UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

June/July 2020


I hope that you each enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day and are ready to "dive in" to summer!

We are planning for a great summer that includes reading, math, digital literacy, 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: Our summer sessions are listed via our live Google sheet, which is updated continuously with new offerings (

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.)

We hope to "see you" virtually this summer.

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

ALSDE and Neuhaus Education Center Science of Reading Opportunity

Please review the following flyer regarding an upcoming opportunity for teachers in each region. Registration information is found on the attached flyer, along with virtual training dates for our region. (You may click on the picture of the flyer to enlarge the view.) Space will fill quickly for this opportunity; please register as soon as possible.

Trego Ed Session #2: Decision Making and Back to School---THURSDAY, JUNE 4!

Planning the next steps to re-open schools will involve many high impact, conflict-laden decisions in multiple areas.
• How do we make those decisions with confidence and clarity?
• How do we include stakeholders in a meaningful way?
• What decisions need to be made first?
• What are the risks with substantial change?
In this webinar, we will provide key elements of decision making for teachers, school and district leaders as you prepare for the next phase. These strategies will introduce a collaborative approach useful for decisions around budget, staffing, program models, mental health support, transportation, food service, IT, Special Education etc.
This is the second in a series of four webinars on strategic planning, decision making, special education adjustments and successful implementation of change to optimize continuity of learning and student and staff supports as you move into the next school year.

Register for this session via PowerSchool section #374966. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the session.

Engage Every Family: ACLD-PLU Opportunity---Last Day to Register is June 5!

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

MetaMetrics Lexile Framework for Reading

Join Jane Scott, Senior Education Facilitator for MetaMetrics, on June 16 from 9:00-10:30 am for more information on the Lexile Framework for Reading and how it can be used to support students. As a note, the ACAP assessment will report these measures in spring 2021.

Register via PowerSchool section #372140. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the session.

MetaMetrics Quantile Framework for Math

Join Jane Scott, Senior Education Facilitator for MetaMetrics on June 16 from 1:00-2:30pm for more information on the Quantile Framework for math and how it can be used to support student learning. As a note, the ACAP assessment will report these measures in spring 2021.

Register via PowerSchool section #372141. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the session.

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!

  • June 18, 2:00-3:00 pm--Register via PowerSchool section #372666
  • July 16, 2:00-3:00 pm--Register via PowerSchool section #372667

The UA/UWA In-Service Center’s virtual summer training sessions can be found at:

Financial Literacy for Educators Series--Begins June 23!

The JSU Regional Inservice Center is proud to offer teachers our financial literacy series in conjunction with the JSU Center for Economic Education. Presenters from the Federal Reserve Bank, Alabama Insurance Commission, and the Retirement Systems of Alabama will be part of the lineup. This summer’s sessions are virtual using the Zoom platform. Registration in PowerSchool is required to receive the Zoom link and receive credit upon completion. These sessions are open to ALL teachers and administrators across Alabama. NOTE: Please make sure the email address in your PowerSchool profile is correct. If corrections need to be made to your profile information, you will need to contact your central office technology department.

Please click on the flyer to the right in order to view specific information. All pages of the flyer can be found at

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 for the fall. 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.

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

NEW SESSION ADDED! Remote Practices to Support Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs During School Closures

On June 30 from 9:00-10:00 am, join Dr. Sara McDaniel, associate professor and Director of the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office for this presentation from the Center for Interconnected Behavioral and Mental Health Systems and the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office. This session will overview the importance of addressing social, emotional, and behavioral needs during this time of school closure. Four practical strategies for supporting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students will be explained. Specifically, we will discuss (a) maintaining relationships, (b) well-being check-ins, (c) classroom management for virtual instruction, and (d) virtual recognition and praise strategies.

Register via PowerSchool Section #376036

REPEAT SESSION ADDED! Classroom Management "Hacks" with Dr. Stephanie Parker, NBCT

Due to the fact that Dr. Parker's June session filled to capacity within a matter of days, she has graciously agreed to offer a repeat session on July 8, 2020 from 10:00-11:30 am.

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 July 8 from 10:00-11:30am. Register via PowerSchool Section #375557.

Connecting Students to East Asia

Connecting Students to East Asia with Images, Maps and Texts (Powerschool #250745, Section #374886)

Format: Online via Zoom and Canvas
Dates: July 6-10 and 13-17, 8:00-11:00 A.M.
Orientation – June 11, 6:30 P.M.
Follow-Up – October 1, 6:30 P.M.

Subject areas: Arts, Literature, Social Studies (History/ Geography/ Global studies), Media, Special Ed, STEM, Administrators/ Curriculum specialists

Information link:

Online registration link:

English Language Learner Sessions

Ms. Krista Whatley of the Alabama State Department of Education will offer the following sessions during the month of July:

1. EL-Understanding English Language Proficiency: July 23 from 9:00am-1:00 pm

Register via PowerSchool section #371955

2. EL-Content Instruction for English Learners: July 24 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Register via PowerSchool section #371956

Scantron Performance Series Data Training: Reports

During this training we will find and interpret key reports in Performance Series. We will use the information from those reports to target objectives for both groups and individuals. We will take a deeper dive into Scantron’s Suggested Learning Objectives report that supports the creation of IEPs and goals for individual students.

Join Holley Hale, Scantron Representative, on July 17 from 10:00-11:00 am for this opportunity! Register via PowerSchool section #371730

National Board Candidate Orientation and 2020-21 NBCT Support Schedule

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.

The 2020-2021 National Board Cohort Support Schedule will be posted soon! Look for the information at We hope that you can join us this year to receive support as you pursue NBCT status!

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!

Alabama Best Practices Center: Powerful Conversations Network (PCN) West and Key Leaders Network (KLN) West

The UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center will host the following two networks from the Alabama Best Practices Center:

  • Powerful Conversations Network (PCN)
    • Deepen our study of social-emotional learning
    • Text: Relationships, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
    • For the first time, we are offering both an elementary cohort and a secondary cohort.
  • Key Leaders Network (KLN)
    • Text: Coherent School Leadership: Forging Clarity from Complexity by Michael Fullan and Lyle Kirtman
    • Focus upon the factors of Fullan’s Coherence Framework for leaders aligned with Kirtman’s 7 Competencies for Highly Effective Leaders

We hope that your school and district teams can join us! For more information regarding registration, please contact Holly Morgan at or Tami Barron at Registration deadline is September 4!

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

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. The July 2020 AMSTI and ASIM virtual learning sessions have been posted at

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


The Alabama Technology in Motion program at the UA-UWA In-Service Center is partnering with ATiM at UAB to offer a new ACLD PLU this summer. The PLU is free and open to administrators and teachers with administrative certification. The focus of the PLU is how technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK) work together to create effective teaching and learning environments. This course will meet online for Zoom sessions on June 8th, 9th and 10th from 9 AM to 10:30 AM each day. All other work will be completed online by participants after the virtual classes meet. The attached document contains further details, and the registration link from PowerSchool PL is below. Please consider sharing this with your administrative colleagues and teachers with administrative certification. If you have any questions or would like to schedule this PLU for your specific school system, please let me know. Thanks!

Registration Link:


All face-to-face training has been canceled for AMSTI for Summer 2020. The July 2020 AMSTI virtual professional learning session have been posted at Look for more sessions to come for July!

Also, take note that the 2019 ALCOS Mathematics Overview sessions have been posted at this link. Register today!

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Education Center

Dr. Holly Morgan, Director

Mrs. Tami Barron, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Lewis, Office Associate