Monday, December 5, 2011

Listen Up, Montgomery!

Photo by Jo Jakeman
The voices of Alabama NBCTs have been heard over the last several months. But, who is listening? Other NBCTs? Is that the audience that we need to have our voices heard? Will that affect change in Alabama for NBCTs and ultimately our students?

When I was at the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards Conference in Washington, D.C., I met Michelle Felis Accardi, an NBCT and elementary teacher from Albuquerque Public Schools. One is immediately impressed with her enthusiasm and passion for teachers, students and ongoing school improvement. She led the charge in making a difference with the state legislators in New Mexico and was recently named Director of State Policies and Advocacy for NBPTS. (The official press release can be found here).

We knew that Michelle's enthusiasm, passion and experience was just what Alabama NBCTs needed. We are thrilled that Michelle has agreed to join us this year at our annual conference. She will be delivering a keynote speech as well a breakout session where she will be assisting us in making sure our voices are heard beyond Alabama NBCTs and in impacting positive change in the state of Alabama for teachers and ultimately our students.

I'm sure all of you will want to make plans to join us on January 28th at Spain Park High School. More details can be found on  "Our Annual Conference" tab at the top of the page.

1 comment:

  1. It is my honor to be given an opportunity to speak with the accomplished teachers of Alabama. Every day, teachers face challenges on all fronts. I know that together, working with parents, policy makers, and our NBCT community, we can shape the future of education. I look forward to speaking with each of you and working to foster the best education policy for our teachers and more importantly our students.