AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

January 2022-- New Beginnings

A Note From The AAMU/UAH RIC Director

Happy New Year!

A new year always signifies new beginnings. Whether is a new goal, new resolution, or new word of focus, everyone seems to be bringing in the "new"! Check out this article entitled, "5 Ways To Keep Your New Year's Resolution Based on New Research" by Dr. Tracy Brower

Dr. Brower is a sociologist and the author of The Secrets to Happiness at Work exploring happiness, fulfillment, and work-life and Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations.

Happy Teaching & Learning,

Dr. Kisha Tolbert Simmons, NBCT

Director, AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center

Personal Twitter: @DrKisha_PhDMom

Hashtag: #AAMUUAHRICWorks

We want to hear from you!!!!

Please take a few mins to complete the 21-22 AL Regional Inservice Centers' PL Needs' Assessment by 1/25/2022! Your feedback will assist us in planning to meet your needs! https://bit.ly/ARIC21-22-2

#AAMUUAHRICWorks #NeverStopLearningAlabama #ARICWorks

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Mark Your Calendar! #ALRegion3 Happenings

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Register Now & Mark Your Calendar!

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The 2022 English Language Arts Textbook Caravan provides teachers, curriculum specialists, & textbook committee members an opportunity to listen to formal, scheduled textbook presentations from the publishing representatives in order to assist them in purchasing the best resources for their district. Textbook caravans are scheduled in each inservice region (Birmingham & Montevallo conduct a joint caravan). Districts are encouraged to send a representative team to both the elementary (K-6) & secondary (6-12) textbook caravans in their inservice region. The best district team members are active participants in the day, bringing to the caravan a knowledgeable focus of their district’s needs, an earlier examination of textbook samples, and the willingness to analyze the information provided and communicate it with their team members. District teams will be provided a schedule to follow which gives them equitable access to presentations from each state-adopted comprehensive resource. In addition, publishing representatives from state-adopted supplemental resources will be available with exhibitions of their resources. As a part of the schedule, district teams will be provided a collaborative period during the day in which they can match notes and discuss which resources best meet their district’s needs as well as visit with supplemental providers. In order to maximize the day for participants, lunch will be provided at no cost to the participants.

Teams should register via your respective hyperlinked sections below.

Elementary Teams Registration Link


Secondary Teams Registration Link


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Register here for Cognia Alabama Conference-- Innovate, Elevate, Transform
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Spring 2022 Alabama Teacher Observation Tool Training for #ALRegion3 Leaders

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.

March 1, 2022 (Location: Madison Co BOE Boardroom) Group 1– 423003

March 1, 2022 (Location: Madison Co. Teacher Resource Center (TRC) Group 2–423000

Leaders, can't attend any of the #ALRegion3 Spring 2022 Teacher Observation Tool Training Sessions? No worries!

You will soon be able to register to attend any Alabama Teacher Observation Training sessions hosted by any of the 11 Regional Inservice Centers across the state. Registration links coming soon!

AAMU/UAH RIC presents the 21-22 Health & Wellness Holiday Series

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Let's Talk Mental Health: Putting People First Registration Links

Click the links below to register in PowerSchool

NEW! January 2022 Opportunity

January 7-January 31, 2022 Section #424572 "Supporting The Mental Health of P-12 Students As They Return from the Winter Holiday Break 2021"

2021-2022 School Year Opportunity

Nov. 19th-May 31, 2022 Section #421539 "What Does Mental Health vs Mental Illness Look Like?

January-February 2022 ALSDE C&I Meeting Logistics

January-February 2022 ALSDE C & I Meetings Logistics

  • South: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – SARIC; Mobile, Alabama

  • Montgomery Area: Thursday, January 27, 2022 – Troy University Montgomery Campus; Montgomery, Alabama

  • Birmingham Area: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Shelby County Instructional Services Center; Alabaster, Alabama

  • North: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – Athens State McCandless Hall; Athens, Alabama

Time: General Session: 9 – 12:00 & Afternoon Breakout Sessions

For questions, contact Susan Zana at susan.zana@alsde.edu

Inspiring STEM Careers Through Naval Grand Challenges: Sessions For Secondary Science Teachers

Through a collaborative grant between Auburn University and the University of Alabama faculty, two training workshops for high school science teachers are being offered. Eligible teachers include those that teach physical science, physics, chemistry, environmental science, or engineering courses. The workshop will introduce twelve new science labs that connect science standards to the STEM challenges of the U.S. Navy. Participants will receive a $100 stipend for attending training. Additional stipends will be offered for using the lesson kits in the classroom and providing feedback. Participants can borrow classroom kits to use in labs during spring 2021.

Two training opportunities (choose one):

December 7, 2021, Tue, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST

January 8, 2022, Sat, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Register here

ACAP Resources

ACAP Checklist & Presentation

The Office of School Improvement (OSI) has developed an ACAP checklist and presentation to assist educators with various tools and resources developed by ALSDE & DRC.

ALSDE Wakelet

For the most up-to-date ALSDE Initiatives and Sections resources visit the ALSDE Wakelet for your "one-stop" shop for Student Learning

Double Talk Workshop for Music Educators

We are very excited to host the first Double Talk Workshop on February 26th, 2022! This seminar for music educators emphasizes the “how-to” of teaching double reed fundamentals, strives to provide hands-on time playing the oboe and bassoon, and discusses important double-reed resources necessary for student success. Educators of all musical backgrounds (including music education majors) are welcome to attend!

