AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

October 2021-- It's Fall Y'all!

A Note From The AAMU/UAH RIC Director

It's fall y'all! My favorite time of the year. Not only do I enjoy the changing of the colors of the leaves, the beautiful fall decor, the cool/crisp breeze, and the roaring sound of "WAR EAGLE" in Jordan Hare stadium ---lol--- but, I also love what fall represents... change.

Check out this article from Forbes entitled, "It's Time to Change How We Perceive Change".

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." ~Gail Sheehy

Happy Teaching & Learning,

Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, NBCT

Director, AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

Personal Twitter: @KTSimmonsPhDMom

Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Register Now & Mark Your Calendar!

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Alabama Teacher Observation Tool Training for #ALRegion3 Leaders

This round of Alabama Teacher Observation Tool Trainings are for School (Principals & APs) & District Based Leaders ONLY! **We will have to un-register/de-register anyone who is not a school or district-based leader.

Read the notes below each section of the image above, carefully before registering.

***Register ONLY for 1 group. ONLY on one day. The sessions below represent three different opportunities (days) with two locations (Madison Co BOE & Madison Co TRC) on the same campus.

NOTE: Sections below are all hyperlinked.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Group1: 411609 (Madison Co. BOE Boardroom)

Group 2: 411612 (Madison Co. Teacher Resource Center)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Group 1: 411610 (Madison Co. BOE Boardroom)

Group 2: 411613 (Madison Co. Teacher Resource Center)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Group1: 411611 (Madison Co. BOE Boardroom)

Group 2: 411615 (Madison Co. Teacher Resource Center)

Leaders, can't attend any of the #ALRegion3 Teacher Observation Tool Training Sessions? No worries!

You are now able to register to attend any Alabama Teacher Observation Training sessions hosted by any of the 11 Regional Inservice Centers across the state. Click here to view all statewide registration opportunities hosted via the ARICs.

Spaces are filling up quickly, so regardless of your choice, register soon!

NOTE: If you have already registered to attend a session in our region and would like to attend another region's session, please make sure you un-register/de-register or email Ms. Jackie Rogers at jacqueline.rogers@aamu.edu, and she'll remove you or add you to a new section in our region. Thanks!

Staff Book Picks

Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM)

We are excited to introduce you to our new ASIM Biology Specialist, Ms. Mylina Samples Dillard. As of October 1st, Mylina joined us from Huntsville City Schools and is entering her 23rd year as an educator. She resides in Boaz, AL, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She earned her Ed.S. in Biology: Curriculum & Instruction, and she also holds a degree in Psychology. She is the mother of 3 grown children: Deandra Cooper, Zach (Heather) Stanfield & Mykala Stanfield; the grandmother of 8 (3 girls 5 boys).

Ms. Mylina has been diligently working to continue to fulfill lesson/kit requests while simultaneously learning the "ropes" of her new position. We're grateful to have her on board!

IMPORTANT: Continue using the Biology Kit/Lesson Request link below, but just know we will be moving to a new request link system in the coming months. What does this entail? The form's request information will remain the same, but the platform in which you will make your requests will be different. To be honest it won't affect you much! ;-)

Biology Request Form

Connect with Mylina at

Mylina.ASIMBio@gmail.com preferred email address

Mylina.Dillard@aamu.edu alternative email address

Technology in Motion (TiM)

Asynchronous Technology in Motion (TiM) PL Sessions

Tips for Reading Virtually

October 19th from 3:30-4:30pm

Earn 1 credit hour

Register here for this synchronous session!

NEW! Alabama Level 1 Google Certification Cohort

The East Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Auburn University in partnership and Technology in Motion in partnership with Google is pleased to launch this Google Level 1 Academy. We are in the process of organizing the Google L1 Academy for the 21-22 school year. Do you know a classroom teacher interested in joining this STATEWIDE initiative to become Google Level1 Certified? Each district will have the opportunity to select1 or 2 teachers from Region 3. Most of you can probably name the perfect teacher that is not already Level 1 certified. Please send me 1 or 2 names(based on the information below) and I'll send you the link to have them fill out the application.

If your school district is or is not interested in participating in this opportunity, please send an email to techyteacher3@gmail.com indicating your level of interest (yes, we're interested, please send me the link to register my 1-2 teachers OR no, we're (e.g. ABC School District) are not interested.

