Athens State University RIC

Summer 2022

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Welcome to Summer 2022!

We are so excited to offer various sessions this summer for Region 2 educators. We are kicking off our summer with a Tennessee Valley Edcamp. If you have not registered yet, please consider joining us this day for great learning, door prizes, and food.


I am excited about some of the topics that educators across our area will be sharing. If you have an instructional strategy, practice, or tool that you are currently implementing in your classroom and want to share that learning with others, please come prepared to lead a round table discussion type session. We will have 25-minute and 50-minute time slots available for your choosing. You do not have to present to attend. Come network with us on June 9, 2022, at Priceville High School.


Our sessions this summer are a mix of virtual and in-person. There is something for everyone!


If you are a TEAMS contract teacher, we have some sessions that may count as one of your five days (non-ALSDE approved). Be sure to check with your LEA to see if your five days have to be content-specific, or if they can be Best Practices. I am not sure how your contracts read as every LEA is different.


If you have specific questions concerning any of these sessions, please reach out to Patty Maze (patricia.maze@athens.edu) or Leigh Ann Todd (leighann.todd@athens.edu).


Have a great rest of the school year and an even better summer.

Registering For Professional Learning Sessions

Who May Attend

Any public school teacher, administrator, or board member may attend professional learning sessions hosted by an Alabama Regional Inservice Center (ARIC).


How to Register

All professional learning sessions are listed in PowerSchool Professional Learning. Educators can register for sessions using PowerSchool Professional Learning accounts. All professional learning sessions have hyperlinked registration links. Look for the Register Here wording under each session. Contact district PowerSchool personnel or district technology administrators for assistance with accessing the platform. Retired educators no longer with a school district or without a local education agency (WOLEA) can send a support request to PLadmin@alsde.edu for support.


PowerSchool Credit

For your credit to show on your transcript, you need to complete the survey attached to the complete course. You can find this survey in your "Courses" tab in the "My Survey" section.


Please note, all session confirmations are sent to the email associated with PowerSchool accounts. Please verify contact information in PowerSchool (e.g. email addresses, phone number, etc.)

AMSTI Summer Sessions

Alabama Technology in Motion Summer Sessions

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Title: ATH RIC Tennessee Valley Edcamp

Description: Tennessee Valley Edcamp is a free event that leverages the knowledge and experiences of attendees by allowing educators to collaboratively determine topics for discussion on the day of the event. Educators facilitate sessions by using their experiences to drive the conversation with their peers. Educators are encouraged to find Edcamp sessions that best meet their needs to maximize learning


Date: June 9, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 2:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Priceville High School

Facilitators: Regional Educators and ALSDE Field Staff

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

PowerSchool Section #430081

Register Here

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10 for 10: Leading a Well-Managed Classroom

Title: ATH RIC 10 for 10: Leading a Well-Managed Classroom

Description: 34 % of teachers report that student disruptive behavior interferes with academic instruction (Aud et al, 2012). Persistent behavior management challenges are a major reason teachers leave the field (kukla-Acevado, 2009).

To address these challenges, the presenter will provide teaching professionals with 10 proactive strategies for behavior management in both the general education and special education setting. Implementing these strategies can provide long term individual, classroom, and school-wide benefits. Dr. Hill will also provide checklists to consider for establishing and practicing classroom routines, strategies, strategies for preventing misbehavior through instruction, as well as ten benefits of implementing successful proactive classroom management strategies.


Date: June 1, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Dr. Doris Hill, Auburn University Regional Autism Network Director

Clock Hours: 1 Hour

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A Teacher's Guide to FBAs and BIPs

Title: ATH RIC A Teacher's Guide to FBAs and BIPs

Description: This session will review the steps of the FBA/BIP process including how to complete forms in Powerschool. Participants will learn how to identify, define, and choose a measurement for behaviors for ongoing monitoring as well as how to choose interventions. Data sheets and resources will be shared


Date: June 15, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Dr. Heather Jones, Hoover City Schools

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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HELP! I NEED MORE MULTISENSORY STRATEGIES IN MY TOOLBOX

Title: ATH RIC HELP! I Need More Multisensory Strategies in My Toolbox

Description: According to Judith Birsh, author of Multisensory Teaching and Basic Language Skills, “Although teachers may emphasize the use of multisensory strategies as pivotal for student success, these strategies are not always well understood.” This hands-on, interactive session will define multisensory strategies and provide teachers a few more ideas that can be added to their current practices.


