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:

To register for this powerful conference, use this link:

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! 

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! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2018 Conference Schedule

Make plans to participate in the Alabama NBCT Network's annual conference on January 27, 2018 at Homewood Middle School in Birmingham where we will Be the One. 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, aand administrators to education advocates. You do not need to be an NBCT to attend.

You won't want to miss a minute of this incredible day. Grab a colleague or two and register today: 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ALNBCT Conference-Be The One

It's that time of the year! Registration for the ALNBCT one day conference is now open! We want to send a special invitation to every educator-teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians-to join us on January 27th at Homewood Middle School for this amazing day of collaboration and learning! Are you ready to Be The One? Our students deserve it! Register at ! Early bird and group rates are available now!
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directions: Dr. Tara Foster, Secretary

We would like to welcome Dr. Tara Foster to the ALNBCT Network board as our new secretary. Dr. Foster is a graduate of Ramsay High School in Birmingham, AL. She earned degrees in Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, and Leadership in Educational Administration from Alabama State University (B.S., 1997), the University of Montevallo (M.Ed., 2001), Capella University (Ph.D., 2013), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) (M.A.Ed., 2014), and Auburn University (Ed.S., 2015). She also earned National Board certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, originally certifying in 2007 and re-certifying in 2016. Dr. Foster has had the pleasure of working in education for fifteen years in districts across the state of Alabama as a classroom teacher, a training coordinator as an Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Specialist, and as a college instructor for the TeacherReady Certification Program at the University of West Florida. Most recently, Dr. Foster was a teacher at Brighton Middle School where she earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year for the school, the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Jefferson County, and is currently the District IV Teacher of the Year for the State of Alabama (2017-2018). She now serves the students of Hueytown Middle School as a part of the leadership team in the role of Assistant Principal, and teachers within our state as the Secretary of the Alabama National Board Certified Teacher Network. Her motto is "Planting the Seeds...Fostering the Future" and she believes her current work is laying a foundation for the lives of students for years to come. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

EdcampNBCT Closing Survey & Remarks

Thank you so much for joining us for EdcampNBCT! We hope you had an amazing day. Please be sure to complete the closing survey below. This will help us as we plan future events. Also, make plans to join us for our annual ALNBCT Conference in January. We are now accepting conference proposals! The proposal form is below the survey.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

ALNBCT Week 2017 In Review

Here are some of the wonderful tweets that went out during ALNBCT Week 2017! Please continue to advocate for high standards for our profession and encourage other teachers to pursue National Board certification!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#ALNBCTWeek Did You Know

We want to wish all of our phenomenALNBCTs a Happy ALNBCTWeek!! Please be sure to share your celebrations, recognitions, and other wonderful things happening in your classroom this week on social media and use our special hashtag: #ALNBCTWeek .

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Conference Closing Survey

Thank you for an amazing day of learning and collaboration! Please complete the the following survey no later than February 4th! We will send certificates of attendance after that date.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Conference Reminders

We are eager to see everyone this Saturday for the Expanding Our Horizons Conference at Homewood Middle School. This event will feature a variety of useful and engaging sessions, and you'll also have a chance to meet our new state superintendent of education, Michael Sentance. In addition, Peggy Brookins, NBPTS President & CEO, will pin our newest NBCTs, and we'll have a special recognition for all who recently renewed. 

Here are just a few reminders for this weekend's event:
1. Arrive early as we expect over 200 attendees. Click on Directions to Homewood Middle School for directions.

When you arrive, just look for the yellow ALNBCT signs.​

2. Be sure and bring your device. Many sessions will feature interactive learning opportunities. Plus, you'll want to post the pictures you take at the conference "Step & Repeat"!

3. Lunch and light snacks will be provided. 

4. Remember to tag all of your social media posts with 

One last thing: there's still time to register! You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to network, learn and collaborate. Just go to 2017 ALNBCT Conference to register.

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Improving Your Practice

These sessions will help you improve your practice as an educator with sessions dealing with assessment, best instructional practices, and teacher leadership.

1. Boys & Girls: The Gray Matters (10:15-11:15 Room 106) This workshop provides practical classroom strategies on how to engage boys and girls based on brain research and active and engaged learning. 

2. Standards Based Grading: Ethics, Equity, and Social Justice: (10:15-11:15 Room 111) If you are looking for a gentle suggestion that we consider thinking about our grading practices at some point, pick a different session. This session will make the strong point that current grading practices MUST change as a matter of ethics, equity, and social justice.

3. Teaching Reading beyond Elementary School: Why Reading Strategies are Important at any level: (10:15-11:15 Room 112) This session will focus on implementing reading strategies that enhance learners' ability to read while teaching specific content area material in the secondary setting.

4. Making the Case for Middle School as Priority: (11:20-12:20 Room 111) Middle grades have long been the lowest priority in public education. Instead, young adolescents need a developmentally appropriate education guided by specially trained, passionate educators. Let's talk about how to make it happen!

5. Data Takes the Wheel: (11:20-12:20 Room 112) This session will simulate how to use collaborative and engaging activities as formative assessments and how teachers can utilize the data these activities provide to design targeted, differentiated instruction.

6. Leading a Team by Building Relationships and Coaching Growth: (11:20-12:20 Room 114) We will discuss and try strategies including taking the time to share life stories, harnessing the talents of team members, and using coaching skills.

7. Adventures in Teaching: (11:20-12:20 Room 118) What first-hand experiences would improve your teaching? Learn how to apply for grants that allow you to travel, expand your knowledge base, and bring those experiences back to the classroom.

