Saturday, January 21, 2017

Conference Closing Survey

Thank you for an amazing day of learning and collaboration! Please complete the the following survey no later than February 4th! We will send certificates of attendance after that date.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Conference Reminders

We are eager to see everyone this Saturday for the Expanding Our Horizons Conference at Homewood Middle School. This event will feature a variety of useful and engaging sessions, and you'll also have a chance to meet our new state superintendent of education, Michael Sentance. In addition, Peggy Brookins, NBPTS President & CEO, will pin our newest NBCTs, and we'll have a special recognition for all who recently renewed. 

Here are just a few reminders for this weekend's event:
1. Arrive early as we expect over 200 attendees. Click on Directions to Homewood Middle School for directions.

When you arrive, just look for the yellow ALNBCT signs.​

2. Be sure and bring your device. Many sessions will feature interactive learning opportunities. Plus, you'll want to post the pictures you take at the conference "Step & Repeat"!

3. Lunch and light snacks will be provided. 

4. Remember to tag all of your social media posts with 

One last thing: there's still time to register! You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to network, learn and collaborate. Just go to 2017 ALNBCT Conference to register.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We'll see you soon! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Improving Your Practice

These sessions will help you improve your practice as an educator with sessions dealing with assessment, best instructional practices, and teacher leadership.

1. Boys & Girls: The Gray Matters (10:15-11:15 Room 106) This workshop provides practical classroom strategies on how to engage boys and girls based on brain research and active and engaged learning. 

2. Standards Based Grading: Ethics, Equity, and Social Justice: (10:15-11:15 Room 111) If you are looking for a gentle suggestion that we consider thinking about our grading practices at some point, pick a different session. This session will make the strong point that current grading practices MUST change as a matter of ethics, equity, and social justice.

3. Teaching Reading beyond Elementary School: Why Reading Strategies are Important at any level: (10:15-11:15 Room 112) This session will focus on implementing reading strategies that enhance learners' ability to read while teaching specific content area material in the secondary setting.

4. Making the Case for Middle School as Priority: (11:20-12:20 Room 111) Middle grades have long been the lowest priority in public education. Instead, young adolescents need a developmentally appropriate education guided by specially trained, passionate educators. Let's talk about how to make it happen!

5. Data Takes the Wheel: (11:20-12:20 Room 112) This session will simulate how to use collaborative and engaging activities as formative assessments and how teachers can utilize the data these activities provide to design targeted, differentiated instruction.

6. Leading a Team by Building Relationships and Coaching Growth: (11:20-12:20 Room 114) We will discuss and try strategies including taking the time to share life stories, harnessing the talents of team members, and using coaching skills.

7. Adventures in Teaching: (11:20-12:20 Room 118) What first-hand experiences would improve your teaching? Learn how to apply for grants that allow you to travel, expand your knowledge base, and bring those experiences back to the classroom.

8. RtI, One Tier at a Time!: (1:45-2:45 Room 108) We would like to reintroduce you to RtI! As you become more familiar with the 3 tiers of instruction, true differentiation in your classroom can become a reality!

9. Schoolwide Google Classroom Model: (1:45-2:45 Room 116) See how Spain Park administrators are modeling online classroom content delivery and interaction through a faculty-wide Google Classroom. Teachers and administrators also engage students through grade-level Google Classrooms encouraging reflection and dialogue from all stakeholders.

10. Mastery is not a Mystery: (1:45-2:45 Room 117) Create a mastery rubric you can use with your students. Look at assessing students on their mastery. Walk through the process and leave with a rubric to use in the classroom!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Becoming an NBCT or Renewal

These sessions will focus on becoming an NBCT or renewal.  A couple of sessions are available as  work sessions for educators who are already in the process of becoming an NBCT or renewing their certification.

1. Are You Reading to Pursue Board Certification? (10:15-11:15 Room 108) This session is for those contemplating or beginning the board certification process. Are you asking"Where do I being? how long does it take? Where can I get help?" Get answers to all of these questions plus more!

2. What's National Board Certification and why should I pursue it? (10:15-11:15 Room 114) This session will provide an overview of board certification and its benefits, and how to begin the journey of becoming an accomplished teacher.

3. Ready to Renew? (11:20-12:20 Room 106)The Renewal Process:  Where do I begin? What is involved? How long does it take? Who can help? Answers to all of these questions and more!

4. Candidate Work Session (11:10-12:10 Room 108) This session is an informal time to begin brainstorming ideas, outlining the specific steps for each of the components, asking questions and building resources for successfully navigating the board certification process.

5. Renewal Work Session (1:45-2:45 Room 106) Getting ready to renew your board certification? In this session, you will work on identifying your areas of growth, brainstorm the types of artifacts to collect, ask questions and begin your journey towards renewal.

6. Collaborating Candidates: National Boards and edTPA (1:45-2:45 Room 118) How can Alabama's National Board candidate support programs collaborate with Alabama colleges and universities to provide a reciprocal support system for both NB candidates and edTPA candidates?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Conference Schedule Updates

Hopefully, you are staying warm on this frigid Alabama day! We are pleased to announce that our new state superintendent, Mr. Michael Sentance, will be joining us at the Expanding Our Horizons Conference coming up on January 21st at Homewood Middle School. Mr. Sentance will be our lunch keynote speaker and participate in a panel discussion along with Peggy Brookins and Michelle Accardi from the National Board. 

We'd like to give you the opportunity to ask our panel questions. Please, click Panel Questions to submit questions for consideration. Forms must be submitted by January 11th to be considered.

 Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the direction of our state's education. If you still need to register for the conference, just visit Expanding Our Horizons Conference.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Problem Solving Sessions

Here are some of the great breakout sessions that are related to technology integration that you will definitely want to check out!

1. Tech Playground & Makerspace Showcase-This is an unstructured session that will be held in the library during each breakout session time. This is just a time to learn and play with some of the cool tech tools available today or to see what a Makerspace is all about!

2. Breakout EDU (10:15-11:15 Room 116) Breakout EDU are highly-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) require teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and content area knowledge by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Come experience Breakout EDU firsthand and discover all the learning opportunities it opens for all learners.

3. Using Google tools to Create Digital Breakout Challenges (11:20-12:20 Room 116) Breakout EDU involves collaboration, team building, and problem solving. Try a digital challenge-then learn how to use Google tools to create your own digital version of an engaging game for your students.

4. M3: Make Math Meaningful (10:15-11:15 Room 117) Learn how to use a variety of resources to create real world problem based math lessons. Additionally, learn how gaming can bring strategy and fun to your classroom.

5. Newton Cars (10:15-11:15 Room 118) This session will focus on Newton's Laws of Motion and provide the participants with a hands-on activity involving "Newton Cars". The lab activity will show teachers and inexpensive way to teach these concepts.

6.Think Outside the Box-Creating student-centered, cross-curricular instruction (11:20-12:20 Room 117) We will be creating cross curricular instruction for all grades and skill levels. Participants will leave with digital resources, rubric ideas, and multiple ideas to get them started.

7. Challenged Based Lab Investigations (1:45-2:45 Room 114) Traditional labs require students to collect data to discover or confirm a concept. During these labs I have noticed my struggling students tend to become overwhelmed trying to make sense of all the data, while offering little challenge to advanced students. Challenge-based labs require students to go beyond simply collecting and analyzing data to one that requires students to apply what they have learned to solve a given challenge. During this session the presenter will demonstrate several of the challenge based labs they have used.

8. Building a Culture of Critical and Creative Thinkers: (1:45-2:45 Lunchroom) Based on critical and creative thinking, the Talents Unlimited framework promotes engaging, rigorous conversation relevant to any content. Upon implementation, students become responsible for learning through discovery and dialogue.

9. Achieving College and Career Readiness by implementing Argument Driven Investigations in Science: (1:45-2:45 Room 111) The new College and Career Readiness Standards are in effect! Are you just a little freaked out as you ponder ways to achieve them in your classroom? Hakuna matata! No worries! We will explore the heart of Argument Driven Inquiry and discuss ways to implement ADI into your classroom.

10. STEM + Art = STEAM. (1:45-2:45 Room 112) An opportunity to see how STEAM is used in the elementary classroom. You will have the chance to brainstorm ideas with other teachers which you can take back to your school.