Date: June 1, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Kim Hargett and Melinda Willingham

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

Register Here


Date: June 1, 2022

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Kim Hargett and Melinda Willingham

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

Register Here


Date: July 12, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Kim Hargett and Melinda Willingham

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

Register Here


Date: July 12, 2022

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Kim Hargett and Melinda Willingham

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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Dyslexia Awareness Training

Title: ATH RIC Dyslexia Awareness Training

Description: Experience Dyslexia is designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia, as well those with the characteristics of dyslexia, encounter daily. We hope this experience will provide insight into working more effectively with these students and lead to greater empathy and understanding.


Date: June 8, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Tim Cobb and Kim Goodwin

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

Register Here


Date: June 8, 2022

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Tim Cobb and Kim Goodwin

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

Register Here


Date: July 20, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Tim Cobb and Kim Goodwin

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

Register Here


Date: July 20, 2022

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Tim Cobb and Kim Goodwin

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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AlaKiDS: Local Reading Specialist Session

Title: ATH RID AlaKiDS: Local Reading Specialist Session

Description: This is a 3-hour virtual training session. Purpose: The professional learning session will: Review the purpose of using AlaKiDS; Review how teachers are using the assessment; Demonstrate how to pull and utilize reports to support teachers and the program.


Date: June 14, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Teaching Strategies Facilitators

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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Date: June 14, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Teaching Strategies Facilitators

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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Alabama Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (AlaKiDS): Using GOLD Objectives for Development & Learning

Title: ATH RIC Alabama Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (AlaKiDS): Using Gold Objectives for Development and Learning

Description: This is a 6-hour virtual training that will take place in two, 3-hour blocks. Purpose: The professional learning session will: Identify the purpose of using AlaKiDS; Review the assessment prompts and observation process; Explore the AlaKiDS Materials Kits; and Demonstrate how to enter the information into the AlaKiDS portal.


Date: July 12-13, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Teaching Strategies Facilitators

Clock Hours: 6 Hours (3 Hours each day)

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AlaKiDS: A Deeper Dive

Title: ATH RIC AlaKiDS: A Deeper Dive

Description: This is a 3-hour virtual training session. Purpose: The professional learning session will: Review the purpose of using AlaKiDS; Review the assessment prompts and observation process; Provide strategies to using the data to inform instruction; Demonstrate how to pull reports- family reports, classroom reports, schoolwide reports.


Date: July 14, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Teaching Strategies Facilitators

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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AlaKiDS: Administrator & Leader Session

Title: ATH RIC AlaKiDS: Administrator & Leader Session

Description: This is a 3-hour virtual training session. Purpose: The professional learning session will: Review the purpose of using AlaKiDS; Review how teachers are using the assessment; Demonstrate how to pull and utilize reports to support teachers and the program.


Date: July 14, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Teaching Strategies Facilitators

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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Phase 1 Transition to the 2021 ELA COS Standards

Title: ATH RIC Phase I Transition to the 2021 ELA COS Standards

Description: This professional learning will provide K-5 educators with a deeper dive into the 2021 ELA COS. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the content standards, as well as take a look at their own grade-level standards. They will be able to interact with, not only teachers who teach the same grade, but other grade-levels to explore the similarities and differences as students move through the progression of English Language Arts standards. This is a summer offering of all of the sessions ARI Local Reading Specialists facilitated to K-5 teachers throughout the school year in 2021-2022.