8. RtI, One Tier at a Time!: (1:45-2:45 Room 108) We would like to reintroduce you to RtI! As you become more familiar with the 3 tiers of instruction, true differentiation in your classroom can become a reality!

9. Schoolwide Google Classroom Model: (1:45-2:45 Room 116) See how Spain Park administrators are modeling online classroom content delivery and interaction through a faculty-wide Google Classroom. Teachers and administrators also engage students through grade-level Google Classrooms encouraging reflection and dialogue from all stakeholders.

10. Mastery is not a Mystery: (1:45-2:45 Room 117) Create a mastery rubric you can use with your students. Look at assessing students on their mastery. Walk through the process and leave with a rubric to use in the classroom!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Becoming an NBCT or Renewal

These sessions will focus on becoming an NBCT or renewal.  A couple of sessions are available as  work sessions for educators who are already in the process of becoming an NBCT or renewing their certification.

1. Are You Reading to Pursue Board Certification? (10:15-11:15 Room 108) This session is for those contemplating or beginning the board certification process. Are you asking"Where do I being? how long does it take? Where can I get help?" Get answers to all of these questions plus more!

2. What's National Board Certification and why should I pursue it? (10:15-11:15 Room 114) This session will provide an overview of board certification and its benefits, and how to begin the journey of becoming an accomplished teacher.

3. Ready to Renew? (11:20-12:20 Room 106)The Renewal Process:  Where do I begin? What is involved? How long does it take? Who can help? Answers to all of these questions and more!

4. Candidate Work Session (11:10-12:10 Room 108) This session is an informal time to begin brainstorming ideas, outlining the specific steps for each of the components, asking questions and building resources for successfully navigating the board certification process.

5. Renewal Work Session (1:45-2:45 Room 106) Getting ready to renew your board certification? In this session, you will work on identifying your areas of growth, brainstorm the types of artifacts to collect, ask questions and begin your journey towards renewal.

6. Collaborating Candidates: National Boards and edTPA (1:45-2:45 Room 118) How can Alabama's National Board candidate support programs collaborate with Alabama colleges and universities to provide a reciprocal support system for both NB candidates and edTPA candidates?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Conference Schedule Updates

Hopefully, you are staying warm on this frigid Alabama day! We are pleased to announce that our new state superintendent, Mr. Michael Sentance, will be joining us at the Expanding Our Horizons Conference coming up on January 21st at Homewood Middle School. Mr. Sentance will be our lunch keynote speaker and participate in a panel discussion along with Peggy Brookins and Michelle Accardi from the National Board. 

We'd like to give you the opportunity to ask our panel questions. Please, click Panel Questions to submit questions for consideration. Forms must be submitted by January 11th to be considered.

 Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the direction of our state's education. If you still need to register for the conference, just visit Expanding Our Horizons Conference.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Conference Session Highlights: Problem Solving Sessions

Here are some of the great breakout sessions that are related to technology integration that you will definitely want to check out!

1. Tech Playground & Makerspace Showcase-This is an unstructured session that will be held in the library during each breakout session time. This is just a time to learn and play with some of the cool tech tools available today or to see what a Makerspace is all about!

2. Breakout EDU (10:15-11:15 Room 116) Breakout EDU are highly-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) require teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and content area knowledge by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Come experience Breakout EDU firsthand and discover all the learning opportunities it opens for all learners.

3. Using Google tools to Create Digital Breakout Challenges (11:20-12:20 Room 116) Breakout EDU involves collaboration, team building, and problem solving. Try a digital challenge-then learn how to use Google tools to create your own digital version of an engaging game for your students.

4. M3: Make Math Meaningful (10:15-11:15 Room 117) Learn how to use a variety of resources to create real world problem based math lessons. Additionally, learn how gaming can bring strategy and fun to your classroom.

5. Newton Cars (10:15-11:15 Room 118) This session will focus on Newton's Laws of Motion and provide the participants with a hands-on activity involving "Newton Cars". The lab activity will show teachers and inexpensive way to teach these concepts.

6.Think Outside the Box-Creating student-centered, cross-curricular instruction (11:20-12:20 Room 117) We will be creating cross curricular instruction for all grades and skill levels. Participants will leave with digital resources, rubric ideas, and multiple ideas to get them started.

7. Challenged Based Lab Investigations (1:45-2:45 Room 114) Traditional labs require students to collect data to discover or confirm a concept. During these labs I have noticed my struggling students tend to become overwhelmed trying to make sense of all the data, while offering little challenge to advanced students. Challenge-based labs require students to go beyond simply collecting and analyzing data to one that requires students to apply what they have learned to solve a given challenge. During this session the presenter will demonstrate several of the challenge based labs they have used.

8. Building a Culture of Critical and Creative Thinkers: (1:45-2:45 Lunchroom) Based on critical and creative thinking, the Talents Unlimited framework promotes engaging, rigorous conversation relevant to any content. Upon implementation, students become responsible for learning through discovery and dialogue.

9. Achieving College and Career Readiness by implementing Argument Driven Investigations in Science: (1:45-2:45 Room 111) The new College and Career Readiness Standards are in effect! Are you just a little freaked out as you ponder ways to achieve them in your classroom? Hakuna matata! No worries! We will explore the heart of Argument Driven Inquiry and discuss ways to implement ADI into your classroom.

10. STEM + Art = STEAM. (1:45-2:45 Room 112) An opportunity to see how STEAM is used in the elementary classroom. You will have the chance to brainstorm ideas with other teachers which you can take back to your school.