Monday, December 29, 2014

Register Today to Receive the Early Bird Rates

The Alabama NBCT Network Conference, Leading Lifelong Learning, will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama.  

Register today to receive our special EARLY BIRD rates.

Registration information:
  • If you would like to be a member of the Alabama NBCT Network, but cannot attend the conference, dues are $25.
  • If you want to join or renew your membership AND attend the conference, the fee is $75. After January 3, 2015, this increases to $100. 
  • A conference registration group discount is available for 5 or more participants from the same school system or organization. The cost will be $65 per person. Payment must be made by check prior to January 3, 2015, in order to receive the discounted rate.
  • If you submitted a proposal to present a concurrent session and was accepted, you and one co-presenter that was listed on the proposal will pay your membership dues of $25. You and your one co-presenter will receive free conference registration.
  • You can pay dues and/or register online now.
We look forward to seeing all educators, administrators, and preservice teachers at our conference.  You do not have to be an NBCT to attend.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Panel Discussions


This year's conference is going to feature a series of panel discussions.  The panels will include some of Alabama's top educators discussing specific topics, asking questions of each other, and reacting to others' views and opinions.  As a member of the audience, you will have an opportunity to interact with the panelists by asking specific questions to improve your practice.  

The following topics will be a part of our panel discussions:

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Standards Based Grading
  • Advocacy
In the following weeks, we will introduce you to the panelists in each discussion.  You will be provided with their background and a brief description of their views on their topic.  That way, you will have time to prepare specific questions.  Our goal is that this time will unite us as educators, stir our thoughts to try new things, and improve the quality of our teaching practice.  

Registration information:

  • If you would like to be a member of the Alabama NBCT Network, but cannot attend the conference, dues are $25.
  • If you want to join or renew your membership AND attend the conference, the fee is $75. After January 3, 2015, this increases to $100. 
  • A conference registration group discount is available for 5 or more participants from the same school system or organization. The cost will be $65 per person. Payment must be made by check prior to January 3, 2015, in order to receive the discounted rate.
  • If you submitted a proposal to present a concurrent session and was accepted, you and one co-presenter that was listed on the proposal will pay your membership dues of $25. You and your one co-presenter will receive free conference registration.
  • You can pay dues and/or register online now.
We look forward to seeing all educators, administrators, and preservice teachers at our conference.  You do not have to be an NBCT to attend.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2015 Conference Breakout Sessions Schedule



We are pleased to announce the schedule of breakout sessions for our 2015 Alabama NBCT Network Conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama.  There are a wide variety of topics covered by some of the best teachers within our state.  You are sure to find sessions of interest to you.  Please visit the following link to view the schedule.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MuCg34HFMS751k61_edwlaggUK2d5KnasQCCWFAmuFY/edit?usp=sharing

Registration information:
  • If you would like to be a member of the Alabama NBCT Network, but cannot attend the conference, dues are $25.
  • If you want to join or renew your membership AND attend the conference, the fee is $75. After January 3, 2015, this increases to $100. 
  • A conference registration group discount is available for 5 or more participants from the same school system or organization. The cost will be $65 per person. Payment must be made by check prior to January 3, 2015, in order to receive the discounted rate.
  • If you submit a proposal to present a concurrent session and are accepted, you and one co-presenter will pay your membership dues of $25. You and your one co-presenter will receive free conference registration.
  • You can pay dues and/or register online now.
We look forward to seeing all educators, administrators, and preservice teachers at our conference.  You do not have to be an NBCT to attend, so please spread the word to your colleagues.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2015 Alabama NBCT Network Conference Schedule

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Alabama NBCT Network presents
“Leading Lifelong Learning”
January 24, 2015
8:00 -- Registration and Refreshments
Courtesy of Highway 280/Inverness Chick-fil-a and Starbucks

9:00- General Session---Theater
Welcome
Pamela Harman, President
Alabama National Board Certified Teacher Network
 
Introduction
Julie D. Ramsay, 1st Vice President
Alabama National Board Certified Teacher Network
Keynote Speaker
Mark Hoog
Best selling author of Growing Field children’s leadership book series
and founder of the Children’s Leadership Institute
10:15-11:15—Breakout Session 1
11:20-12:20—Breakout Session 2
12:25-1:40—Lunch served in cafeteria
Courtesy of Scholastic Books
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Introduction
Cara Whitehead, 2nd Vice President
Alabama National Board Certified Teacher Network
Lunch Presentation
Dr. Tommy Bice, Superintendent
Alabama State Department of Education
1:45–2:45 – Breakout Session 3
2:50-3:50 – Breakout Session 4
Afternoon snacks provided by Jefferson County AFT

