AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

November 2020 Happenings

A Note From The AAMU/UAH RIC Director

Greetings #ALRegion3 Educators,


Happy November! As I reflect on the things that I am thankful for, I must say I am thankful that I get to serve as your new AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center Director! To be quite honest, we must admit this year has been a little tough, but here's what I say to that... it’s so easy to get distracted and forget about all the wonderful things that you're thankful for, so this month, the AAMU/UAH RIC team would like to challenge you to participate in the #30DaysOfThankfulness challenge. Every day in the month of November, we challenge you to take the time to reflect on all of the reasons you are thankful and either:


1) Share them on social media.

2) Write them down in a gratitude journal.

3) Simply share your thoughts with a friend


As the AAMU/UAH RIC team reflected on all which we are thankful for, we decided that we are most thankful that we get to serve you! Without your hard work, tenacity, and commitment to K-12 education where would our students be?!?! Thank you so much for all that you do! Wishing you peace, wellness, and continuous growth!


Happy Reflecting,


Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, NBCT

Director, AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

Personal Twitter: @KTSimmonsPhDMom

Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Reflect & Connect Article: "Practicing Gratitude"

Check out the article here

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 12 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, and Scottsboro City Schools--- to offer high-quality professional learning experiences to support educator growth.

Meet the 2020-2021 AAMU/UAH Governing Board Members

Mr. Jason Hass, Principal, Scottsboro City Schools-- Governing Board President

Ms. Betty McIntire, Teacher, Jackson Co. Schools--- Governing Board Secretary

Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, Director, AAMU/UAH RIC-- Governing Board Executive Secretary

Mr. Travis Cummings, School Board Member, Madison City Schools

Ms. Catina Hamilton, Instructional Coach, Boaz City Schools

Dr. Johanna Massey, Professor, AAMU

Ms. Tameka McGill, Teacher, Huntsville City Schools

Ms. Jennifer Taylor, District Administrator, Madison Co. Schools

Ms. Kimberly Tucker, Teacher, Arab City Schools

Ms. Porshe Chapman, Teacher, Huntsville City Schools

Ms. Shundra Morris, AMSTI-UAH STEM Specialist

Ms. Rachel Gibbs, Teacher, Madison City Schools

Ms. Jodi Jacobs, District Administrator, DeKalb County Schools


Special Shoutout to our Fall 2020 Governing Board Mtg. visitors:

Dr. Melissa Shields, OSI ALSDE

Ms. Ann Iott, AMSTI-UAH Asst. Director

Ms. Judy Warmath, ARI Literacy Leadership Specialist

Ms. Lora Snell, ARI Literacy Leadership Specialist

Ms. Jackie Rogers, AAMU/UAH RIC Admin Asst.

Ms. Aundria Campbell, AAMU/UAH TiM Specialist

Mr. Glen Fox, AAMU/UAH ASIM Biology Specialist

Shoutout to our Fall 2020 Governing Board Mtg. Visitors: Dr. Melissa Shields, Ms. Ann Iott, Ms. Judy Warmath, Ms. Lora Snell,

Meet the AAMU/UAH RIC Team

Ms. Jacqueline "Jackie" Rogers --- RIC Admin Assistant

Hi, I'm Jackie Rogers and I serve as the AAMU/UAH RIC Administrative Assistant. In my role I serve as a special assistant to the director, as well as handling the logistics for any RIC led professional learning sessions. If you ever need anything, feel free to reach out!


Contact me!


Ms. Jacqueline "Jackie" Rogers, AAMU/UAH RIC Admin Assistant

Email: jacqueline.rogers@aamu.edu

Office: (256)372-5771

Use hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Mr. Glen Fox --- Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM) Biology Specialist

Hi, I 'm Glen Fox, the ASIM Region 3 Biology Specialist stationed at Alabama A&M University. The goals of Alabama Science in Motion are to provide high-tech laboratory experiences for students and effective professional development for teachers. We provide labs and equipment to ASIM trained 9-12 science teachers in any public high schools within 12 school districts within DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, and Marshall counties.


Specifically, I provide


  • logistical support by delivering labs and lab equipment to teachers, as requested
  • instructional lab support (implementation and setup)
  • modeling lessons
  • coaching for growth and effectiveness
  • and leading professional learning through lab training sessions both during the school year and summer training sessions.


Contact me!


Mr. Glen Fox, AAMU/UAH RIC ASIM Biology Specialist

Email: gfoxasimbiology@gmail.com or glen.fox@aamu.edu

Work Cell: (256)924-8203

Follow me on Twitter: @ASIM_BIO_AAMU

Use the hashtags: #AAMUUAHBiologyWorks and #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Featured #ALRegion3 ASIM lab of the Month. -- Sylvania High School, Mrs. Fox’s Biology classes

ASIM lab M17OsmPlas - Osmosis and Plasmolysis in Onion Cells

In this lab, students will observe how purple pigmented cells visibly respond to the changes in the salt concentration of three different solutions. Sodium molecules are too large to pass through the cell membrane so the water moves in and out of the cell to help maintain the proper osmotic balance. Students will answer the following essential questions.


Essential Questions

  1. What happens to plant cells placed in salt solutions with different concentrations?
  2. How are those changes regulated by cell organelles?


*Courtesy of Mrs. Fox's Biology Class, DeKalb County Schools-- Sylvania High School

ASTA (Alabama Science Teachers' Association ) Happenings!

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ASTA 2021 Conference: "Teachers Are Heroes and Can Do Virtually Anything!" March 15-16, 2021

The 2021 Alabama Science Teachers Association Conference will feature four strands:

  • Tech Tools
  • Socially Distant Science (how to teach science with no shared materials or labs)
  • Virtual Instruction.


Learn More & Register here!

Mrs. Aundria Campbell--- Alabama Technology in Motion (ATiM) Instructional Tech Specialist

Hi, I am Aundria Campbell, the Alabama Technology in Motion Specialist (ATiM or TiM) for the AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center. In this role, I am responsible for partnering with #ALRegion3 school districts to provide professional high-quality professional learning experiences for teachers and leaders in the area of K-12 technology integration. I am passionate about conducting professional learning experiences that are engaging and leads to innovative outcomes! As a former classroom teacher and district technology integration specialist, I understand the importance of continuous, practical professional learning experiences that cultivate lifelong teaching, leading, and learning!


PL Sessions Currently Offered via Zoom: GAFE(Google Apps for Educators), Student Feedback, Graphic Design Tools, Digital Citizenship, Gamification, Schoology & so much more! Register in PowerSchool


Interested in a session that is not listed??? No problem, reach out and let me help co-design the session that's right for you!


Contact me!


Mrs. Aundria Campbell, AAMU/UAH RIC TiM 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

AAMU/UAH Technology in Motion (TiM) Happenings!

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ATiM Happenings Around the State-- open to all regions

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ON THE MARK, GET READY, SET... LEARN. TEACH. LEAD.

Mark Your Calendar! #ALRegion3 Happenings

Stay Connected via...


Twitter: @AAMU_UAHRIC

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

Use Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

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***NOTE: A virtual textbook expo option will be offered. More info. to come once available.

2020 Alabama/Mississippi ACT Conference

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 9am-4pm

240 Paul William Bryant Drive

Tuscaloosa, AL

In-person attendance is limited to 100 people to allow for social distancing. Virtual attendance is unlimited. If you have any questions, please contact the event planner, Shirley Antolik, at shirley.antolik@act.org.


$65.00 pre-conference only

$95.00 in-person conference

$50.00 virtual conference



***Register here

SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS: Writing Competition 2021

Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.


The submission portal is open September 1 - December 12, 2020


Here is a full list of category descriptions click the link below:


Guidelines here


Enter competition here


For more information on the Alabama Regional Awards, you may contact Dr. Robin Bynum at 334-670-5978.

#ALRegion3 NBCT (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!


#ALRegion3NBCTs

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ARI (Alabama Reading Initiative) -- #ALRegion3

Meet the #ALRegion3 ARI Team


Judy Warmath

Regional Literacy Leadership Specialist (RLLS)

judy.warmath@ALSDE.edu

Supporting K-3 Principals & District Leaders in Huntsville City & Dekalb County


Lora Snell

Regional Literacy Leadership Specialist (RLLS)

lora.snell@ALSDE.edu

Supporting K-3 Principals & District Leaders in Madison Co, Jackson Co., Marshall Co., & Fort Payne


Wendy Burns

Regional Literacy Specialist (RLS)

wburns@ALSDE.edu

Supporting K-3 Local Reading Specialists in Huntsville City, Madison City, & Madison Co.


Wendy Clay

Regional Literacy Specialist (RLS)

wendy.clay@ALSDE.edu

Supporting K-3 Local Reading Specialists in Marshall Co. & Fort Payne


Regina Jones

Regional Literacy Specialist (RLS)

regina.jones@alsde.edu

Supporting K-3 Local Reading Specialists in Jackson Co. & Dekalb Co.


Robin Stutts

Regional EL Specialist

rstutts@alsde.edu

Supporting all districts in Regions 1, 2, & 3


Denise Perkins

*ALSDE ARI State Staff

dperkins@alsde.edu

Supporting Regions 3 & 6

ARI's 2020-2021 #ALRegion3 Lunch & Learn Session Information & Dates

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ARI's December Lunch & Learn Session

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

This professional learning series is designed for District and Elementary School Leaders. Learning will be centered around the Alabama Literacy Act (ALA) and the Journey to Success.


Register here in PowerSchool

Section: 388432


Led by

Lora Snell, Regional Literacy Leadership Specialist, Region 3


*Please contact Lora Snell for more information at
lora.snell@alsde.edu

Teaching Students to Read IS Rocket Science

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 8-11:30am

901 Sunset Drive

Guntersville, AL

This session is intended for District Leaders, Principals, and Reading Specialists for Guntersville City, Marshall County, Arab City, Albertville City, and Boaz City.

The session will begin promptly at 8:00 and will end by 11:30.


Register here is PowerSchool

Section: 389929


Led by

Wendy Clay, Regional Literacy Specialist, Region 3
Lora Snell, Regional Literacy Leadership Specialist, Region 3


*Please contact Lora Snell for more information at
lora.snell@alsde.edu

EL Support & Resources

EL - Understanding English Language Proficiency

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 3:30-5pm

This is an online event.

Participants will gain an understanding of how to understand English language proficiency by exploring the following topics: – Exploring how to interpret English Language Proficiency (ELP) test results. – Using ELP scores to drive instruction – Creating rich classroom interactions for ELs to move toward independent success


Register here in PowerSchool

Course #258415


Led by ALSDE EL Specialist, Robin Stutts

EL - Content Instruction for English Learners

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 3:30-5pm

This is an online event.

To ensure that English learner students have equal access to high-quality instruction, educators must develop content and language objectives. This session will focus on building teachers’ capacity as they work to increase ELs’ academic knowledge in the content areas. Educators will explore how to make content comprehensible by building opportunities through purposeful scaffolded tasks and embracing the background knowledge and experiences ELs bring to the classroom.


Register here in PowerSchool



Led by ALSDE EL Specialist, Robin Stutts

#ALRegion3 AMSTI-UAH (Alabama Math, Science & Technology Initiative at the University of Alabama at Huntsville) Team

The UAH Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) regional site serves K-12 educators across North Alabama with training, support, and materials to improve effective mathematics, science, and technology (STEM) teaching practices and learning. We are committed to equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to empower our students' success in the future.


Our mission
as the UAH Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) regional site is to improve math and science teaching practices in the fifteen school systems we serve for the purpose of equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the workforce and/or postsecondary studies.


Our goal is to provide high-quality professional learning, on-going embedded support, and hands-on materials to K-12 teachers of STEM subjects, including mathematics, science, digital literacy and computer science.


Meet the AMSTI-UAH Team


Looking for quality STEM resources? Check out AMSTI-UAH's awesome resources' website.

"Caught Being Awesome"! #ALRegion3 Nov. Highlights

Meet the #ALRegion3 Dream Team!

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

Let's Connect!


AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center


Director: Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, NBCT

Admin Assistant: Ms. Jacqueline "Jackie" Rogers

ASIM Biology Specialist: Mr. Glen Fox

ATiM Instructional Tech Specialist: Mrs. Aundria Campbell