UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

April/May 2020



The staff of The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center (AMSTI, ASIM, ATIM, and In-Service Center) are here to support your teachers and administrators during this time. All staff are available to connect with you or your teachers virtually through Zoom, via e-mail, or by phone. Please contact us for assistance with online/virtual professional learning sessions, compilations of resources, or other requests during this time. As we all adapt to our new daily work, please know that we are here to support you!

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

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities (and beyond!)

Summer 2020 Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities offered through The UA/UWA In-Service Center

The UA/UWA In-Service Center’s virtual summer training sessions can be found at: All sessions are listed in PowerSchool. In this Google sheet, each session title is linked directly to its PowerSchool listing. (Please note that all AMSTI and ASIM virtual sessions will be sent from the ALSDE in the near future.)

You may also access the list of professional learning opportunities at More than 45 sessions have been planned that align to our regional data and needs assessment results. We hope to "see you" virtually this summer.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Holly Morgan ( with any questions.

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

  • May 1, 2020
  • 9:00 am-10:00 am via Zoom
  • 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.

Trego Ed Session: Transitioning to the Next Normal when Students Return

In this session, TregoEd will provide strategies for district administration, school and classroom leaders to identify, organize and initiate planning for the many complex issues facing schools as they prepare for the return of students. These strategies will help participants use a collaborative, structured approach as they consider issues such as equity around achievement, staffing, curriculum and assessment, mental health issues of students and staff, communication, safety/hygiene protocols, building preparedness, etc.

Session 1 (April 30) is completely full; however, we are offering a second session on May 6. Register today at

National Board Candidate Support Cohort: Marengo County

  • Our April and May sessions will continue virtually. The final session for the 2019-2020 school year will be on Monday, May 4. If you would like to participate, contact Dr. Holly Morgan at
  • To view the schedule for the 2019-2020 southern cohort, visit
  • The 2020-2021 session schedule will be released later this summer. We will begin with our first monthly session in August.

National Board Candidate Support-Tuscaloosa Cohort

  • Our April and May sessions will continue virtually. The final session for the 2019-2020 school year will be on Thursday, May 7. If you would like to participate, please contact Anna Daly at
  • To view the 2019-2020 support schedule, visit
  • The 2020-2021 session schedule will be released later this summer. We will begin with our first monthly session in August.
  • For more information, please contact Dr. Holly Morgan at

Applied Digital Skills: Dr. Lee Green of the O'Briant Group

Applied Digital Skills is a free, flexible video-based curriculum that prepares students for the growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills, such as email and spreadsheets. Each of the more than 100 lessons offers educators an opportunity to leverage these resources directly into the classroom. These sessions will show you how you and your students can get the most from Applied Digital Skills.

Choose the date that works best for you!

  • May 14, 10:00-11:00 am
  • June 18, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • July 16, 2:00-3:00 pm

All session information, including PowerSchool registration, can be found in our summer booklet at

Chapter Chats: Weekly Discussion of Fisher and Frey's "Engagement by Design"

Every teacher wants engaged students. So why isn’t every classroom teeming with discussion and purposeful activity centered on the day’s learning expectations? Where should a teacher begin? Engagement by Design gives you a framework for making daily improvements and highlights the opportunities that will bring the greatest benefit in the least amount of time. You’ll learn about relationships, clarity, and challenge, including how getting to know each student a little better can fundamentally change the classroom dynamics—and how to do that, what it means to be an “intentionally inviting” teacher, and how it gives you an advantage in creating an environment conducive to learning, how to bring more clarity to key aspects of your work—and how it can reap substantial rewards for you and your students, how opening the culture to student voice—listening to students—is linked to academic motivation, and how to use it to shape your day-to-day planning, the best ways to increase learning for your students, boosting the proportional value of their school year.

In this study, we will focus intentionally on conversation surrounding engagement in a digtial environment. Join us for these weekly chat sessions! For the first 20 participants, your book will be provided by the UA/UWA In-Service Center. Register in PowerSchool with Section #372713!

Classroom Management "Hacks" with Dr. Stephanie Parker, NBCT

In this session, participants will learn classroom management hacks to help them more effectively manage the classroom and help it run more smoothly. These techniques will also help teachers focus on small group instruction and the flow of learning rather than on disruptions.

This session will target K-8 teachers and will be delivered via Zoom on June 11 from 9:00-10:30 am. Register via PowerSchool Section #371159.

Engage Every Family: ACLD-PLU Opportunity

The overall goal of this study is to foster greater parental/family engagement within a school. As participants progress through this course they will consider outreach and communication strategies while they reflect on the reasons many families are disengaged from their child's school. This study will require the participant to read the book Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles, discuss chapters online with other participants, work through several activities, and create an implementation plan for either their school or district. At the conclusion of each chapter/reading assignment there will be online discussion activities utilizing a learning management system, such as Google Classroom. Upon successful completion of this study, each participant will be awarded one (1) ACLD-PLU.

Register now to attend the opening virtual session on June 12 at 9:00 am! Books will be provided for the first 20 registered participants. Register via PowerSchool Section #370986

Writing Sessions for K-12 Educators! Join Dr. Melissa Shields for 2 opportunities in June!

