Educator Professional Development Opportunities
The Alabama Best Practices Center (ABPC) facilitates high-quality, network-based, collaborative professional learning. In its 20 years, ABPC has served 116 of the state’s 139 districts—in all, more than 400,000 of Alabama’s 740,000 students. And, participating in our network pays dividends! An external evaluation found that districts and schools participating in our networks improved student achievement in both reading and in math. All of our professional learning is based on research-based practice and the principles of effective adult learning. In addition to the Key Leaders Network and the Powerful Conversations Network, we are excited to announce some new offerings and restart some pre-Covid initiatives, all of which are featured below. Keep an eye on our social media for updates and new developments. If you are interested in any of these offerings, fill out this form to get started!
Full Program Offerings
The Key Leaders Network (KLN) connects district and school leaders to foster effective leadership practices that improve teaching and learning. Participants speak of the value of networking with peers from across the state and the takeaways they gain from interacting with others. The guiding text for the year is Leading a High Reliability School, by Marzano, et al. This year, KLN will connect leaders to strategies that strengthen district and school cultures as they address the challenges caused by the pandemic.
The Powerful Conversations Network (PCN) connects teachers to each other to hone their knowledge and skills and improve teaching and learning. Marzano’s The New Art and Science of Teaching will be the guiding text. Teachers will meet in grade bands and/or subject areas planning and identifying lessons for the essential standards they find most challenging to teach. Social and emotional learning will be integrated throughout the lessons.
The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, commonly referred to as AMSTI, is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve STEM teaching statewide, including improvements in the individual, as well as the integrated, STEM subjects. Its mission is to support Alabama educators and students in learning STEM through doing STEM.
Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science