UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

September 2019

September Announcements

Happy September! I hope that you enjoyed a restful Labor Day! We have many sessions scheduled for this month, including multiple PowerSchool sessions beginning on September 10. On our website, we have created a specific tab for each month's newsletters: http://inservice.ua.edu/newsletter. Also, continue to check out our social media pages on Facebook (@uainservice) and Twitter (@UofARIC). 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 hgmorgan@ua.edu.


I am looking for "good news" stories regarding a particular school or district that can be featured in our newsletter (see "September Shout Out!" below). If you have a few pictures and a paragraph of something that you would like to highlight in your school/district, please contact me at hgmorgan@ua.edu. I would love to feature you!


Happy learning!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center Needs Assessment: Closing on September 13!

  • In order to best meet the needs of our teachers, counselors, librarians, and administrators in Region 4, I invite you to complete the following needs assessment: https://forms.gle/mGxmJw35QAfEXR1TA
  • This brief, needs assessment will remain open until Friday, September 13, 2019.
  • Please provide us with information as to how we can best support you!

Fall 2019 Professional Learning Opportunities

September 10 and 11: PowerSchool Training


  • Please bring your own electronic device to the session; we will use them throughout the session.
  • Our region will host training on the new PowerSchool Professional Learning Platform on September 10 and 11. There will be a morning (8:30 am-11:30 am) and afternoon session (12:30 pm-3:30 pm) held on each day. You need only to register for one of the half-day sessions as each half-day session will be a repeat of the same information.
  • STI PD: SDEPL001
  • Teams of 3-4 are encourage to attend; this training will primarily be aimed at those who currently function in Chalkable PD as PD Managers and Curriculum Managers at the District/LEA level. Those that are responsible for creating courses and confirming attendance in Chalkable are highly encouraged to attend.
  • September 10: The September 10 morning and afternoon session will be held at the UA/UWA In-Service Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • September 11: The September 11 morning and afternoon session will be held at Demopolis Middle School Lab 212, 300 E. Pettus St., Demopolis, AL.

PowerSchool Professional Learning Updates

I wanted to share the following updates regarding the rollout of PowerSchools and migration of Chalkable/STI-PD based upon recent questions asked and information received.


  1. Chalkable/STI-PD will be turned off permanently on September 20th. You will be unable to access the system after September 19.
  2. PowerSchool (the PD portion that is replacing Chalkable PD) will go live on October 1.
  3. Current Chalkable PD data is being migrated over to the new system. This means:


  • Training histories for the past 6 years will be migrated over to PowerSchool.
  • As a suggestion, educators may want to print their personal training histories in case of any issue with the migration so that they have personal record of their training histories. In order to assist you with how to download and print your training histories, Dr. Robert Mayben (Technology in Motion) has provided this brief how-to clip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A_Ut4vr3mVaw0eyq-VgFxtQ9x-fkyD8b/view
  • Sessions that are currently being created in Chalkable PD (for events scheduled to take place after October 1) should automatically migrate over to the new PowerSchool platform. However, be mindful of the blackout period of Sept. 20-Sept. 31; you will not be able to enter, access or look up PD data during that time.


Please contact me at hgmorgan@ua.edu if you have other questions that I can address for you.

September 16-17: Alabama Best Practices Center hosts Jennifer Abrams

ALSDE Curriculum and Instruction Meetings

  • September 18--Shelby County Instructional Services Bld., Auditorium, Rooms 111, 112, 113601 1st St S, Alabaster, AL 35007
  • September 24--Alabama State University, Dunn Oliver Banquet Room, 1595 Robert C. Hatch Drive, Montgomery, AL 36101
  • For more information, visit https://www.alsde.edu/sec/isvcs/Pages/currinstmtgs-all.aspx

National Board Candidate Support from the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

Empathy and Empowerment through Discourse

  • Thursday, September 19
  • 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Anna Irvin Dining Hall, University of Montevallo
  • (Session is open to all regions.)
  • Hear from Birmingham Civil Rights advocate, Lisa McNair, and Director of Speech and Debate for Mountain Brook Schools, Elizabeth Wood-Weas
  • For more information, visit http://inservice.ua.edu/announcements

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

  • Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for a chance to win scholarships and have their work exhibited and published.
  • The submission portal is open from September 12, 2019-December 12, 2019.
  • For more information, visit http://inservice.ua.edu/announcements

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center Fall Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 24th 2019 at 3:30-5pm

Hale County College and Career Academy, 19875 AL-69, Greensboro, AL 36744.

Please join us for the fall Governing Board Meeting on September 24. All teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians are invited to attend. A list of current board members can be found at http://inservice.ua.edu/governing-board.html. For the 2019-2020 school year, Governing Board meetings will be held in various locations throughout the region so that we may view and share the great things that are happening in our region.

Alabama Robotics Grant Application: Deadline extended to September 30!!

  • The FY2020 Alabama Robotics Grant application has been released. Visit http://www.amsti.org/robotics for more information.
  • Deadline extended to September 30!