Dr. Melissa Shields will offer two virtual writing sessions for The UA/UWA In-Service Center this summer. Join her on June 15 for the following opportunities:

1. #WritingWellMatters: Preparing for the ACT and Beyond--9:00-11:30 am

2. Reaching Reluctant Writers: 1:00-2:30 pm

PowerSchool registration information can be found at

The Pandemic Wrecked my Grading Practices: Standards-Based Grading in any Situation

Join Dr. Andrew Maxey on June 29 from 9:00-10:30 am for this virtual session regarding the use of standards-based grading practices. Standards-based grading better informs instruction by identifying areas of strength and needed improvement while providing valuable feedback to students, parents, teachers, and administrators in creating meaningful interventions. Join us for this session to learn more about the process and impact for your students.

Register via PowerSchool Section #371093

Alabama Reading Initiative Opportunities: Foundational Modules, Structured Literacy, Dyslexia Awareness

The following ARI sessions will be offered virtually through The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center this summer:

1. ARI Summer Science of Reading-Foundation Modules: Phonics: June 23

2. ARI Summer Science of Reading-Foundation Modules: Oral Language: June 24

3. ARI Summer Science of Reading-Foundation Modules: Writing: July 13

4. ARI Summer Science of Reading-Foundation Modules: Vocabulary: July 14

5. ARI Summer Science of Reading-Foundation Modules: Phonemic Awareness: July 15

6. ARI Summer Science of Reading-Foundation Modules: Comprehension: July 16

7. ARI Summer Science of Reading - Foundation Modules: Fluency: July 17

8. ARI Structured Literacy: July 30

The following ARI sessions have been planned as face-to-face sessions. The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center will provide a half-day substitute reimbursement for each of the following opportunties:

1. Experience Dyslexia: September 16, 8:30-11:30 am

2. Experience Dyslexia: September 16, 12:30-3:30 pm

***This is the same session but will be repeated in both the morning and afternoon.

National Board Candidate Orientation

Join our facilitator, Ms. Anna Daly, for an informative session regarding what to expect with the National Board Certification process. This virtual session will be offered on July 28 from 9:00-10:30 am. Register today via PowerSchool Section #371175.

10th Annual Tech Meet Tuscaloosa: Rescheduled for August 3, 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 or via his Twitter feed @JakeMillerTech. 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!

Rescheduled Training with Dr. Lee Ann Jung! Don't miss this opportunity! September 8 and December 2, 2020

Join us for this incredible learning opportunity with Dr. LeeAnn Jung, CEO of Lead Inclusion and lead author of ASCD text, 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 opportunity will be offered in a two-part learning cohort. After the session on September 8, participants will leave with strategies for application within their school teams. Participants will return in December 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. Books, training, and substitute reimbursement will be provided by the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center.

September 8, 2020


December 2, 2020

8:30 am-3:00 pm

Register via PowerSchool Section #371121

Teaching Alabama Geography the FUN Way!

Often times, when geography standards are talked about among teachers, it is immediately assumed that students hear about Alabama geography for the first time in 3rd grade; but, this is not the case! Important geographic skills and concepts are addressed in all grades, starting in kindergarten. The primary goal of this institute is to reestablish the importance of social studies standards as it pertains to geography in a fun, hands-on way. In this PD session you’ll learn about the Giant Traveling Map of Alabama. This resource is a large Alabama map from National Geographic that has recently been purchased by the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center for your use. Attend this session with Sarah Stroud, Tuscaloosa County Schools, and you’ll learn how to check it out for your classroom. You have to see this to believe it—it’s incredible! ***Substitute reimbursement will be provided for each participant.

September 23, 2020


UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

Register via PowerSchool Section #372936

PowerSchool Spring/Summer Training

Due to the current pandemic, the following PowerSchool training sessions have been canceled.

  • The following dates are for Region 4 UA/UWA:
  1. SIS Ent. Reporting Session 1 (Tuscaloosa): May 11-14--
  2. SIS Ent. Reporting Session 2 (Demopolis): June 8-11
  3. Schoology LMS (1/2 Day Training in Tuscaloosa): July 9
  4. Introduction to Connected Analytics (1/2 Day Training in Tuscaloosa): September 1---

West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference--Rescheduled for February 5, 2021

Calling all school counselors in the UA/UWA Region! Although we had to reschedule our date, we are thrilled that all of our speakers will be with us in February! Registration is open now! It will be a wonderful way to celebrate National School Counseling Week!

We are excited to announce that registration in PowerSchool is open for the 1st Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference on Friday, February 5, 2021 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

UA/UWA Alabama Science in Motion

All face-to-face training has been canceled for Alabama Science in Motion. Look for virtual training opportunities from ALSDE soon!

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

SO many training opportunities are being offered by Dr. Robert Mayben during Summer 2020, including Google Certified Educator Training!

For information on all Alabama Technology in Motion training sessions, view our summer learning booklet at or utilize our Summer Training Google Sheet at


All face-to-face training has been canceled for AMSTI for Summer 2020. Look for virtual training opportunities from ALSDE soon!

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate