Alabama First-Class Pre-K FAQs

For the 2022-2023 school year

Your classes and children will be uploaded into MyTeachingStrategies for you,
beginning the first week of August, 2022.

When can I access my MyTeachingStrategies® account?

The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education has a nightly integration with MyTeachingStrategies®, which links to the department’s student information system. This will automatically populate your account, your class and children. After you receive notification from your First-Class Pre-K coach that classes and children have loaded for the school year, you may access your account. This typically happens in early August.

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
How do I receive my username and password?

Region Directors send new teachers a link to the Personnel Profile Form (PPF). A username will be created 24-48 hours after submitting the PPF. After the 24-48 hour timeframe, enter the username format in the MyTeachingStrategies® log-in field. Select Forgot Password.  A temporary password will be sent to the email address you provided on the PPF.

To access the site correctly, the required standard username format must be used.

Username format:  firstname.lastnameMBdbORG

  • (Example Username:  jane.doe0403pk )
  • MB is month of birth; db is day of birth; ORG for Pre-K is pk

If the PPF has been filled out prior to the school year, teachers do not need to attempt to access their account until they have received information from their First Class Pre-K coach.

Which IRR certification should I take, and when does it need to be completed?

IRR completion is expected within 30 days after the 12-hour MyTeachingStrategies®/GOLD® platform professional development session has concluded.  If teachers do not have access to their own accounts at the time of training, then the expectation is within 30 days from gaining account access.

Alabama First-Class Pre-K teachers should complete the Preschool, including dual language learners and children with disabilities IRR Certification.

How will I receive The First Six Weeks: Building Your Preschool Classroom Community materials?

The First Six Weeks: Building Your Preschool Classroom Community materials will be distributed by the First-Class Pre-K coach.

Contact the First-Class Pre-K coach if materials are missing from existing classrooms.

How many pieces of documentation should I enter into MyTeachingStrategies®?

Alabama First-Class Pre-K suggests that most objectives need at least two pieces of quality documentation for an accurate assessment rating at checkpoint. Your First-Class Pre-K coach can give further guidance and support as some objectives may need more (or less) documentation, to help support the instructional process for student outcomes.

How will I receive credit for professional development attendance?

After the session completes, ADECE will give credit in PowerSchool based on attendance.

The PowerSchool link is provided in the emails received from Eventbrite.

Public school teachers should contact their LEA for PowerSchool access.

Non-public schoolteachers should contact their Region Director.

What are the 2022-2023 Checkpoint Dates?

Fall Checkpoint: October 28, 2022

Winter Checkpoint: February 24, 2023

Spring Checkpoint: May 19, 2023

Summer Checkpoint: July 14, 2023

Alabama Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (AlaKiDS)

AlaKiDS utilizes an abbreviated item within the GOLD® Objectives for Development & Learning, and provides kindergarten teachers with vital information to begin meeting the needs of each child. Alabama kindergarten teachers, coaches, administrators and leaders can view and register for upcoming virtual professional development sessions and review FAQs on AlaKiDS.

Contact Your Regional Sales Representative

Our dedicated team of regional sales representatives is ready to support you and your early childhood program. Contact your state sales representative at 855-448-4352 or use the form below with any questions, requests, or to order our resources.

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