Saturday, January 27, 2018

2018 Conference Closing Survey

Thank you so much for taking your Saturday to be with us! You have made the 2018 conference one of our best ever! Please be sure to complete the closing survey no later than February 3, 2018. Once you complete the survey, you will be given directions for receiving a certificate of attendance for the conference. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay informed! 

Save these dates:

  • ALNBCT Week March 4th-10th 
  • EdcampNBCT June 8th-location TBD

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Be the One Conference Reminders

We are eager to see everyone this Saturday for the Be the One Conference at Homewood Middle School. This event will feature a variety of useful and engaging sessions. In addition, we will pin our newest NBCTs, and we'll have a special recognition for all who recently renewed. We have four amazing educators from our state that will get our conference started with Ignite Speeches that will be sure to inspire and motivate you. It's going to be a great day for education in Alabama.  

 Here are just a few reminders for this weekend's event:
1. Arrive early as we expect over 400 attendees. Click on Directions to Homewood Middle School for directions.  
When you arrive, just look for the yellow ALNBCT signs.​Due to a large number of people attending the conference, participants need to plan to arrive between 8:00-8:30 as we will begin promptly at 9:00.  Parking in front of Homewood Middle School will fill quickly. There is additional parking behind the school accessed from Valley Avenue.

2. Be sure and bring your device. We will have a public wifi connection and many sessions will feature interactive learning opportunities. Plus, you'll want to post the pictures you take at the conference "Step & Repeat" background! It will be located in the lunchroom. 

3. PRINT A COPY OF THE CONCURRENT SESSIONS before you come. In an effort to go green, we are not providing paper copies of the concurrent sessions. It will be available on the blog all day! Click HERE for a link to the session list. 

3. Lunch from Taco Mama and light snacks will be provided. 

4. Remember to tag all of your social media posts with our conference hashtag: 
#alnbct .

We will have car decals for sale to help promote National Board certification in Alabama. They are one for $3 or two for $5. Please bring cash if possible. 

We also have t-shirts available from TeeSpring in two different styles and four colors. These will be a great way to show your ALNBCT Pride! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at We'll see you soon! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Conference Session Highlights: Proposition #5 Learning Communities

Proposition #5: Teachers are members of learning communities. We know that we learn better together and we can learn from others. Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) is so important for today's educators. We literally have a world of information on best practices at our fingertips. Here are a few concurrent sessions related to this proposition at this year's conference. 

1. It's What You Say and How You Say It: How Communication Builds Culture: (Room 116 10:15-11:15) Our daily interactions build relationships, create culture, and allow us to facilitate learning and lead change. The power of committed listening, effective questioning, reflective feedback, and partnership communication can be a game changer in your classroom, school or family.

2. Leaning in on Policy - Teacher Leaders, Advocacy and Outreach: (Room 106 11:20-12:20) It is critical that teacher leaders continually develop new leadership skills, work to create new partnerships and collaborations—both inside and outside the classroom-- and learn new ways to get involved in key education policy discussions and decisions.

3. Kick Start College: Room 112 1:45-2:45) Exposing students to college campuses builds capacity to create 4 year plans. The Kick-Start College program can exposes students to a college campus as early as 8th grade.

4. As Close as Your Device, and It's Free! Online Professional Development Opportunities: Free is a good word, especially when it involves professional development! Join Dr. Cordell for an online tour of free professional development opportunities for K-12 educators and library media specialists.

5. New National School Library Standards: The American Association of School Librarians is unveiling new national standards in November. This is an introduction to these new standards.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

UPDATED! Concurrent Session List

We are so excited that the conference is just a few days away! It's going to be an amazing day of learning, collaborating, and networking with wonderful educators from all across the state. Here is the updated Concurrent Session list for Saturday's conference. In an effort, to be more green we will not be providing paper copies the day of the conference so be sure to print one before you come! See you Saturday morning!

Meet Our Ignite Speakers: Andrew Maxey

Andrew Maxey believes public education’s greatest hope is to elevate the role of the classroom teacher and that National Board Certification provides the best mechanism for doing so. His writing, speaking, and advocacy centers on empowering and celebrating teachers. His day job is Director of Special Programs in Tuscaloosa.

Andrew Maxey is read to Be The One! You can join us too on January 27th at Homewood Middle School. Register today by clicking this link:

Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Speed Learning Sessions

At this year's conference, one of the formats that we will be offering is a Speed Learning Session. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to attend four different fifteen-minute sessions during Concurrent Session Three, all designed to help us each Be the One. Check out the great Speed Learning Sessions being offered this year.

Stay tuned...the updated Concurrent Schedule is coming soon! We look forward to seeing you at Homewood Middle School on January 27th. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Session Formats

For this year's conference we are pleased to offer a variety of concurrent session formats. We will have the traditional sessions in the classrooms but here are four new formats that we are unveiling at this year's conference to make your day the best PD experience! 

Create Your Own PD: Don’t see a session that you want to attend? Create your own in this informal, unconference style presentation. Like an Edcamp, you sign up on the session board for a conversation that you would like to engage in on a particular topic. Then, everyone interested in that conversation, joins this session and shares ideas, questions, and answers

S.M.A.R.T.S: Join us in our Tech Playground and Makerspace Showcase. Trace Crossings tech ambassadors share Maker Showcases and PBL. The students have a lot to share from making bikes, bike art, animation of bikes and much more.

Actively Write: As busy practitioners, we  find it’s challenging to dedicate time to sit down and write for our components or our renewal. In this self-led, informal session, you can take time to review, edit, and compose. Current NBCTs or fellow candidates are welcome to join this session to read and provide feedback.

Speed Learning Sessions: In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to attend four fifteen-minute sessions facilitated by NBCTs. See the schedule for a list of session offerings.

An updated Concurrent Session List will be posted soon!