Date: June 22, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Tim Cobb and Melinda Willingham

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Date: July 19, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Tim Cobb and Melinda Willingham

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Neuhaus Training for Educators: Language Enrichment

Title: ATH RIC Neuhaus Training for Educators: Language Enrichment

Description: This class provides teachers 36 hours of training in the Science of Reading through opportunities to plan instruction to meet student needs in the context of their classroom while gaining knowledge on reliable reading and spelling patterns, development of oral language and world knowledge, and metacognitive strategies for comprehension. The coaching staff at Neuhaus will follow up with each participant during the school year to assist you as you apply what you have learned in your classroom to best fit the needs of your students. The first Cohort of teachers who participated in this professional learning opportunity increased their knowledge of the science of reading by an average of 19% over the course of the class. A prerequisite to this course is Reading Readiness 6 hours, on-demand- pre-recorded, and must be completed prior to September 1, 2022. Research has demonstrated the importance of phonological awareness, letter recognition, and oral language in the acquisition of reading and spelling skills. Participants will learn foundational skills that are necessary to develop fluent readers and accurate spellers, and receive hands-on, multi-sensory activities to teach and reinforce these skills. This virtual class provides remote learning with real-time instruction from Neuhaus instructors.


Date: July 18-22, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Neuhaus Staff

Clock Hours: 6 Hours per day

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Sound Wall Training

Title: ATH RIC Sound Wall Training

Description: Six hours of professional development to address:

What is a sound wall & why should I replace my word wall with one? How does a sound wall align with Science of Reading? How do I set up a sound wall and explicitly teach all 44 phonemes to my students? How do I incorporate a sound wall into my DAILY phonological awareness and phonics instruction? How do I use my sound wall to gather formative assessment information and provide differentiated instruction?


Date: July 19, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room C)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Rhonda Ayers

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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MetaMetrics Lexile Framework

Title: ATH RIC MetaMetrics Lexile Framework for Reading

Description: This presentation offers an introduction to The Lexile Framework for Reading and addresses the following points: (1) What is The Lexile Framework for Reading? (2) What are the Lexile measures for students and Lexile measures for text? (3) Where are Lexile measures found? (4) How can The Lexile Framework be used? (5) What are the benefits of The Lexile Framework? (6) What resources are available for The Lexile Framework?


Date: July 26, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Jane Scott, MetaMetrics

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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Comprehension & Writing Strategies Across Content Areas

Title: ATH RIC Comprehension & Writing Strategies Across Content Areas

Description: Comprehension strategies to encourage higher achievement levels, student motivation, and conceptually understand content will be the backbone of this professional learning session. Participants will also dive into writing instruction across all content areas.


Date: July 22, 2022

Time: 8:30-3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Athens State University Regional Inservice Center/AMSTI Building

Facilitators: Keitha Segrest

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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EL: Language Acquisition or Learning Disability?

Title: EL: Language Acquisition or Learning Disability? How to Differentiate/Support ELs with a Learning Disability

Description: This session will address some causes and concerns that may contribute to the misidentification of English Learners (ELs) in Special Education. The presenter will also outline several factors that educators and referral teams may consider when determining if a student has a language acquisition issue or learning disability. Participants will also explore strategies to help support ELs who require special education services.


Date: June 7, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Robin Stutts, EL Regional Specialist, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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EL: The 6 Principles of Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

Title: ATH RIC EL: The 6 Principles of Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

Description: Participants will explore exemplary teaching and learning of English as a new language. Participants will discover the universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory. The six principles include 1. Know your learners. 2. Create conditions for language learning. 3 Design high-quality lessons for language development. 4. Adapt lesson delivery as needed. 5. Monitor and assess student language development. 6. Engage and collaborate within a community of practice.


Date: June 15, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Robin Stutts, EL Regional Specialist, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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Date: June 16, 2022

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Robin Stutts, EL Regional Specialist, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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WIDA ELD Standards Training

Title: ATH RIC WIDA ELDd Standards Training

Description: WIDA ELD Standards training is designed for educators who are responsible for language development within content learning and implementation of the ELD Standards. Participants will receive resources for using the ELD Standards in instructional planning. The two-day training will assist educators in using the ELD Standards to identify and support language students will use to engage in content learning. Participants will explore how the ELD Standards can support instructional planning. This WIDA ELD Standards series will consist of two five-hour sessions: Day 1: Introduction to the WIDA ELD Standards 2020: Big Ideas; Day 2: Review of WIDA ELD Standards 2020.


