Professional Learning Opportunities & Updates

January/February 2023




Join us virtually on January 18 for the following opportunities from Metametrics!

Metametrics Lexile Framework for Reading
January 18
9:00-10:30 am
Virtual via Zoom
Register via PowerSchool PL #455847 in order to receive Zoom link.


Metametrics Quantile Framework for Mathematics
January 18
1:00-2:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Register via PowerSchool PL #455859 in order to receive Zoom link.

***For more information about Metametrics and its partnership with Alabama and their FREE resources, visit https://metametricsinc.com/fieldtrip/alabama/.
 
Alabama Technology in Motion will be hosting the Bravo Cohort of the ATIM DLCS Academy for the Spring 2023 semester. We will have virtual meetings after school and provide professional development and best practices to teach computer science in the K-5 curriculum. Whether you are a K-5 classroom teacher, a STEM teacher or an after school club teacher, this PD series is for you! Join ATIM specialists from around the state to learn and grow in STEM and computer science with us! Topics will include: Computational Thinking, Coding, Robotics, Digital Citizenship, Design Thinking, Digital Artifacts and much more. Contact Nikkesha Hooks (nhooks@alsde.edu), Carol Foster (crf0021@auburn.edu) or Robert Mayben (rmayben@ua.edu) for more information. You can sign up for the Academy at PSPL Course# 295543 Section #457416.
 

Tools 4 Reading: Beginning Sound Wall Professional Learning
Join us on either January 31 or February 15 for Beginning Sound Wall professional learning from Tools4Reading. Each day's session will occur from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. All K-3 teachers, interventionists, administrators, and special education teachers are eligible to attend.

January 31:
Bell Conference Center, University of West Alabama, Foust Drive, Livingston
Register via PowerSchool section #461261

February 15:
University Hall, University of Alabama, 270 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa
Register via PowerSchool section #461250

Join us at the UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center (260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL) on February 23 from 5:00-7:30 pm for our February mentoring sessions. Register via PowerSchool PL Section #435607.

You will receive support from Candidate Support Providers as you work on your selected component(s) in a small group setting.
 

AMSTI/ARI: Region 4 Quarterly Principal Meetings

Region 4 Administrators:
Join AMSTI and ARI for the following quarterly principal meetings on October 6, December 8, February 9, and March 23. These sessions are for building administrators of K-5 schools. This information was referenced in a SDE memo (page 5).

The sessions will be held in Capital Hall on The University of Alabama campus. Please complete the following registration form in order to receive your parking pass.

Sessions begin at 8:30 and end at 3:30. You should plan to attend all day in order to participate in both the AMSTI and ARI session.

Please reach out to your AMSTI Director Sara McGee smcgee@ua.edu or your ARI contact Tiffany Davis tiffany.davis@ALSDE.edu if you would like additional information.
 

UA/UWA ATIM Library Technology Professional Learning Groups

Virtual Cohort begins November 2!

ATiM at the UA-UWA In-Service Center is pleased to announce that the Library Technology Professional Learning Groups are returning for the 2022-23 school year. Over the past 12 years, this has been one of the most popular professional learning groups offered by ATiM in the region. As in the previous two years, the 2022-23 PLG will be offered with both face-to-face and virtual options with three face to face cohorts and one virtual cohort. The cohorts will have four meetings (two fall and two spring). Each of the face-to-face cohorts will be limited to 15 librarians from the region, and the virtual sessions will be open to librarians in the UA-UWA Inservice Region and statewide. There is no cost for librarians to attend these sessions, but if travel or substitutes are necessary, this will be the responsibility of the school/system. Topics for this year include digital literacy, computer science, emerging technologies, drones in education, digital citizenship, and more! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for sharing this opportunity with your librarians!
For more information, see the attached flyer and visit Course #295914 in the PowerSchool Professional Learning Portal.
Course Link: https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/course/viewCourseSearch?courseId=295914

ATIM Elementary Computer Science Support Opportunities-Begins September 6!
Are your elementary teachers in need of support as they meet the new Alabama Elementary Computer Science Mandate? If so, the Alabama Technology in Motion program in the UA-UWA In-service Region is now accepting registration for two elementary computer science professional learning groups. The first is a statewide virtual PLG that will meet for an hour after school on the first Tuesday of each month (Sept-Nov & Jan-March) for a time of learning from ATiM specialists and sharing CS teaching ideas and resources with other elementary teachers. The second is a face to face regional PLG that will meet in Tuscaloosa from 9 AM to 3 PM twice in the fall and twice in the spring. There is no cost for your teachers to attend these PLGs, but your school/system would be responsible for any expenses such as subs and/or travel.
Registration links are listed below and the dates for the sessions are listed on the attached flyer.