Educator Certification Availability by District

  • Albertville City-2 teachers
  • Arab City -1 teacher
  • Boaz City-1 teacher
  • DeKalb County-2 teachers
  • Fort Payne City -1 teacher
  • Guntersville City-2 teachers
  • Huntsville City-2 teachers
  • Jackson County -2 teachers
  • Madison City-2 teachers
  • Madison County-2 teachers
  • Marshall County -2 teachers
  • Scottsboro City-1teacher

As a Google Level1 Certified Educator, you will hone your Google skills and transform your classroom using Google tools. Learn to use Google Workspace for Education products to make your classroom more efficient and improve student outcomes. As a member of the Google Certified Educator Level 1Academy, you stand out as a teacher dedicated to your craft. You also grow your skills to help transform your classroom through technology. Participants should plan to devote between 14 and 20 hours in support of earning theGoogle Level1 Certification Credential includes synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. This program is much more than test prep, so prepare to engage with your friEd LearningGuide and content developed by Google's Premier Education PartnerfriEdTechnology, because everything is better fried! Thanks in advance for your help.

My Best,

Aundria Campbell

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NEW! TiM's New Technology Teacher Mentoring Program Opportunity

New Teacher Technology Mentor Program We are now accepting registration for Cohort 4 of the New Teacher Technology Mentor Program. This newly revised course will be a blended format of content that will assist new teachers (first or second year) in the LEAs. The course will cover several months and include topics such as digital citizenship, communication, classroom management, innovative teaching ideas, and effective student engagement. Participants will learn about technology tools to support each of these topics. There will be three synchronous meetings in Zoom, and the course modules and tasks will be housed in Schoology. This course will be offered by ATIM Specialists in Regional Inservice Centers. Participants must be a certified first or second-year teacher that has not already participated. Participants can earn up to 12 CEUs for completing this course. We look forward to meeting the new members of Cohort 5 and teaching them some new strategies and tools. (This is completely voluntary and space is limited.) To sign up, register in PSPL course #271169 and look for section #41665 with Cohort 5. This cohort begins January 2022.

PS: After you have signed up please complete this brief Google Form. Thanks!

Asynchronous Technology in Motion (TiM) PL Sessions

It's Back by Popular Demand! Self Paced Professional Learning Opportunties

Self Paced Professional Learning Sessions are designed to meet the various needs of our busy educators.

  • Can't make it to a live session? No problem!
  • Have a doctor's appointment after school? No problem!
  • Forgot to attend the scheduled session? No problem!
  • Would rather spend time at home in the afternoons or on the weekends, diving into the learning? No problem!

Check out this insightful article from ISTE entitled, "5 Surprising Results of the Self Paced Classroom"

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Gamifying your Classroom

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Let's Have Fun With Nearpod

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My Fave Productivity Tool

Register here

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Adobe Spark Course

Register here

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Tips for Teaching Math Virtually

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Tips for Teaching Reading Virtually

Register here

ALSDE's Byte-sized Professional Learning Series is back for the 2021-2022 School Year! Check out the sessions here and register!

Mrs. Aundria Campbell, TiM Instructional Technology Specialist

Email: techyteacher3@gmail.com or aundria.campbell@aamu.edu

Work Cell: 256-929-9009 *call or text

Office: (256) 372-4426

Twitter: @mrscamptech

Hashtag to Follow: #AAMUUAHTiMWorks and #AAMUUAHRICWorks


Mark Your Calendar! #ALRegion3 Happenings

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aamuinservice

Use Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

GenCyber Security Education hosted by UAH's Center for Cybersecurity & Research

This course will equip a broad range of teachers with the basics of inserting existing cybersecurity resources into their classes. These teachers will join the UAH GenCyber teacher learning community and are encouraged to attend the full summer workshop to dive deeper into the content area.

Teachers must apply here to attend the camp sponsored by UAH's Center for Cybersecurity & Research

Want PowerSchool credit for attending?

October 12th session-- register here, in addition to applying above

February 18th session--- register here, in addition to applying above

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ACGAL 2021 will take place on October 16, 2021 at i3 Academy in Birmingham, AL. This year's conference will feature Matt Townsley and Nathan Wear, authors of Making Grades Matter, as keynote speakers. The cost for attendance is $90 each (or $75 for groups of 5+). There is an in-person and virtual option. Registrants will receive a copy of the featured book-- included with the registration fee. Find out more information at http://ACGAL.org.

Register here

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Register here for the Fall Dyslexia Conference to be held on October 15, 2021 in Montgomery, AL.
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#ALRegion3NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher) Support

The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center is proud to partner with and advocate for educators currently pursuing NBCT status or interested in pursuing NBCT status. For more information about NBCT mentoring support and opportunities offered through the AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center, please complete the Region 3 NBCT interest form and someone from our team will be reaching out to you soon!