Date: July 18-19, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Athens State University (Ballroom)

300 N Beaty Street

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Robin Stutts, EL Regional Specialist, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 10 Hours

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Emergent Bilingual Students in the Science Classroom

Title: ATH RIC Emergent Bilingual Students in the Science Classroom

Description: Literacy is essential to building both science and understanding the communication skills students need to become avid learners and seekers of knowledge. To reinforce literacy strategies and promote academic thinking, participants will explore the 5E Model of Instruction through the lens of a Teacher of Multilingual Learners, learn strategies that support multilingual learners as they learn content and acquire English, and produce materials/resources to support instruction for multilingual learners.


Date: July 26, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room C)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Susan Arnette, Accelerate Learning Consultant

Shane Carpenter, Limestone County Schools

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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An Extended Introductory Overview of Multisensory Math

Title: ATH RIC An Extended Introductory Overview of Multisensory Math

Description: This introductory overview of the Multisensory Math Approach offers educators a glimpse at evidence-based principles and strategies for meeting the needs of all learners in mathematics. Based on the recommendations of the What Works Clearinghouse, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Neuroscience, this workshop will introduce educators to a multisensory methodology that can meet the needs of students in inclusion classes, small group instruction, and individual intense intervention. Participants will use hands-on materials as they practice precise instructional language for foundational skills in mathematics. They will experience the power of Subitizing for building numeracy skills, structured procedures for building the place value system, visual and tactile models for multiplication and division, and some tips for making fractions make sense. The workshop will be delivered virtually over two half days of instruction.


About the Facilitator: Your facilitator is Marilyn Zecher, M.A. CALT a nationally recognized specialist in multisensory strategies for supporting all students in mathematics, study skills, and literacy for older students. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences and she teaches two graduate-level courses in Multisensory Math. Her courses have been used as methodology at the university level.


Date: June 13-14, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Marilyn Zecher, M.A. CALT

Clock Hours: 8 Hours

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How to Put the "Productive" Into the Struggle in the Math Classroom

Title: ATH RIC How to Put the "Productive" Into the Struggle in the Math Classroom

Description: Join us in diving into the process of productive struggle. Help students face problems in math and develop grit and creative problem-solving techniques. Learn how to provide your students with opportunities to share their reasoning and celebrate different ways of thinking. Teaching students to reason and problem solve is the cornerstone of quality math instruction. This session will highlight several engaging strategies such as Three Reads, Three Act Tasks, and Numberless Word problems that will provide multiple entry points for all students to engage in the math and ignite a passion for problem-solving in your classroom.


Date: June 20, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room C)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Angelia Campana, Accelerate Learning

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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MetaMetrics Quantile Framework for Mathematics

Title: ATH RIC MetaMetrics Quantile Framework for Mathematics

Description: This presentation offers an introduction to The Quantile Framework for Mathematics and addresses the following points: (1) What is The Quantile Framework for Mathematics? (2) What are Quantile measures for students and Quantile measures for math materials? (3) Where can Quantile measures be found? (4) What can be done with Quantile measures? (5) How can Quantile measures be used in the classroom? (6) What resources are available for The Quantile Framework?


Date: July 26, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Jane Scott, MetaMetrics

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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Alabama's Teacher Observation Tool: An Overview for Administrators

Title: ATH RIC Summer 2022 Alabama's Teacher Observation Tool: An Overview for Administration
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


Date: June 23, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room A)

1115 Hwy 31 S.

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Patty Maze, Regional Inservice Center Director

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Visual Strategies in the Classroom

Title: ATH RIC Visual Strategies in the Classroom

Description: Visual supports are the visual cues within an environment that communicate a variety of information. This session will explore how visual supports can be utilized to facilitate classroom expectations and language with those students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other language disorders. An emphasis will be placed on the research and implementation of visual supports within the educational environment.


Date: June 8, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Dr. Whitney Meade, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Alabama Huntsville

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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Family Engagement Strategies for Better Success in the Classroom

Title: ATH RIC Family Engagement Strategies for Better Success in the Classroom

Description: The bridge between home and school is an essential component of a student’s success. In this session, participants will learn how to foster effective communication between school and family to better support students with autism. Resources will be shared by family navigators housed within the Regional Autism Networks. Educators will explore statewide resources and how they can access the services of the Alabama Regional Autism Networks to support families of students with Autism both locally and statewide.


