Thursday, December 29, 2016

What is the ALNBCT Conference like?

The ALNBCT Conference is one of the best one day conferences of the year! Join us on Saturday, January 21st at Homewood Middle School for an amazing day of learning, growing, collaborating, questioning, and just plain fun! Lunch is included in the registration price and the breakout sessions are so varied! The conference is open to all educators and  Early Bird rates will end on January 2nd so don't delay! Grab a friend and register today!

ALNBCT Network Conference 2017 from Angie Kelley on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Conference Schedule Highlight

Are you looking for some new ideas to ramp up your instruction for 2017? Want to grow your PLN? Then you definitely don't want to miss the ALNBCT Conference on January 21st! See the slideshow below for more information regarding our schedule for the day! EARLY BIRD RATES END ON JANUARY 2ND! Register today at alnbct2017.eventbrite.com! 


Sunday, December 11, 2016

#TeamNBCT Week and Conference Updates


The Alabama NBCT Network Conference is just around the corner! This year's conference theme is Expanding Our Horizons and will be held at Homewood Middle School on January 21, 2017. Be sure to register by January 2 for the "early bird" rate of $75. In addition, if you have 10 or more people in your group, don't forget to take advantage of our group rate of only $65 per person. Please, visit Expanding Our Horizons Conference  to register.

Recently Renewed?
Have you renewed in the past five years? If so, we want to recognize your accomplishment at our upcoming conference. Please, click on the link below and complete the brief survey by January 2 if you have successfully completed NBCT renewal in the past five years AND you are registering for the conference.

#TeamNBCT Week
December 12-16 is dedicated as TeamNBCT Week. It's a week to celebrate NBCTs! You can be involved by following the #TeamNBCT hashtag on Twitter and other social media outlets. 
Engage with @NBPTS all week long using #TeamNBCT.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Concurrent Sessions 2017

At our annual conference on January 21, 2017 at Homewood Middle School, we'll be Expanding Our Horizons. Below, you can find the concurrent sessions scheduled for this phenomenal day of learning and connecting.

Be sure to take a moment to register for this not-to-be-missed event. Early bird rates end the beginning of January. Do you have a larger group? We have discounted rates for groups of 10 or more. Don't delay. Register today! https://alnbct2017.eventbrite.com 











Monday, November 28, 2016

Save the Dates for 2017

This time of year, there are many questions about our state National Board stipend. We continue to receive this stipend due to ongoing relationships that we have built with our state legislators. Without your voice and active participation, those relationships may dissolve. The Alabama NBCT Network has several events not only designed for you to grow professionally as a learner and a leader, but also as an advocate for our profession. Please mark your calendars for these exciting opportunities that will take place during 2017.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Conference Schedule 2017-Updated

The Alabama NBCT Network's annual conference is being held January 21, 2017 at Homewood Middle School in Birmingham where we will be Expanding Our Horizons. The schedule is filled with a phenomenal blend of formal and informal learning opportunities suitable for everyone on the education profession continuum, from preservice teachers, early career teachers, veteran teachers, administrator, to education advocates. You do not need to be an NBCT to attend.





You won't want to miss a minute of this incredible day. Grab a colleague or two and register today: https://alnbct2017.eventbrite.com 

Conference Schedule 2017

The Alabama NBCT Network's annual conference is being held January 21, 2017 at Homewood Middle School in Birmingham where we will be Expanding Our Horizons. The schedule is filled with a phenomenal blend of formal and informal learning opportunities suitable for everyone on the education profession continuum, from preservice teachers, early career teachers, veteran teachers, administrator, to education advocates. You do not need to be an NBCT to attend.

Here is the schedule for the day. Check back soon for our schedule of concurrent sessions.



You won't want to miss a minute of this incredible day. Grab a colleague or two and register today: https://alnbct2017.eventbrite.com 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Conference Registration is now LIVE!

Registration for our annual conference is now Live! We are looking forward to an amazing day of learning and networking. Register today!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Ashli Polizos, Secretary

Ashli Polizos entered the field of education after a brief career in advertising and public relations. She obtained her master's degree in education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and  is also a graduate of the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing a master's in instructional leadership from the University of Montevallo.

Ashli teaches 8th grade World History at Oak Mountain Middle School and sponsors their award-winning broadcast team. She achieved National Board Certification in 2011 and continues to encourage other teachers to pursue this reflective, worthwhile opportunity. 

Ashli married into a fun-loving Greek family and has two sons and a little girl. 


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

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Wendy Story, 2nd Vice President

Wendy Story is the Assistant Principal at Shades Cahaba Elementary school in Homewood, AL. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and currently serves as the 2nd Vice President for the AL NBCT board.  Wendy initially completed National Board Certification in 2006 and recently went through the renewal process. She is passionate about providing the best possible educational experiences for all students and sees National Board Certification as the best professional growth opportunity for teachers.

Previously, she was an Instructional Technology Specialist and continues to be an avid edtech supporter.  Wendy has presented at ISTE in Houston and Denver,  AETC, CoSN in Washington DC, SEEC at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and many other local and national conferences.  Wendy is also an EdCamp junkie.  She is a co-organizer of EdCamp Birmingham and the founder of EdCamp Leadership Alabama.  

Wendy is married to Chris and they have an active eight year old daughter, two energetic dogs, and one lazy cat. In her spare time, she enjoys camping in the Starship Storyprise, all things Harry Potter, and snuggles with her family.   


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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Board Position Opening for Secretary

The Alabama NBCT Network Board currently has an available position for our 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 this capacity, please complete the application below no later than September 4, 2016.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Breakout Session Proposals

It's that time again! We are ready to begin accepting proposals for breakout sessions at this year's annual conference that will be held January 21, 2107.  Please complete the form below to apply. The deadline to apply will be September 7, 2016!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Posting for Site Director Position

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow high quality education for all of Alabama's students while serving as a leader and facilitator? Alabama is fortunate to have been named as a partner for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) funded through a federal SEED grant overseen by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Alabama Steering Team, a partnership of the Alabama NBCT Network, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Alabama Education Association, is looking for a dynamic individual to fill a full-time position. The details of the position can be found below. Apply on Teach in Alabama by June 23rd.

Alabama Site Director for the Network to Transform Teaching

The Alabama Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) Team seeks a qualified candidate for a position as Site Director of the Network to Transform Teaching in Alabama through fall 2018. The Network to Transform Teaching is a collaborative effort of nine states and two districts working to build a standards-based, collaborative teaching profession with shared responsibility for students’ learning. The network has two complementary strategies: one focused on building accomplished teaching at the school level and another focused on ensuring coherence across the teaching career continuum at a system level.  The network’s work is supported by a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant awarded to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Role Description

The Site Director will be the day-to-day leader for the Network to Transform Teaching initiative.  The Site Director will be involved in creating and stewarding a vision for transforming teaching across Alabama including (a) convening representatives from diverse organizations across the state and facilitating development and refinement of a statewide strategy, (b) coaching representatives from pilot districts and other system-wide programs, and (c) managing project deliverables and grant reports. It is important that the Site Director understands the organization of the statewide system that supports teaching in Alabama and also is able to work alongside leaders across the state and in other states.

Major Responsibilities

Convening
  • Bring together a State Steering Team including representatives from the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Education Association, and the Alabama NBCT Network and facilitate the group to collaboratively design and continually refine (1) a vision for the network’s work and (2) a plan for bringing that vision to fruition.
  • Collaborate with the State Steering Team and other partners (e.g., pilot districts, institutions of higher education) to implement the plan.
  • Serve as a steward of the vision on behalf of the State Steering Team, including building will for the network’s work among other partnering organizations, districts, and schools. The Site Director crafts a compelling narrative for the network, keeps an eye toward spread of best practices, and continually seeks opportunities to engage new partners in this work.
  • Travel to pilot districts to provide support and facilitate training. Attend regular Learning Sessions arranged through the National Board for all NT3 partners.

Coaching
  • Serve as an improvement advisor at a state level, supporting improvement leads in pilot districts and project managers in systems work to bring a continuous improvement lens to their work.
  • Support individuals engaged in project work by facilitating access to content experts and other resources through the network’s hub.

Managing
  • Create a plan for monitoring plan activities and progress toward them.
  • Develop collaborative work processes and routines, including regular meetings of improvement leads and project managers, to ensure all parties are communicating and reporting effectively and efficiently.
  • Consolidate learning and complete monthly reporting to the National Board and the Alabama Steering Team.
  • Develop resources and communication materials, including regular reporting of progress to key parties in the network (e.g., steering team, district leadership, school leadership).
  • Support the development of a SEED grant budget and, working with accounting staff, report on spending to the National Board.