Check out the AAMU/UAH Regional In-service Center 2021-2022 National Board Candidate Support Course Offerings & Schedule

We know you’ve been waiting! Check out our 2021-2022 National Board Support Course Offerings & Schedule for the year!

View schedule & register here— session links are hyperlinked for your convenience!



NEW! AAMU/UAH RIC's National Board Deeper Dive Microsessions-- in addition to course offerings listed above!

AAMU/UAH RIC's "NB Deeper Dive Microsessions" were designed to give candidates an opportunity to dive a little deeper into each of the individual components. This deep dive session can happen in the form of structured small group discussions, Q&A sessions, delving into the Bobbie Faulkner NB companion books, and so much more.

We know that most of your “burning questions” and wonderings typically arise after you’ve had a chance to process the content that was shared in the whole group course offerings sessions, that’s why we designed these “NB Deeper Dive Microsessions” to provide candidates with additional support between each of the “NB Candidate Course Offerings” sessions-- as listed above. Now you have the power to connect beyond the norm and receive deeper levels of support from some of the most highly qualified Candidate Support Providers (CSPs)/Mentors across our state.

Click here to view our 2021-2022 Deeper Dive Microsessions

*Sessions are hosted in either a face-to-face (f2f), remote (e.g. Zoom or Google Meet) or hyflex (session will take place f2f, but will also be live-streamed) instructional delivery model.

Check out our center's NBCT Resources! #NBCT4ALL

The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center offers mentoring support for #ALRegion3 educators. Our mentors “walk alongside” candidates to support them “ through the certification process, often starting before the teacher actually applies for certification. Candidate support providers ask questions that help a candidate show evidence more clearly, are sensitive to a candidate’s emotional needs, help candidates create organizational systems to manage the process, locate resources to help with technology demands, and provide models of feedback that broaden and deepen the candidate’s own analytical abilities”.


Let the AAMU/UAH Inservice Center mentor you through the National Board process. You should not have to attempt it alone!

Alabama Reading Initiative #ALRegion3

ARI Literacy Leadership Newsletter

Check out the October edition of ARI Literacy Leadership!

NOTE: This month's S'more will be linked here when it's released.

ARI #ALRegion3 Lunch & Learns

Join Literacy Leadership Specialist, Judy Warmath and Lora Snell for the 2021-2022 ARI #ALRegion3 Lunch & Learns

Session #1 -- Oct. 7 or 13 @ 11:00 (Fall Break - same content on both dates)

Session #2 -- Dec. 1 @ 11:00

Session #3 -- Feb. 3 @ 11:00

Session #4 -- March 10 @ 11:00

Session #5 -- April 28 @ 11:00

Don't have the Zoom registration link yet? Email lora.snell@alsde.edu or judy.warmath@alsde.edu and they'lll share the link with you.

***Remember: It's best practice to never share Zoom session links in public social media spaces or platforms to prevent unwanted guests.

EL Support & Resources

Need Support for Your Teachers of Multilingual Students?

Need Support for Your Teachers of Multilingual Students? Well, you're in luck! #ALRegion3 ALSDE EL Specialist, Mrs. Robin Stutts is here to support. From professional learning sessions to coaching needs, she has you covered. You can reach Robin at rstutts@alsde.edu

Looking for FAFSA Support for Migrant, Homeless & Multilingual Students?

Check out the supports via Alabama Goes To College


Stay abreast of STEM offerings via AMSTI-UAH's educator resource site. It's jammed packed with resources for teachers and leaders.

Meet the #ALRegion3 Dream Team!

About the AAMU/UAH RIC

The Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University/University of Alabama at Huntsville Inservice Center (AAMU/UAH RIC) is located on the beautiful campus of the historical Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. The AAMU/UAH RIC partners with administrators, teachers, instructional/content specific coaches, counselors and media specialists in 13 school districts, across 4 counties in ALSDE’s region 3---- Albertville City Schools, Arab City Schools, Boaz City Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fort Payne City Schools, Guntersville City Schools, Huntsville City Schools, Jackson County Schools, Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools, Marshall County Schools, Scottsboro City Schools and the Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering--- to offer high-quality professional learning experiences to support educator growth.


Start Here. Go Anywhere! #AAMU

Alabama A&M University (AAMU) is a collegiate university that balances the personal attention of a small traditional land-grant college with the academic vitality and broad opportunities of a research university. AAMU has a diverse faculty and student body, state-of-the-art facilities, and top-notch resources, programs, and services.

Earn Your Graduate Degree at AAMU!

Check out the AAMU's graduate degree programs here