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Mr. Alfonso (Al) Gonzalez aka EducatorAl
National Board Certified Teacher – Early Adolescent Generalist (2004 & 2014)
Master of Arts in Teaching
ISTE Capstone I & II Certified

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Alfonso, Al, González is a National Board Certified Teacher (2004 and renewed 2014) as an Early Adolescent Generalist and has been teaching for 24 years, 18 of those in the Chimacum School District. Al has a Masters in Teaching and has completed both Capstone I and II showing fluency in the ISTE Student and Teacher standards. Al has been integrating technology into his classes since 1991 when he brought his Tandy laptop into his 4th and 5th grade class in South Central Los Angeles for students to use as a learning center. Using his AOL account Al connected his inner city students with students in Vassalboro, Maine. They traded videos on VHS, sent through snail mail, back and forth, sharing their similar yet uniquely different experiences.

Now Al teaches Science to 6th graders in a 1:1 environment with iPads, Netbooks, laptops, and iMac computers. Al put together his 1:1 program through 16 straight years of getting grants. Al has received Learn and Serve America service learning grants, Best Buy grants, CenturyLink, foundation, WEA Innovative Educator, ING Unsung Hero, HP Technology for Teaching, WA STEM Entrepreneurial, and other grants to integrate technology into great Science projects that students have been enjoying for years.

1990 – Graduated UCLA with a major in Psychology
1991 – Began teaching 4th and 5th grade at Main Street Elementary in South Central Los Angeles
1991 – Began the L.A. Unified School District Intern Program
1992 – Received a Los Angeles Educational Partnership grant for $500 to bring the Internet into his class! (1st grant ever)
1993 – Received a Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, Inc. grant for $3,000 to start a school newspaper!
1994 – Completed L.A. Unified School District Intern Program
1994 – Earned California Elementary Teaching Credential along with Bilingual Certificate of Competency in Spanish
1996 – One year contract at Blue Heron Middle School in WA teaching 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies
1997 to present – Teaching at Chimacum Middle School (currently 25th year teaching)
1998 – Earned Certificate from UW for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
1999 – Received two major Technology Equipment and Training Grants!
2000 – Started Chimacum Middle School’s Water Quality program with three grants!
2001 – Earned a Masters of Teaching Degree
2003 – Attended a National Science Foundation (NSF) Patterns Exploration Training in Florida!
2004 – Earned a National Board Teaching Certification as an Early Adolescent Generalist
2004 – Began a three year NSF funded North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership (NCOSP) training program.
2006Best Buy Teacher Award grant for $2,500 and a Target Field Trip grant for $1,000 on top of the Learn & Serve America grants for the 6th grade Water Quality Project!
2006Best Buy School Award grant for $15,000!! (out of the 1,300 teachers who won the $2,500, 250 were asked to apply for this $15,000 school grant and my application was one of the 50 chosen! We were also able to apply for a $250,000 district grant from Best Buy!) See the article in the Kitsap Sun! We applied for the district grant but it was given to the San Diego school district. You win some, you lose some. At least we tried.
2007HP’s Technology for Teaching Grant! Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Thomsen, Mr. DiPrete, Mr. Olafson, and Ms. Langston teamed up to write a proposal for a 6, 7, 8 Math and Science project. The team of five received equipment and will get training totaling more than $31,000! Click here to see my 06-07 loot.
2007OSPI’s Learn and Serve America Mini-grant year two funds were increased from $4,000 to $7,046! There was more money for service learning so Chimacum students get access to more field trips and more equipment to study our creek’s water quality and the Hood Canal.
2007 – Chosen as one of six recipients of the 2007 Hooked on Hyrdoponics Award (M-1 package) from the National Gardening Association! Equipment totalling $900 for the 7th grade Life Science program!
2008 – As part of the HP Tech for Teaching grant Al completed an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) certification course. Al received his ISTE Capstone I certification. Teachers who complete the Capstone courses showcase exhibits of projects they create and conduct with students to show proficiency in all the National Education Technolgy Standards (NETS) for students (NETS S) and for teachers (NETS T).
2008 – Now that the NCOSP grant has ended the Science partnership expanded and we here on the peninsula have our own Olympic Math and Science Partnership (OMSP). I am now working with OMSP to form a team of middle school and high school Math and Science teachers here at Chimacum. We call our team Math Science PLC (short for Professional Learning Community) and we meet several times a year to work on improving Math and Science instruction here at the Chimacum Schools!
2008 – Last year of my Learn and Serve America mini-grant. Again my funds for this year were increased so I will be spending $9,000 on our water quality project! This year I will be teaching only two of the three 6th grade Science classes because I will be teaching all three 8th grade Science classes.
2009 – Thanks to Math and Science funds from WA state Al was able to take the second ISTE Capstone course and receive his ISTE Capstone II certification.
2009 – A Learn and Serve America Sustainable Design grant again for my Water Quality Project for $5,620!
2010OSPI’s Learn and Serve America Sustainable Design grant Year 2 for $10,000 for my Water Quality Project!
2010 – Chimacum School District to use Solo 6 as part of our Water Quality Project. $2,000!
2010WA STEM Entrepreneurial Award for $10,300 to help teachers use Social Media to better teach and reach students!
2010Friends of Chimacum Schools Education Foundation for $595 to replace a broken Water Quality project Vernier LabQuest.
2012The Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE) as part of their Nonprofit Environmental Ed $1,000 for the Water Quality Project!
2012 – The ING Unsung Heroes awards program $2,000 for the Water Quality Project!
2012 – Worked on renewing my Early Adolescent Generalist National Board Certification! (I renewed!)
2012 – Worked on the Presidential Award for Excellent in Science Teaching! (Didn’t move to the next step.)
2013 – Received a grant from WISE for $250 to teach about invasive species!
2013 – Received a CenturyLink grant for Technology for $5,000!
2014 – Got a WA STEM Professional Development Grant!
2014 – I was chosen as one of the five finalists in WA State for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest! I only made it to the first round, but at least I got two Samsung Galaxy Tablets!
2015 – Got to participate in the Olympic STEM Pathways Partnership representing Chimacum!
2015 – Got to co-present with two fabulous presenters at a WEA Innovation conference for four days!
2015 – Got to co-present a WEA TPEP Formative Assessment session with another fabulous teacher at the West Sound Summer Institute!
2015 – Got a Friends of Chimacum Schools Foundation grant for $300 to purchase two Sphero Balls!
2015 – Year 2 of our WA STEM Professional Development grant!
2015 – Received an NEEF Grant for $750 for our Water Stewardship Project!
2016 – Received a CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant for $5,000!
2016 – Received a Peninsula Credit Union grant for $500!