Perform other duties as required.

Experience and Skills

Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, and current National Board Certification. At least five years of professional experience required.

Preferred experience:
  • School or district leadership experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards
  • Knowledge of and experience with EDUCATE Alabama and Alabama Quality Teaching Standards
  • Knowledge of and experience with adult learning, teacher development, and group facilitation
  • Use of data for continuous improvement and facility working with data in a variety of formats
  • Knowledge of and experience with managing grants
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Approachable, positive, and able to work with diverse constituencies, including all levels and areas of the organization as well as external partners and collaborators
  • Comfort with ambiguity and able to juggle the demands of a busy, frequently changing plan of work in a professional manner, while exhibiting sound judgment

Application
Please complete the application via the Teach in Alabama website: www.alsde.edu/teachinalabama and submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) letters of reference by June 23, 2016, by 5:00 pm to Mrs. Debra G. Gosha (dgosha@alsde.edu).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Edcamp NBCT 2016

Edcamp NBCT
Friday, June 24, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy
Tuscaloosa, Alabama



We are thrilled to be able to host our second Edcamp NBCT on June 24th. Last year, our tickets were gone within 10 days. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Be sure to get your tickets today!

Edcamp NBCT is a day of free, participant-driven professional development that will give educators an opportunity to grow professionally while sharing our expertise with fellow NBCTs and candidates.  EdcampNBCT will open up dialogues among accomplished practitioners making all of us stronger in our roles working and supporting the education of every student.  Through our dialogues we'll learn ways to advocate for teachers and students, while we encourage recruitment of NBCT candidates and providing candidate support. Furthermore we will share and hone our best practices to better engage all students in their learning. This event is open nationwide for all NBCTs and NBCT candidates.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Great door prizes will be given away. 



Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-edcampnbct-tickets-20826186685



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Information to Share with Legislators

March 2nd is our official Hill Day. We know that many of you are unable to attend. However, this is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to your legislators and educate them on board certification. Please take a few minutes, make a call, send an email, or write a note to thank them for the continued support of board certification through our annual stipend. 

If you don't know who your legislator is, you can find your legislator by visiting http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/default.aspx and clicking on the "Find My Legislator" tab.

Below you can find some specific information to include within your communication. We know that the more educated that our legislators are, the better education we can provide for every Alabama student.


National Board Certification information:
  • National Board Certification is a rigorous and reflective process. Achieving National Board Certification is the pinnacle of professional achievement for educators. The certification is comparable to those found in other premier professions such as medicine, engineering, and law. It empowers teachers with the ability to diagnose specific needs with each individual student and prescribe exactly the learning experiences and instructional support that promotes the highest level of educational success possible.
  • Numerous studies have shown that students who are taught by a NBCT outperform students of non-NBCTs on achievement tests. Additionally, NBCTs were found to be significantly more effective than their non-board certified peers with the same levels of experience. The positive impact of having an NBCT is even greater for minority and low-income students. The National Board process has also positively impacted teacher retention and inspires them to continue to sharpen their teaching practice
  • Because the National Board process is so impactful for student learning and professional growth, we thank you for promoting the National Board process by providing a stipend for teachers who successfully master this rigorous certification process. We strongly believe that providing this stipend encourages more teachers to pursue National Board Certification, which will positively impact the learning of Alabama students.
Alabama information:
  • Alabama currently has 2,339 National Board Certified Teachers.There are currently 327 teachers pursuing board certification.
  • Alabama is currently ranked 11th in the United States. 4.96% of Alabama teachers are board certified.
  • At the current rate of growth for board certification in Alabama, it will take 146 years before every child has an accomplished teacher.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Open Position for NT3 Board Certified Teacher Advisor



As a partnership between the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama Education Association, and the Alabama National Board Certified Teachers Network, Alabama's Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) is fully funded by a US Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant.  The goal of NT3 is to increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers in Alabama and innovate and improve teacher leadership opportunities for existing NBCTs.

Board-certified teachers bring critical frontline expertise to the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) improvement team. They have experience with the system and can identify the needs and wishes of teachers from their own perspective. Each team must have at least one teacher advisor who is currently in the classroom and is an NBCT on their team. He/she must be committed to staying in the classroom for the duration of the grant (September 2018). This person will be on the travel team and is required to attend the remaining Learning Sessions (October 24-26, 2016, February 27-March 1, 2017, October 23-25, 2017, and February 26-28, 2018). Travel expenses will be covered by NBPTS.

