • To register for the online professional learning, go to PowerSchool at Then enter the course or section number for the online professional learning module.
  • A list of professional learning modules can be found at

UA/UWA In-Service Center Fall Governing Board Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 3:30-5pm

Virtual Session via Zoom

Please join us for the fall Governing Board Meeting on September 17. 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 fall 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.

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

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. PLU opportunities and other training opportunities will be posted soon! Don't miss Tech Meet Tuscaloosa on August 3 and Schoology 101 training on August 5!


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

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate