UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center
January/February 2022 Updates
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
INNOVATE, ELEVATE, TRANSFORM ALABAMA Conference
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.
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 email@example.com
Putting it all Together-Components 1-4/Using ATLAS: January 27
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
January 27-28, 2022
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
For more information and registration, visit adhd.ua.edu.
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
February 8--8:00-11:30 am (Register via PowerSchool Section #423825)
February 9--12:00-3:30 pm (Register via PowerSchool Section #423829)
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
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.
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
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:
Register Now! ACLD-PLU Opportunity: Leading Schools in Disruptive Times
Register via PowerSchool Section #425397. Registration closes on February 23!
National Board Mentoring: February 24
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!
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!
Follow the ALSDE Office of Student Learning Wakelet!
OPPORTUNITIES FROM OUR REGIONAL INITIATIVES
Alabama Science in Motion
ASIM Biology Training and Support (Lisa Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ASIM Chemistry Training and Support (Brooks Moss, email@example.com)
- ASIM Physics Training and Support (Julie Covin, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
Please contact Lisa Clark at email@example.com to schedule classroom coaching sessions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ASIM Physics for High School Physical Science Training Monday January 17, 2022. Contact Julie Covin email@example.com to register.
ASIM Physics Training on Rotational Motion Monday February 21, 2022. Contact Julie Covin firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Alabama Reading Initiative
ARI Quick Links to Support the ALA Implementation
- Use the following link OR QR code for a current list of links: Quick Links to Support the Alabama Literacy Act 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:
Contact Dr. Robert Mayben at email@example.com 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
Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate for In-Service Center and AMSTI
Mrs. Banks Gordy, UWA Assistant