UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center

October 2021 Updates

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October Updates

Greetings Region Four Educators,

Fall is here! Happy October! As we approach a new season, I hope that you are able to find some time to rest, renew, and sharpen your saw. As you give of yourselves each day to your students, it's important for you to remember to "fill your own bucket" before you can fill others. I know that this may be "easier said than done," and I must admit that this is a growing space for me as well! Best wishes for a productive but enjoyable fall season!

As a reminder, continue to review our social media pages on Facebook (@uainservice) and Twitter (@UofARIC) for ongoing announcements. You may find any of our newsletters at:

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

October 2021 Professional Learning Opportunities and Updates

Kagan Cooperative Learning

Region 4, we are excited to host an upcoming Kagan Cooperative Learning Workshop. This opportunity will be held at the Bell Conference Center on the University of West Alabama campus on October 6 – October 7, 2021 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. Materials for all participants will include the following: Cooperative Learning Book, Cooperative Learning Course Workbooks, Action Plans, and Software (Mixed Pair Share). We would love for you to send a team!

Workshop Highlights include:

  • Pump up the fun, friendships, and liking for learning and each other with classbuilding and teambuilding
  • Experience why group work simply doesn’t work for everyone, andwhy Kagan Structures do
  • Save valuable time and energy with easy-to-use structures that make lesson planning a snap
  • Keep students on task and effectively manage disruptions with engaging structures
  • Master the different types of pairs and teams, how to form them, and when to use them
  • Provide students the will to work together and the skills to do so successfully
  • Take away hot management tips that will make managing your cooperative class a snap
  • Fully understand and implement basic principles that spell success for your students
  • Create an environment where all students are accountable for complete engagement, every day

Register via the following PowerSchool link!

SERC 2021 Robotics Conference

October 7-8, 2021

Auburn University

For more information, visit

Birmingham Holocaust Education Center: Teacher Workshop

Birmingham Holocaust Education Center: Teacher Workshop

Teaching with Stories-Romania

Thursday, October 14, 2021

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Virtual Session via Zoom

To register, or for more information, visit

PowerSchool for Administrators PLU

The Alabama Technology in Motion program at the UA-UWA In-Service Center is offering a face to face PowerSchool for Administrators PLU in Demopolis this semester. The sessions will meet from 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM in the STEM Lab at Demopolis Middle School. The dates are September 30, October 14, October 19, and October 29. The focus will be on administrative tasks in the PowerSchool SIS with practice on topics such as attendance, student searching, reports, and gradebook management. To earn the PLU, participants must attend each session and complete online tasks in a Schoology Course. This PLU is open to all administrators and teachers with administrative certification in the region. Please consider sharing this opportunity with the educators in your school or district. I have attached a flyer to assist with this task, and the registration link is below. Thanks!

Registration Link:

October 15: Rise to the Challenge Dyslexia Conference

Friday, October 15, 2021 from 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM CDT


St. James Church
9045 Vaughn Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36117

October 16: Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning (ACGAL)

The annual ACGAL conference will be held on October 16 at the new I3 Academy in Birmingham. The conference will feature Matt Townsley and Nathan Wear, authors of Making Grades Matter, as keynote speakers. The cost for attendance is $90 each (or $75 for groups of 5+). A copy of the text is included with the registration fee.

Registration and session proposals are now open at

Note the following important information:

  • The conference will be a hybrid event this year with both in-person and virtual options
  • Masks and social distancing are required for the event (in-person)
  • All sessions will be streamed live AND recorded for participants to access after the conference ends. We will share access information directly with registrants.

If you are an educator in Region 4 who would like to attend, please contact Tami Barron at regarding scholarship availability.

PLUACLD911: Dare to Lead (UA-UWA Regional Inservice Center)

The Dare To Lead™ program is based on the research of Dr. Brene' Brown and is a culmination of a seven year study of courage and leadership. Our district and school leaders will learn how to BRAVE trust. If school leaders are to be brave and courageous they will make mistakes and, in some cases, fail. We will learn how to rise. The Dare To Lead™ program will provide participants the skill sets to create brave and courageous cultures. This will be a virtual PD led by Dr. Kelly Horner, Founder of Horner Education Consulting Group. This session has been approved as an ACLD-PLU as well.

There are EIGHT key learning outcomes for the Dare To Lead™ program.

• Recognize vulnerability as the emotion we feel during times of uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.

• Explain why courage requires vulnerability.

• Establish a clearer link between what I learned and behaviors I want to change.

• Recognize the critical role that self-awareness plays in daring leadership.

• Give examples to support how armor – not fear – is the greatest obstacle to daring leadership.

• Identify the four skill sets that make up courage: rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, BRAVING trust, and learning to rise.

