The Alabama Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (AlaKiDS) assists LEAs in the identification of each Kindergarten student’s readiness levels regarding their knowledge, skills and abilities throughout multiple content and development areas, including math, literacy, and social/emotional development. Executive functioning skills are also assessed within academic learning environments using this research-based inventory which includes small group prompts. This process allows kindergarten teachers to assess groups of children at one time.


For the 2023–2024 school year– your classes and children will be uploaded into MyTeachingStrategies® for you, beginning the first week of August, 2023.

How do I log-in to MyTeachingStrategies®?

Visit the MyTeachingStrategies® Log-in Page

Choose Forgot Password Under the Log in button

Enter your username and choose ‘Continue’ (how to locate your username indicated below)

You will receive an email with a temporary password (the temporary password will expire if not used to sign-in shortly after receiving it)

  • Please be sure to check your spam/junk folder, as the password reset email may be delivered there instead of your inbox

Return to the MyTeachingStrategies® Log-in Page, and enter your username and temporary password

Be sure to update your password once logged in

How do I locate my MyTeachingStrategies® username for AlaKiDS?

Your MyTeachingStrategies® username will be the same as your ALSDE ID

    • Please visit the ALSDE Identity Management site by clicking here, to find your ALSDE ID
      • It will be prominently displayed in the upper right-hand corner after you sign-in

IMPORTANT to note once you have successfully accessed your MyTeachingStrategies® account:

  • Your classes and children will be uploaded into MyTeachingStrategies® for you
    • Please DO NOT add, edit or delete any classes or children in the system
What are the different AlaKiDS teacher scenarios, and what is guidance I should follow?
AlaKiDS KEA: Teacher Scenarios in MyTeachingStrategies® for SY 2023-2024
Type of System ‘User Who is this user? What does this mean? Resources
Teacher completing KEA Checkpoint Only for AlaKiDS Teachers who will be entering data for the first checkpoint only for the 31 objectives/

dimensions in AlaKiDS

Teachers are required to enter KEA Survey levels for the children in their class by the KEA Survey checkpoint due date. KEA Survey


*Be sure to Finalize within KEA Survey after all levels have been applied and saved

Teacher Completing KEA Checkpoint + Winter & Spring Checkpoints for AlaKiDS Teachers who will be entering data for all three checkpoints this school year for the 31 objectives/dimensions in AlaKiDS. Teachers will complete the KEA checkpoint through the KEA Survey, and then complete the next two checkpoints (Winter & Spring) through Checkpoint KEA Survey
*Be sure to Finalize within KEA Survey for Fall, after all levels have been applied and saved. You will Finalize from Checkpoint for Winter & Spring.
Teacher completing KEA Checkpoint for AlaKiDS, continues with larger item-set in the AL P3 license Teachers who also exist in the AL P3 license, and continue assessing students throughout the year on a larger item set with more objectives/dimensions than AlaKiDS. P3 kindergarten teachers should complete leveling children under Checkpoint in AlaKiDS by September 22nd, and data will then be copied over to the AL P3 license. Beginning October 2nd, you will continue to enter documentation on children and assess them throughout the year in the P3 license, using a larger set of objectives/dimensions. Checkpoints


*You will Finalize within Checkpoint, only after copying has been completed.

Not Observed
ALSDE guidance is that children who score below a 4.0 on WIDA must be marked as Not Observed.
Please note: if you must select Not Observed, you must do-so for a child under Checkpoint, and not KEA Survey.

AlaKiDS Checkpoint Deadline Dates for SY 23-24

KEA (“Fall”) Checkpoint – 09/29/23
Winter Checkpoint – 02/23/24
Spring Checkpoint – 05/17/24


How do I obtain my AlaKiDS kit of materials?

Please contact your school administrator about obtaining an AlaKiDS kit if needed, or reach out to your assigned Local Reading Specialist or assigned ARI Regional Literacy Specialist for assistance.

How do I obtain a new AlaKiDS Booklet? (for returning teachers)

Your ARI Regional Literacy Specialist will deliver the replacement AlaKiDS booklets to your school/site

When does the AlaKiDS assessment need to be completed?

The assessment must be completed during the first few weeks of school, and entered into MyTeachingStrategies® by Friday, September, 29th, 2023.

What professional development is offered, and which do I need to attend?

Virtual professional development descriptions and how to register are indicated above, and note:

    • New kindergarten teachers must attend the initial AlaKiDS 6-hour virtual session (broken up into 2, 3-hour sessions)
    • Returning Kindergarten teachers who are already trained in AlaKiDS have the option of attending a 3-hour virtual deeper dive session
    • Administrators and leaders who support teachers with AlaKiDS have the option of attending a 3-hour virtual session

A professional development certificate will be emailed to you within a week of attending a virtual session.

