Our History

At the NBPTS national conference in Washington during November of 2003, several Alabama teachers sat in the hotel deli getting acquainted and discussing all that we were hearing.  Several of us had just attended a session conducted by teachers from Florida and Virginia about forming state affiliates of the National Board.  At that table this network was born.  Several of us met a few months later and began the process of developing a network that could connect the National Board Certified teachers of Alabama with the National Organization, with each other, and with educational systems in our state.  We wanted to help NBCTs across our state support certification candidates, work to improve education in local schools and across the state, and to discover places of leadership in our profession. 
Those are still our goals:  to provide a connections between Alabama teachers and NBPTS and between Alabama NBCTs and to provide a support system for NBCTs as they support candidates, share ideas and concerns, work to improve our schools, and seek leadership positions.

Two of the teachers involved in that first meeting and the network beginnings had been asked to be State Farm liaisons with the National Board.  State Farm offered a grant to help us begin our network.  Jefferson County Education Foundation also offered help and support.  After much paper work and communication, our network was granted non-profit status, and was approved as an official National Board Affiliate. 

I recently served as our third president.  Sherry Baltsheit was our first, Ellen Stubblefield our second.  During their terms we got a great start.  Our first meeting, thanks to the State Farm grant, took place at the Winfrey Hotel at the Galleria.  The second was hosted on the campus of Samford University, the third at Spain Park High School, and for the past two years we have enjoyed the hospitality of Shades Valley. At the request of the majority of our members we have tried to keep the meetings at least in these early years centrally and conveniently located.  Our meetings have become days for NBCTs to fellowship and learn from one another.  Our network is working…but we have hopes for more.

Right now we seek to strengthen our affiliation with the National network by inviting our National Board representatives to Alabama and by sending two officers (President and Vice-President or their representatives) to the National Convention that meets every other year.  By the way, the next one is in Atlanta in July 2009 and we hope that the Alabama network will be well represented.   We have worked to develop a website that will serve as a link between us as Alabama NBCTs.  Understand that the new website is still developing.  We currently have materials from this year's conference available as well as membership news, and word about new Network projects.
You can support the network by your active participation—proposals for breakouts at next year’s meeting will be available soon.  We want to plan early.  Remember that our officers serve two-year terms and this will be the year to nominate or seek new officers.  We are also looking for those interested in serving on an advisory committee with representatives from different regions of the state.  (I don’t like holes in the net).  Applications or nomination forms will be available on the web.  We are also working on plans to make applications available on the web for areas that are interested in CSP training.  We will ask for a commitment from local NBCTs in the area before we can train—remember we will do this together.  We hope the website can serve become or vehicle of communication.  It will be a good idea to check it often. We have also gathered email addresses and will try to build a database to strengthen that communication. 

We have dreams, we want to broaden our scope, we want to reach wider across the state.  If you have ideas and dreams, please pass those on to us, If you have ideas for the network, please talk with one of your board members before you leave or email through the website and let us know what you dream our network can be.  If we truly join hands across the state, and if we are all willing to continue to grow and give back to our professions, together we can make our dreams come true. 

~Becky Dobelstein

I am so honored to be the current Alabama NBCT Network president. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is dedicated to excellent professional development, and I share this passion. I hope that our network will be a community  that offers support and resources for all who want to reach the highest standards in education so that Alabama’s students will achieve and succeed.
~Nancy Turpen President January 2009- January 2011