May 2020

A Q&A with ATPE’s 2019 Secondary Educator of the Year

Date Posted: 5/27/2020

2019 Secondary Educator of the Year Katrina King shares how her experiences in nursing motivated her to become an educator and her advice for those just entering the profession.

ATPE Summit Registration Now Open for Voting Delegates

Date Posted: 5/26/2020

Registration for voting delegates is now open for the first-ever virtual ATPE Summit.

Fighting for Students and Educators: PAC’s Peak Challenge Relaunch

Date Posted: 5/25/2020

Lawmakers made school finance their No. 1 priority in the 2019 session. We stand to lose ground unless ATPE members work together to ensure the lawmakers elected in November will remain focused on the needs of public education, especially in light of the new challenges we face because of COVID-19.”

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Subscribe to ATPE’s Texas Education Headlines Newsletter

Date Posted: 5/20/2020

Situations are changing rapidly every day, and it’s hard to keep up—so there’s never been a better time to subscribe to ATPE’s weekly Texas Education Headlines newsletter.

From TeachtheVote.org: Texas Signals It May Send Federal K-12 Dollars to Private Schools

Date Posted: 5/20/2020

Will Texas state officials allow coronavirus funding for public education to be sent to private schools? There are troubling signs that state executive actions might not match Texas Legislature intent or public opinion.

Take ATPE’s COVID-19 Educator Impact Survey

Date Posted: 5/19/2020

ATPE wants to hear from you regarding your concerns about returning to campus for the 2020-21 school year. Please take our short, confidential survey to share your feedback.

ATPE State President Tonja Gray to Host Quarterly Call for Members

Date Posted: 5/18/2020

Each quarter, your ATPE State President Tonja Gray hosts a call to recap the most recent ATPE happenings. With everything going on lately in the world of Texas public education, now is a great time to see what ATPE has been doing!

ATPE Summit Announcement & Official Notice of the 2020 House of Delegates Meeting

Date Posted: 5/17/2020

ATPE State President Tonja Gray provides an important update on the 2020 ATPE Summit.

Congratulations to the Winners of Our Work from Home Classroom Makeover Contest

Date Posted: 5/14/2020

During Teacher Appreciation Week, ATPE held the Work from Home Classroom Makeover Contest. Congratulations to our winners: Beverly Zearley, Kimberly Hagins, and Susie Andrews!

Many Questions Unanswered About School Calendar Proposals Driven by COVID-19, says Association for Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 5/14/2020

The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the largest educator association in Texas, is actively monitoring discussions surrounding proposed recommendations for school calendars from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Make Learning a Game with Kahoot!

Date Posted: 5/13/2020

As an educator, you face an ongoing challenge in keeping students engaged and excited about learning—especially during these times of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Kahoot! is one tool that can help with student engagement.

From TeachtheVote.org: Recapping Education Changes Due to the Coronavirus

Date Posted: 5/10/2020

The ATPE lobby team has compiled a summary of the major Texas public education-related legislative and regulatory developments stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Check Out the 2020 Census Response Rate Map

Date Posted: 5/06/2020

There’s still time to fill out your 2020 census questionnaire. Now, Statistics in Schools has introduced a response rate map to use with students and their families to track the percentage of households who have responded to the census.

SXSW EDU Creates "SXSW EDU Online"

Date Posted: 5/04/2020

After the City of Austin cancelled all SXSW events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, SXSW EDU worked to adjust programming and has since announced SXSW EDU Online, which begins this week.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Date Posted: 5/03/2020

ATPE members, your efforts during this time have been nothing short of extraordinary. That’s why this Teacher Appreciation Week, ATPE is celebrating all you do with our Work from Home Classroom Makeover Contest.

Teaching During COVID-19: Nurturing the Nurturers

Date Posted: 5/03/2020

You had just hit the sweet spot of spring semester, and everything changed. Educators, you are not alone. Join ATPE partner It’s Time Texas at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7, for an open and honest discussion about teaching during the time of COVID-19.

#TeachersCan Announces Lineup of Events for Teacher Appreciation Week

Date Posted: 4/30/2020

Join #TeachersCan partners, including ATPE, for a weeklong celebration of Texas educators during Teacher Appreciation week, May 4–8.