AISA has been serving independent schools in Alabama since 1970.

Annual Professional Development Day

October 3, 2016
Vaughn Forest Church - Montgomery, AL

Keynote Address: Dr. Todd Whitaker

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.

Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools..

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 30 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey, Dealing With Difficult Teachers, 10 Minute In-service, The Ball, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of Elementary Education at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.

Featured Presenter: Dr. Jeff Wooten

Dr. Wooten is currently the AdvancED Alabama Director. He began this position after retiring from Muscle Shoals City Schools, where he served eleven years as superintendent. Before this, he served as a high school principal, pre-K-9 grade principal, assistant principal and teacher. 

Dr. Wooten is the author of Ignite!: Six Weeks to Rekindling Your Purpose and Passion for Teaching, which equips teachers teachers with spiritual strategies to realize God's calling in their lives and profession.  Dr. Wooten's book and sessions have been described by fellow educators as inspirational, powerful, convicting and meaningful.

He and his wife, Jquan, have three children: Mallory (Husband – Davy), Spencer (Wife – Anna), and Meredith, and two granddaughters, Aubrey (four years) and Vivian (one month). His hobbies include reading, writing and watching sports but most of all spending time with his family.

Call to Present

Our Call to Present is currently open!  Please click on this link, if you would like to be a part of our program.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Information

This professional development program, serving more than 1,000 independent school teachers and administrators throughout the state, is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and program exhibitors.  If your organization is interested in sponsor our program ,or serving as an exhibitor, please review the documents below and feel free to contact our program coordinator, Michael McLendon at

Event Registration

Event registration will open on Monday September 14, 2016. Information will be available on our website and e-mailed to your school's contact person.  Link to register for PDD:  AISA Professional Development Day

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Member schools have voluntarily joined the AISA and follow the guidelines and standards in order to provide a quality school and in order to provide a quality school program.

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