National Boards Writing and Revising Retreat
Teachers from 25 School Systems and 40 different schools served
The JSU Inservice Education Center provides support and quality professional learning opportunities to educators in 15 school districts in Alabama.
National Boards Writing and Revising Retreat
Teachers from 25 School Systems and 40 different schools served
Last day of the National Boards Writing and Revising Retreat at Little River Canyon Center with Farrah Kilgo, Cindy Smith, Leslie Hughes, Renee Warren Fraley, Stephanie Lett, Amanda Rodgers, Brandi Hughes Caldwell, Melissa Shields, and Amber Lane Trantham
National Boards Writing and Revising Retreat 2019 at Little River Canyon Center
There is truth here. Research shows time and again the positive impact fine arts play in academic achievement.
The leaders of the Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center believe intensive music instruction is a direct contributor to academic success.
Interesting news documentary this Friday evening on ABC:
SCREEN TIME: Diane Sawyer Reporting - ABC announces a Diane Sawyer TV event documenting the impact of screen time, technology and social media on families across the country. The two-hour report features solutions for families – FRIDAY at 8|7c on ABC. https://bit.ly/2vtQYBG #ScreenTime
The JSU Inservice Center offers congratulations to Leslie Hughes (Pell City Schools) from our region. She has made the “final four” for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year! On the evening of May 8th, at a ceremony in Montgomery, the winner will be announced. Way to go, Leslie. We are pulling for you to go all the way!
Passing along a summer opportunity from UAB:
The "Teaching about Asia" workshop will be offered at UAB this summer for teachers of Art, Literature, History, Social Studies, Geography, STEM, Special Ed, Media Specialists, administrators, pre-service teachers, etc.
For attending the week-long session, orientation meeting, follow-up event, completing a lesson plan and a short philosophical essay, participants will receive:
*A firm grounding in East Asian cultures, history, technology, etc.
*A new lesson or unit plan
*36 continuing education credits
*$200 mini-grant for teaching materials
*Eligibility for more advanced seminars and study tours through NCTA
Registration: Chalkable PD Title Number: UABRIC01266
Date: Orientation meeting: April 24, 6 pm
Institute dates: June 17-21
Location: UAB, Heritage Hall Room 354
A PDF flyer with information concerning our summer sessions for teachers was emailed to school principals today with the request to forward it on to each of you. Look for it in your inbox soon. Many sessions have limited seating. Registration for summer sessions is open.
Congratulations to the two finalists from our region for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year!
Today we celebrate our school librarians! We appreciate all that you do to promote a love of reading.
Alabama Technology in Motion
Save the date for our next WEBINAR!!!!!
Summer learning sessions are now open for registration. Check the following online list frequently for updates...
April is National School Library Month. We celebrate our region's school libraries and librarians and hope you'll do the same. Tell your librarian how much you appreciate their efforts to foster a love of reading! Check out this article from a superintendent on the important role school libraries play...
When I was both a student and teacher at SFUSD, one of my favorite places in school was the library.
A great opportunity for teachers... https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwQEfJI3l_lZenhieFI4U29KQTYzYVpZcHJHTXJCYThpVEtR/view?usp=drivesdk
Free full-day institute: Best Practices in Writing Instruction, sponsored by LexAmi, Talladega College, and Center for the Collaborative Classroom. Help your students become engaged and proficient writers who write clearly, creatively, and purposefully for sustained periods of time.
This institute is designed for K–5 educators who want to learn effective instructional practices for teaching writing and motivate students in their development as writers. We will address all of the elements of Writing Workshop while also building a caring community of writers.
Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.
WHAT: Inside the Writing Workshop: Best Practices in Writing Instruction
WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Sign-In 8:00 to 8:30
Workshop 8:30 to 3:00
Lunch is on your own.
WHERE: Talladega College, Savery Library, 627 West Battle Street, Talladega, AL
To register, please contact Shelley at: [email protected]
Congratulations to Williams Intermediate School (Pell City Schools) for winning Hope and Wade King's (The Ron Clark Academy) national Wild Card Challenge! The Kings will be bringing a full day of PD with special guests and surprises as well as providing a teachers' lounge makeover.
New math standards on hold...
Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey agreed to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey's request to postpone a planned March 14 vote to adopt a new math course of study.
Summer Elementary Teacher Math Retreats are open for registration. For grades K-2 look up PD TITLE # JSU15041-19. For grades 3-5 look up PD TITLE # JSU15040-19. Space is limited. A waiting list will be created for each retreat if full.
15 complimentary registration scholarships available (one per system) from the JSU Inservice Center between now and April 1. Contact your system's curriculum coordinator for a registration form.
Do note the scholarships only pay the cost of registration. Travel costs are the responsibility of the participant.
Teachers, want to learn where the wild things are? Four summer environmental science (K-12) sessions are now open. Two will take place at Little River Canyon and two will be at Oak Mountain State Park. Please note that registration for these events is handled through another entity. JSU Field School staff will be leading the sessions and the JSU Inservice Center will be awarding professional learning credit in Chalkable upon completion. Here's a link with more information about these limited capacity, exciting learning opportunities!
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Common Core on the chopping block in Florida
Florida is eliminating Common Core via a gubernatorial executive order.
This is Brandi Caldwell- ATiM Specialist here:
Anyone going to MEGA conference in Mobile this summer (July 14-18)? This conference is a great place to find out the latest from the state department! I booked a nice room at Home2Suites in Mobile through Priceline. I just found out I have to cancel and they have a NO CANCELLATION policy. I would love to transfer this to someone and get back my money ($500 total). Please message me if you are interested. This is a hotel with free parking, free breakfast, and only a 7-minute drive from the conference. (suite with kitchen and sofa).
JSU will be closed on Jan. 29 due to Winter Weather. Offices will be closed and classes will not meet. Learn more at www.jsu.edu.
JSU Inservice Candidates and NBCTs
JSU Inservice Center NBCTs being pinned at ALNBCT Conference
The CLAS Leadership Institute is being held on the main campus in Ayers Hall Room 355. It is not at the Inservice Center in Anniston as originally scheduled.
From AL.com: School grade details released, still no report card...
Here's a look at two years of report card grades for Alabama schools.
Delaying school start times to match teenage sleep rhythms...Seattle schools are starting the day later. Click the NPR story below to find out more.
American teens are chronically sleep deprived, in part because of early school start times. But how much difference can a later start make? As Seattle's school district found out, it can help a lot.
Thanks to Amber Trantham and her team for helping make this happen!
Alabama added 171 new National Board Certified Teachers to its ranks earlier this month, giving the state the tenth-highest percentage nationally.
UPDATE: Ms. Baird, the ALSDE presenter, is on the way and is going ahead with the ESL session if you still wish to attend. We apologize for the confusion.
CANCELLATION on 12/11/18: The ESL workshop scheduled for today at the JSU Inservice Center has been canceled due to the weather. Please pass along to anyone you know who was attending today.
Click the article below and then click the blue “listen” button.
The move follows an NPR investigation that found thousands of teachers had grants unfairly converted to loans.
100 National Board Candidates Working on Comp 4
Check this out!! Register today
Join ATiM Specialist Dr. Robert Mayben for an incredible webinar as he explores DRONES inside and outside of the classroom. Click here to register http://www.atim.us/Content2/webinars
Congratulations NBCT Grant Recipient Winners for Region Six (Fall 2018):
The Alabama State Department of Education recently announced the winners of National Board Certified Teacher grants for each of the state's in-service center regions. The Region Six winners include:
Ann Alexander - Attalla City Schools (Region 6)
Karen Bishop - Cherokee County Schools (Region 6)
Cheryl Black - Pell City Schools (Region 6)
Amy Box - St. Clair County Schools (Region 6)
Erin Carlton - Etowah County Schools (Region 6)
Rachael Carr - Pell City Schools (Region 6)
Dustin Dalton - Dekalb County Schools (Region 3)
Adrienne Edwards - Gadsden City Schools (Region 6)
Kimberly Gladden - Gadsden City Schools (Region 6)
Kasie Hairrell - Calhoun County Schools (Region 6)
Dena Hairston - Dekalb County Schools (Region 3)
LaVette Hazelwood - Pell City Schools (Region 6)
Vivian Hubbard - Cleburne County Schools (Region 6)
Beverly Ledbetter - Dekalb County Schools (Region 3)
Brandy Newton - Gadsden City Schools (Region 6)
Amy Richardson - Randolph County Schools (Region 6)
Margaret Sholar - Etowah County Schools (Region 6)
Lori Smith - Gadsden City Schools (Region 6)
Tameka Stephens - Gadsden City Schools (Region 6)
Angela Swatek - Gadsden City Schools (Region 6)
Jean Woods - Fort Payne City Schools (Region 3)
Congratulations to these individuals. As the state's in-service centers are not involved in the selection and awarding of these grants, please contact Dr. Debra Gosha at the Alabama State Department of Education at (334) 694-4983 or [email protected] should you have questions or need additional information.
NPR has a podcast challenge for grades 5-12. Click the story below for details of how you and your students can enter.
We're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to have you work appear on NPR.
We have been asked by USA to pass this along to our area...
Researchers from Stanford University are recruiting teachers for a study of high school science students in Alabama. The study involves giving students a 20-30 minute survey about their views of the world and their scientific reasoning. Participating teachers will be given a $40 Amazon gift card. This research is being done by the Stanford Graduate School of Education. If you are a high school science teacher interested in participating, please contact [email protected] for more information. We are currently recruiting teachers who teach in the following Alabama counties: Jackson, Franklin, Marshall, Dekalb, Cherokee, Blount, Cullman, Winston, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, St. Clair, Cleburne, Chilton, Bibb, Covington, Geneva.
Mobile County Public Schools
B.C. Rain students flew in an RV-12 airplane today like the one they are building as part of the school's Signature Academy of Aviation and Aerospace. B.C. Rain is the first Alabama school to build an airplane from scratch. The students plan to have theirs up in the air in May. Thank you to Airbus, Signature Flight Support, Carlisle, VT-MAE and the U.S. Coast Guard for working with our students on this project. (This plane was built by students in Wichita, Kansas).
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