January 2017

How to Contact Your State Legislators

Date Posted: 1/30/2017

Reviewing the list of potential threats to Texas education can be overwhelming, but banding together and taking a stand for public education can make a difference. We magnify our voice through phone calls, personal letters, and visits to legislative offices—often the most powerful way to influence lawmakers and easier than you think. The key is to be calm, respectful, and prepared.

ATPE’s Newest Advocacy Tool Connects Members with Lawmakers

Date Posted: 1/29/2017

Did you know that Advocacy Central offers ATPE members rapid access to your elected officials? Our grassroots platform makes it quick and easy for members to contact legislators about issues of concern.

ATPE Staff Spotlight

Date Posted: 1/25/2017

ATPE is proud to bring you this series of posts from our staff members. Today’s post features ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann.

2016-17 ATPE Membership Closes Soon!

Date Posted: 1/23/2017

Do you have a friend, colleague, or family member that could benefit from ATPE’s superior services? Professional, first-time professional, and associate membership categories close Jan. 31, 2017.

You Can Help Guide Public Education Legislation

Date Posted: 1/18/2017

Developing a relationship with your legislator is exactly like developing a friendship with someone you would like to know. You need to meet that person face to face, share pleasantries, and then visit about things you have in common.

7 Steps to a Positive Classroom Culture

Date Posted: 1/16/2017

Developing a positive classroom culture will go a long way toward helping your students feel comfortable in class and increasing their opportunities to learn. Here are seven tips for improving your classroom environment.

New Rating System Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story for Texas Schools

Date Posted: 1/11/2017

On Jan. 6, the Texas Education Agency released a new A-F grading system to rate school performance. Since we allegedly don’t educate people like we should, they had to dumb it down to letter grades because the terms “met standard” and “improvement required” are too difficult to understand.

Register for SXSWedu Now and Save $100

Date Posted: 1/09/2017

Purchase your registration badge for the upcoming SXSWedu Conference and Festival before the Jan. 13 discount deadline to save $100.

Does Your School District’s Insurance Protect You?

Date Posted: 1/04/2017

Texas educators often don’t know what legal protection they receive from their district. ATPE debunks some of the myths about your district’s legal protection.

8 Steps to Starting a Successful Student Club on Your Campus

Date Posted: 1/02/2017

Starting a club for students is a great way to provide a special place for students to belong and to encourage them to build relationships with their peers. Here are eight tips to help you start a student club.