If you are interested in serving as Board Certified Teacher Advisor for Alabama's NT3, please complete the application {here}. We will accept applications until Friday, March 11, 2016. Once applications are received will review them and schedule emails. Please note that you must be able to meet the above requirements to apply for this voluntary position.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NBCT Renewal Workday 2016

Are you an NBCT currently pursuing renewal? This day is for you! This event is designed as a workday where those pursuing renewal can work alongside others who are renewing while benefitting from the informal support of those who have recently achieved renewal. This is an informal workday where writing can be done, feedback received, ideas shared, entries read, and questions answered. Register here: https://goo.gl/Z1f86E

 Mid-day, we will take a lunch break. There are several eating establishments close to Spain Park High School. If you have any questions, please email us at alnbctnetwork@gmail.com

Have you recently renewed? Are you willing to serve as a mentor during this day? If so, please complete this brief form: https://goo.gl/F4GFmb Thank you!


We cannot offer refunds for this event.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hill Day 2016

Are you interested in joining us to promote NBCTs at this year's Hill Day on March 2nd? Please let us know by completing the form below so that we can keep you up to date with all the information you will need. The more NBCTs that participate the stronger our message! Please consider joining us!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Conference 2016 Slideshow

Saturday was such an amazing day! Here is a slide show of just a few of the great moments! Let's keep the learning going by sharing one of your best take aways from the day in the comments below! Remember to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop!
Enjoy!

ALNBCT Conference 2016 from Angie Kelley on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Conference Schedule: Winter Weather Edition

I know that each of us have been eagerly anticipating our phenomenAL day of professional learning from one another.  Using an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to DELAY the conference tomorrow by two hours.

That means all volunteers will arrive at 9:00 AM. Registration will begin at 10:00 AM. The General Session will begin at 11:00 AM. You can find the updated Conference Schedule:Winter Weather Edition below.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Conference Update: Winter Weather Edition

I know that each of us have been eagerly anticipating our phenomenAL day of professional learning from one another.  Using an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to DELAY the conference tomorrow by two hours.

That means all volunteers will arrive at 9:00 AM. Registration will begin at 10:00 AM. The General Session will begin at 11:00 AM. You can find the updated Conference Schedule:Winter Weather Edition below.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


Monday, January 18, 2016

We are excited to have you attend our annual Alabama NBCT Network Conference, Cultivating Relationships One Life at a Time, this Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Here are a few logistics that we would like to share with you.
1.  Registration is from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in the front lobby.  Please enter through the front doors of the Spain Park High School in Hoover.  Snacks and coffee will be served.

2. Parking will be in the front of Spain Park High School.  You will see ALNBCT Network signs posted to direct your way.

3.  The conference begins at 9:00 AM in the theater with our keynote, Jeff Charbonneau, and the pinning ceremony for Alabama's new NBCTs. 
4.  Feel free to bring your own internet enabled device or laptop.  Several sessions are technology-based.  You will find the wireless code on the breakout session schedule.

5.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.  During lunch, we will have a special question and answer session with Dr. Tommy Bice, Dr. Philip Cleveland, Mr. Jeff Charbonneau, and Mrs. Julie Ramsay.

6.  If you have not paid your conference fees, please be prepared to do that.  You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.  
7.  Continue to promote the conference and your session through your social media outlets.  The hashtag is #alnbct.  Remind those within your school that the conference is open to all educators, and registration is still open.  They do not have to be NBCTs to attend.  They are welcome to register on-site.

8.  Please visit our blog, alnbctnetwork.blogspot.com, for up-to-date information on breakout sessions and schedules.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  We look forward to a great day of learning and networking!

Friday, January 15, 2016


It's less than two week away until the best one day conference of the year! Here are some of the wonderful breakout sessions that are related to Digital Literacy that you do not 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.

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.

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. Learn the latest favorites and how teachers are using them to engage students and power up their classrooms.

Help Desk: Wonder what Hill Day is or how to participate in AL NBCT Week? Looking for a new technology tool? Drop by this this informal session, get your questions answered and have time to play with new technology tools with the guidance and support of experts.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Breakout Sessions- Updated

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: http://2016alnbct.eventbrite.com




You can find a digital version (or print a paper copy) here: https://goo.gl/UczFr3  
See you on the 23rd!