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Registration information:
  • If you would like to be a member of the Alabama NBCT Network, but cannot attend the conference, dues are $25.
  • If you want to join or renew your membership AND attend the conference, the fee is $75. After January 3, 2015, this increases to $100. 
  • A conference registration group discount is available for 5 or more participants from the same school system or organization. The cost will be $65 per person. Payment must be made by check prior to January 3, 2015, in order to receive the discounted rate.
You can pay dues and/or register online now.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Conscious Leadership with Mark Hoog


The most influential people throughout history have mastered a few simple principals to impact the world.  Every day in America... Teachers make a conscious decision to share the same life-changing leadership ideas with our youth.  Welcome to Conscious Leadership.




Mark Hoog is the author of the best selling Growing Field children's leadership book series, the founder of the Children's Leadership Institute, and a Captain with United Airlines.  Visit http://www.growingfield.com for more information on Growing Field.


Inspired by the events of September 11th, Mark set out to inspire people of all ages to "pick up their Sharpie" and make their signature on the world around them.


You will laugh, you will cry but, most importantly, you will leave Conscious Leadership better understanding the impact you make in the world! ~Mark Hoog


Please join us in welcoming Mark Hoog to our ALNBCT Network Conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, as the keynote speaker.  You will find the registration information by {clicking here}.  The conference is open to all educators, administrators, and preservice teachers.




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Call for Proposals

Please save the date for the upcoming Alabama NBCT Network Conference, Leading Lifelong Learning, on January 24, 2015. Our keynote speaker Mark Hoog, accomplished speaker, best selling author, and proven leader. Registration is already open. You can find all of that information here: http://alnbctnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/06/alabama-nbct-network-conference.html



As we begin making plans for our annual conference, we are now opening a Call for Proposals. We know that NBCTs all across our state are doing amazing things in their classrooms and schools. We would love for you to share them with your fellow educators and preservice teachers at our annual conference. Proposals will remain open through September 6, 2014. We are looking for sessions on best practices, assessment, leadership, differentiated instruction, digital literacy, and advocacy. You can submit your proposals here.  Presenters will be notified by the end of September. Each presenter and one co-presenter will receive free conference registration.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

~Alabama NBCT Network

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Alabama NBCT Network Conference

We hope you will make plans to attend our annual conference on January 24, 2015 at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama. This year's conference theme is "Leading Lifelong Learning" and will feature keynote speaker Mark Hoog (@MarkEHoog). All educators are welcome to come to this full day of learning.

Mark Hoog is an airline pilot, published author, motivational speaker, and founder of Growing Field International whose message focuses on "Conscious Leadership."

Registration information:
  • If you would like to be a member of the Alabama NBCT Network, but cannot attend the conference, dues are $25.
  • If you want to join or renew your membership AND attend the conference, the fee is $75. After January 3, 2015, this increases to $100. 
  • A conference registration group discount is available for 5 or more participants from the same school system or organization. The cost will be $65 per person. Payment must be made by check prior to January 3, 2015, in order to receive the discounted rate.
  • If you submit a proposal to present a concurrent session and are accepted, you and one co-presenter will pay your membership dues of $25. You and your one co-presenter will receive free conference registration.

You can pay dues and/or register online now.

Be sure to check back for regular updates. We look forward to seeing you in January!

If you have any questions about registration, please email us at alnbctnetwork@gmail.com

Monday, May 5, 2014

ALNBCT Network Board of Directors

It is an honor to welcome our newest members to the Alabama NBCT Network Board of Directors, Gay Barnes, Farrah Kilgo, and Kristi Sayers.
Our current Board of Directors include:
Pamela Harman, President
Julie Ramsay, 1st Vice President
Cara Whitehead, 2nd Vice President
Amy Murphy, Treasurer
Valerie Johnson, Outreach/Membership
Gay Barnes, Co-Outreach/Membership
Farrah Kilgo, Historian
Kristi Sayers, Secretary
Thank you for supporting the Board as they work to advocate for the teachers and students of Alabama.  Please stay tuned for ways that you can be involved with the work of the ALNBCT Network.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Our 2nd Annual Hill Day

Here is the story, as told through our social media outlets, of our visit to Montgomery for our 2nd Annual Hill Day to advocate for exemplary education for all Alabama students supported through National Board Certification.

