Professional Learning Opportunities & Updates
September/October 2022 

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:
Virtual PLG Registration:

2022-2023 ATIM DLCS Academy

Alabama Technology in Motion will be hosting the ATIM DLCS Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. 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 (, Carol Foster ( or Robert Mayben ( for more information. You can sign up for the Academy at PSPL Course# 295543 Section #453013. We hope you will join us for this great learning opportunity.

Tools 4 Reading: Beginning Sound Wall Professional Learning
Sound Wall professional development is a 6-hour fundamental class focused on the science of sound walls, their design, and their implmentation ino your daily phonological awareness. and phones instructions.  Sound Wall PD equips teachers with the knowledge to answer these questions:
  • - What is a sound wall & why should I repladce mny word wall with one?
- How do i set up a sound wall & explicitly teach all 44 phonemes to my students?

- How do I incorporate sound walls in my phonics instruction?

- How do I use my soiund wall in daily routines - whole group and small group

Join us on either September 14 or September 28 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.

September 14:
University Hall, University of Alabama, 270 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa
Register via PowerSchool section #436961

September 28:
Bell Conference Center, University of West Alabama, Foust Drive, Livingston
Register via PowerSchool section #436958

UA/UWA RIC: Regional Secondary Coaching Community

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 with any questions.

UA/UWA ATIM Library Technology Professional Learning Groups

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:

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 or your ARI contact Tiffany Davis if you would like additional information.

Metametrics: Lexile and Quantile Frameworks

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

Metametrics Lexile Framework for Reading
October 18
9:00-10:30 am
Virtual via Zoom
Register via PowerSchool PL #453042 in order to receive Zoom link.

Metametrics Quantile Framework for Mathematics
October 18
1:00-2:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Register via PowerSchool PL #453044 in order to receive Zoom link.

***For more information about Metametrics and its partnership with Alabama and their FREE resources, visit


English/Language Arts 2021 Course of Study Overview
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:

October 11 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: UA/UWA Regional In-service Center, Room 1033, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454302

program, transitioning into the workforce, or joining the military, educators are tasked with preparing students for life beyond the K-12 educational system. Session participants will explore evidence-based interventions, procedural mechanisms, and an overview of CCR indicators and a plan for preparing students for college, military, and/or career.


UA/UWA NBCT Cohort: Component 3-Teaching Practice and Learning Environment

Join us virtually on October 27 from 5:00-7:30 pm for "Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment." Register via PowerSchool PL Section #435565.

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.

ALSDE Social Studies PLC: Using Primary Sources to Teach the Movement

Calling all social studies teachers!

Join Dr. Blake Busbin, the new ALSDE social studies education specialist and former Alabama History Teacher of the Year, for the following PLC, "Using Primary Sources to Teach the Movement." Both sessions will be held at the UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center (260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL). Dates, times, and PowerSchool registration information is included below.

Dates: October 27 and January 31
Time: Both sessions will be held from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454553 or the following link:


UA/UWA ATIM: Drones in Education Professional Learning Group

Are you interested in bringing drone activities to your classroom? Do you have a set of drones and need ideas on how to use them? If you meet either of these qualifications, then the ATiM Drones in Education DLCS PLG is for you!
In this PLG, participants will learn educational uses of drones including programming, flying, drone soccer, drone competitions, drone safety, and lesson and integration activity design. There will be three face-to-face meetings in the Tuscaloosa area (2 Fall, 1 Spring). There is no cost to participate in these sessions, but if travel or substitutes are necessary, it will be the responsibility of the school/system.
An additional benefit of this PLG is potential follow-up team teaching opportunities with Dr. Mayben and his fleet of drones!
Click here to register for the Drones in Education PLG.
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Upcoming Opportunities: November 2022 and Beyond
Implementing Alabama's Core Teaching Standards to Improve Instruction

Join Dr. Holly Morgan on November 15 as she provides information on Alabama's Core Teaching Standards and their alignment to the new Alabama Teacher Observation Tool. Participants will collaborate to apply the Core Teaching Standards in practice and identify evidence of the Core Teaching Standards in their daily practice.

Date: November 15
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: University Hall, University of Alabama campus, 275 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa

Register via PowerSchool PL Section #454316


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:

Opportunities From Our Regional Initiatives


AMSTI is partnering 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.

Please contact Sara McGee ( if you have requests for other professional learning support.

Alabama Reading Initiative

ARI Quick Links to Support the ALA Implementation

Use the following link for a current list of links: Quick Links to Support the Alabama Literacy Act Implementation
ARI is partnering with AMSTI to host regional principal meetings to support implementation of the Alabama Literacy Act. For more information, please view the flyer posted above in this newsletter.

Register today for the next LETRS cohort!
Go to the new Alabama LETRS Webpage. If you look to the right hand side there is a peach button for those interested in registering for this amazing opportunity that the ALSDE is providing to public education teachers. Priority is reserved for those involved in full time K-3 foundational literacy. That includes central office staff, building administrators, local reading specialists, K-3 literacy teachers, special education teachers, interventionists, and university personnel just to name a few.

Technology in Motion with Dr. Robert Mayben

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

Contact Dr. Robert Mayben at to support your school or district's technology professional learning needs.
Announcements From Our Regional Partners
Region 4 EL Specialist: Dr. Stephanie Reynolds
Hello! I am Stephanie Reynolds, and I am pleased to say that I am your Region 4 EL Regional Specialist this year! I have 16 years of educational experience in Alabaster City Schools where I taught K-2 ESL and 2nd/3rd grade general education. We are off to a great start this year, and I have enjoyed meeting everyone and learning how to best support the needs of our ELs. My primary role is to provide instructional support for teachers. Our state specialists can also provide support for administrators.
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 Support Request Link:
Region 4 ALSDE PowerSchool Coach: Quandria Robinson

My name is Quandria Robinson, and I am one of three new PowerSchool Tech Coaches for the state of Alabama. I will primarily service regions 4-7. The other two PowerSchool Coaches are Jessica Morton and Kendall Tankersley. We are available to provide professional development sessions either in-person or virtually concerning PowerSchool SIS and PowerTeacher Pro.

We have topics ready to present regarding:
  • Enrollment/Withdrawals/Transfers
  • Attendance-Overview and Daily Tasks
  • Walk-In Scheduling/Schedule Changes
  • Reporting/Printing
  • Incident Management
  • PowerTeacher Pro
  • PS Basic Navigation
  • More!
Please also feel free to request specific sessions that are not listed above, as more material is being developed daily. Let us 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

Please assist us by responding to the following needs assessment:

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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.