• Recognizing vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the behaviors that define daring leadership, including creativity, accountability, and difficulty conversations.

• Give examples of why daring leadership requires showing up for hard conversations and rumbles, including giving and receiving feedback

The virtual training will take place on 10/20/2021; 10/27/2021; 11/3/2021; 11/10/2021; 11/17/2021; 12/1/2021; and 12/8/2021 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Participants will also be provided with a copy of the text, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts and will receive 1 ACLD-PLU upon completion.

Register in PowerSchool via the following link!

October 28, 2021: NBCT Component 3

Join us virtually on October 28 from 5:00-7:30 pm for "Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment-Instructions and Planning." Register via PowerSchool via the following link.

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.

Are You Interested in Pursuing National Board Certification? Our UA/UWA Support Cohort is Ready to Assist You!

We are here to support you! If you are interested in pursuing National Board Certification, please join our free, monthly support cohort! Session information, including dates, times, and PowerSchool registration can be found on the calendar located at

For the fall semester, all informational sessions will be offered virtually. In the spring semester, candidates will be assigned NBCT mentors who will support them face-to-face and/or virtually in their NBCT journey.

Click here to be added to the UA/UWA NB email distribution list in order to receive ongoing updates regarding NBCT support.


PLUACLD926 Digital Citizenship Best Practices that Just Make Sense (PSPL Section #414760)

PLUACLD926 focuses on supporting educational leadership as they educate their staff members and students in the appropriate, safe, ethical, and legal use of technology. There will be three after school Zoom meetings (Nov 3, Nov 18, and Dec 1), and all other work will be completed online by participants between the virtual meetings. Registration Link:

Alabama's Teacher Observation Tool: UA/UWA Region 4 Training for Administrators

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.

Region 4 Dates: November 9 or 10 (Choose one full day to attend; two sessions are open each day)

Region 4 Location: Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Click on the direct links below in order to register via PowerSchool for the following opportunities in Region 4:

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.

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.

Registration information will be coming in October 2021. Mark your calendars now!

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!



AMSTI is offering targeted math training to support intervention. Session information, including dates, is included in the link below.

AMSTI Region 4 Professional Learning for Intervention

The link to register for any of these sessions is:

More information can be found on the linked flyer.

Please contact Sara McGee ( if you need other 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

9/29/21 Anatomy (R2RepDev, R5Urine, R8Muscle, R11Lymphatic)

10/6/21 Biology (N3OwlPel, M29/M30PatDye, M18Chroma, + 1 more)

11/3/21 Environmental Science (S5CleanH2O, S7GlobClim, S10EcoSuc, M13PlanEn)

Sign up for desired days on the linked form.

ASIM Chemistry

Chemistry training will be offered on October 19th in 2104 Shelby Hall at the University of Alabama. Topics covered during this training include magnetism, covalent bonding, bond types and physical properties, and periodic trends. To register for this training, complete the registration form:

If you have any questions, contact Brooks Moss at

ASIM Physics

10/8/21 Year 1 Day 5 - ACOS Standard 2 Forces

Lessons: Weight vs. Mass, Forces as Vectors, Force Tables, Newton’s 3rd Law

10/29/21 Year 1 Day 6 - ACOS #2 Forces continued

ASIM Physical Science - Physics portion

10/13/21 ACOS Standards 7 and 8

Lessons: Measurement, Analyzing Motion using Graphs, Run For It, Horizontal Friction, Force Diagrams


Scientist for a Day!

Would your students like to come work with research scientists in a bio or engineering lab for a day here on campus? It is called scientist for a day! ASIM Biology, in partnership with UA faculty, is proud to offer this event.

The Scientist for a Day Competition will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Applications for students will open in October with students/teachers being notified of placement by November 10.

Interested students will write an essay, based on professor research summaries that are linked in the application (once it opens in October), that has their top 3 choices of who they get paired with and why as their competition entry.

We were not able to host this event last year because of COVID, but it is back! See 2019 highlights below:

Alabama Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

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!

University of Alabama Online


Take your career to the front of the class with a top-ranked graduate degree in Education earned around your schedule. At this time, GRE/MAT test scores have been waived from admission requirements. Submit your application during Free App Week (Oct. 18-22), and you'll save $65. UA's distance tuition is more affordable than main campus tuition, and if you're a UA grad, you can get your first class for free through the Build on Bama tuition grant. With Free App Week and a possible free class, you've got nothing to lose and so much to gain!

UWA Online

Start Your Journey Today At UWA!

Choose from more than 70 degree and certification programs at the University of West Alabama Online.

Learn how an online program can give you the convenience and flexibility you need. Scholarships available at:

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