AdvancED Connect Conference: October 1-2, 2019

  • In partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, the AdvancEd Connect Conference will be held on October 1-2, 2019, at Frazer Memorial Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The AdvancED Connect Conference will provide you with detailed information and best practices on the following topics:
  • New eProve platform including eleot®, Surveys, Diagnostics, Strategies (Phases 1-4), Workspace
  • You will also learn more about Continuous Accreditation Model, Alabama Continuous Improvement Planning (ACIP), Compliance Monitoring, Student Assessment and best practices, and STEM-based learning and the NEW AdvancED Certification Process Framework.
  • For more information regarding registration, visit http://inservice.ua.edu/announcements

Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning

  • October 5, 2019
  • Paul W. Bryant High School, Tuscaloosa
  • Featured Speaker: Tom Guskey
  • ACLD-PLU opportunity included for those who hold administrative certification
  • Registration $75 (includes book), Groups of 5+ are $65 each
  • For more information, visit https://acgal.org/

TregoEd: Collaborative Decision Making for School Leaders

  • October 9, 2019
  • 9:00 am-3:30 pm
  • UA/UWA In-Service Center
  • Complimentary session--Learn about TregoEd's research-based tools for collaborative decision making.
  • Lunch is provided at no charge
  • Confirm your spot by contacting Angela Lewis at 348-3319 or allewis6@ua.edu by Friday, September 27, 2019.
  • For more information, visit http://inservice.ua.edu/announcements

UA/UWA In-Service Center: Curriculum Director/Professional Learning Director PLC

  • October 15, 2019
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • 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 October 15, 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.
  • In addition, we will study a professional text together as a part of this PLC.

LETRS Training: Cohort 2

  • The UA/UWA In-Service Center will host several LETRS training opportunities for Cohort 2 participants. These dates include October 1, 22, and 24.
  • Information to Cohort 2 participants was shared this week regarding the dates of training and registration via Sign-up Genius.

2019 Alabama Literacy Association Conference

  • October 23-24, 2019
  • Birmingham Marriott at Grandview, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Keynote speakers include Stephanie Harvey, Whitney LaRocca, and Lynne Dorfman
  • For more information, visit http://www.alabamareading.org

October 28-November 1: Brainspring Training

Only a few spaces remain for this course! The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center will host a Brainspring Phonics First Orton-Gillingham Course in October. Brainspring Phonics First Level I training will be held the week of October 28-November 1 at the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center. This 5 day/30 hour training qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory instruction to their K-5 classrooms. The cost of this week-long training is $1,295 per person (classroom materials set included).


November 18-22: Brainspring Structures Course for Grades 6-12

The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center will host a Brainspring Structures Orton-Gillingham Course on November 18-22. This 5 day/30 hour training is designed for 6-12 teachers, instructional coaches, intervention, and resource. The cost of this week-long training is $1,225 per person (classroom materials set included). Group discounts are available.


2019 Learning Forward Alabama Conference

UA/UWA Alabama Science in Motion

  • For more information regarding biology training and support, contact specialist Lisa Clark at lclark@ua.edu
  • For more information regarding chemistry training and support, contact specialist Brooks Moss at moss020@ua.edu.
  • For more information regarding physics training and support, contact specialist Julie Covin at jcovin@ua.edu.

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Professional Learning Groups for 2019-2020


Library Technology Professional Learning Groups – The Library PLGs are designed to help librarians bring technology integration ideas and strategies back to their schools in the form of integrating technology into their libraries, collaborating with teachers, and training teachers on new tools and best practices for technology integration. There are three groups which meet four times throughout the school year (2 fall, 2 spring).


Elementary Digital Literacy & Computer Science Professional Learning Group – The Elementary DLCS PLG is an opportunity for K-5 teachers to learn how to integrate the new DLCS into their instruction. In the PLG, teachers will discover strategies for teaching digital literacy and computer science concepts such as computational thinking, coding, robotics, and other innovative design practices. There will be three meetings for this group (1 fall, 2 spring).

Secondary Digital Literacy & Computer Science Professional Learning Group
– The Secondary DLCS PLG is designed for teachers of grades 6-12 who are teaching computer science and/or digital literacy classes. This PLG was popular with career tech teachers last year who taught computer science, coding, and robotics classes. There will be three meetings for this group (1 fall, 2 spring).

Fall 2019 ACLD PLU 680
The Leading and Learning with Digital Literacy and Computer Science ACLD PLU is being offered again this fall. This PLU is open to administrators and teachers with administrative certification. The focus is on the new Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Student and will include relevant and engaging activities designed to prepare administrators and teacher leaders to support the implementation of these important standards in their school and district. There will be three after school meetings in the fall.


Spring 2020 ACLD PLU – There will be a new PLU offered in the spring. Look for more information on this learning opportunity later in the fall semester.


  • If you would like more information about the Alabama Technology in Motion program, you can visit the UATiM site at www.uatim.org or our ALSDE site at atim.us. Please contact Dr. Robert Mayben at rmayben@ua.edu for more information and specific requests.

AMSTI UA/UWA

  • Math training K-12
  • Science training K-8
  • For more information, contact Sara McGee, AMSTI Director at smcgee@ua.edu

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate