Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Breakout Sessions for Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners


As educators, our biggest focus is making sure that we are meeting the needs of every student in our schools. This year we will have several breakout sessions dedicated to helping educators discover some wonderful resources for meeting student needs.  Here are some sessions you don't want to miss!

Building Bridges with Middle & High School Students Through STEM:
Even big kids learn through play! Walk alongside two teacher librarians who are beginning the journey to implement STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into their middle and high schools, and practice using cutting edge makerspace equipment.

Don't Put a Lid On Their Jars!
Identifying ways we unwittingly limit the growth of our students, our colleagues, and ourselves!

The IQ on the EQ: A good essential question is used to promote inquiry. Engage students in the content of the curriculum and make them hungry for knowledge. Keep them coming back for more by asking essential questions.

Relate, Motivate, Educate
This seminar demonstrates multiple & quick ways to relate and motivate your students on a daily basis, thus preparing students to learn and grow! Teachers will leave with ideas & materials.

Charting New Horizons with Anchor Charts: During this session, educators will learn the benefits of creating anchor charts WITH students! Educators will be able to develop effective strategies to create a positive classroom-learning environment.

Teach Facilitating Creative and Critical Thinking for 21st Century Learners:Stimulate learners to become thinkers by leading them to discover critical and creative thinking skills. Using Talents Unlimited, learning is facilitated in an atmosphere of engaged discussion.

Book Talk Cafe - Be Our Guest! Want students engaged in meaningful book discussions? Host a Book Talk Cafe! Kids are in total control of the book talks, questioning, story sampling, and tale telling at Book Talk Cafe!

Engaging Everyone through Strategic Student Learning Opportunities: Engaging teachers produce engaged students! This session will expose participants to various ways of addressing diversity in the classroom using student engagement strategies and techniques to improve student growth and achievement.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Leadership Breakout Sessions 2016


At this year's conference we really have something for educators at every level.  Below are some of the great sessions in the Leadership strand designed for leaders at the classroom level and beyond. Register at http://alnbct2016.eventbrite.com

Panel Discussion: Sharing our Stories: Influencing Change from the Classroom and Beyond
This session will be a wonderful open discussion on how to influence change in your classrooms and outside the classroom in positive ways.

Don't Put a Lid On Their Jars!
Identifying ways we unwittingly limit the growth of our students, our colleagues, and ourselves!

Leadership: Moving from Ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY demonstrates the importance of leadership in establishing a positive school environment and creating achievement for all students regardless of barriers.

Teacher-led Instructional Rounds to Create a Culture of Collaboration: Teacher leaders implementing a program of peer observations to encourage continual growth and collaboration

National University-A Master's Program Crafted for the NBCT Teacher: National University offers a master's program specifically designed for the teacher seeking National Board Certification. Coursework concentrates on NBCT Standards and you finish with a master’s degree ready to become an NBCT.

Sun Tzu, Ender Wiggin, and Albus Dumbledore on Leadership
If you are an NBCT, you must be a leader. Check out this fun discussion of leadership practices that can be gleaned from a 5th Century (BC) Chinese military general, a fictional child genius, and a wizard.


This year we will also have one session just for superintendents and district leaders facilitated by Michaela Miller from the NBPTS organization.

How does National Board Certification impact districts? Come learn how board certification positively impacts student learning and strengthens entire districts.



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Best Teaching Practices Breakout Sessions 2016


Educators are always eager to improve their practice.  Here are some of the wonderful breakout sessions for the Best Teaching Practices strand for this year's conference on January 23rd.  These are sessions that you absolutely do not want to miss!!  If you haven't registered, you can do so by going to 2016alnbct.eventbrite.com.  


Building Bridges with Middle & High School Students Through STEM:
Even big kids learn through play! Walk alongside two teacher librarians who are beginning the journey to implement STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into their middle and high schools, and practice using cutting edge makerspace equipment.


Don't Put a Lid On Their Jars!
Identifying ways we unwittingly limit the growth of our students, our colleagues, and ourselves!  


The IQ on the EQ: A good essential question is used to promote inquiry. Engage students in the content of the curriculum and make them hungry for knowledge. Keep them coming back for more by asking essential questions.

GEMS-Girls Engaged in Math and Science: GEMS-Girls Engaged in Math and Science is an Expo open for girls in grades K-12. Learn how you can participate in this great FREE event with your own team of seven girls. You will also hear how Hoover City Schools developed their own local Expo and what you can do to plan an event in your school system.

Even More Chrome Extensions and Apps to Power Up Your Classroom: Chrome apps and extensions continue to make the Chrome experience more powerful and productive for students and teachers. Google Apps for Education plug-ins and add-ons allow easier communication and collaboration Learn the latest favorites and how teachers are using them to engage students and power up their classrooms.

Relate, Motivate, Educate
This seminar demonstrates multiple & quick ways to relate and motivate your students on a daily basis, thus preparing students to learn and grow! Teachers will leave with ideas & materials.

Mastery Is Not A Mystery Any More: We will look at what is defined as mastery and how to make a measurable, student friendly rubric that assesses learning and not behaviors.

Charting New Horizons with Anchor Charts: During this session, educators will learn the benefits of creating anchor charts WITH students! Educators will be able to develop effective strategies to create a positive classroom-learning environment.

Making Math Meaningful in Middle School - M3: Engage your students in hands-on authentic math lessons based on the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. Learn to make math fun and meaningful. Math no longer has to be boring!

Teach Facilitating Creative and Critical Thinking for 21st Century Learners:Stimulate learners to become thinkers by leading them to discover critical and creative thinking skills. Using Talents Unlimited, learning is facilitated in an atmosphere of engaged discussion.