Monday, March 17, 2014

My New Mantra

By Dr. Pamela Harman

I am a charlatan, a fake, an imposter.  If anyone looked closely, they would find me out and know that I have no idea what I am doing.  This is what I often I tell myself.  Why is it so difficult to see myself as a leader or as an innovator?   Why do I try to talk myself out of doing things that are outside of my comfort zone?

If you took one of my personality inventories you would know that I am green.  That means that above all things I must be competent.  For me, this means that I often do not attempt things that I don’t feel I will do well at.  I have a great personal need to be seen as accomplished, skilled, and proficient.  Sometimes this mindset is very limiting.

For example, in 2003 my good friend and mentor Tammy Dunn said it was time to pursue my National Boards.  I though she was crazy.  Yes, I was a good classroom teacher, but National Boards quality...no.  Tammy was board certified, a former Teacher of the Year, a presidential award winner.  I had no business attempting to place myself into her bracket of excellence and beyond that...I might fail.  She hounded me for a year.  She is very persistent.  I finally gave in.   The process was difficult.  In October of 2004, I told her I was done.  I couldn’t do it.  She refused to allow me to quit.  She encouraged me, read my papers, and made suggestions.  The process did not get easier.  However, I learned a great deal about my teaching practice and grew in ways that I never could have imagined. In November, I waited for my results.  When I passed I was beyond excited, but more than that I felt accomplished.  I felt competent.

I wish I could tell you that the experience made me braver and less afraid a failure. It did not.   In 2008, I was offered a scholarship to pursue my doctorate.  I had a year to decide if I would take the scholarship.  My first response was no.  I grew up in a single parent home in a low-income neighborhood.  I remember being on food stamps in high school.  Beyond that,  I am an average student.  I had to work hard to receive an A in any class.  I had no business mingling with the educational elite.  However, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  How could I stand before my students telling them that they were receiving the free gift of education and then turn down the opportunity?  I finally agreed to the scholarship on the very last day it was available to me.  I was sure I was going to fail.  Like National Board, the process was difficult.  I cried a lot.  I wanted to quit a lot. I struggled to find my academic voice and I failed at it often.  When my brother died unexpectedly, I was emotionally compromised and wanted to quit.  My chair told me to keep going and that I would keep my mind busy.  He was right.  I kept going.  I wanted to quit almost everyday.  This April, I completed my doctorate.   I felt accomplished. I felt competent. 

This past week I attended the Teaching and Learning conference in Washington DC and I heard a lot about teacher leadership.  I began thinking about my role as a teacher leader. I believe that I stand at another crossroads.  I know I need to begin making the steps towards becoming a stronger educational leader, a stronger advocate for my profession, a stronger voice for other classroom teachers.  However, there is a lot about educational policy that I do not know.  What if I speak out and say the wrong thing?  There are others in my professional that are gifted in this area.  I should just let them take the lead.  But what if every teacher just left leadership to someone else.  What if all of us were afraid to fail?  What if all of us believed that we should just close our classroom doors and hope for the best? Who then would speak for us?  So here is my promise.  I am going to try.  I might fail you.  I might say the wrong thing and I might not always have all the right information.  But I will do my best to read and learn so that I can represent our profession to the best of my ability.   This may mean that at times you might see me as less than competent.  This is a risk I am willing to take because we grow not by continuing to hone the areas that we are already good at. We grow by working on our areas of weakness.  This is my new mantra. 

Alabama NBCT Network hit Capitol Hill in D.C.

Here is an overview of our day advocating for Alabama education on Capitol Hill as told through our tweets and Instagram posts.

The opportunity to have your voices heard has not passed. You can still join us as we meet in Montgomery on April 2nd to discuss the importance of education and National Board Certification in Alabama with our state legislators. If you are interested, please complete this short form.





Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ALNBCT Hill Day 2014

The Alabama National Board Certified Teachers Network is hosting our 2nd Annual AL NBCT Hill Day on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  We are meeting with legislators to discuss the impact that being an NBCT has on our students in order to drive support to continue rewarding Alabama's teachers for earning certification.  We would love to have you join us.  You can read about last year's Hill Day {here}.

Please respond to this invitation by Friday, March 14, 2014, so we can make our final plans.  If you are able to attend, we will send you some additional information in the following weeks.  




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Open Board Positions

The Alabama NBCT Network Board currently has two available positions, historian and secretary. According to our bi-laws, all officers must hold a current National Board certification. All board members need to commit to attending each of the board meetings. Typically, we have eight board meetings a year. These meetings usually occur on a Saturday morning and last for about an hour. Board members also need to commit to attending the annual conference and all other events, such as Alabama Hill Day.

If you are interested in serving on the board in either of these capacities, please complete the application below no later than March 15, 2014.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Newbie's Reflection on the Alabama NBCT Conference

When I arrived at Spain Park High School for the ALNBCT conference on Saturday, January 25, I was not looking to be convinced that national board certification is the next step I want to take as an educator and a learner.  Nearly every moment of the day, however, confirmed the high regard in which I hold national board certified teachers and reaffirmed my commitment to work toward that goal.

Keynote speaker Rick Wormeli, a member of the first class of National Board certified teachers, kicked off the conference by asking us all to confront our hypocrisies.  He challenged us to align our actions with our principles even when doing so demands that we take on long-held traditions, habits, and public perceptions.  Wormeli’s words have offered guidance to many in my school as we have shifted our assessment practice this school year, and his charisma, vast knowledge, and many accomplishments are worthy of respect and admiration.  It is that self-reflection and brutal honesty in the service of students, though, that I see in both him and the other NBCTs from whom I learn each day and that I strive toward myself.

The first breakout session included a discussion from Tammy Dunn on revisions to the national board certification process, which will affect educators that begin their application during the 2014-2015 cycle.  As I plan to become a candidate myself this year, I was particularly interested in learning more about the requirements.  Truth be told, prior to the conference I worried that I would feel rather underqualified among such accomplished educators.  However,  as the session began, my anxiety quickly dissipated.  Though they may represent the elite of our profession, the NBCTs that I have met have led me to believe that they are not content with remaining the 1%.  They are inclusive leaders encouraging, persuading, sometimes cajoling other educators to dive into the challenging process of certification and supporting them along the way.      

After lunch, I was honored to partner with Shelly Abrams to host one of the conference’s Tech Playground sessions.  This was a new session format for the conference, an informal roundtable discussion that allowed participants to ask questions and share ideas about digital tools and technology integration best practices.  Nearly all of the questions we addressed focused on collaboration, from how to develop supports for curriculum development across districts to strategies for developing a professional learning network, and I loved the opportunity to discuss ways that digital tools help both teachers and students to connect and learn from one another.  

This year, the network’s tenth anniversary, was my first trip to the ALNBCT conference.  It will most certainly not be my last.  I will continue to go and learn from these extraordinary teachers, and hopefully some day in the not-too-distant future I might count myself among their ranks.

~Laren Hammonds
Rock Quarry Middle School
Twitter: @_clayr_
Blog: http://gametolearnblog.wordpress.com/

Monday, February 3, 2014

Conference Reflection from a Charter Member

This year’s conference was the best Network conference I have attended and I have attended almost all 10 of them.  The organization couldn’t have been better and Rick Wormeli was an outstanding speaker and we all learned so much from him.  His topics ranged from homework, grading, metaphors and analogies, and unlocking potential.  The breakout sessions were numerous and it was hard to choose from so many wonderful topics and session leaders.

As a charter member and officer, I have knowledge of how the network started and how hard we worked to get it started.  I’ll share a little of that with you.  The charter officers just happened to meet each other in Washington, D.C. at the NBPTS Conference when we were all asked to sit at the “Alabama” table.  A few of the people knew each other.  Jefferson Co. School System had sent several people.  Included in that group was Sally Price, a big supporter of National Board Certification.  She was a huge help in getting us organized, obtaining a lawyer, and writing by-laws.  Sherry Baltsheit was our first president and she wanted us to have a big conference and invite every NBCT in the state.  Merri Beth Bass and I were working with NBPTS as a liaison with State Farm.  We were able to obtain a grant through State Farm to fund that first conference which was held at the Wynfrey Hotel.  We had a huge attendance that year and we were not prepared.  People stood in line out the door just to get to registration.  We had a speaker from NBPTS and also the State Superintendent was there. I think we had 2 breakout sessions including one led by Becky Dobelstein. Since we were at the Galleria, the attendees ate lunch in the food court.  So as you can see, we have come a long way from that first meeting when we were struggling to get started until the smoothly run conference we all just participated in. 

