Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Conference Photos

We are glad that so many of you joined us for the 2012 Alabama NBCT Network Conference. We think all in attendance will agree that it was an amazing day for growing professionally, challenging yourself to new ideas, and networking with others from across the state. We look forward to you joining us for Alabama's first Hill Day where we start education and building relationships between legislators and educators.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Closing Survey

Thank you so much for joining us for the 2012 Alabama NBCT Network Conference. Please take a few minutes to complete the Closing Survey.

Friday, January 20, 2012

It's Almost Here

We began talking about the 2012 Alabama NBCT Network Conference months ago and now the time has arrived. We are so excited to be able to connect and reconnect with one another. There are a few last minute reminders that we want to give you so that you can get the most out of this day of professional development.

  1. Since many of our speakers will be arriving on Friday evening, we have arranged a TweetUp/MeetUp at Jackson's Bistro in Homewood, Alabama on the 27th (you don't have to be on Twitter to attend). We will begin at 6:30 pm. This will be a time where we will have a casual setting to get to know one another and network. It's a great opportunity to build partnerships and converse with like-minded educators. We hope you will join us for what's sure to be great fun.
  2. On Saturday, we don't want for you to miss any of our exciting speakers. Please be sure to arrive on time. Registration begins at 8:30am and our opening sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 am. 
  3. If you have not registered, please be sure to print your registration form, fill it out and bring it with you. This will expedite the registration process. On-site registration must be paid in cash or check only.
  4. We are moving towards a more paperless conference this year. If you would like a copy of the schedule and the break-out sessions, feel free to print them off of this blog (on the "Our Annual Conference" tab). There will be large versions of these hanging on the wall at the conference. Also, student ambassadors will be there to direct you.  Many of the presenters will be offering a digital version of their presentations or hand-outs that will be published on our blog.
  5. Come with an open-mind and a willingness to join in the conversations. We want for these sessions to be engaging and full of conversations, not just a day of "sit and get."
  6. Bring your own device to take notes and participate in the day's events whether that's a laptop, tablet, smartphone or good old-fashioned pen and paper. If you are on Twitter, be sure to add #alnbctnetwork to all of your tweets so that those following the conference virtually will get the benefit of all the great conversations we'll have at the conference.
  7. LexAmi will be there with books authored by NBCTs as well as books on the topics most requested by you on the interest survey that we sent out several months ago. They will also be having a book signing with Dr. Frank Buck and Julie D. Ramsay after lunch.
  8. Starbucks will be donating coffee for our event. JCEA and JCAFT will be providing water and snacks throughout our conference day.
We look forward to seeing all of you very soon! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tips and Tricks for Maintaining a Non-Traditional Classroom

Coming to the Alabama NBCT Conference...
 Be sure to join us on January 28th for this exciting session. Haven't registered yet? Don't delay. Register now.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Going Digital

This year we are moving many of our practices from paper to a digital version. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to attend our January 28th conference at Spain Park High School.

  1. One of the biggest changes you will notice is that you will not be handed a stack of papers when you check into the conference. We realize that after a conference is concluded, you rarely have any use for a schedule or a list of breakout sessions. Therefore, the breakout session schedule will be posted as large posters throughout Spain Park High School for your reference. Student ambassadors will be present to direct you to the different locations within the school. If you would still like to have your own copy of these pages, we've made them available to you as links which can be found here. (NOTE: These files are on Dropbox;some schools systems block Dropbox because it's a file sharing site. You should be able to pull them up from home. If you have problems downloading these files, please feel free to email us at
  2. There are many NBCTs and educators from across the country that have expressed an interest in participating in our conference virtually.One way that we are going to do this is through Twitter. If you are new to Twitter, this is a perfect opportunity to join the professional conversations. While you attend, you can tweet about what you are learning, resources and ideas shared by presenters, and your thoughts. By adding #alnbctbetwork to your tweets, anyone who is following our conference will get the benefit of all the learning that will be happening that day. This a is a great way to give back to the learning community and get involved with those from across the country. New to Twitter? A tutorial can be found here.
  3. More and more presenters are going digital. We encourage all of you to bring your digital device to the conference whether it be a smart phone, tablet, iPad, laptop, or netbook. This is a great way to take notes, look at resources when they are being discussed, interact with others at the conference about the topics, and add new contacts to your personal learning network. Most presenters now create a digital version of their hand-outs instead of paper copies. If you feel more comfortable using paper to take notes, please feel do that. 
We look forward to seeing all of you soon. If you have not registered, please do so as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

Monday, January 2, 2012

What are your goals for 2012?

Are you interested in becoming more productive? Are you overwhelmed with all of the digital content coming your way? Do you want to be more organized? Are you looking for a some new tools to embed into the learning in your classroom? Are you simply wanting some inspiration? Do you want to re-ignite your passion for teaching?

Whatever your goals are for 2012, let us help you meet them. Join us on January 28, 2012 at Spain Park High School for the annual Alabama NBCT Network Conference. This day will be an exciting day of professional development. For the low cost of $35, you not only hear passionate keynotes and presenters, but you also get lunch and the screening of the film MITCHELL20. Be sure to register soon as seats are limited.