Date: June 29, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitators: Anna McConnell and Tammy Barkey

CEU: 1.5 Hours

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Standards Based Grading

Title: ATH RIC Standards-Based Grading

Description: 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 half-day session to learn more about the process and impact for your students.


Date: July 27, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Dr. Andrew Maxey

Clock Hours: 2 Hours

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Facilitative Instruction

Title: ATH RIC Facilitative Instruction: Best Practices Impacting Student Engagement, Effective Questioning, and Collaborative Learning

Description: Participants will explore ongoing active engagement strategies to encourage higher achievement levels and student motivation and gain knowledge on how to provide feedback to increase students' ability to problem solve and conceptually understand the content. Educators will develop higher-order questioning and problem-solving skills while embedding student talk, writing, investigating, reading, and listening into each lesson. Student learning strategies that accelerate student learning including meta-cognitive strategies, strategy monitoring, and transfer strategies will be demonstrated.


Date: July 21, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Athens State University Regional Inservice Center/AMSTI Building

Facilitator: Keitha Segrest

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Project Based Learning

Title: ATH RIC Introduction to Project Based Learning

Description: Project-Based Learning is an instructional approach that addresses the needs of the 21st-century classroom as well as a standards-based curriculum to prepare students for college and careers using real-world scenarios, authentic documents, and situations.


PBLs are unique in that they are not a project tacked on the end of a unit of study if there is time or something assigned to the student who finishes early. PBLs are the vehicle for the delivery of content knowledge at a greater depth of understanding. In the end, students create a product, model, or solution that is unique to their own creativity and is very different from other groups.


Join us as we discuss and explore the essential parts of implementing PBL, what a PBL classroom looks like, the challenges and workarounds of implementation, and share techniques for success and many valuable resources


Date: June 21, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room C)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Susan Arnette, Accelerate Learning Consultant

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Title: ATH RIC Implementing Project-Based Learning In the Classroom

Description: Project-Based Learning is an instructional approach that addresses the needs of the 21st-century classroom as well as a standards-based curriculum to prepare students for college and careers using real-world scenarios, authentic documents, and situations.


PBLs are unique in that they are not a project tacked on the end of a unit of study if there is time or something assigned to the student who finishes early. PBLs are the vehicle for the delivery of content knowledge at a greater depth of understanding. In the end, students create a product, model, or solution that is unique to their own creativity and is very different from other groups.

Join us as we discuss and explore the essential parts of implementing PBL, what a PBL classroom looks like, the challenges and workarounds of implementation, and share techniques for success and many valuable resources


Date: June 22, 2022

Time: 8:30-3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room C)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Elisa Harris, Stephanie Roden, and Kim Jared (Hartselle City Schools)

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Title. ATH RIC Youth Mental Health First Aid

Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach teachers and school staff how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.


Date: June 2, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Regional Inservice Center (Room C)

1115 Hwy 31 S

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitators: Heather Hicks and Briana Hawkins, Social Workers, Madison City Schools

Clock Hours: 8 Hours

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Social and Emotional Learning: Dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Title: ATH RIC Social and Emotional Learning: Dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Description: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) impact student learning in all classrooms. In this session, participants will understand Alabama's expectations of current SEL programs, gain knowledge about strategies provided in the Alabama MTSS/SEL Resource, and discover research-based practices for developing fundamental emotional and social competencies and experiences.


Date: July 20, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Athens State University Regional Inservice Center (Room B)

Facilitators: Michele Parker

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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NBCT Overview

Title: ATH RIC NBCT Overview

Description: In 2014, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) made changes to the certification process that not only make it less expensive, but also provide educators with a flexible timeline for completing the process This course offers detailed instructions on application procedures, an overview of the process, helpful resources, grant information, and tips to prepare you for National Board certification.


Date: June 14, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Patty Maze, NBCT

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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Date: July 18, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Patty Maze, NBCT

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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NBCT Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Title: ATH RIC Summer 2022 NBCT Maintenance of Certification

Description: Participants in this course will be provided an overview of the NBCT Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.


Date: June 16, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Patty Maze, NBCT

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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NBCT or STEM Certification: Which One Best Fits Your Needs?