Target Audience for the PLGs based on the CS4Alabama Recommendations:
  • Any teacher who would like to enhance the integration of CS lessons into their curriculum.
  • Any "specials" teacher (librarian, tech teacher, STEM teacher, etc.) who is tasked with implementing the elementary CS standards for students.
Focus of the PLGs:
Integration and enhancement of computer science instruction in the elementary classroom.
Face to Face PLG Registration: https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/453920
Virtual PLG Registration: https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/453916

UA/UWA RIC: Regional Secondary Coaching Community
The next session is January 27!

We are excited to announce that our Inservice Center will once again offer regional support for secondary instructional coaches who are not served by AMSTI or ARI. Each quarterly session will be held at the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education on the following dates. If you are a secondary instructional coach who would like to participate this year, please use the links below to register in PowerSchool for these sessions. We will continue our study of the coaching process and how to use data to drive our coaching conversations.

September 23, 2022
November 17, 2022
January 27, 2023
March 6, 2023

Feel free to contact Dr. Holly Morgan at hgmorgan@ua.edu with any questions.
 

Join Dr. Blake Busbin, ALSDE Social Studies Education Specialist, on January 31 and March 9 for these two sessions. Each session will be held from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

If you cannot attend both sessions, feel free to join us for one of them!

Register in PowerSchool PL via the following links:

January 31, 2023
https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/454553

March 9, 2023
https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/462141








 

 
Upcoming Opportunities: January 2023 and Beyond
Please review the attached flyer for upcoming spring workshops in February, March, and April that will be offered by Hudson Alpha. The first session begins on February 8.

Join us on February 22 from 8:30-11:30 AM or 12:30-3:30 PM for Dyslexia Awareness training. (This training fulfills the "dyslexia awareness" requirement set forth on page 27 of the Alabama Literacy Act.)

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

Register via PowerSchool Section #454298 (AM Session) or #454300 (PM Session)
 
Calling all school counselors in the UA/UWA Region! Join us on February 17, 2023 for the 3rd Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference! The event will be held at the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa from 8:30-2:30.

Registration is NOW OPEN! Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454408 or via the following link:
https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/454408
 
We are so excited to announce that Dr. Jan Hoegh, Marzano Associate and author of A Teacher’s Guide to Standards-Based Learning, will be the keynote speaker for the annual ACGAL (Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning) Conference!

The conference will be held February 10th and 11th at Oxford High School. You can register for the conference here!

Time of conference: 8:15 – 2:45 PM CST

Cost: Saturday only – $90 per person; $75 for groups of 5 or more; Friday and Saturday – $125 per person; $100 for groups of 5 or more


 
In this session, educators will develop an awareness of Alabama's Core Teaching Standards.


They will collaborate to apply the Core Teaching Standards in practice and identify evidence of the Core Teaching Standards in their daily practice. Educators will also align the Alabama Core Teaching Standards to the dimension within Alabama's new Teacher Observation Tool.

Date: February 23
Time: 8:30-3:30
Location: UA/UWA Regional In-service Center, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa

Register via PowerSchool PL section #461411

 

TEAMS Approved PD: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023:
Regional Marzano Workshops Offered Through ALSDE


Update: All of these sessions are TEAMS Approved PD by ALSDE!!

Join us for the following regional Marzano workshops that are being offered through the Alabama State Department of Education at no charge to teachers and administrators in our state! The full listing of sessions and opportunities may be viewed via this linked flyer. Each workshop is a two-day commitment; all three workshops will be offered at the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center (see listing below):
  • Leadership and School Improvement: High Reliability Schools in Alabama
  • Effective Teaching in Every Classroom: The New Art and Science of Teaching in Alabama
  • Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum: Proficiency Scales in Alabama Schools
All workshops will be facilitated by Marzano associates and are provided free-of-charge to Alabama educators. Books will also be provided to attendees.

Register via the information found in the flyer or via the section numbers listed below. Don't delay--register your school and district teams today!
 
  • Leadership and School Improvement: High Reliability Schools in Alabama
  1. February 27-28: PowerSchool Section #432475
 
  • Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum: Proficiency Scales in Alabama Schools
  1. February 2-3: PowerSchool Section #432485
 
  • Effective Teaching in Every Classroom: The New Art & Science of Teaching in Alabama
  1. January 24-25: PowerSchool Section #432479

Registration is NOW OPEN! West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference-February 17, 2023

Calling all school counselors in the UA/UWA Region! Join us on February 17, 2023 for the 3rd Annual West Alabama Regional School Counselors' Conference! The event will be held at the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa from 8:30-2:30.

Registration is NOW OPEN! Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454408 or via the following link:
https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/454408

 
When
Tuesday, Jan. 17th 2023 at 3:30-5pm
Where
This is an online event.
 
More information
Please join us for the Winter Governing Board Meeting on January 17. All teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians are invited to attend. A list of current board members can be found at http://inservice.ua.edu/governing-board.html. The meeting will be held virtually. If you are not a Governing Board member but would like to attend, please contact Dr. Morgan (hgmorgan@ua.edu) for a virtual link.

