Monday, July 2, 2018

Shannon Goodwin joins the Alabama NBCT Network in the role of Treasurer. Shannon is an instructional coach for Shelby County Schools. She previously taught math at Chelsea High School for seven years. Prior to teaching in Chelsea, she taught for 8 years at Childersburg High School and for 1 year at Mitchell County Middle School in Camilla, Georgia.

Shannon graduated from Troy University in 2002 with a B.S. in Comprehensive Math Education and graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2011 with a M.Ed. in Math Education. She is currently pursuing certification in Instructional Leadership from the University of West Alabama. Shannon became a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence and Young Adult Mathematics in 2017. She has also presented at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference, the Shelby County Schools NBCT conference, and the Shelby County Schools High School Summit.

Shannon lives in Chelsea with her loving husband Scott, two daughters Aubrey and Avery, and supportive mother Linda.  Her hobbies include reading, making custom jewelry, and watching Bravo.

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

Friday, June 1, 2018

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Krista Ross, Outreach

Krista Ross serves in the role of outreach for the Alabama NBCT Network. Krista  teaches Pre-AP Chemistry and College Prep Advanced Marine Science at Saraland High School in Saraland, AL. She earned her National Board Certification in AYA Chemistry in 2017.  She has a Master's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University, and is in her 14th year of teaching.

Her previous teaching experience includes middle school science. When not teaching science, she enjoys scuba diving and hiking. She is an avid environmental education enthusiast that encourages her students to be good stewards of the environment. She serves as the Mobile Sheriff's Flotilla Dive Lieutenant and a volunteer firefighter for Creola Volunteer Fire Department. She also has two great danes that are litter mates and a Labrador retriever.

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

2018 Edcamp NBCT

Edcamp NBCT
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Mobile Board of Education
Mobile, Alabama

We are so excited to host our annual Edcamp NBCT in the beautiful city of Mobile. Enjoy the sites of this historic venue in addition to joining us at this exciting day for free, participant-driven professional development. Tickets are going fast for this event, so be sure to register TODAY!. 

Edcamp NBCT is an annual event that provides educators an opportunity to grow professionally while sharing our expertise with fellow NBCTs and candidates. Edcamp NBCT 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 provide 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. Lunch and snacks will be provided, as well as lots of great door prizes! 

Register HERE!

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Angela Clark, Public Relations Officer

Angela Clark serves as the District Technology Program Specialist for Shelby County Schools. SHe serves as Public Relations Officer for the Alabama NBCT Network Board. She has been an educator for 24 years and was a classroom teacher for 16 years, teaching both middle and high school during that time. She earned National Board Certification in AYA Social Studies in 2001 and renewed in 2010.

In 2011 she stepped into a new role for her district as a Technology Resource Teacher. During that time she had many valuable opportunities to expand her knowledge of instructional technology and develop her skills as a leader. She has provided support for 5 first-time NBCT candidates and several colleagues going through the renewal process.

She received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Mississippi State University and taught business and technology courses for many years. She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, and in 2016, received her Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Montevallo.

She is passionate about empowering teachers to design a technology-rich learning environment that engages every child and encourages students to grow and reach their highest potential.

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

2018 Conference Closing Survey

Thank you so much for taking your Saturday to be with us! You have made the 2018 conference one of our best ever! Please be sure to complete the closing survey no later than February 3, 2018. Once you complete the survey, you will be given directions for receiving a certificate of attendance for the conference. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay informed! 

Save these dates:

  • ALNBCT Week March 4th-10th 
  • EdcampNBCT June 8th-location TBD

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Be the One Conference Reminders

We are eager to see everyone this Saturday for the Be the One Conference at Homewood Middle School. This event will feature a variety of useful and engaging sessions. In addition, we will pin our newest NBCTs, and we'll have a special recognition for all who recently renewed. We have four amazing educators from our state that will get our conference started with Ignite Speeches that will be sure to inspire and motivate you. It's going to be a great day for education in Alabama.  

 Here are just a few reminders for this weekend's event:
1. Arrive early as we expect over 400 attendees. Click on Directions to Homewood Middle School for directions.  
When you arrive, just look for the yellow ALNBCT signs.​Due to a large number of people attending the conference, participants need to plan to arrive between 8:00-8:30 as we will begin promptly at 9:00.  Parking in front of Homewood Middle School will fill quickly. There is additional parking behind the school accessed from Valley Avenue.

2. Be sure and bring your device. We will have a public wifi connection and many sessions will feature interactive learning opportunities. Plus, you'll want to post the pictures you take at the conference "Step & Repeat" background! It will be located in the lunchroom. 

3. PRINT A COPY OF THE CONCURRENT SESSIONS before you come. In an effort to go green, we are not providing paper copies of the concurrent sessions. It will be available on the blog all day! Click HERE for a link to the session list. 

3. Lunch from Taco Mama and light snacks will be provided. 

4. Remember to tag all of your social media posts with our conference hashtag: 
#alnbct .

We will have car decals for sale to help promote National Board certification in Alabama. They are one for $3 or two for $5. Please bring cash if possible. 

We also have t-shirts available from TeeSpring in two different styles and four colors. These will be a great way to show your ALNBCT Pride! 

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Conference Session Highlights: Proposition #5 Learning Communities

Proposition #5: Teachers are members of learning communities. We know that we learn better together and we can learn from others. Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) is so important for today's educators. We literally have a world of information on best practices at our fingertips. Here are a few concurrent sessions related to this proposition at this year's conference. 

1. It's What You Say and How You Say It: How Communication Builds Culture: (Room 116 10:15-11:15) Our daily interactions build relationships, create culture, and allow us to facilitate learning and lead change. The power of committed listening, effective questioning, reflective feedback, and partnership communication can be a game changer in your classroom, school or family.

2. Leaning in on Policy - Teacher Leaders, Advocacy and Outreach: (Room 106 11:20-12:20) It is critical that teacher leaders continually develop new leadership skills, work to create new partnerships and collaborations—both inside and outside the classroom-- and learn new ways to get involved in key education policy discussions and decisions.

3. Kick Start College: Room 112 1:45-2:45) Exposing students to college campuses builds capacity to create 4 year plans. The Kick-Start College program can exposes students to a college campus as early as 8th grade.

4. As Close as Your Device, and It's Free! Online Professional Development Opportunities: Free is a good word, especially when it involves professional development! Join Dr. Cordell for an online tour of free professional development opportunities for K-12 educators and library media specialists.

5. New National School Library Standards: The American Association of School Librarians is unveiling new national standards in November. This is an introduction to these new standards.