Title: ATH RIC NBCT or STEM Certification: Which One Best Fits Your Needs?

Description: Educators are offered many opportunities to enhance their expertise by achieving various certifications. For teachers trying to decide which certification to seek, NBCT or STEM, this virtual session will provide an overview of both so one can make the best decision for their situation.


Date: June 17, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Patty Maze, NBCT

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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AL-MTSS Overview

Title: AL-MTSS Overview

Description: AL-MTSS is a multi-tiered system of support that encompasses students' social and emotional needs in addition to their academic needs. AL-MTSS aims to align resources and support for students receiving instruction, along with teachers and other support staff who are delivering the instruction to meet the needs of all learners so they can experience success in the classroom and beyond into the workforce. By providing designated state staff to assist LEA teams with data analysis, the goal is to maximize current support and identify additional support needed to address the whole child. If you want to learn how to bring AL-MTSS into your district or school, participate in this webinar today.


Date: June 9, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Kristie Shankles, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 1 Hour

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Date: July 20, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Kristie Shankles, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 1 Hour

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Leveraging Data Meetings to Address Student Needs Within AL-MTSS Framework

Title: SDE-CI-GEN-Leveraging Data Meetings to Address Student Needs within AL-MTSS Framework

Description: AL-MTSS is a multi-tiered system of support that encompasses students' social and emotional needs in addition to their academic needs. AL-MTSS aims to align resources and support for students receiving instruction, along with teachers and other support staff who are delivering the instruction to meet the needs of all learners so they can experience success in the classroom and beyond into the workforce. This session will provide insight into maximizing current data meetings to address RtI and PBS within the AL-MTSS framework.


Date: June 9, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Kristie Shankles, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 1 Hour

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Date: July 20, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Kristie Shankles, ALSDE

Clock Hours: 1 Hour

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Athens State Physical Education Summer Conference

Title: Athens State Physical Education Summer Conference

Description: Participants will learn various teaching strategies, games, and more by attending the conference.


Date: July 25, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Athens State University (Carter Gym)

300 N. Beaty Street

Athens, AL 35611

Facilitator: Jonathan Thompson

Clock Hours: 7 Hours

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Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing

The annual Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing is back in Alabama at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. Please see the schedule of speakers and registration form HERE.


If you are interested in attending, please contact Patty Maze (patricia.maze@thens.edu) as the Athens State University Regional Inservice Center will provide registration fees for 10 teachers from our Region to attend. You must be from Region 2 (Athens City, Blount County, Cullman City, Cullman County, Decatur City, Hartselle City, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Morgan County, and Oneonta City) to qualify for the complimentary registration fee.



Date: June 27-30, 2022

Format: In Person

Location: Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa

Point Clear, Alabama

AETC

Date: June 15-17, 2022

Format: In Person

Location: Mobile Convention Center

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Early Registration: $140 until 4/18/22

Regular Registration: $150 4/19/22 - 5/27/22

Late Registration: $175 after 5/27/22

Online registration is for credit card payment or purchase orders only.

To pay with a check, download a registration form for each attendee and mail completed form(s) with check.

MEGA Conference

Mark your calendars for MEGA Conference July 11-15, 2022, in Mobile, Alabama! Hosted by the Alabama State Department of Education, this year’s conference will provide attendees with opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions, attend in-depth training sessions, and learn from leading experts in fields across the educational spectrum.


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Date: July 11-16, 2022

Format: In Person

Location: Mobile Convention Center

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Photography in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Art Room

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Photography in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Art Room

Description: Join elementary art educator, Phillippia Fuqua, to build an inexpensive lightbox and learn how she incorporates photography in her program. Suzi Day, a recent Athens Statue University graduate, middle school art educator, and professional photographer, will talk about composition and lighting. Interested in starting a photography program for your students, but not sure where to start? Beth Walldorf started her program from scratch 5 years ago. She will present suggestions for starting and expanding your own program from the ground up. The workshop will cover the knowledge foundation you will need, suggested equipment, tips for managing and monitoring students and equipment, sources of funding, post-production resources, and sketchbook practices for students. No pre-requisites.