Grant successes: grant writing leading to over $346,530 in grants in 39 grants and 18 straight years of getting at least one grant per year! (See grant history.)
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  1. justin

    hey
    when is the last time this site has been updated i need it for my bibliography thank u

  2. Aiman Azri

    Hi Alfonso,

    Just want to introduce you to Gnowledge (www.gnowledge.com), the online test publishing platform, and solicit your thoughts and opinions on it.

    Gnowledge is free for everyone to use. Tests and exercises can be created by anyone and are categorized by title, subject, grade, school and/or country. Once published, these tests are available for everyone to use and share. Students preparing for exams or who wish improve their knowledge and accelerate their academic progress can search Gnowledge for their desired subject. All test results, scores and answers to every question administered is stored on Gnowledge. Registered users can view their own individual test results any time and the test results of everyone who has taken the tests they’ve created, and these tests and/or results can be shared with others if they choose to do so.

    The best example of how Gnowledge is being used and how it transcends language and cultural barriers and education syllabuses is by a French language teacher in Mexico (a Spanish-speaking country). She uses Gnowledge (an English-language website) to produce simple tests and exercises for her students. In two months she has published 50 tests and these tests have been administered to her (and other) students 1,272 times. Scale of this magnitude does not happen in conventional classrooms or schools. Her stats can be independently verified at: http://www.gnowledge.com/saveurfle.

    I invite you to check out Gnowledge. If you have any comments, queries or criticisms for Gnowledge, please let me know, your feedback would be most appreciated.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,
    Aiman Azri

  3. Egctianauprblog

    Thank you for your kind acceptance.

  4. Cammy Brown

    Al: Your website is awesome!! I am going to tell the other board members to take a look at it. You are amazing. Thank you for being so compassionate and dedicated to the students. I was really impressed by the videos. The students of Chimacum School District are very lucky!! Cammy Brown..