 
Alabama Teacher Growth ProgramDate: March 1, 2023
Register via PowerSchool section #461413 or use the following link


If you are a new administrator or were unable to attend training last year, be sure to mark this opportunity on your calendar!

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.
Location: UA/UWA Regional In-service Center, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
In this session, provided by Dr. Carolyn Jones (ALSDE) and Dr. Patrick Chappell (Publishers' Warehouse), educators will investigate the following: Goals of the Textbook Committee; Formation of the Local Textbook Committee; Best Practices for the Local Textbook Committee; Work of the Local Textbook Committee; Publisher Expectations; Textbook Caravan; Final Steps for Local Textbook Adoption; Samples Timeline will be provided; Adoption process forms; Procedures for adopting textbooks outside the State approved list; Sample Oath of Office; Textbook Disposal Procedures; Textbook Law; Textbook orders with Publishers' Warehouse.

Date: March 2, 2023
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Virtual via Zoom

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454312 or via the following link in order to receive the Zoom link.

 
If you are a new ELA teacher or have not received an overview regarding the transition to the 2021 ELA Course of Study standards, ARI Region Four specialists are offering an overview session on the following date:


March 2 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: University of West Alabama, Young Hall, Livingston, AL

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454304 or via the following link
 
Opportunities From Our Regional Initiatives


AMSTI is continuing to partner with ARI to host regional principal meetings to support implementation of the Alabama Numeracy Act. For more information, please view the flyer posted above in this newsletter.

Unit training at Gordo Elementary to begin in January 2023 (Foundational Training is requires to participate.)

4th grade Energy and Waves
5th Grade Matter and Interactions
6th grade Planetary Systems

Unit training at York West End to begin in January 2023 (Foundational Training is requires to participate.)

4th grade Energy and Waves
Please contact Sara McGee (smcgee@ua.edu) if you have requests for other professional learning support.
 
The University of Alabama Early Literacy Survey (in partnership with ARI and ALSDE)

The UA Literacy Center is partnering with the Alabama State Department of Education to meet the professional development needs for early literacy instruction. We invite PK-3rd grade teachers to complete a 30-45 minute survey about early literacy. The results will be used to share what type of PD is needed in different areas of our state.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please email me, cjkerch@ua.edu. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to our team. Teachers responses will remain anonymous. Participants may be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card.
You may access the survey below or via the QR code in the flyer:
https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3TKWOmW4G81tzoy
 

Update: All of these sessions are TEAMS Approved PD by ALSDE!!

Join us for the following regional Marzano workshops that are being offered through the Alabama State Department of Education at no charge to teachers and administrators in our state! The full listing of sessions and opportunities may be viewed via this linked flyer. Each workshop is a two-day commitment; all three workshops will be offered at the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center (see listing below):

Leadership and School Improvement: High Reliability Schools in Alabama
Effective Teaching in Every Classroom: The New Art and Science of Teaching in Alabama
Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum: Proficiency Scales in Alabama Schools
All workshops will be facilitated by Marzano associates and are provided free-of-charge to Alabama educators. Books will also be provided to attendees.

Register via the information found in the flyer or via the section numbers listed below. Don't delay--register your school and district teams today!

Effective Teaching in Every Classroom: The New Art & Science of Teaching in Alabama
January 24-25: PowerSchool Section #432479

Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum: Proficiency Scales in Alabama Schools
February 2-3: PowerSchool Section #432485

Leadership and School Improvement: High Reliability Schools in Alabama
February 27-28: PowerSchool Section #432475








 


If you are a new math teacher or need a review/refresher training, AMSTI is offering math course-of-study training on the following dates:


K-5: February 7 from 8:30-11:30 am---PowerSchool Registration Link
6-12: February 23 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm--PowerSchool Registration Link
Location for both sessions: University of West Alabama, Young Hall
Please contact Lisa Fitzgerald at lgfitzgerald@ua.edu with questions.
 

OSI Docs and Tools
Check out the latest information from Dr. Blake Busbin, ALSDE Social Studies Education Specialist:
https://sway.office.com/ScQapuKatrCAr0DO?ref=email


Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben
PLUACLD926 Digital Citizenship Best Practices that Just Make Sense

PLUACLD926 focuses on supporting educational leadership as they educate their staff members and students on the digital literacy topics of appropriate, safe, ethical, and legal use of technology. There will be three after school Zoom meetings (February 1, February 8, and February 15), and all other work will be completed online by participants between the virtual meetings. Registration Link:
https://alsde.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/learning2/registration/presentRegistrationDetails/462497

 

Join Dr. Mayben for his technology sessions this fall! You may find all of his posted opportunities at www.uatim.org/opportunities.

