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Friday, October 2, 2015

ARI Region 5 News and Resources Update

ARI Region 5 is proud to be a partner of the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama. We are one of 211 participating organizations in this initiative, whose mission is to "Engage community partners to align Central Alabama's resources to prepare every student for college, career, and life."

Learn more about the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama at their website here:

Dr. Tommy Bice met with members of the Bold Goals Education Steering Committee along with 17 local superintendents to discern more about the needs and to encourage their school systems to access the resources available through Bold Goals Education. He also took the time to visit with our ARI Region 5 Support Staff, who was working diligently on Bessemer City support requests. 

Photo Credit: Melissa Shields

Click here to read more about Dr. Bice's visit with the Bold Goals Education Steering Committee:

Dr. Bice and Bold Goals News Article

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New School Year in Region 5

Welcome back to school Region 5 schools! 

Your Region 5 Support Staff has been working diligently to assist our school districts with their professional development needs and coaching support requests. We have also been sharpening our own saws by gaining a deeper knowledge of today's most pressing educational issues and ways to support student needs. 

As a reminder, we have a new procedure for support requests. Please click below to complete a services request form. We look forward to joining you in your efforts to ensure that all of our students are College and/or Career Ready! 

Please visit our blog monthly to read about work in our region, to download resources, find suggested professional learning books, and to view pictures of our work in your districts. You may follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by clicking on the links at the bottom of the blog. Also, be sure to search under our logo in the Labels area to find specific items of interest. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Resources from Fairfield High Preparatory School Professional Development:
Day 1 Student Engagment and Day 2 Depth of Knowledge

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Strategies Cards from Fairfield High Preparatory School Training

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Rick Wormeli Books 

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Rick Wormeli Videos

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Eric Jensen Books

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Cris Tovani Books

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A Guide for Using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge with Common Core State Standards By Karin Hess, Ed.D.

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Depth of Knowledge Video

"Bloom's Taxonomy is what students are asked to DO with the content. Webb's DOK is the depth in which the students need to engage with content to complete a task."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Training Resources: Foundations for Beginning Reading and Strategic Teaching: Literacy Across All Contents

Requested resources from ARI Region 5 Summer Training at The Lincoln Professional Development Center June 9 - 11, 2015:

Foundations for Beginning Reading

Click here for routine card for using Phonics Folders:

Click here for the template to create Phonics Folders

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For the vertically-aligned, one-pager style, ALCCRS for ELA:

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Strategic Teaching: Literacy Across All Contents

Components of a Strategic Lesson Poster:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 Summer Learning Challenge

 "For Alabama's students, summer is a time of fun, but those months away from school can result in a loss of knowledge and reading ability. The Summer Learning Challenge raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares compelling research on the importance of personalized reading activities and provides access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading and math summer learning." - via
Click here for links to a variety of FREE reading and math activities and resources:
This includes FREE access to Stride Academy, an online game-based adaptive learning platform for math, reading and science, accessible on tablets, PCs and Macs anytime, 24/7. Stride Academy delivers awesome video games as a reward for completing academic tasks, so students are motivated to practice skills throughout the summer and better prepare themselves for a new school year in the fall!

To print the press release about this challenge:
2015 Summer Learning Challenge Press Release

Friday, May 22, 2015

ARI and Education Week Chat

Tuesday, May 26th at 1:00 CST, join ARI and Education Week for an online chat regarding our work, our structure, and our coaching support.

Click here: ARI and Education Week Chat

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ARI Regional Staff learned all about Student-Centered Coaching with Diane Sweeney

Seven Core Practices for Student-Centered Coaching 

1. Setting goals for coaching cycles 
2. Creating learning targets based on the standards 
3. Using student evidence to co-plan instruction 
4. Organizing coaching through cycles 
5. Co-teaching with a focus on effective instructional practices 
6. Measuring the impact of coaching on student and teacher learning 
7. Partnering with the school leader 

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