Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

ATPE Inspired

Join ATPE July 15 for a one-day virtual professional development event following the 2021 Virtual ATPE Summit.

Inspired is designed to help you connect with your best self in preparation for back to school:

Reignite your passion for education with inspiring authors and lifelong educators Stacey Bess and Ken “Coach” Carter.
Light up with new ideas during curated sessions presented by ATPE’s professional learning partners.
Earn up to 10 hours or more of continuing professional education credit.

We hope you’ll leave feeling invigorated, refreshed, and, yes, inspired.


9–10 a.m. Opening Keynote with Stacey Bess
10:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Professional Development Sessions
1:45–2:45 p.m. Closing Keynote with Coach Ken Carter

ATPE is excited to present professional learning sessions from TCEA, It’s Time Texas, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), and StoryWranglers, as well as sessions on trauma-informed learning and social and emotional learning post-COVID-19.

About Stacey Bess

Stacey Bess is an inspirational educator and author who speaks on the importance of service, mentorship, and leadership, as well as overcoming adversity. Drawing on her fascinating and inspirational personal story—teaching homeless children in a small shed known as “The School with No Name”—she offers powerful insights and lessons that audiences yearning to make a difference can apply to their community or organization.

About Coach Ken Carter

Ken “Coach” Carter is the real-life inspiration for the 2005 hit movie “Coach Carter.” The movie tells the story of his decision to lock his undefeated state playoff team out of the gym and force them to hit the books, sending a message to stop counting on athletic potential as the only ticket out of a tough life. Coach has since continued sharing this message of teamwork, accountability, integrity, and leadership with thousands of people.

Appearances arranged through Gotham Artists.

Event & Registration Information

All keynotes and professional development courses will take place on our streaming platform. Registration is now open at Educators interested in attending Inspired must either register on their own or be registered by their local unit president. Tickets are $50 for ATPE members and $75 for nonmembers.