Contact Dr. Robert Mayben at rmayben@ua.edu to support your school or district's technology professional learning needs.

 

The following document provides access to curated resources to support implementation of the 2021 ELA Course of Study in Grades 6-12. The link will allow you to create your own copy of the resource document.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XKFtlDduyfdOt6uN1sxM9wXu_9QPLi4Ib11JiOpaax4/copy

 
Announcements From Our Regional Partners
Region 4 EL Specialist: Dr. Stephanie Reynolds
Please use the direct link below to access the ALSDE English Learner Support Request form and to learn more about the supports available. The ALSDE is now requiring this request to be completed before any initial visit for Instructional Support.

EL Region 4 Specialist: Dr. Stephanie Reynolds (stephanie.reynolds@alsde.edu)


EL Support Request Link:
https://forms.office.com/r/pXeGunUPgb

The ALSDE is proud to announce that we will be partnering with ELLevation Education, an online platform for educators of ELs! Please read the attachment for more information!

 
Amy Tilford joins the Office of Mathematics Improvement (OMI) as a Regional Coordinator serving Region Four. Before joining OMI, Mrs. Tilford served as the principal of The Alberta School of Performing Arts in Tuscaloosa. She also has experience serving as an elementary math specialist as well as an elementary teacher. Mrs. Tilford resides in Tuscaloosa with her husband Michael, and their two daughters Maddie and Lily.

She can be reached at amy.tilford@alsde.edu.
 
Check out the latest information from Dr. Blake Busbin, ALSDE Social Studies Education Specialist:
https://sway.office.com/ScQapuKatrCAr0DO?ref=email
 
Region 4 ALSDE PowerSchool Coach: Quandria Robinson

Please also feel free to request specific sessions. Let me know what your district or school's specific needs are! To request training for your district or school, you can either reply to this email or click the link in the flyer and submit an Ed Tech ticket request via the following link: Submit Ed Tech Support Ticket

PowerSchool Coach Quandria Robinson (quandria.robinson@alex.state.al.us)
 

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2021 ELA Course of Study: Secondary (6-12) ELA Resources
The following document provides access to curated resources to support implementation of the 2021 ELA Course of Study in Grades 6-12. The link will allow you to create your own copy of the resource document.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XKFtlDduyfdOt6uN1sxM9wXu_9QPLi4Ib11JiOpaax4/copy
 
Oral Language Module in Schoology - Click to register for the module in PowerSchool Professional Learning. Please allow 24 hours for the course to be loaded into PowerSchool Professional Learning and Schoology.

Reading Interventions for Students Grade 4 and Beyond - Looking for strategies to help support struggling readers in grade 4 and beyond? Register in PowerSchool Professional Learning for these newly released courses designed by Alabama educators for Alabama educators!


The modules are designed for teachers and administrators who work with struggling readers in grades 4-9. Each module offers specific recommendations and effective instructional strategies aligned to the Science of Reading. The module (course) will load in your My Learning Opportunities within PowerSchool Professional Learning.


The module (course) can also be accessed through your ALSDE Schoology account by clicking the Courses tab. If you are unable to log into your ALSDE Schoology account, please email schoologyenrollments@alsde.edu.

 *Each graphic below is hyperlinked directly to the PowerSchool course for easy registration

Recommendation 1 graphic

Multisyllabic Word Reading
Decoding skills are necessary in order to read multisyllabic words.
Recommendation 2 Graphic


Fluency Building
Fluent reading allows students to focus their cognitive demand on comprehension

Recommendation 3A Graphic


Comprehension Building - Background Knowledge & Vocabulary
Building background knowledge and vocabulary help students gain meaning from text.

Recommendation 3B Graphic


Comprehension Building - Ask & Answer Questions
Good readers ask and answer questions as they read to gain understanding.

Recommendation 3C Graphic


Comprehension Building - Gist
Routines for helping students determine the gist of text supports them with summarization and main idea.

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Comprehension Building - Monitor Thinking
Monitoring their own thinking when students read is critical for knowing when their thinking is off track.

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Stretch Text
Stretch text refers to reading selections that are challenging for students to read on their own, which means they are typically above students’ independent reading level. Stretch text can refer to the difficulty, as well as the length of the passage.
Troubleshooting Schoology

If you are having issues accessing your ALSDE Schoology account, please click the link above for troubleshooting steps.
 
Resources
ALSDE has developed proficiency scales that can be used by teachers and students. The following link shares how to access those proficiency scales: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15eWbGs3CQ1D2wHZJUww9cl6Y4NjUDjUi/view?usp=sharing
 

ATLAS is a resource designed for National Board Certification, but it can also be used by teachers for personal growth or incorporated into district teacher induction programs.This resource is open to our full-time, public school educators in Alabama. Please contact Dr. Morgan at hgmorgan@ua.edu for an account.
 
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