South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC) was established by the
Alabama legislature in 1984-85 as one of eleven regional centers whose purpose
is to provide professional development to the K-12 educators in designated
public school systems in its geographic region. SARIC has been funded yearly
SARIC serves over
7,000 educators in the Baldwin County Schools, Clarke County Schools,
Mobile County Schools, Monroe County Schools, Washington County Schools,
and Thomasville City Schools.
Critical Needs Areas
By mandate of the
Alabama State Board of Education, the following areas have been designated
as critical needs areas and, thereby, constitute the areas in which SARIC
may provide professional development: language arts; math; science; social
studies; technology; special education; health; library/media; economics,
administration; and, guidance/counseling.
In addition to offering
professional development programs and activities for the schools in its
region, SARIC administers several major projects, including
Reading Initiative (ARI).
During the summer
when educators are most available for professional development, SARIC
offers a wide range of programs that are open to all public school educators
in its region. There is no charge for participation in these programs.
SARICs sixteen member Governing Board is comprised of teachers, school administrators, higher education representatives, an Alabama Department of Education representative, and a lay citizen. These governing board members, representing each of the school districts in the SARIC service area, set policy, approve staff development programs, ensure accountability, and provide guidance to ensure that SARIC efforts are aligned with local school district needs.
AL State Department of Education
Alabama Reading Initiative