Who do I contact if I need support/assistance?

Your first point of contact should you have any questions or need assistance/support is your Local Reading Specialist, and then your assigned ARI Regional Literacy Specialist.  For any further questions, you may also contact Karen Rutledge-Bell

AlaKiDS Virtual Professional Development Offerings – 2023

*Because all sessions are virtual, you can choose to register through any correlating region hyperlink as indicated.  If a virtual session being offered within a region is full, you may register through another region.

Note: after you click on a region hyperlink, you may have to scroll through various PD offerings before getting to the AlaKiDS session options. They are there!

Max capacity for each virtual session is 35 participants.

Access Session Handouts


AlaKiDS: Using GOLD® Objectives for Development & Learning
(6-hours, broken up into 2, 3-hour virtual sessions)

Who should attend this session?
Kindergarten teachers who are new to AlaKiDS (if you have never attended an AlaKiDS session, and you are a Kindergarten teacher, this is mandatory)

Day/Time Option Use any of these correlating region hyperlinks below to register
July 11 & 12, 9am-12pm CT both days 1
July 11 & 12, 1pm-4pm CT both days 3
July 12 & 13, 9am-12pm CT both days 5
July 12 & 13, 1pm-4pm CT both days 8
July 18 & 19, 9am-12pm CT both days 9
July 18 & 19, 1pm-4pm CT both days 11

AlaKiDS: A Deeper Dive
(3-hour virtual session)

Who should attend this session?
Returning kindergarten teachers already trained on AlaKiDS (this is optional)

Day/Time Option Use any of these correlating region hyperlinks below to register
July 18, 9am-12pm CT 2
July 18, 1pm-4pm CT 4
July 19, 9am-12pm CT 6
July 19, 1pm-4pm CT 7
July 20, 9am-12pm CT 10

AlaKiDS: Administrator & Leader Session
(3-hour virtual session)

Who should attend this session?
Administrators, coaches, leaders support kindergarten teachers with AlaKiDS (this is optional)

Day/Time Option Use any of these correlating region hyperlinks below to register
July 11, 9am-12pm CT 2
July 13, 1pm-4pm CT 4
July 13, 9am-12pm CT 6
July 20, 1pm-4pm CT 7
July 20, 9am-12pm CT 10