  5. Duncan Wilson

    Hi Alfonso,

    I am a teacher in the UK and have been working with a colleague to make http://www.classcharts.com. We just won NDLE2013 (http://learning.wales.gov.uk/news/sitenews/digital-champions-revealed/?skip=1&lang=en)

    It is for seating charts & behavior and is 100% free for teachers.

    We are trying to get people aware of what we are doing and am wondering if you can help?

    Do you think you might be able to find the time to take a quick look and maybe write about it if you think it is of interest to your readers?

    If you would like more info then please do let me know!

    Kindest regards

    Duncan

  6. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Sure, Duncan, I’ll take a look at your website. Sounds pretty cool.

    Congrats on the NDLE2013 award! 🙂

  7. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Thanks, Cammy!

  8. Shawn

    Good Afternoon….I am wondering if you have come across a video game which helps educate others about the problems which may surface from excessive/problematic game play. Any suggestions or direction that you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you.

  9. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Sorry, Shawn, I haven’t come across anything like that.

  10. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Sorry Shawn, I haven’t come across anything like that.

  11. Lauren Meeks

    Hello Mr. G,

    My name is Lauren Meeks and I’m finishing my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education this semester. As a part of my capstone project, I’m writing about technology in the classroom. One facet of the project that interests me is classroom blogging. I came across your blog through google, and I think it’s a great example of the many things that can be done with a blog. Could I link your classroom blog in my final project? I don’t expect the project to have a large audience, but it will be public.

    Thank you for your time!

    Lauren Meeks

    lemeeks@liberty.edu

  12. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for contacting me about your capstone project! You can use any of my blogs as examples! This is my class blog http://mrgonzalez.org so it’s an example with actual student blogs.

  13. kelsey

    Hey Mr. Gonzalez, I don’t know if you remember me but my name is kelsey c. I’m the one who puked in your class. Lol. That’s was embarrassing. Well I hope you do remember me and if you do please msg back.:)

  14. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Hi Kelsey! Of course I remember you! I’m not that old and it was only last year that you were in my class. lol

  15. Nick Stubbs

    Hey Mr. Gonzalez,

    My name is Nick and I’m reaching out to you because I am a Casting Producer with a leading international TV production company located in New York City. We are in the early stages of developing a new TV series centered on mysterious events that individuals have recently experienced. We would love to feature two people as hosts for the program.

    One host should be grounded in science and foster the belief that anything can be solved through the power of science. The other host comes from a more spiritual background, believing that some things cannot be solved by science, rather, local knowledge and legends hold the keys to these mysterious events.

    Our goal as a production company is to uncover the mystery through either science or spirituality. I came across your contact information through my outreach and thought that you may be perfect for the show. If you believe this is not the case, maybe you know someone that would be perfect for this show.

    Thank you!

    Nick A. Stubbs
    (212) 905-1768
    nick.stubbs12@gmail.com

  16. Ihsan Cotman-el

    Hello my name is Ihsan Cotman-el, a junior from Classical highschool and I am doing
    my junior research project on gamification. I was wondering if I you would
    be interested in answering a few questions I have about gamification as my
    outside contact, since I have been told you currently usegamification in your lessons.

    How are you using gamification as a way to teach in your classes?

    How effective is gamification proving to be, compared to your previous ways
    of teaching?

    Do you know of any other schools that are also using gamification?

    Would you recommend that all schools should try to implement gamification
    into their classrooms?

    Thank you for listening if you took the time to answer my questions.

  17. Sara

    I would love to know more about your process for writing out standards in such kid friendly broken down language.

  18. Alfonso Gonzalez

    Hi Sara,

    I start with the standards as they are written. Then I re-write them in kid friendly language. If kids can demonstrate an understanding of the standard the way the standard is written that represents meeting standard or a 3 in standards-based grading. From there I determine what is getting close to the standard or approaching standard, which is a 2 in standards-based grading. If a student can easily meet standard and can apply their understanding to new situations and is able to show others, that is a 4 in standards-based grading. Students who don’t have an understanding of the standard are at a 1 in standards-based grading. So basically, I just start with the standards the way they are written and try to re-write them in a way that my 6th graders will understand them. I also learn from the kids. If they don’t get it, then I need to tweak it.

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