Contact us for more information! oboe@auburn.edu and bassoon@auburn.edu

Register by Feb. 21st. Register for the conference here! We can also award professional learning credit! Register in PowerSchool with section # 419657. Participants must register for the conference to receive professional learning credit.

PowerSchool Assistance for End of Grading Term

Click here to check out PowerSchool Assistance for End of Grading Term resources as shared at the ALET Conference.

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?

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

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HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology 2022 Professional Learning Opportunities

GTAC (Genetic Technologies for All Classrooms) Professional Learning Opportunities

Genetic Technologies for All Classrooms (GTAC) is an intensive professional learning experience offered at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology that prepares science educators to address high school-level genetics, genomics and biotech content. All workshops include a five-day academy at HudsonAlpha and a package of HudsonAlpha-developed kits and materials for their classroom.

GTAC: Advanced Concepts (AC) - June 13-17, 2022

GTAC: Advanced Concepts is an intensive professional learning experience that helps life science teachers delve more deeply into genetics content relevant for advanced life science classrooms, like AP or IB Biology. Over the course of five days at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, educators will learn from scientists involved in cutting-edge genomic research, use modern biotech equipment and laboratories, and develop classroom plans with implementation support. GTAC: Essential Biology is not a prerequisite for GTAC: Advanced Concepts.

GTAC: Ecosystem Genetics - July 25-28, 2022

Focusing on the intersection of Ecology and Genomics content, this four-day workshop will address content found in Biology, AP Biology, and Environmental Science classes. How does DNA analysis help us understand ecosystem dynamics? How can biotechnology help address human environmental impacts? How does modern genomic research interact with the agriculture practices that feed our world? Attending educators will receive gift certificates to purchase targeted classroom materials after the conclusion of the workshop.

LifeScience Links--- July 11-14, 2022

LifeScience Links is a professional learning experience that provides seventh-grade life science teachers updated content knowledge, engaging strategies, and authentic lab experiences. Held on the campus of HudsonAlpha, a leading genomics research institute, educators leave the workshop equipped to link Course of Study Standards to real-world biotech applications and careers.

Nourish The Future-- Sat., April 9, 2022 from 9am-4pm

Nourish the Future (https://nourishthefuture.org/events) - HudsonAlpha is excited to partner with Education Projects.org to host a Nourish the Future Workshop. Open to middle and high school teachers, these workshops focus on the agricultural advances that are feeding and fueling our world. Get access to modern biotech lesson plans that use agriculture challenges to teach science content.

Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Staff Book Picks

Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM)

Happy New Year!

I hope you are well and had a wonderful break. I have been in training for Monday.com which will be the new format for submitting your lesson requests. I have included the link for you below. The format is pretty much the same as the google doc you were using before. If you have any questions or problems with it, please let me know. ** If you have already entered requests in Google, I am currently in the proces of transferring those over to Monday.com for you, so do not worry about reentering them-- ***Please note, the google doc has been turned off. As a reminder, you will receive an email notification when the kits are ready to be delivered and when they will be ready for pickup so you can plan accordingly. As an additonal note, you will keep the kit for 2 weeks. Also, there is a still a place for you to add any additional requests.

Several of you have requested information about the Science Foundations training. I have included the link below for trainings that will be held at UAH. If you are new and haven't gone through training yet, you need to do so in order to request kits. Anyone can sign up for the training, regardless of if you are a new teacher or you simply just want to go through the professional learning training. As a note, I will post any professional development opportunities on both my Facebook and Twitter pages.

I appreciate all of you that completed the information request form I sent out. It has helped me to see who all is on the TEAMS contract, what training is needed, and what help is needed. As specialists, we all want to be able to spend more time coaching and working with you as teachers, so please let me know times that I can do this.

As a former teacher myself, I know how much is placed on you and anything I can do to help is my desire. I also know that time is precious and valuable so I want to make the best of it for you.

Kit preparation and deliveries will be taking place soon. Please be on the lookout for follow up emails from me regarding specifics on kit deliveries, our new delivery schedule and more. Also, if you have new personnel or know of anyone interested in ASIM (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) training/assistance, please let us know.

Science Foundations Training


NEW Biology Lesson Request Form via Monday.com


If you are not receiving my emails, please email me at the email address below and let me know. Thank you all so much for all you do, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Ms. Mylina Samples Dillard, ASIM Biology Specialist

Email: mylina.asimbio@gmail.com or mylina.dillard@aamu.edu

Work cell: 256-924-8203

Office Phone: 256-372-4472

Twitter: @msASIMBio

Facebook: ASIMbio Innovators

Hashtags to follow: #AAMUUAHBiologyWorks and #AAMUUAHRICWorks

Technology in Motion (TiM)

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Increasing Productivity Using Google Tools for Administrators --- Register HERE !

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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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

#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!


2022 Alabama NBCT Conference --- hosted virtually

Register now for the Alabama NBCT Network conference to be held virtually, Saturday, January 22, 2022!

Register here https://whova.com/portal/registration/annsc_202201/

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!

ARI Literacy Leadership Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of ARI's Literacy Leadership Newsletter here

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

AMSTI-UAH Happenings!

"Number Talks/Counting Collections"--- FULL

TEAMs Teachers Opportunities-- COMING SOON! Check back here later.

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