UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

January/February 2022 Updates

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Winter Updates: Happy New Year!

Greetings Region Four Educators,

Happy New Year! I hope that you all experienced a time of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation with family and friends during the holiday season. The fresh start to a new semester and a new year always brings a blank slate, a chance to begin again with our students and a chance to look at each opportunity with a fresh perspective. In the words of Dr. Seuss, "You'll never get bored when you try something new. There's truly no limit to what you can do." In 2022, I wish you limitless opportunities, a glass that is always at least half-full, and faith and persistence to tackle any task that comes your way.

As a reminder, we are here to serve you! 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

January/February 2022 Professional Learning Opportunities and Updates

Regional In-Service Center Professional Learning Needs Assessment

Thank you to all teachers and administrators who completed our state’s professional learning needs assessment last fall. Due the ongoing needs brought about by the pandemic, we have been asked to redistribute this survey for updated results. The survey will take only 3-4 minutes to complete and will be open until January 25, 2022. Please ask all teachers and administrators to respond via either link below.

Short link:

Long link:

Inspiring STEM Careers through Naval Grand Challenges: Sessions for Secondary Science Teachers

Through a collaborative grant between The University of Alabama and Auburn University 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


ATIM Teacher Technology Mentor Program: Begins January 11!

New Teacher Technology Mentor/Mentee Program Cohort 5

ATiM is now accepting registration for Cohort 5 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 4 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 4 by the January 7 deadline.

January 12-13, 2022: Cognia Innovate, Elevate, Transform Alabama Conference

Save the Date – January 12 – 13, 2022


Strategies for thriving in the new normal

As we all continue to evolve and adapt to a new normal, Cognia celebrates a return to in-person events to learn from each other and to make a difference for learners. We want to invite you to save the date for our next Alabama conference on January 12 and 13, 2022 in Montgomery, AL.

As always, we’re dedicated to helping you embed continuous improvement in schooling every day—and meet your most difficult challenges. During the “Innovate, Elevate, Transform” conference, you’ll experience the Cognia community and learn about impactful solutions and inspiring successes. You’ll learn from experts, build strong connections with peers, and share best practices with colleagues and friends from across Alabama.

Though this event, you’ll gather insights that help transform your teaching and assist in effectively leading your district, school, or classroom. Together we’ll explore topics you can apply in your everyday practice, including how to:

· Improve instruction with engagement for all

· Learn strategies to reach your students in all learning environments

· Make assessments meaningful

· Explore equity in the classroom

    • Get support for continuous improvement in and out of the classroom
    • Identify accreditation key processes and practices

Elevate your teaching and learning at this year’s conference. We are excited to see you! Let’s move forward together.

For registration information, view the flyer at the following link.

Alabama NBCT Conference: January 22, 2022

Join the Alabama NBCT Network for this year's virtual conference on January 22! The registration link is:

2022 Winter ALSDE C&I Meetings

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
  • Detailed agenda will be provided after the holiday break
  • For questions, contact Susan Zana at

Putting it all Together-Components 1-4/Using ATLAS: January 27

Join us January 27 from 5:00-7:30 pm for a Q&A session on Components 1-4 and Information on using ATLAS! Register via PowerSchool section #404465! This session is very important in that it will also provide the framework for the spring mentoring sessions in February-May.

A Zoom link will be added to the notes section of the PowerSchool listing and will be shared with you via e-mail approximately two days prior to the session if you prefer to join virtually.

ARI Region 4 Lunch and Learn Sessions

ARI Lunch and Learns for Administrators- As outlined in the Alabama Literacy Act (ALA), the ARI local and regional literacy specialists must be clear and intentional in working with the school administrators to create a strategic plan for coaching that includes coaching and mentoring teachers daily (p.10). This strategic plan for coaching will assist in a seamless transition to the 2021 Alabama Course of Study: English Language Arts (ELA COS). Each Lunch and Learn will include time to explore a specific area of foundational reading from our 2021 ELA COS and support administrators in ensuring all educators in our buildings have a clear understanding of how the science of reading is explicitly incorporated to enable K-3 students to master grade-level content.

Lunch & Learn 1

  • September 30, 2021

Lunch & Learn 2

  • December 2, 2021

Lunch & Learn 3

  • January 27, 2022

Lunch & Learn 4

  • March 10, 2022

Lunch & Learn 5

  • April 28, 2022

All sessions will be held via Zoom from 10:00-11:00 am. Register in PowerSchool via the following link to receive the Zoom links.

You may also review ARI updates via their ARI Literacy Leadership | Smore Newsletters.

14th Annual Southeast Regional ADHD Conference: January 27-28, 2022

14th Annual Southeast Regional ADHD Conference

January 27-28, 2022

Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

For more information and registration, visit

Alabama's Teacher Observation Tool-Training for Administrators: Additional Session Offered on February 2

If you were unable to attend one of the fall sessions for administrators, we are offering another session of the initial training on February 2!

Title: Alabama’s Teacher Observation Tool: An Overview for Administrators

Course Description: Alabama Achieves, the strategic plan of the Alabama State Department of Education, specifically focuses on providing students with highly effective teachers. The ALSDE has partnered with Cognia in creating a teacher observation tool that provides educators with specific areas of strengths/growth and aligns with the Alabama Core Teaching Standards. The instrument also assists educators in developing professional development plans and choosing informed professional learning experiences. In this session administrators will be able to

  • Understand the Teacher Observation Tool

  • Utilize the Teacher Observation Tool for classroom observation

  • Calibrate scores on the Teacher Observation Tool

Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register via the following link in PowerSchool.