Alabama Regional
Inservice Center Directory

Region 1 University of North Alabama (UNA) LEAs
Dr. Deanna Hollimon
UNA Inservice Center
1640 Tune Avenue
Florence, AL 35630
800-760-7571 or (256) 765-4228
(256) 765-4628
Colbert County, Florence City, Franklin County, Haleyville City Schools, Jasper City, Lauderdale County, Marion County, Muscle Shoals City, Russellville City, Sheffield City, Tuscumbia City, Walker County, Winfield City, Winston County
Region 2 Athens State University   LEAs
Ms. Patricia (Patty) Maze
Cell: (256) 466-1149
Program and Financial Assistant
Athens State University Inservice
300 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL  35611
Shipping Address
Athens State Regional Inservice Center
Attention: Patty Mize
1115 Highway 31 S
Athens, AL 35611
(256) 233-6574
(256) 216-6623
Athens City, Blount County, Cullman City, Cullman County, Decatur City, Hartselle City, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Morgan County, Oneonta City
Region 3 Alabama A&M University (AL A&M) LEAs
Aundria Campbell
(256) 372-5771
Ms. Jacqueline Rogers
(256) 372-5771
Alabama A&M University
A&M-UAH Inservice Center
P. O. Box 291
Normal, AL  35762
(256) 372-5239 or (256) 372-5771
(256) 372-5774
Albertville City, Arab City, Boaz City, DeKalb County, Fort Payne City, Guntersville City, Huntsville City, Jackson County, Madison City, Madison County, Marshall County, Scottsboro City
Region 4 University of Alabama (UA-UWA) LEAs
Dr. Holly Morgan
Cell: (205) 348-6951
Adm. Secretary
Ms. Tami Barron
(205) 348-8973
UA/UWA Inservice Center
1030 Tom Barnes Box 870240
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Shipping Address
UA/UWA Inservice Center
260 Kilgore Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 348-3319
(205) 348-0992  
Choctaw County, Demopolis City, Fayette County, Greene County, Hale County, Lamar County, Linden City, Marengo County, Pickens County, Sumter County, Tuscaloosa City, Tuscaloosa County, University Charter School
Region 5 University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) LEAs
Dr. Sonja Nicole Hill
Program Coordinator
Ms. Sherricka Embery
(205) 934-2316
UAB Regional Inservice Center
1720 2nd Avenue South, EB229
Birmingham, AL  35294-1250
Shipping Address
UAB Education &
Engineering Complex EEC225D
1150 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 934-2316
(205) 934-2317
Jefferson County, Bessemer City, Birmingham City, Fairfield City, i3 Academy, Legacy Prep, Leeds City, Midfield City, Tarrant City, Trussville City
Region 6 Jacksonville State University (JSU) LEAs
Brandy Caldwell
Program Associate
Ms. Janis Sides
(256) 782-5986
JSU Inservice Center
100 Gamecock Drive Room 1213
Anniston, AL 36205
Shipping Address
JSU Inservice Center
Attention: Regional Inservice Center, Room 1213100 Gamecock Drive
Anniston, AL 36205
(256) 782-8065
(256) 782-5982
Anniston City, Attalla City, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Clay County, Cleburne County, Etowah County, Gadsden City, Jacksonville City, Oxford City, Pell City, Piedmont City, Randolph County, Roanoke City, St. Clair County
Region 7 University of Montevallo LEAs
Brooke Veazey
(205) 358-8543
UM Inservice Center
2790 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL  35124
(205) 358-8543
(205) 358-8788
Alabaster City, Bibb County, Chilton County, Coosa County, Homewood City, Hoover City, Mountain Brook City, Pelham City, Shelby County, Sylacauga City, Talladega City, Talladega County, Vestavia Hills City
Region 8 Alabama State University LEAs
Dr. Evelyn Hodge
(334) 229-4578
Cell: (334) 207-9736
Assist Director
Dr. Jacqueline Asberry
(334) 207-4107
Cell: (334) 224-6697
Program Coordinator
Pearl Howard
(334) 229-4715
ASU/Central Alabama Inservice Center
P. O. Box 271
Montgomery, AL  36101
Shipping Address
Attention: Robert Adams
1251 South Decatur Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Autauga County, Breakthrough Charter (Marion), Dallas County, Life Academy, Lead Academy, Lowndes County, Montgomery County, Mt. Meigs Youth Facility, Perry County, Pike Road County, Selma City,  Wilcox County
Region 9 Auburn University LEAs
Dr. Laura Crowe
(334) 844-5029
Adm. Support
Ms. Barbara Lytle
(334) 844-5028
AU East Alabama Inservice Center
108 Wallace Hall
Auburn, AL  36849
(334) 844-5028
(334) 844-0483  
Alexander City, Auburn City, Barbour County, Bullock County, Chambers County, Elmore County, Eufaula City, Lanett City, Lee County, Macon County, Opelika City, Phenix City, Russell County, Tallapoosa County, Tallassee City  
Region 10 University of South Alabama LEAs
Dr. Stephanie Hulon
(251) 380-2741
Cell: (251) 455-5892
PD Coordinator
Ms. Cinthia Moore
(251) 380-2741
Cell: (251) 895-2617
USA South Alabama Research
& Inservice Center UCOM 3850
307 University Blvd.
North Mobile, AL 36688-0002
*Shipping Address
75 S. University Blvd.
UCOM 3850Mobile, Alabama 36608
(251) 380-2707
ACCEL Evening and Day Academy, Baldwin County, Chickasaw City, Clarke County, Gulf Shores City, Mobile County, Monroe County, Saraland City, Satsuma City, Thomasville City, Washington County
*UPS or Fedex shipping address:
University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies
South Alabama Research and Inservice Center
75 S. University Blvd.
UCOM 3850
Mobile, Alabama 36608
USPS Mailing Address:
University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies
South Alabama Research and Inservice Center
307 University Blvd.
UCOM 3850
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Region 11 Troy University   LEAs
Dr. Robin Bynum
(334) 670-5978
Cell:  (334) 434-2188
Program Coordinator
Ms. Faye Allen
(334) 670-3494
Cell: (334) 434-7327
Program Development Specialist
Margaret Folmar
(334) 670-3594
Jennifer McLeod
(334) 670-3495
Troy University
Southeast Alabama Inservice Center
025 Hawkins Hall
Troy, Al  36082
Andalusia City, Brewton City, Butler County, Coffee County, Conecuh County, Covington County, Crenshaw County, Dale County, Daleville City, Dothan City, Elba City, Enterprise City, Escambia County, Geneva City, Geneva County, Henry County, Houston County, Opp City, Ozark City, Pike County, Troy City