The one thing I’m disappointed in is the attendance after that first conference.  We have 2,242 NBCTs in our State. We should have more participating in this Network. If you attended the conference and went away feeling renewed, please spread the word to other NBCTs about the Network and the annual conference and encourage them to participate.

I hope that you will express your appreciation to the current board members for keeping the Network going and for organizing such a wonderful professional development opportunity.


Ellen Stubblefield, NBCT

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Photos from "Unlocking Potential"

This year's 10th Annual Conference was an exhilarating day of learning, connecting, and sharing. Here is a photo journey through the day's events.




Stay tuned right here as we work on our plans for next year's Alabama NBCT Conference.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014 Conference Survey

Today was a prodigious day of learning. Thanks to all of you who made today such a meaningful learning experience for all of us. Please take a few minutes to complete the closing survey so that we can plan the type of learning experience that you want for next year.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tidbits for 10th Annual Conference

In just a few days educators from across the state will convene for our 10th Annual Conference, Unlocking Potential. With a keynote speaker, Rick Wormeli, and lunch keynote, Dr. Tommy Bice, along with formal and informal opportunities to connect and learn from educators, this will be a professional learning event you will not want to miss.

We wanted to take a few minutes to give you a few tidbits to help you get the most out of the day.

  • Registration will open at 8:00. We will have coffee and snacks available to you, so there's no need to swing by and pick something up on your way. We'll have it waiting for you when you arrive.
  • When you arrive at Spain Park High School, look for the yellow signs pointing you to the school. You will be able to enter through the front or side doors (marked by large banners). However, the side parking lot will be closer to the registration area, which will be in front of the theatre.
  • Please bring your devices as we will have free wifi available to everyone. If you would like access to handouts, digital ones are available for you to access or download from our blog. 
  • If you are on Twitter or Instagram, please tweet or post all of your learning throughout the day and add the hashtag, #alnbct, to your tweets so that other NBCTs and teachers can learn from afar.
  • Lunch is provided in the cost of your registration. We will be having a taco and fajita bar catered by LaPaz. 

  • Remember that we will have a professional photographer on site to do professional head shots. He will take three digital head shots for only $15 total. This is a great opportunity to get one to use as your avatar on your Social Media accounts.
Remember that this conference is open to ALL educators and preservice teachers. It is always more fun to share your learning with others, so bring your friends and colleagues. If you have any questions for us, please let us know. Our email is alnbctnetwork@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another Opportunity at Our Conference

As educators, we know the power of learning from one another. In today's digital world, there are so many options. The world of social media provides a multitude of opportunities to connect, collaborate, and grow professionally. However, research has proven that individuals are hesitant to build meaningful professional connections with people that can't "see." Educators are much more likely to engage in educational dialog when they know there's a real person on the other side. It may seem like a small thing, but having a personal photo avatar on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Instagram will greatly increase your opportunities for connections.

We know that everyone's life is busy and getting a good headshot to use can be challenging. At this year's conference, we have invited a professional photographer to attend and set up to take these photos for you. For only $15 he will take three digital shots for you. He will be set up during registration time and stay through lunch time. Drop by, have a mini photo session, and increase your ability to learn from those all over the world.

Not sure how to set up an account on a social media tool? Wondering how to begin learning and connecting through social media? Make sure to stop by the Tech Playground for the answers to all those questions plus a whole lot more.

Remember that this conference is open to ALL educators and preservice teachers. It is always more fun to share your learning with others, so bring your friends and colleagues. If you have any questions for us, please let us know. Our email is alnbctnetwork@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

photo credit: Matt Hamm via photopin cc

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Our Tech Playground

At this year's conference, we are excited to bring you a new learning opportunity, the Tech Playground. This is an informal area that will be open during the second, third, and fourth breakout session times. You can drop by to ask questions regarding challenges that you may be having with technology, new goals that you may be trying to reach, or share an idea with other educators. If you have asked any of these questions lately, the Tech Playground is the place for you!