Date: June 6, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Format: In-Person (with a virtual option)

Location: ACA's Visual Arts Building, Room 313

133 Second Avenue NE

Decatur, AL 35601

Facilitators: Philippia Fuqua, Suzi Day, and Beth Walldorf

Clock Hours: 4 Hours

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Grant Writing for the Art Educator

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Grant Writing for the Art Educator

Description: Join Kaci Norman, former assistant curator of education at the Montgomery Museum of Art and current Arts in Education program manager at the Alabama State Council on the Arts for tips on writing the perfect grant for your program. If you join us face to face for the Photography workshop, this program will be virtual in the same room. Kaci lives in Montgomery and will present via Google Meet. No pre-requisites.


Date: June 6, 2022

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Format: In Person (with a virtual option)

Location: ACA's Visual Arts Building, Room 313

133 Second Avenue NE

Decatur, AL 35601

Facilitator: Kaci Norman

Clock Hours: 1.5 Hours

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Resin Mixed Media with Amy Tubbs

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Resin Mixed Media with Amy Tubbs

Description: Using a canvas, fabric, cheesecloth, modeling paste, tar paper, and resin, create a great resin mixed media flower with Decatur Heritage School art educator Amy Tubbs. No prerequisites.


Date: June 7, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Format: In Person

Location: Decatur Christian Academy Art Room

3802 Spring Avenue SW

Decatur, AL 35603

Facilitator: Amy Tubbs

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Full STEAM Ahead: Bridging the Gap Between Arts & Sciences with a STEAM Club

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Full STEAM Ahead: Bridging the Gap Between Arts & Sciences with a STEAM CLUB

Description: The gap between sciences, technologies, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) is not as wide as most people believe; both incorporate a bit of the others. Hosting an age-appropriate STEAM Club can help students find their interests in all of the subjects. Let’s explore several projects that cross boundaries!


Date: June 8, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Format: In Person

Location: ACA's Visual Arts building, 3rd floor

133 Second Ave NE

Decatur, AL 35601

Facilitator: Dr. Donn Estill

Clock Hours: 5 Hours

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Screen Printing

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Screen Printing

Description: Create T-shirts or totes, etc. of your own design by burning your own screen and printing it on-site in the press.

Note: Participants must bring their own T-shirts (4-5 suggested). Hobby Lobby sells them for around $3 each. Totes or anything with a large, flat printable area is acceptable.

*Download Adobe capture app onto your phone. Come with a photograph or drawing for use, several options, no greyscale.


Date: June 13, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (*Bring a sack lunch)

Format: In Person

Location: ACA’s Visual Arts building, Room 312

133 Second Avenue NE

Decatur, AL 35601

Facilitator: Dr. Mary Beth Johns

Clock Hours: 6 Hours

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Premiere Rush: A Fundamentals Workshop in Video Editing and Animation

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Premiere Rush: A Fundamentals Workshop in Video Editing and Animation

Description: Learn the basics of video creation using Adobe Premiere Rush. In this workshop, we will cover fundamental skills of importing video, editing, typography, and more. There are no prerequisites for this workshop.

*NOTE: This workshop was offered summer of 2020 and 2021 and will be the exact curriculum from those years. Please do not register if you have already received credit for this workshop. Thank you.


Date: July 8, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Format: Virtual

Facilitator: Jessica Spowart

Clock Hours: 2 Hours

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Depth of Field and the Exposure Triangle

Title: ATH RIC-ACA-Depth of Field and the Exposure Triangle

Description: This is a beginning level course for people who would like to learn what all those crazy settings on their cameras are for and how to take photos that have that fabulous blurry background that we all love. The first half of the class will have lectures and demonstrations. The last half will be practical. Students will get to photograph a variety of studio setups using different types of lights.

Required supplies: A DSLR camera, memory card, and USB drive


Date: July 12, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Format: In Person

Location: ACA’s Visual Arts building, Room 312

133 Second Avenue NE

Decatur, AL 35601

Facilitator: Kim Parker

Clock Hours: 3 Hours

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Athens State University Regional Inservice Center

Director: Patty Maze, NBCT (patricia.maze@athens.edu)

Program and Financial Assistant: Leigh Ann Todd (leighann.todd@athens.edu)