Saturday, January 31, 2015

ALNBCT Hill Day 2015



Our annual Hill Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  This is in conjunction with #ALNBCTweek (more details to come at a later time).  On Hill Day, we visit with our state legislators to share with them how being an NBCT positively affects students achievement and thank them for our continued stipend.  We in no way go with a political agenda.  If you are interested in attending Hill Day, please fill out the form located at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YuQAaljgYCjPT_0FvIsJXYMcSVZ5hebFgzDLRsxN7Rs/viewform?usp=send_form.  The more #phenomenALNBCTs that attend, the greater the impact we will have.

Order your #phenomenALNBCT tshirt by February 9, 2015, at http://teespring.com/ALNBCT to wear during #ALNBCTweek (March 8-14, 2015).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Board Position Available- Historian

The 2015-2017 board of the Alabama NBCT Network is currently seeking a Historian. The Historian shall (1) keep a pictorial record of all Alabama NBCT Network events; (2) prepare a yearly presentation of the activities of the organization; (3) collect information on the accomplishments and milestones of the membership for the Alabama NBCT Network blog; (4) perform all duties incident to the office as required by the Board (including weekly management of our social media accounts). 

The board meets approximately eight times a year on Saturday mornings in Birmingham. If you have the passion, drive, and skill set to fill this position, please complete this application no later than Friday, January 30th. Then, we will contact you to schedule an interview for February 7th. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us at alnbctnetwork@gmail.com


Click here to apply: Application for Historian




Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Alabama NBCT Conference 2015 in photos

The Alabama NBCT Conference 2015 was an outstanding day of learning together. Here is a look back at the day through photos.


Be sure to mark your calendar for 12th annual Alabama NBCT Network Conference scheduled for January 23, 2016. We'd love to have your feedback. Be sure to complete the conference survey (if you attended this year) or send us an email: alnbctnetwork@gmail.com.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thank You for a Great Conference


Thank you so much to those who attended the 2015 ALNBCT Conference today.  We hope the day inspired you with many new ideas, friendships, and renewed visions of Leading Lifelong Learning.

Please take a few minutes to complete the conference evaluation found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Wpq7z8G1pvkz4ALLGRX7ZWN_0WZj46zQ7kdvAg27akI/viewform.  Your responses are valued as we consider our next steps for our 2016 conference. Once you have completed the form, please give us some time to email your certificate to you.  

As mentioned, please connect with us by following our blog, Twitter, and Facebook at the addresses below.  You will stay up to date on future announcements and plans.  Don't forget to mark your calendars for #ALNBCTweek beginning March 8 and Hill Day on March 11.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences from the conference or your work as an Alabama NBCT, we would love to invite you as a guest speaker on our blog.  If you are interested in writing a post, please email us at alnbctnetwork@gmail.com.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Leading Lifelong Learning: 2015 ALNBCT Network Conference *UPDATED* Schedule

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Alabama NBCT Network presents
“Leading Lifelong Learning”
January 24, 2015
8:00 -- Registration and Refreshments
Provided by 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
Sponsored by Scholastic Books
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Introduction
Cara Whitehead, 2nd Vice President
Alabama National Board Certified Teacher Network
Lunch Presentation
Dr. Philip C. Cleveland
Director of Office of Career and Technical Education
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 $100.
  • 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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Standards Based Grading Panel Discussion


Standards-Based Grading is a system of reporting student proficiency in a number of specific learning goals (or standards). Rather than give students one grade on a test that assessed multiple skills, this system gives students a number of scores that represent their proficiency in each of the skills assessed. The idea is that at the end of the class a student has mastered the essential content necessary for the next level. You are focused on knowledge, not on points (from http://activegrade.com/get-started/).

Join us at 11:20 AM-12:20 PM during our conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Room 110 as the following panelists discuss standards based grading with facilitator, Amy Murphy.  
  • Dr. Amy Fowler Murphy, a National Board Certified Teacher, currently serves as the Chemistry Education Specialist with the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative at the University of Montevallo.
  • Andrew Maxey is the principal of Rock Quarry Middle School. He spends a good bit of his time thinking, talking and writing about grading, leadership, and the powerful use of technology in education.
  • Ron Dodson is a former science teacher who is now serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Hoover City Schools. His dissertation study was titled A Grounded Theory Model for Final Grade Decisions Made by Secondary Teachers in Suburban Central Alabama.
  • Ann Marie Corgill has been a classroom teacher for the past 20 years and is currently teaching 4th grade at Cherokee Bend Elementary School. She is the author of Of Primary Importance: What’s Essential in Teaching Young Writers. Ann Marie currently serves on the Elementary Section Steering Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. You can follow her on Twitter at @acorgill or her students @TheCorgillKids. She also blogs at amclearningjourney.blogspot.com about her learning journey in the classroom and as the 2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year.
  • Christy Christian


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 $100.
  • 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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Teacher Leadership Panel Discussion


Teacher leadership is no longer optional. Its importance in student learning, teacher retention, school culture, school improvement, the crafting of sound education policy, and productive and innovative teachers’ associations has been demonstrated by both research and practice. Those who engage in teacher leadership in any capacity have seen its impacts on their students and colleagues, but the evidence goes far beyond the anecdotal (taken from The Teacher Leader Competencies, 2014, Center for Teaching Quality, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Education Association).

Join us at 1:45-2:45 PM during our conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Room 110 as the following panelists discuss teacher leadership with facilitator, Julie D. Ramsay.  


  • Jennifer Barnett is a 23 year veteran of the English and social studies classroom who now serves as a Teacher Leader in Residence for the Center for Teaching Quality, an organization dedicated to the mission to connect, ready, and mobilize teacher leaders. A passionate leader, Jennifer created a teacher-led technology initiative in Talladega County in 2006. Today, this progressive district has been recognized nationally for its instructional innovation. She lives in Childersburg with her husband and two sons.
  • Dr. Alison Grizzle, 2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year, currently holds a position with the Alabama State Department of Education as an Education Specialist in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Educator Effectiveness Section. Alison taught mathematics for 15 years in Birmingham City Schools, serving students from the Ensley and Pratt City communities.
  • Phil Wilson is the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn where he has been for the past 13 years. Prior to coming to Auburn, Phil was the choir director/assistant band director at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, GA. Phil is the 2010 AL Teacher of the Year.
  • Laren Hammonds teaches 8th grade English at Rock Quarry Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She earned a Master’s in Education specializing in instructional technology in 2013 and is currently a candidate for National Board Certification.

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 $100.
  • 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.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Advocacy Panel Discussion


Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: 
  • maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
     
  • providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards;
     
  • advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.  (Taken from http://www.nbpts.org)
Join us at 10:15-11:15 AM during our conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Room 110 as the following panelists discuss advocacy with facilitator, Valerie Johnson.  


  • Dr. Alison Grizzle, 2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year, currently holds a position with the Alabama State Department of Education as an Education Specialist in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Educator Effectiveness Section. Previously, Alison taught mathematics for 15 years in Birmingham City Schools, serving students from the Ensley and Pratt City communities.
  • Andrew Maxey is the principal of Rock Quarry Middle School. He spends a good bit of his time thinking, talking and writing about grading, leadership, and the powerful use of technology in education.
  • Michelle Accardi is a renewed NBCT and Director of State Policy and Outreach for NBPTS.

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 $100.
  • 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.