Professional Development Workshops

The Alabama Independent School Association’s mission is to serve independent schools in the state of Alabama by providing its member schools with educational and corporate services and programs focusing on excellence in academics, accreditation, and athletics.  This includes strengthening and supporting member schools by offering professional development to school administrators and faculty.

Each year, workshops and programs in a variety of topics are offered as learning opportunities for educators. Not only does the educator benefit from professional development, but ultimately the students.  

Professional Development is an ongoing process that will be made available to the AISA educators.

ACT Office Hours

Date: August 15, August 22, and August 29
Time: 10 AM CT (each date)
Cost: Free
Venue: Virtual – Microsoft Teams Meeting

Please join us on the following dates for ACT Office Hours to learn more about ACT Programs and have an opportunity to ask questions to your ACT Account Executive, Gennine Holley.

This workshop is for Testing Coordinators, School Administrators, and Classroom Teachers.

Marine Science Adventures

Date: November 12-14, 2023
Time: TBA
Cost: Free (Lodging and Meals Provided)
Venue: Gulf Shores Beach Retreat, Gulf Shores, AL

Marine Science Adventures covers a wide range of sciences as it explores the diverse ecosystems of the marine environment. We explore tidal pools, salt-water marshes, estuaries, bays, the gulf, dunes, maritime forests and the lagoon. We collect close to a hundred different species by using different collection tools such as seines, slurp guns, and plankton nets! We also provide sea turtle demonstrations on the beach. Every aspect of the trip is planned to ensure continuous exploration and discovery using STEM, STEAM, and STREAM based learning methods. Participants will earn 14 C.E.U. credits.

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This workshop is for School Administrators, Classroom Teachers.

Keys to Leveraging your Full E-Rate Budget

Date: November 15, 2023
Time:10 AM CT
Venue: Virtual – Zoom

Maximizing your E-Rate budget is critical to ensuring your school has the technology infrastructure it needs. In this webinar, the K-12-focused IT experts at Technology Lab will share the keys to leveraging your full E-Rate budget, including tips on identifying eligible services, navigating the application process, and optimizing your budget to meet your school’s technology needs.

This workshop is for School Administrators, IT Coordinators.

Through the Lense of a Dyslexic Learner

Date: November 30, 2023
Time: 9 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost: $45 (schools will be invoiced by the AISA)
Venue: Spring Valley School, 2701 Sydney Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35211

Join us as we hear from leading voices in the dyslexia education community on tried-and-true strategies used in their learning spaces that can benefit any student in any classroom!

This workshop is for School Administrators, Classroom Teachers, Counselors.

Young adult literature symposium

Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 CT
Cost: $50/participant
Venue: Virtual

Educators will engage in Collaboration, Creation, and Connections through book networking, storytelling capacities, and materials with a focus on YA Literature to support the curriculum at your school. Following an engaging keynote, participants will meet new authors, explore engaging series, and access author connections. General enthusiasts of YA literature will gain insight into the newest works being published in the field.

This workshop is for Classroom Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Administrators (Grades 8-12).