Athens State In-Service Center

November 2019

Fall has finally arrived!

In October we had so many exciting things happening within our region. Our Powerful Conversations Network - North kicked off with their first meeting with over 100 participants. It has been wonderful to hear all the great ideas related to social and emotional learning that school teams have taken back and applied within their schools. Our next PCN meeting will take place in December.

There are several opportunities for professional learning this month. Check out the upcoming conferences and other PD offerings.

In addition to professional learning opportunities, there are some teacher resources included this month for use with your students. Check out the AMSTI Iron Bowl STEM Challenge, the Statistics in Schools resource on the 2020 Census, and the Art and Writing opportunity for students in grades 7-12.

Lastly, Region 2 is filled with many great educators. This month's newsletter recognizes a few of them. If you work with them, give them a high five and congratulate them on a job well done. We are all in this together.

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities or resources, please let us know. You can contact Patty Maze ( or Holly Wood ( with your questions.

Have a great November!


Director, Athens State In-Service Center

Spotlight on Cullman City Schools

The Cullman City School system has over 3,000 students in five schools. The schools are Cullman High School (Grades 9-12), Cullman Middle School (Grades 7-8), East Elementary School (Grades 2-6), West Elementary School (Grades 2-6), and Cullman City Primary School (Grades K-1). Cullman City Schools also hosts the Cullman City Head Start Program at the Primary School.

Check out some of the great things happening in Cullman City Schools.

Needs Assessment Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who responded to our 2019 Needs Assessment Survey. We had over 750 responses. Below are some of the results.

Top Five Professional Learning Topics (Classroom Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Other)

1. Differentiated Instruction

2. Reading Strategies

3. Classroom Management/Behavior Support Systems

4. Technology Integration

5. Writing Strategies

Top Five Professional Learning Topics (Administrators)

1. PLU Opportunities

2. Classroom Management/Behavior Support Systems

3. PowerSchool Professional Learning Training

4. Differentiated Instruction

5. Small-Group Instruction

Be looking for upcoming professional learning opportunities that address these topics. If you have specific presenters that you would like to hear related to any of the above topics, please let us know. We are always looking for great presenters.

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Powerful Conversations Network - North

The first Powerful Conversations Network - North session took place Thursday, October 3, 2019, at the Beasley Center in Athens. Twenty Six school teams gathered to learn more about social and emotional learning.

The next PCN North session will take place on Thursday, December 5. We will be at the Beasley Center again. If your school has a team attending these sessions, please be sure to RSVP by Monday, November 18, using this link PCN North #2 Registration​.

2019-2020 PCN Meetings

December 5, 2019 - The Beasley Center, First United Methodist Church, Athens (9:00-2:30 PM)

March 5, 2019 - The Beasley Center, First United Methodist Church, Athens (9:00-2:30 PM)

Instructional Rounds TBD**Participating in one Instructional Round is required for a PLU.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Winner

Congratulations to Sue Noah (center), Kindergarten teacher at iAcademy in Athens City Schools. She recently received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching State Award in Washington D.C. The PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

To nominate an outstanding STEM teacher today click on the word "PAEMST" below. it will directly connect you to the nomination site. All state winners receive a trip to Washington D.C. and a cash award of $10,000.

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Literacy Legacies Conference 2019

The Literacy Legacies Conference sponsored by the Alabama Literacy Association took place last month in Birmingham. This conference had several great keynote speakers including Stephanie Harvey, Lynne Dorfman, and Matt de la Pena. The Athens State In-Service Center provided the registration fee for several Region 2 teachers to attend the 2019 Literacy Legacies Conference. Pictured above are Emily Paschall (Limestone County Schools), Brenda Nash (Oneonta City Schools), and Jessica Wimberley (Hartselle City Schools). Pictured below is the Tennessee Valley Literacy Council Outstanding Literacy Teacher of the Year recipient Yulanda Hampton.
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Phonics First Primary Training

Twenty-three teachers participated last week in the Phonics First Primary Training presented by Brainspring. Teachers learned multi-sensory approaches to phonics instruction and had opportunities to practice teaching explicit phonics lessons. It was a great three days of training. This training will be offered again in the summer.
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IMPACT PD: Dual Language Learner Instruction for PreK Teachers

  • Five engaging Online Professional Development Modules have been created from Dual Language Learner experts around the nation. Pre-K teachers are invited to participate in the third cohort of IMPACT-PD Online PD Module.
  • Participants will develop an expertise in working with DLLs and their families, receive STI-PD credit (50 hours), receive a $300 stipend and may be eligible to receive UAB course credit.
  • Please complete the application through this link by Friday, December 20th:

If you have any questions, contact Julie Paul at or (205)-996-1060.

Upcoming Training: Creating an ACLD PLU in PowerSchool

With the new PowerSchool Professional Learning platform, the application process for requesting ACLD PLUs has changed. This half-day training is for anyone who previously completed applications for ACLD approved PLUs and for anyone who is new to the ACLD PLU application process. After the morning session, we will have a "Lunch and Learn" time for participants wanting to know more about PowerSchool Professional Learning platform.

Date: December 3, 2019

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM (ACLD PLU in PowerSchool) 11:30-1:30 ("Lunch and Learn" PowerSchool Professional Learning Platform) Lunch will be provided.

Location: AMSTI/In-Service Center (1115 Highway 31 S, Athens)

Registration Link will be added soon. Please check back.

National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Happenings

Anyone interesting in pursuing National Board Certification is welcome to attend any of the monthly NBCT support meetings.

Coming up in November, we will be unpacking Component 2. The date for this meeting is Monday, November 18, 2019, from 4:30-7:00 PM.

Teachers are welcome to attend any of the monthly meetings. There are two locations to choose from, Morgan County Educator Resource Center and Cullman City Board of Education. All meetings are free for anyone interested in attending.

Lawrence County teachers - Your next NBCT meeting is December 3 on Component 2. This meeting will be at the Lawrence County Board of Education Board Room.

Below is the link for the list of scheduled monthly meetings for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions about becoming a National Board Teacher, please contact Patty Maze at or 256-233-6574.

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2019 NBCT Renewal Candidates

Congratulations to the following educators in Region 2 that passed their NBCT Renewal process this year.

Amy Williamson - Blount County

*Felicia Chambers - Cullman County

Janet Turner - Cullman County

*Morris Williams - Cullman County

*Misty Oliver - Decatur City

*Jennifer Williams - Decatur City

Shane Carpenter - Limestone County

Linda Schmidt - Limestone County

*Amberlyn Scott - Oneonta City

*The information above was obtained by the NBCT Directory and certain candidates may have obtained renewal in 2018. Congratulations to all recent NBCT Renewals. If you obtained renewal this year, and your name does not appear above, please contact us and let us know. Omissions are not intentional.

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Alabama NBCT Conference

Saturday, Jan. 25th 2020 at 8am-3:30pm

5476 Caldwell Mill Road

Birmingham, AL

The Alabama NBCT Network is hosting the 20/20 Catch the Vision Conference on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. This is a great conference and is opened to all educators, not just NBCTs. Registration is $75 per person. Register using the following Eventbrite link

Any Region 2 NBCT Candidate is invited to attend for free, compliments of the Athens State In-Service Center. Region 2 NBCT Candidates will need to RSVP at this link by Monday, November 25. Region 2 teachers teach in one of the following districts: Athens City, Blount County, Cullman City, Cullman County, Decatur City, Hartselle City, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Morgan County, or Oneonta City Schools. If you have any questions please contact Patty Maze at

29th Annual Conference of Learning Forward Alabama

Social and Emotional Learning: Getting to the "HEART" of Learning (Using Social-Emotional Practices to Impact Student Success)

Date: November 21-22

Location: Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Alabama

Cost: Registration $150 (Postmarked after October 31st or onsite)

For more information visit

A Registration Form can be found here:

Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

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AMSTI Iron Bowl STEM Competition

All students in grades K-12 can participate.

1. Go to and choose your STEM Challenge Task.

2. Create groups of 2-5 students based on their favorite team, Auburn or Alabama.

3. Each group will complete the STEM challenge to the best of their ability!

4. Take pictures or videos of each group's completed challenge and post to social media.

a. Tag @AMSTI4all (works for all social media platforms)

b. Use #AMSTiironbowl AND #wareagle OR #rolltide to vote for your team.

5. The deadline for posting your projects will be Tuesday, November 26.

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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
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Census Resources: Statistics in Schools

The U.S. Census Bureau created a free educational program, Statistics in Schools (SIS), for use in every classroom from pre-K through 12th grade. Check out the resources at