UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

March 2020


Spring is in the air, and professional learning is in full-swing! This semester has been filled with wonderful learning opportunities; don't miss out on sessions that will build your skill and expertise in the classroom! Also, watch for our listing of summer professional learning sessions that will be released in April. We are planning for a great summer that includes ARI, AMSTI, ASIM, and ATIM opportunities, as well as many sessions to target special education, mental health, social-emotional learning, and more!

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: We have also linked a calendar on the bottom of the homepage of our website at so that you may quickly review opportunities by date. 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

Happy learning!

Dr. Holly Morgan

Director, UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

March 2020 (and beyond) Professional Learning Opportunities

Spring 2020 National Board Scholarship Announcement!

The Alabama NBCT Scholarships will be offered again in Spring 2020. The application process will open March 2, 2020. The deadline for submitting the application will be March 31, 2020. Once the application opens, you may use the link below to apply!

10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa: May 29, 2020--Registration is open!

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa! For the first time, this free event will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus. We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Mr. Jake Miller. You can find more information about Jake at Mr. Miller will also provide a break-out session along with other educators throughout our region.

Registration is now open at Don't delay--register today!

West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference--Open for Registration!

Calling all school counselors in the UA/UWA Region!

We are excited to announce that registration in PowerSchool is open for the 1st Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference on Monday, June 22, 2020 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

Save the Date-July 22, 2020! Learn from Dr. LeeAnn Jung, lead author of ASCD text: Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms


July 22, 2020

8:30 am-3:00 pm

Tuscaloosa County Board of Education Community Room

1118 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

***PowerSchool Registration Coming Soon!

Join us for this first session with Dr. LeeAnn Jung, CEO of Lead Inclusion and lead author of 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 will be the first in a two-part learning cohort. After the session on July 22, participants will leave with strategies for application within their school teams. Participants will return in October 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 75 participants, and books will be provided by the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center.

National Board Candidate Support Cohort offered in Marengo County--it's not too late to join!

  • Thanks to an increase from the ALSDE in our National Board Candidate Support funding, a new National Board cohort began in November in the southern part of our region.
  • Our next sessions will be on Monday, March 2 at 4:00 pm at the Marengo County Board of Education.
  • To view the schedule for the 2019-2020 southern cohort, visit

National Board Candidate Support-Tuscaloosa Cohort

PowerSchool Spring Training: Links Below to Register!

  • As a reminder, dates for spring 2020 PowerSchool training were sent to local districts this fall. Please refer to the September 12 memo from Dr. Mackey for more information regarding the team structure (including number of people).
  • The following dates are for Region 4 UA/UWA:
  1. SIS/UC Gradebook Session 1 (Tuscaloosa): March 9-13--Register at
  2. SIS/UC Gradebook Session 2 (Demopolis): April 13-17--Register at
  3. SP Programs (Tuscaloosa): March 9-11--Register at
  4. SIS Ent. Reporting Session 1 (Tuscaloosa): May 11-14--Register at
  5. SIS Ent. Reporting Session 2 (Demopolis): June 8-11--Register at
  6. Schoology LMS (1/2 Day Training in Tuscaloosa): July 9--Register for morning session at ------ Register for afternoon session at
  7. Introduction to Connected Analytics (1/2 Day Training in Tuscaloosa): September 1---Register for morning session at for afternoon session at

LETRS Unit 4 Cohort 2 Dates Below (dates for those currently enrolled)---Sign up at the link below if you would like to be in next year's cohort!

If you are currently involved in Cohort 2 of LETRS training, please review the most recent e-mail from Gay Finn on February 21, 2020. Training for Unit 4, Cohort 2 in our region will be:

March 3, 2020

UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center – Gym

260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

PowerSchool Section #369312

March 4, 2020

Tuscaloosa County Schools Central Office – Community Room 101

1118 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

PowerSchool Section #369319

March 10, 2020

Tuscaloosa County Schools Central Office – Room 307/Third Floor

1118 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

PowerSchool Section #369337

March 11, 2020

Northport Elementary School – Library

13695 Frankie Thomas Trace, Northport, AL 35475

PowerSchool Section #369346

March 12, 2020

Tuscaloosa Career & Tech Academy – Event Hall

2800 MLK Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

PowerSchool Section #369357


Register NOW for One-Day Workshops through the Alabama History Institutes!--Two Sessions will be held at our In-Service Center!

