Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 Breakout Sessions

Wondering what else we have waiting for you? Here is a peek at the 2012 Breakout Session Schedule.

Be sure to mark your calendar for January 28th and register soon!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Free Technology Tools that Increase Your Productivity

Because there was such a high demand for "staying organized in a digital world"on our conference survey, Dr. Frank Buck, organization expert,  will be presenting two different sessions at our conference on January 28th. Here's a preview of his other session. We know no one wants to miss out on this exciting session. Be sure to register for the conference soon!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Movie Not to Be Missed

While attending the NBPTS Conference in DC, the movie trailer to MITCHELL20 was shown. Immediately, the viewer is taken in by the overwhelming factors faced by these teachers. As a teacher, you immediately identify with the struggle, frustration, and challenges of teachers at the Mitchell School in Phoenix, Arizona. However, before you feel that all hope it lost, you see 20 teachers decide to change the one thing that they can control....the quality of their teaching. They are hardworking, dedicated and passionate about what they are doing and how that can positively impact their students.

As soon as I returned to my laptop, I looked for area screening. Unfortunately, none of the screenings scheduled were anywhere near Birmingham. Then, my path crossed with Kathy Wiebke, a board member of NBPTS and... the film maker of MITCHELL20. I inquired of Kathy about the possibility of bringing MITCHELL20 to Birmingham. The Alabama NBCT Network was moved by the story told in the film and thrilled that we can bring this amazing film to our annual conference on January 28th.

We are pleased to announce that Kathy, who is passionate about accomplished teaching that reaches every student, will be our other keynote speaker. She will be sharing stories from the film that all of us will find inspirational. Then after lunch, MITCHELL20 will be shown and there will be a question-answer session with Kathy immediately following. 

We are happy to let you know that your registration cost will also cover the cost of the movie screening until all seats are sold out. Any seats not sold for the conference, will be available for purchase. If you have colleagues, that may not be able to attend the conference, but would like to attend the screening, there will be a charge of $5. Don't delay in registering. We're sure no one wants to miss this exciting opportunity. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Listen Up, Montgomery!

Photo by Jo Jakeman
The voices of Alabama NBCTs have been heard over the last several months. But, who is listening? Other NBCTs? Is that the audience that we need to have our voices heard? Will that affect change in Alabama for NBCTs and ultimately our students?

When I was at the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards Conference in Washington, D.C., I met Michelle Felis Accardi, an NBCT and elementary teacher from Albuquerque Public Schools. One is immediately impressed with her enthusiasm and passion for teachers, students and ongoing school improvement. She led the charge in making a difference with the state legislators in New Mexico and was recently named Director of State Policies and Advocacy for NBPTS. (The official press release can be found here).

We knew that Michelle's enthusiasm, passion and experience was just what Alabama NBCTs needed. We are thrilled that Michelle has agreed to join us this year at our annual conference. She will be delivering a keynote speech as well a breakout session where she will be assisting us in making sure our voices are heard beyond Alabama NBCTs and in impacting positive change in the state of Alabama for teachers and ultimately our students.

I'm sure all of you will want to make plans to join us on January 28th at Spain Park High School. More details can be found on  "Our Annual Conference" tab at the top of the page.