Region 4 Secondary ELA Course of Study Training: February 8 and 9

Join Jessica Morton, ALSDE English Language Arts Specialist, for this half-day training opportunity that provides an overview of the new Secondary ELA Course of Study. Training is offered in half-day sessions for 6-8 and 9-12 teachers. The schedule is as follows:

6-8 Teachers

February 8--8:00-11:30 am (Register via PowerSchool Section #423825)

February 9--12:00-3:30 pm (Register via PowerSchool Section #423829)

9-12 Teachers

February 8--12:00-3:30 pm (Register via PowerSchool Section #423826)

February 9--8:00-11:30 am (Register via PowerSchool Section #423828)


UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

February 11, 2022: 2nd Annual West Alabama Regional Counselors' Conference

Calling all counselors in the UA/UWA Region!

We are excited to announce that we will host our 2nd Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference on Friday, February 11, 2022 at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401). This will be a free event to support the school counselors within our region.

Register via PowerSchool with this link

When: February 11, 2022

Where: Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy

Session agenda will be shared soon!

Session topics include diversity/equity/inclusion, SEL, mental health, self-care, and more!

Network with colleagues in the region during our roundtable sessions!

UA/UWA Regional Curriculum Directors' Meeting

  • February 14, 2022
  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Virtual meeting via Zoom; link will be sent to all curriculum directors prior to February 14.
  • This year, we will host 3 meetings with the curriculum directors/professional learning directors who serve as direct liaisons to the In-Service Center.
  • Each of these regional meetings, beginning with September 24, will occur 2-3 weeks after the ALSDE's Curriculum and Instruction meetings. (The winter ALSDE C&I dates are listed in the newsletter above.) The purpose of this timing is so that we may discuss specific updates, data, and requests for support based upon the information shared at the ALSDE meetings. We will share ideas and network to share best practices within our region.

2022 Region 4 ELA Textbook Caravan: February 17-18

2022 Region 4 ELA Textbook Caravan

We are excited to announce that, in conjunction with Publisher’s Warehouse, our regional ELA Textbook Caravan will be held on February 17 and 18, 2022 at the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center. The caravan is divided into an elementary session on February 17 and a secondary session on February 18. Boxed lunches will be provided for all attendees registered through PowerSchool.

  • Districts may send teams of up to 12 participants per day.
  • Register via PowerSchool using the following links:

Elementary (February 17)

Secondary (February 18)

Register Now! ACLD-PLU Opportunity: Leading Schools in Disruptive Times

The UA/UWA In-Service Center is offering a free, virtual ACLD-PLU opportunity based upon the text, Leading Schools in Disruptive Times. The PLU is limited to 30 participants; books will be provided for educators from the UA/UWA In-Service Center region. The PLU begins in March and ends in May.

Register via PowerSchool Section #425397. Registration closes on February 23!

National Board Mentoring: February 24

Receive support from an assigned candidate support provider as you work on your selected component(s) in a small group setting. CSPs will facilitate discussion and sessions specific to your needs.

When: February 24 from 5:00-7:30 pm

Where: UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center and Fayette County High School

Register in PowerSchool via Section #404468.

Double Talk Music Workshop: February 26

The following session is open statewide and hosted by Auburn University.

We are very excited to host the first Double Talk Workshop 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! and

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.

ALSDE National Board Certification Scholarship: Applications are Open!

The ALSDE National Board Certification scholarship has now been released. The electronic application can be downloaded at The deadline for submitting an application is March 31, 2022. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 14, 2022.

ATLAS Resource

Administrators in our region who recently attended the Teacher Observation Tool training were re-introduced to ATLAS. ATLAS is used as a resource for with our National Board Support Cohort due to its video repository and commentaries created by NBCTs. It can also be used for personal professional development, district new teacher support and induction, and more. This resource is open to full-time, public school educators in Alabama. Please contact Dr. Holly Morgan ( to request an account and free access to the resource.

ACAP Resources

ACAP Checklist & Presentation

  • OSI has developed an ACAP checklist and presentation to assist educators with various tools and resources developed by ALSDE & DRC.
  • Access checklist here.
  • Access presentation here.

Follow the ALSDE Office of Student Learning Wakelet!

Follow the ALSDE Office of Student Learning Wakelet for information on AMSTI, ARI, ATIM, Regional Inservice Centers, and more!



Please contact Sara McGee ( with requests for professional learning needs.

Alabama Science in Motion

Contact our specialists today to request on-site instructional support! We are here for you!


If you are a new teacher needing ASIM training, please reach out to us directly via email, phone, and/or text.

Lab Safety

We are unable to provide printed safety contracts, but you will be required to have one on file for your students. You may use the Flinn Safety Contract (also available in Spanish) or a personal/district plan. Try paperless! Use your LMS platform and ask students and parents to sign digitally.

ASIM Biology

Please contact Lisa Clark at to schedule classroom coaching sessions.

ASIM Chemistry

Chemistry and Physical Science trainings will be scheduled and information sent out to teachers. If you have questions or would like to schedule classroom coaching, contact Brooks Moss at

ASIM Physics

ASIM Physics for High School Physical Science Training Monday January 17, 2022. Contact Julie Covin to register.

ASIM Physics Training on Rotational Motion Monday February 21, 2022. Contact Julie Covin to register.

Alabama Reading Initiative

ARI Quick Links to Support the ALA Implementation

Alabama Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

Click on the following link for regional opportunities from Dr. Robert Mayben, UA/UWA ATIM Specialist:

UA/UWA ATIM Spring Opportunities

Contact Dr. Robert Mayben at to support your school or district's technology professional learning needs. PLU opportunities and other training opportunities are posted in this newsletter above!

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UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate for In-Service Center and AMSTI

Mrs. Banks Gordy, UWA Assistant