Crossing the Bridge to Cross-Curricular Instruction: Cross the bridge into the exciting world of cross-curricular instruction. See how to make connections that will help students see that all subjects interact with one another and make their learning more meaningful.

Fishbowls and Socratic Circles: Diving Into Student-Led Discussion: Fishbowls and Socratic circles are excellent opportunities for students to engage in conversations and gain a deeper understanding about text they are reading or content being learned.

STEAM in Elementary School: STEAM includes the creativity of the arts with well-known STEM activities. This session is a demonstration of how Margaret Elementary School is using STEAM principles to boost student engagement and learning.

When it Comes to Flipping my Class...Video lectures at home? Homework in class? Introducing a new world of active learning where teachers can be there when students need them. Secondary teachers can flip a lesson today.

Engaging Everyone through Strategic Student Learning Opportunities: Engaging teachers produce engaged students! This session will expose participants to various ways of addressing diversity in the classroom using student engagement strategies and techniques to improve student growth and achievement.


Monday, November 23, 2015

2016 Breakout Sessions

Below you will find the Breakout Session schedule for our 12th Annual Alabama NBCT Network Conference. As you can see, this day will be packed with fantastic professional learning, connecting, and networking. It's a day that you do not want to miss. Learning is more fun together, so invite your friends and colleagues. Our conference is open to all educators and preservice teachers. Be sure to register soon to get the Early Bird Rate. http://2016alnbct.eventbrite.com





Thursday, November 19, 2015

Conference Schedule 2016

We hope you will make plans to attend this year's annual conference that is open to all educators and preservice teachers. Registration information can be found here: http://2016alnbct.eventbrite.com We look forward to see you there.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Early Bird Rates are Available for Cultivating Relationships One Life at a Time

The annual conference sponsored by the Alabama NBCT Network will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama.  The theme of the conference is Cultivating Relationships One Life at a Time.  All educators, administrators, and preservice teachers are invited.  You do not have to be an NBCT to attend, so please share this information with your colleagues.

We are excited to welcome Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year and fellow NBCT, as our keynote.  During lunch, we will be joined by Dr. Bice as a member of a special panel discussion.

Registration is available at 2016alnbct.eventbrite.com.  If your system requires a paper registration form, please visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qn5hJtpWEtpAfBac_JG5t7AlRIcIB5p1eJA3dLK68N8/edit?usp=sharing.
  • 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 2, 2016, 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 prior to January 2, 2016, in order to receive the discounted rate.

For additional questions, please contact alnbctnetwork@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Kim Bowen, Treasurer

We welcome our newest member to the ALNBCT Network Board of Directors, Kim Bowen.  Kim has filled our treasurer's position.

Kim Bowen is a third grade math and science teacher at Rainbow Elementary School in Madison.  She earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from The University of Alabama in early childhood education.  She was National Board Certified in 2007.  Since 1991, Bowen has presented mathematics seminars for early childhood educators across our nation focusing on teaching for understanding.  She has also presented at 15 teaching leadership conferences, including the national conference for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  During her career, she has worked as a kindergarten, first, second, and third grade teacher.  




Sunday, September 13, 2015

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 Alabama NBCT Network Conference


Registration is now open for our 2016 Alabama NBCT Network Conference, Cultivating Relationships One Life at a Time, scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama. The conference is open to ALL educators, administrators, and preservice teachers. Being an NBCT is not a requirement to attend. Use the form below to submit your registration. Early bird rates are available.
We will be joined by keynote, Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year. Instead of our traditional keynote speech during lunch, Dr. Bice will join Mr. Charbonneau and some of your Alabama NBCT Network Board members for a panel discussion. There will be a wide variety of breakout sessions and panel discussions in which to participate. It's always a great day of learning. We look forward to seeing you there.


Friday, July 31, 2015

EdcampNBCT Photos, Part 1

EdcampNBCT, held on July10 at Rock Quarry Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was a phenomenal day of learning and connecting with one another. Here is a slide show of photos from the day. (To view photos, you need Flash.)


Remember that we will be hosting a formal conference on January 23, 2916 at Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama. We would love for you to share your expertise. Registration is now open; proposals for presentations are open until September 12, 2015.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Pamela Harman, Parliamentarian

Dr. Pamela Harman was the 2008 Alabama Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Harman holds a Doctorate in Teacher Leadership, a Masters in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a Bachelor degree in secondary education / Biology, Earth and Space Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been teaching in the Hoover City School system for seventeen years. She is a former member of the US Marine Corps and a National Board Certified Teacher. She has presented across the nation on differentiated instruction and is published in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Journal. Dr. Harman has been on the ALNBCT Network board since 2009. 

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Phil Wilson, Outreach: South Alabama

Phil R. Wilson the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Alabama, where he has taught for the past thirteen years. Prior to coming to Auburn, Phil taught at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia, where his duties included directing the chorus, assisting the band director, and directing literary activities.

Phil graduated from Troy (State) University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Music Education and went on to pursue his Masters of Music Education from Auburn University in 2007. In 2010, Phil became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Music. Phil currently serves at the 2010-2011 Alabama State Teacher of the Year.

Phil is a member of NAFME; The National Association for Music Education, the Alabama Music Education Association where he serves as President-Elect of the Elementary division, the Alabama Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Professional Music Fraternity of America. He also serves on the board of the Alabama National Board Certified Teachers Network.

Phil is a member of the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church where he sings in the choir, co-teaches the high school Sunday class, serves on the new members committee and participates in several other ministries.


Phil’s hobbies are reading, singing and spending time with family and friends.

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.