About ATPE

Founded by educators for educators, ATPE is the leading educators’ association in Texas and the largest independent educators’ association in the United States. ATPE exists to serve the needs of Texas teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and all public education employees and fights for our schools on the local, state and national levels.

The ATPE philosophy is simple. We believe it takes everyone working together to improve Texas public schools. We work with all stakeholders in public education, regardless of political party or platform. We work collaboratively with all sides of any debate to find the best solution. And we represent the priorities defined by our members—working educators who are passionate about Texas public schools.

Why Join ATPE?

When you choose ATPE, you’re choosing an organization led by working Texas educators who understand how hard it is to be public educators today. Our mission is to support you so you can focus on what matters most: your students.

Discover Your Membership Benefits

Member Discounts
Member Discounts

ATPE membership offers access to over 25 exclusive services and discounts—it’s easy to recoup the cost of your annual dues and more!

Legal Resources
Legal Resources

Do you have job-related legal questions or concerns? Browse this section for information on topics including certification, evaluations, and employment issues.

Professional Development
Professional Development

ATPE membership includes access to more than 90 hours of on-demand continuing professional education (CPE) courses—available at no additional cost.

Advocacy at the Capitol

ATPE takes your voice to the Capitol in both Austin and D.C. Our team of professional lobbyists expertly advocates for your priorities and rights at the state and national levels. Plus, we provide ongoing political involvement training and grassroots advocacy opportunities for our members.

Advocacy at the Capitol

ATPE takes your voice to the Capitol in both Austin and D.C. Our team of professional lobbyists expertly advocates for your priorities and rights at the state and national levels. Plus, we provide ongoing political involvement training and grassroots advocacy opportunities for our members.

Latest News from ATPE

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15 and honors the cultures, contributions, and history of Hispanic and Latino Americans. For many, this time serves as an opportunity to celebrate the heritage rooted in Latin American countries. ATPE has gathered some resources Texas educators can use with their students to commemorate and celebrate Latin American culture.

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ATPE News Fall 2021

Learn how agricultural education takes classroom learning, student development through FFA, and work-based learning experiences to cultivate personal growth and career readiness for Texas students.

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Your Story

Share your ATPE story with us. Tell your fellow educators what you love about ATPE! You can share your story any time, from anywhere, using your computer or smartphone.