Friday, December 22, 2017

Welcome to the ALNBCT Family!

The ALNBCT Network is very excited to welcome some wonderful Alabama educators to the ALNBCT family! If you earned the title NBCT this year, the Alabama NBCT Network would like to offer you a free yearlong membership to the network and a free conference registration. At this year's conference, we will be engaging in a longtime National Board tradition and hosting an official pinning ceremony for each of Alabama's new NBCTs. The pinning ceremony will take place at the beginning of the conference. Please complete the survey below by January 10, 2018 if you will be joining us at the conference. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Let's Get Ready for Score Release Day!

Hello Alabama NBCT Candidates,
The entire Alabama NBCT Network is very excited and anxious about Score Release Day this Saturday.  We wanted to share some important information that we felt would be useful to our Alabama candidates.  Once scores have been released we will be in contact with all the newest NBCTs about a special pinning ceremony we will be holding at our annual conference on January 27th. Please remember that the Alabama NBCT Network is here to cheer you on!  


Helpful Tips for Score Release Day:
  1. You do not have to share your score. Regardless of what the exact cutoff number is, you are an NBCT no matter if you made it by the exact cutoff score or by 20 points above.
  2. Please be free to share if you certified with us and on social media. This is great PR for you, your school, and education in Alabama. We would love to hear from you! Please use the hashtag #ALNBCT and/or tag us on Twitter or Instagram with @alnbctnetwork. We will try to retweet any tags that we get. You can also post it on our ALNBCT Network Facebook Group.
  3. We realize that not everyone will certify this time and that is a hard pill to swallow if that is you. Remember, becoming an NBCT is a rigorous process. Just deciding to take on this challenge takes courage and commitment to becoming an accomplished educator. Many, many teachers who did not certify the first time successfully certify on their second attempt. You are not the only one who has dealt with this disappointment. Don’t let this bring you down! We are here for you! Please let us know how we can support you as you continue your journey toward becoming an accomplished teacher.
  4. Many candidates who don’t certify the first time easily certify the second time simply because they are more aware of what exactly the process is all about. Perseverance is the key! Just remember that if you don’t certify it doesn’t mean you are a bad educator, it simply means there was not enough evidence submitted for that component.


We wish all of you the best tomorrow as scores are released! Try to get some sleep tonight and stay positive no matter what the score says. We are with you all the way!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Meet our Ignite Speakers: Phil Wilson

During our annual conference, we will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from dynamic National Board Certified Teachers during our "Ignite" session . One of the NBCTs who will share with us is Phil Wilson.

Phil Wilson is the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Alabama, where he has taught for the past sixteen years. Prior to teaching in Auburn, Phil taught at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia, where his duties including directing the chorus, assisting the band director, and directing literacy activities. He 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. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University. Phil is the 2010-2011 Alabama State Teacher of the Year. 

Phil Wilson is willing to Be the One. Are you? 

Our annual conference will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018. We are encouraging all teachers to join in. If you have renewed your National Board certification this year and you plan to attend the conference, please add your information using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwxGZKgszTM2hqvQMuS5Zwv1R6miGoQGNfdKPk5khXNKM3dw/viewform?usp=sf_link

To register for this powerful conference, use this link: https://t.co/8m7ttDHGpt

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Congratulations on Renewal!

The ALNBCT Network would like to congratulate the 125 Alabama NBCTs who successfully renewed their certification this year! It's this type dedication to accomplished teaching that is making a huge impact in our schools in Alabama.  Congratulations!! You are NBCTStrong!

If you renewed this year and you are attending our annual conference on Janury 27th, we want to recognize you. Please take a moment to complete this survey so that we know to expect you! https://goo.gl/forms/qbhGMB4KPxLp0eLD3 


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Concurrent Sessions 2018

At our annual conference on January 27, 2018 at Homewood Middle School, we'll Be the One. Below, you can find the concurrent sessions scheduled for this phenomenal day of learning and connecting. The schedule is filled with a phenomenal blend of formal and informal learning opportunitites suitable for everyone on the education profession continuum from preservice teachers, early career teachers, veteran teachers, and administrators to education advocates. You do not need to be an NBCT to attend.

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 5 or more. Don't delay. Register today! goo.gl/4v6HWW