Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directions: Dr. Tara Foster, Secretary

We would like to welcome Dr. Tara Foster to the ALNBCT Network board as our new secretary. Dr. Foster is a graduate of Ramsay High School in Birmingham, AL. She earned degrees in Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, and Leadership in Educational Administration from Alabama State University (B.S., 1997), the University of Montevallo (M.Ed., 2001), Capella University (Ph.D., 2013), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) (M.A.Ed., 2014), and Auburn University (Ed.S., 2015). She also earned National Board certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, originally certifying in 2007 and re-certifying in 2016. Dr. Foster has had the pleasure of working in education for fifteen years in districts across the state of Alabama as a classroom teacher, a training coordinator as an Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Specialist, and as a college instructor for the TeacherReady Certification Program at the University of West Florida. Most recently, Dr. Foster was a teacher at Brighton Middle School where she earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year for the school, the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Jefferson County, and is currently the District IV Teacher of the Year for the State of Alabama (2017-2018). She now serves the students of Hueytown Middle School as a part of the leadership team in the role of Assistant Principal, and teachers within our state as the Secretary of the Alabama National Board Certified Teacher Network. Her motto is "Planting the Seeds...Fostering the Future" and she believes her current work is laying a foundation for the lives of students for years to come. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

EdcampNBCT Closing Survey & Remarks

Thank you so much for joining us for EdcampNBCT! We hope you had an amazing day. Please be sure to complete the closing survey below. This will help us as we plan future events. Also, make plans to join us for our annual ALNBCT Conference in January. We are now accepting conference proposals! The proposal form is below the survey.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

ALNBCT Week 2017 In Review

Here are some of the wonderful tweets that went out during ALNBCT Week 2017! Please continue to advocate for high standards for our profession and encourage other teachers to pursue National Board certification!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#ALNBCTWeek Did You Know

We want to wish all of our phenomenALNBCTs a Happy ALNBCTWeek!! Please be sure to share your celebrations, recognitions, and other wonderful things happening in your classroom this week on social media and use our special hashtag: #ALNBCTWeek .

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Conference Closing Survey

Thank you for an amazing day of learning and collaboration! Please complete the the following survey no later than February 4th! We will send certificates of attendance after that date.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Conference Reminders

We are eager to see everyone this Saturday for the Expanding Our Horizons Conference at Homewood Middle School. This event will feature a variety of useful and engaging sessions, and you'll also have a chance to meet our new state superintendent of education, Michael Sentance. In addition, Peggy Brookins, NBPTS President & CEO, will pin our newest NBCTs, and we'll have a special recognition for all who recently renewed. 

Here are just a few reminders for this weekend's event:
1. Arrive early as we expect over 200 attendees. Click on Directions to Homewood Middle School for directions.

When you arrive, just look for the yellow ALNBCT signs.​

2. Be sure and bring your device. Many sessions will feature interactive learning opportunities. Plus, you'll want to post the pictures you take at the conference "Step & Repeat"!

3. Lunch and light snacks will be provided. 

4. Remember to tag all of your social media posts with 

One last thing: there's still time to register! You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to network, learn and collaborate. Just go to 2017 ALNBCT Conference to register.

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Improving Your Practice

These sessions will help you improve your practice as an educator with sessions dealing with assessment, best instructional practices, and teacher leadership.

1. Boys & Girls: The Gray Matters (10:15-11:15 Room 106) This workshop provides practical classroom strategies on how to engage boys and girls based on brain research and active and engaged learning. 

2. Standards Based Grading: Ethics, Equity, and Social Justice: (10:15-11:15 Room 111) If you are looking for a gentle suggestion that we consider thinking about our grading practices at some point, pick a different session. This session will make the strong point that current grading practices MUST change as a matter of ethics, equity, and social justice.

3. Teaching Reading beyond Elementary School: Why Reading Strategies are Important at any level: (10:15-11:15 Room 112) This session will focus on implementing reading strategies that enhance learners' ability to read while teaching specific content area material in the secondary setting.

4. Making the Case for Middle School as Priority: (11:20-12:20 Room 111) Middle grades have long been the lowest priority in public education. Instead, young adolescents need a developmentally appropriate education guided by specially trained, passionate educators. Let's talk about how to make it happen!

5. Data Takes the Wheel: (11:20-12:20 Room 112) This session will simulate how to use collaborative and engaging activities as formative assessments and how teachers can utilize the data these activities provide to design targeted, differentiated instruction.

6. Leading a Team by Building Relationships and Coaching Growth: (11:20-12:20 Room 114) We will discuss and try strategies including taking the time to share life stories, harnessing the talents of team members, and using coaching skills.

7. Adventures in Teaching: (11:20-12:20 Room 118) What first-hand experiences would improve your teaching? Learn how to apply for grants that allow you to travel, expand your knowledge base, and bring those experiences back to the classroom.

8. RtI, One Tier at a Time!: (1:45-2:45 Room 108) We would like to reintroduce you to RtI! As you become more familiar with the 3 tiers of instruction, true differentiation in your classroom can become a reality!

9. Schoolwide Google Classroom Model: (1:45-2:45 Room 116) See how Spain Park administrators are modeling online classroom content delivery and interaction through a faculty-wide Google Classroom. Teachers and administrators also engage students through grade-level Google Classrooms encouraging reflection and dialogue from all stakeholders.

10. Mastery is not a Mystery: (1:45-2:45 Room 117) Create a mastery rubric you can use with your students. Look at assessing students on their mastery. Walk through the process and leave with a rubric to use in the classroom!!