Athens State RIC

August 2019

Back to School!

It is hard to believe that summer is nearing an end, and school starts this week for most of the school systems in Region 2. While visiting with teachers and administrators last week, I could sense the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming school year.

There are so many great things happening in our region, and we want to share information regarding innovative programs and professional learning with others. Throughout the '19-'20 school year, we will spotlight one of our ten school systems each month, emphasizing some of the programs and learning that captures their system's vision. This month, the Athens State Regional In-Service Center spotlights Hartselle City Schools. Our hope is to build a region of collaboration, sharing ideas and resources.

We look forward to providing you with great professional learning experiences throughout the school year. Please do not hesitate to contact the Athens State Regional In-Service Center with any of your professional learning needs or ideas. You can reach us at or

We wish you the best school year ever!

Spotlight on Hartselle City Schools

Nestled in north-central Alabama, the Hartselle City School system is comprised of six campuses; Barkley Bridge Elementary, Crestline Elementary, F.E. Burleson Elementary, Hartselle Intermediate, Hartselle Junior High, and Hartselle High School. Known for high academic, artistic, and athletic performance, the Hartselle City School system continues to strive for excellence. With strong community and business support, Hartselle City Schools lead in innovative programs such as Civil Air Patrol, Tiger Buddies, Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education. Additionally, Hartselle City Schools is currently working on Blue Ribbon District status. Follow the link below to read more about how Hartselle is meeting the needs of their students with such innovative programs. Information is available for anyone wanting to implement these programs into their school or school district.

Coming in September - Spotlight on Athens City Schools

Powerful Conversations Network- North

The Athens State Regional In-Service Center is hosting Powerful Conversations Network-North sessions in Athens for the 2019-2020 school year. An ACLD approved PLU is available with these sessions.

2019-2020 Powerful Conversations Network Dates

October 3, 2019

December 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

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

*Any Region 2 participant registered through the Athens State Regional In-Service Center will receive the required PCN text "All Learning is Social and Emotional".

For registration information (including cost, dates, times, and locations), see the link below.

Registration deadline is August 30, 2019.

National Board Certified Teacher Support Program

The Athens State Regional In-Service Center offers monthly NBCT Candidate Support meetings in two locations (Morgan County Educator Resource Center/Decatur and Cullman City Board of Education/Cullman) for all educators pursuing their National Board certification. This support is free and open to all Region 2 teachers. Below is the link for the 2019-2020 schedule of monthly meetings. If you have questions about becoming a National Board Teacher, please contact Patty Maze at or 256-233-6574.

2019-2020 National Board Grant Application

Interested in pursuing your National Board Certification? Apply for the Alabama NBCT Grant. Applications are due September 20, 2019. Below is a direct link to the application and a FAQ sheet.



PowerSchool Training Opportunities

Interested in learning how to use the new PowerSchool Professional Learning Platform in preparation for the transition from Chalkable PD? This training is primarily designed for LEA personnel who currently serve as PD Managers and Curriculum Managers in Chalkable PD.

Upcoming Training Dates (Four Training Opportunities)

September 23, 2019 (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30)

September 24, 2019 (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30)

Register on STI PD using the PD Title Number SDEPL001.

Each LEA can bring a team of 3-4 staff members.

Gifted Educators Regional Training

Date: August 27, 2019

Time: 9:00-3:00 PM

Location: Athens State Regional In-Service Center

1115 Highway 31 South, Athens, Alabama

School personnel with responsibilities for the following topics are welcome to attend this training.

*Continuous Improvement for Gifted Programs

*Second Grade Child Find, Standard Child Find, and Gifted Referral to the Eligibility Process

*Social/Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

Register on STI PD using the PD Title Number SESGT2019-1. The deadline to register for this session is one week prior to the date of the session. For questions, contact Emily Hurst at 334-694-4782.

Phonics First Orton-Gillingham Course - October 28-November 1, 2019

The Athens State Regional In-Service Center will be host to Brainspring Phonics First Orton-Gillingham Course training in October. Brainspring Phonics First Level I training will be held the week of October 28-November 1 at the Athens State 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 (materials included). Use the link below to access the flyer for two training opportunities (Phonics First Primary or Phonics First Level I)

Brainspring will handle all registrations for these trainings. Register at

Google Level I Certification Bootcamp

Courtney Hamilton, our Technology in Motion Specialist, will be offering a free Google Level I Certification Bootcamp on October 1-2 at the Athens State Regional In-Service Center. If you are interested in attending, please contact Courtney at

Coming - Summer 2020

Ready for a new professional learning format? Edcamp offers an "unconference" style format that is sure to please every educator. The Regional In-Service Center will host its inaugural 2020 Edcamp on June 4, 2020, at Hartselle High School.

Put this date on your calendars now, and look for more information throughout the school year.