Alabama History Institutes are immersive professional development opportunities in history and civics for all public, private, and homeschool K-12 educators in Alabama. Each workshop will incorporate intensive classroom training and interactive, hands-on experiences. Participants will receive a stipend and professional development credit.

View the complete list of locations, dates, and workshop descriptions for the 2020 summer one-day sessions at The deadline to apply is April 10, 2020. The two sessions offered at our In-Service Center are listed below:

June 8, 2020

· Grades 10-12: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating the Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment
University of Alabama Inservice Center, Tuscaloosa

June 15, 2020

· Grades K-2: Learning About Alabama in Early Elementary Classrooms
University of Alabama Inservice Center, Tuscaloosa

Literacy Reimagined Inaugural Conference: March 2020

The following literacy conference is being sponsored by the South Alabama Regional In-Service Center. Registration is open to all In-Service Centers throughout the state. The conference will be at the USA Gulf Shores Campus in March 2020. The cost of the two day conference is $175.00 per person. A few of the keynote speakers include Natalie Wexler, author of the Knowledge Gap, and Nancy Young, creator of the Ladder of Reading.

A flyer with more information and the link for registration can be found at There is also a special link for booking hotel rooms:

ALSDE Curriculum and Instruction Meetings

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

Tuesday, April 28th, 3:30-5pm

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

Calling all teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians! Please join us, along with our Governing Board members, for the Spring Governing Board Meeting on April 28 at our Regional In-Service Center (Tom Barnes Building, 260 Kilgore Lane). A list of current board members can be found at This meeting will include our Summer Learning Showcase. Summer learning providers will be on hand to share learning opportunities and answer any questions.

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

  • May 1, 2020
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • 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 are participating in the ACLD-PLU: Leading Schools in Disruptive Times as a part of our learning community.

Brainspring Phonics First Training: June 1-5

Brainspring Phonics First Level I training will be held the week of June 1-5 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). Registration for courses at Brainspring will be responsible for all training registration.

Save the Date: Alabama PBIS Conference on June 3, 2020!

Alabama Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Conference
June 3, 2020 | Bryant Conference Center | Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Mark your calendar to attend the Alabama Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Conference, a professional learning event for all educators. The conference will feature keynote and breakout sessions applicable to educators across all levels of experience. You will also enjoy planning time and networking opportunities specific to PBIS.

Who should attend?

  • District-level administrators
  • School-level administrators
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • School psychologists and psychometrists

Registration Opening Soon!

Bookmark us at


For more information, contact Amanda Bergeron at 205-348-9966 or

UA/UWA Alabama Science in Motion

  1. ASIM Physical Science Training Thursday March 5, 2020
  2. ASIM Physics Year 2 Day 10 training on April 2, 2020. Contact Julie Covin to register. 205.531.3230.
  • For more information regarding physics training and support, contact specialist Julie Covin at

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Professional Learning Groups for 2019-2020

If you would like more information about the Alabama Technology in Motion program, you can visit the UATiM site at or the ALSDE site at Please contact Dr. Robert Mayben at for more information and specific requests.

Spring 2020 ACLD PLU – There will be a new PLU offered in late spring. Look for more information on this learning opportunity coming soon.


SAVE THE DATE for AMSTI Summer Training 2020!

July 14-17: Math Year 1, Grades 6-12

July 20-23: Math Year 2, Grades 6-12

July 13 – 24: Science, Grades K-8

For more information, please contact the AMSTI office at 205-348-0294.

Attention Teachers of K-5 Math!

Do you ever wonder…

· How can I be a teacher leader in mathematics at my school?

· How can I help facilitate PLCs to improve math instruction?

· How can I use student work to impact my instruction?

· What does the new Course of Study in math mean for me?

AMSTI UA/UWA is hosting a Math Leadership Community

April 27-28, 2020

Our goal is to build some exceptional math teacher leaders as Alabama moves towards Governor Ivey’s STEM Roadmap goal of having math coaches in our K-5 schools. For a PDF of the STEM roadmap, please follow this link:

As part of this community, you agree to:

  • participate in 2 professional learning days on April 27 and 28. AMSTI will reimburse the cost of your substitute according to our guidelines.
  • participate in AMSTI Summer Math Training in July 2020. AMSTI does not pay stipends or travel.
  • participate in ongoing learning opportunities during the 2020-21 school year.

Please obtain administrator approval prior to applying. To apply, click the following link:

Space is limited. Deadline to apply is March 12. If accepted for participation, you will be notified by March 27.

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate