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Regional In-Service Center

Professional Learning Opportunities

Below you will find descriptions of current workshops available for registration.

Registration for all workshops sponsored by the In-Service Center must be done through STI-PD (unless otherwise noted below in the session announcement).

Follow the steps below to register for a session.

  1. Once you log into STI-PD (, click the PD Title tab.
  2. Enter the PD Title Number listed after the session title below in the PD Title Number box and click SEARCH.
  3. Scroll down until you see the title of the workshop for which you wish to register.
  4. Click the LIST link on the right.
  5. Scroll down again to the correct session/date and click on the ENROLL button.

If you have access to STI-PD but are having trouble logging on:  You must contact the PD Coordinator for your school system.  For more detailed instructions for STI-PD, please CLICK HERE.

A confirmation will be forwarded from STI-PD only if your profile is updated with your current email address.  You will be contacted by the In-Service Center only if a workshop for which you have registered is cancelled or rescheduled.

If, for any reason, you do not have access to STI-PD: Please call the In-Service Center at (205) 358-8543 for information on how to enroll for a session.

All sessions will be located at the In-Service Center unless otherwise indicated.  Please note that the In-Service Center is NOT located on the University of Montevallo campus.  For directions to the In-Service Center, please  CLICK HERE.

Science in Motion Summer Training

Biology Training

June 13-17 (Spain Park High School)
For details and registration, please contact:  Sandra Yancey, Biology Specialist,

Chemistry Training

June 21-24 and 27-30 (Spain Park High School)
For details and registration, please contact:  Amy Murphy, Chemistry Specialist,

Physics Training

June 13-15 (This is specifically for Physical Science teachers and will be held on the UM Campus.)
July 18-22 and 25-27 (Harman Hall, UM Main Campus)For details and registration, please contact:  Chuck Hanke, Physics Specialist,

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-27

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program helps to create a common core language within an organization. It is built on proven principle-based leadership skills found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling book,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. During the training, participants will learn how to develop the following habits:

  • Habit1: Be Proactive®
  • Habit2: Begin With the End in Mind®
  • Habit3: Put First Things First®
  • Habit4: Think Win-Win®
  • Habit5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®
  • Habit6: Synergize®
  • Habit7: Sharpen the Saw®


June 7-8, 2015 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Daily

*Note: This is a 2-day course. Participants are required to attend all days. Twelve (15) hours of professional
development will be awarded.

Intended Audience:


Special Session Information:

Participation is free to educators in the UM In-Service Region. Educators outside of the UM In-Service Region
will be required to purchase the participant guide at the current price of $95.

Experience Dyslexia
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-14


This dyslexia simulation is a hands on experience.   The simulation is designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustration that individuals with dyslexia (specific language learning challenge) encounter daily.   The intent of this experience is to lead to greater empathy and understanding and provide insight into working more effectively with these individuals.

During this simulation, participants will engage in situations designed to stimulate various language –related tasks similar to those encountered in the classroom and workplace.  Each experience will last approximately 10-15 minutes allowing time for debriefing and reflection led by a trained facilitator.  This is not a “train the trainer” professional development. All materials used and rights to facilitate this simulation are reserved by the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas.


June 9, 2016 (UM Regional In-Service Center)
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM or 12:00 PM – 3:00 PMJune 14, 2016 (Shelby County Instructional Services Center)
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM or 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Intended Audience:

All Educators

Foundations of Reading
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-24


In this 3-day professional development series, participants will gain a deeper understanding of scientifically based reading research by exploring explicit and systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.


June 15-17, 2016. 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Intended Audience:

Elementary Teachers

Strategic Teaching Across All Contents
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-25


In this 3-day professional development series, participants will explore the process of incorporating purposeful planning, multiple strategies, connected strategies, and explicit instruction to maximize the understanding and retention of content material.


June 27, 28, and 30, 2016. 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Intended Audience:

All Educators

Alabama Possible Community Action Poverty Simulation
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-29


The Poverty Simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of the realities of poverty among policy makers, business and community leaders, students, faculty, administrators, and more. the simulation enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their community.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of families living at or below the poverty level. They will experience typical challenges faced by low-income families, including maintaining employment, caring for children or elderly family members, seeking public assistance, and dealing with transportation issues.


June 29, 2015. 9:00 AM – 12:00   PM


Shelby County Instructional Services Center

Intended Audience:


RTI Is a Verb
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-28


RTI isn’t just about interventions. It’s about assessing how all students respond to instruction. In their book, RTI Is a Verb, Tom Hierck and Chris Weber go beyond the why and what of RTI to show you howto translate this good idea into a plan of action for your school. They offer concrete recommendations and resources, including

  • Interventions linked to the Common Core State Standards, with emphasis on college and career readiness
  • Practical strategies for screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostics
  • Sample approaches to specific interventions across the curriculum

Preparing students to meet real world challenges—and to stay in school until they are ready for them—takes a team effort. With this road map in hand, your team will take RTI from research to practice, from ideas to reality—and lead all students to success.  Come and learn from Tom Hierck with us.


July 6, 2016. 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM


Shelby County Instructional Services Center

Intended Audience:

All Educators

Creating Dyslexia Friendly Learning Environments
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-31


Session 1 will provide participants with insights into the impact of situational stress on learning outcomes for students with dyslexia and with strategies to minimize this stress.

Sessions 2 and 3 will provide participants with examples of multi-sensory classroom strategies and accommodations that will positively impact learning outcomes for students with dyslexia.

Session 4 will provide participants with insights into free Google-based extensions and applications along with Bookshare applications that assist students with dyslexia in overcoming reading and writing challenges through text-to-speech and speech-to-text opportunities.


July 22, 2016.  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.


Talladega County Teacher Center
22451 Alabama Hwy 21, Alpine, AL 35014

Intended Audience:

All Educators

Is National Board Certification Right for You?
STI-PD Title Number: UMINS16-30


Are you thinking of going for your National Board Certification but are not sure about what all the process entails? Come to this introductory session to learn more about what all is involved. The interest generated during this session will drive 2016-17 school year sessions in which NBCT candidates receive support during the certification process.


July 26, 2016.  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Intended Audience:

All Teachers

The following workshops are not specifically hosted by the University of Montevallo Regional In-Service Education Center and are not located at the In-Service Center. However, we are happy to provide various means of support for them and links to further information. If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact the sponsor directly.

The Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing

June 27-30, 2016. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Destin, Florida

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

William Van Cleave
“From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Struggling Writers”

Author of Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students of All Ages and Everything You Want to Know and Exactly Where to Find It; Co-Author of Phrases and Sentences for Reading and Spelling

Former classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator
National Consultant

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Joseph Harris
“Dead Poets and Wonder Boys: Bringing Writing to Life in the Classroom”

Author of Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, A Teaching Subject, Teaching with Student Texts, and Media Journal

English Professor at the University of Delaware
Founding Director of the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dr. Kim Patterson Roberts
“Fostering Student Engagement: Facilitating Student Talk, Interaction, & Thinking in the Writing Classroom”

Southeast Regional Director with the Center for the Collaborative Classroom

NBCT with 15+ years of experience in elementary and higher education
Author and developer of a wide variety of literacy curricula at state and local levels

National Consultant

For registration information, contact Terry White at 334-670-3594 or

The Metamorphosis Project

2016 Learning Conference July 18-20

Mountain Brook High School

Featured Speaker: Dr. Ron Beghetto (bio)
For registration information, click here.

Summer 2016 eLearning Opportunities

The Summer 2016 eLearning Semester is scheduled to begin on June 1.  There are 48 different courses in the regular Summer 2016 Semester.  You can also look over our schedule on our COURSE LISTING webpage.

As always, our courses are entirely online (no travel; no meetings; no substitutes) and completely free. Register using your Chalkable® PD account (formerly known as STIPD).

We will also offer all eight of our EDU55xx series courses designed for school and district leaders – each of which can lead to an ACLD-approved PLU with additional project work and completion of a 3-week follow-on showcase course later in the year.

Questions may be directed to:

Tom Dreilinger
State Project Director
e-Learning for Educators-Alabama
Technology in Motion, ALSDE

21st Century Classroom
EDU4401 Webquests and Hotlists
EDU4403 Virtual Tours
EDU4404 Learning Styles
EDU4405 Finding the Best Ed Resources on the Web
EDU4407 Special Students
EDU4422 Classroom Management in the 21st Century
EDU4435 Digital Citizenship for the 21st C. Student
EDU4437 Visual Strategies to Improve Student Thinking
EDU4463 Spice Up Your Videos
EDU4464 Using Moodle in the Classroom
EDU4473 Twitter and Facebook
EDU4474 iPads in the Classroom
EDU4475 Tablets and Technology
EDU4481 Flipping the Classroom – Resources
EDU4499 Teaching First ELLs
EDU6611 Becoming Online FAC (10wks/55hrs)
EDU6631 Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms
EDU6651 Building an Effective Master Schedule
EDU6671 Understanding the Life of Educational Data
EDU6672 Intro to Quantitative Data Analysis
Elementary School
EDU1104 Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Succeed
ELA2411 Reading Comp in ES
MTH2513 Algebraic Thinking is ES
REA2451 Reading First
SCI2801 Navigating the New Science Framework (K-5)
SCI2880 Inquiry in the Science Classroom (3-5)
Middle/High School
ELA3411 Reading Comp in Ms
HIS3713 Internet and History – Terrorism
MTH3513 Geometric Measurement
REA3475 Reading Intervention for Struggling Read
SCI3801 Navigating the New Science Framework (6-12)
SCI3880 Inquiry in the Science Classroom (6-8)
Guidance Counselors (4 wks/20 hrs)
CCTI101 Building a College-Going Culture (4wks/20 hrs)
CCTI202 College, Career, Academic Planning (4wks/20hrs)
CCTI303 Financial Aid & College Applications (4wks/20hrs)
School and District Leaders
(can lead to a PLU with additional work)
EDU5501 Data-driven School Reform
EDU5502 Integrate Tech w/Curriculum
EDU5503 Internet Safety for Schools
EDU5504 Smart Budgeting for Technology – TCO
EDU5505 Leading School in Web 2.0
EDU5506 Developing Your PLN
EDU5507 Special Students in Regular Classrooms
EDU5508 Google Docs Administrator
ACLD-approved PLU Courses
PLUACLD425 pre-requisite: EDU5501
PLUACLD432 pre-requisite: EDU5502
PLUACLD430 pre-requisite: EDU5503
PLUACLD429 pre-requisite: EDU5504
PLUACLD427 pre-requisite: EDU5505
PLUACLD428 pre-requisite: EDU5506
PLUACLD426 pre-requisite: EDU5507
PLUACLD431 pre-requisite: EDU5508
College and Career Ready Standards Yr.1
(can lead to a PLU with additional work)
CCRSLIT01 CCRS Literacy in the Content Areas for 6-12
CCRSMTH01 CCRS for Mathematical Practice Overview for K-5
CCRSMTH02 CCRS for Mathematical Practice Overview for 6-12
CCRSELA01 ELA CCRS Overview for K-5
CCRSELA02 ELA CCRS Overview for 6-12
ACLD-approved PLU Courses
PLUACLD370 pre-requisite: CCRSLIT01
PLUACLD371 pre-requisite: CCRSMTH01
PLUACLD372 pre-requisite: CCRSMTH02
PLUACLD373 pre-requisite: CCRSELA01
PLUACLD374 pre-requisite: CCRSELA02