  1. Are you trying to build a Professional Learning Network with whom you can connect and learn? 
  2. Have you tried using Twitter but are unsure how it could be useful in your own teaching practice? 
  3. Did you just learn about a new tool in another session and want some additional time to play with it until you find your comfort zone?
  4. Are you looking for ways to easily organize your life with the use of digital tools? 
  5. Do you have an idea of a learning activity you would like to do with your students, but you aren't sure what tools to use or how to put it into practice?
  6. Have you been hearing about gamifying the classroom, but you aren't sure how to begin?
  7. Do you have questions about managing technology within your classroom?
  8. Have you tried some new tools with your students and you've gotten stuck and aren't sure how to proceed?
  9. Do you have a tool or lesson that really went well and you want to share it with others?
If any of these are questions that are on your mind, the Tech Playground is waiting for you. This area will be hosted by educators who have an enormous amount of expertise in the area of technology. The Tech Playground is a sandbox area where you can ask questions, get answers, and learn a host of new ideas to begin immediately putting into practice.

We know this addition to the conference schedule will bring a different type of learning to the program. Be sure to register soon. The conference is less than a week away. See you on January 25th.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Our Breakout Sessions 2014- Updated

Here is an updated version of our 2014 Breakout Sessions for our Annual Conference on January 25th at Spain Park High School.









You can download a copy of the 2014 Breakout Sessions here. Be sure to mark your calendars for January 25th for this exciting day of professional growth. Our conference is open all educators and preservice teachers, so bring a colleague and join in the learning and networking together. If you have not registered, do so soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop us an email or contact us through Twitter or Facebook. We look forward to see you on the 25th!

Learning from Rick Wormeli

We are fortunate to have Rick Wormeli, internationally acclaimed educator, author, speaker, and NBCT as our keynote speaker at this year's 10th Annual Conference, Unlocking Potential. Here's a look at some of the Breakout Sessions that he will be leading throughout the day:
Differentiated Grading: Fair Isn’t Always Equal
Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to grading students?   Being sensitive to students’ readiness levels, interests, and learning challenges while holding them accountable for the same standards can be a challenge.  What’s fair and leads to real student learning?  Join us for a candid look at what grades really mean, and how to handle students’ failures, averaging, zeroes on the 100-point scale, homework, late work, feedback, re-done work, setting up the gradebook, 100 vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, formative vs summative assessments in grading (or not), and much more.  While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants’ core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice.   Don’t miss it! 
Metaphors and Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject 
Every third sentence a teacher uses has an embedded metaphor in it, but many students don’t understand what we’re teaching because they do not understand the analogy we’re using.  They achieve an, “A-HA!” moment, however, when we use just the right comparison that works for them.  Even better, they move content into long-term memory when required to defend their construction and deconstruction of metaphors.  Metaphors are a highly effective bridge between students’ developmental stages and course content, and in our increasingly technological world, we can no longer rely on tangible objects to explain new ideas.  Since society relies on citizens to accept unperceived yet defined patterns and relationships on a daily basis, a command of cognitive linguistics is one of our students’ new currencies.  Critical to 21st century learning and based on the best-selling book of the same title, this session explores how to use metaphors strategically in any subject to improve, deepen, and assess student learning. Don’t miss this opportunity to open your mind’s eye!
21st Century Homework Success: Principles, Practicalities, and Products
Dealing with homework is a big stress for students, teachers, and parents.  What’s ethical and doable, and what gets in the way of student success?  Boost your students’ homework completion rate with these highly motivating, easily applicable homework practices for the modern classroom.  Yes, you can assign complex homework, get it returned with thoughtful responses, and have a life outside of school!  We’ll look at when to give homework and when not to give it, as well how to assess it, how to motivate students to do it, how to design developmentally appropriate assignments for diverse students, how much homework to assign, and much more.  Join us for research-based and insightful ideas from a 30–year classroom veteran that generate inspired efforts by your students.  ‘Tonight’s assignment?  Reserve a spot in this session! 
Be sure to mark your calendars for January 25th for this exciting day of professional growth. Our conference is open all educators and preservice teachers, so bring along a colleague and multiply your professional learning. If you have not registered, do so soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop us an email or contact us through Twitter or Facebook. We look forward to see you on the 25th!