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Upcoming Opportunities: May 2023 and Beyond
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The UA/UWA Regional Inservice Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Pre-AP Readiness Workshops in partnership with College Board. Pre-AP Readiness Workshops are in-person collaborative experiences that orient participants to the content, design, and pedagogy of the Pre-AP Program. Teachers explore Pre-AP design and instructional content-specific topics that empower them to apply what they’ve learned to their own grade level or course within their content area. Save your seat now!

Who Should Attend the Readiness Workshops?
-Grades 6-12 teachers

Why Should I Attend?
-Learn new approaches and develop plans for instruction that can be applied in your own classroom
-Collaboratively design classroom activities that build readiness and meets the needs of all learners
-Gain new skills and insights with a supportive peer network and expert National Faculty
-Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are awarded upon completion
Workshop Objectives
-Explore Pre-AP model lessons, the course framework, teacher resources, and student learning supports
-Analyze how Pre-AP instructional design supports all students in achieving success toward AP, college, and beyond
-Learn how to apply Pre-AP shared principles and course areas of focus to yearlong planning and classroom instruction

We will have workshops on the following dates:

May 1: English Language Arts
May 2: Mathematics
May 4: Social Studies
May 5: Science

Sessions will be held from 8:30-3:30 PM CST. Each math and science workshop counts as TEAMS PD credit. Register for the sessions using the links below.

Key Links:
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Please make plans to join us in Alabama’s Rocket City for the 2023 Alabama Education Technology Conference (AETC) as we “Suit Up for the Mission” of improving educational technology across the state. This conference will be held on June 14-16, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL.
AETC plays a major role in assisting educators to increase their understanding of instructional technology in education. This state conference is an opportunity for educators in the state to refine skills, connect with other educators, and share ideas. Please visit for additional information.
AETC will offer four free registrations per LEA for educators who meet the certain criteria — names must be submitted by April 28th.Please make plans to join us in Alabama’s Rocket City for the 2023 Alabama Education Technology Conference (AETC) as we “Suit Up for the Mission” of improving educational technology across the state. This conference will be held on June 14-16, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL.

Tuesday, Jan. 17th 2023 at 3:30-5pm
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 The meeting will be held virtually. If you are not a Governing Board member but would like to attend, please contact Dr. Morgan ( for a virtual link.

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
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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.

Summer training is open for registration! You can view all AMSTI opportunities at their new AMSTI-UA website at More information is linked in the flyer below.

Please contact Sara McGee ( if you have questions or requests for other professional learning support.
Summer Opportunity with link to Register
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, 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:
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  • ASIM Biology Training and Support (Lisa Clark,
  • ASIM Chemistry Training and Support (Brooks Moss,
  • ASIM Physics Training and Support (Julie Covin,

    Contact our specialists today to request on-site instructional support as you return to school! We are here for you!
  • An Earth and Space Training Day will be offered on March 6th. Topics included will be the Sun, Rocks, and Minerals. A Chemistry Training Day will be offered on April 14th. Topics covered will be Intermolecular Forces. Contact Brooks Moss at with any questions. Register via the following link:
  • There will be a Physical Science Training on April 7th from 8:30 to 3:30 at the Tom Barnes Educational Center. Physical science concepts covered will include chemical reactions, momentum and waves. To register for this event, complete the following form:

    If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Julie Covin ( or Brooks Moss (

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 with questions.
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Alabama Reading Initiative

ARI Quick Links Document (Includes Proficiency Scales for K-5)
Quick Links

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.
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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.


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.

Announcements From Our Regional Partners
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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 (

EL Support Request Link:
Office of Mathematics Improvement LogoSee the information from Mrs. Tilford linked below regarding the Alabama Numeracy Act Summer Programming FAQs and Alabama Numeracy Act overview. For more information, contact Amy Tilford at

Alabama Numeracy Act Information
Alabama State Department of Education LogoCheck out the latest information from Dr. Blake Busbin, ALSDE Social Studies Education Specialist:

Please find the updates for Alabama Health and Physical Education at:
March Power School Opportunities Flyer with link to PDFRegion 4 ALSDE PowerSchool Coach: Quandria Robinson

March opportunities are located in the flyer.

Please also feel free to request specific sessions. To request training for your district or school, 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 (
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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.
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

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

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Multisyllabic Word Reading
Decoding skills are necessary in order to read multisyllabic words.
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Fluency Building
Fluent reading allows students to focus their cognitive demand on comprehension

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

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

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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.
ALSDE has developed proficiency scales that can be used by teachers and students. The following link shares how to access those proficiency scales:

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 for an account.
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