September 2020

How COVID-19 Safety Procedures Helped Shift Campus Culture at One Texas School

Date Posted: 9/29/2020

ATPE member Jennifer Orona of Rice CISD shares some insights about her school’s experience with face-to-face instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Q&A with ATPE’s 2020 Associate Educator of the Year

Date Posted: 9/28/2020

2020 Associate Educator of the Year Tanya Crites shares what she loves about her job and the story of how she became a bus driver.

Democracy Powered by You(th) Empowers Students to Get Out the Vote

Date Posted: 9/27/2020

This election year, it’s more important than ever for students to learn about civics—find out more about the brand-new voter registration competition that offers this opportunity.

Don’t Delay! Join ATPE by September 30 for Immediate Access to Member Benefits

Date Posted: 9/23/2020

The last day to join ATPE without a 30-day wait for employment rights defense insurance is just around the corner.

Happy National Voter Registration Day!

Date Posted: 9/21/2020

It’s National Voter Registration Day across the United States. Are you registered to vote? When’s the last time you checked your voter registration status? Looking for voter resources? We’ve got you covered!

Registration for TRS-Care Virtual Info Sessions Now Available

Date Posted: 9/21/2020

TRS-Care virtual info sessions will help retired and near-retired public education employees learn more about various TRS-Care plans for 2021.

A Q&A with ATPE’s 2020 Special Services Educator of the Year

Date Posted: 9/20/2020

2020 Special Services Educator of the Year Aiesha Odutayo shares what inspired her to become an educator and what she enjoys most about her job.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Date Posted: 9/17/2020

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) and honors the cultures, contributions, and history of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Celebrate Constitution Day

Date Posted: 9/16/2020

Constitution Week kicks off on September 17, also known as Constitution Day, and runs through September 23. This national observance recognizes the importance of this historical document and encourages Americans to study and commemorate our history as a nation.

How to Stay Healthy: New Webinar with It’s Time Texas

Date Posted: 9/16/2020

Join It’s Time Texas for a discussion about how educators can stay healthy physically and mentally as Texans continue to navigate the pandemic and prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season.

It’s Time for The Lee Report

Date Posted: 9/15/2020

Join ATPE State President Jimmy Lee on September 24 for the first edition of The Lee Report—where you’ll learn about the latest Texas education happenings and how ATPE is advocating on your behalf.

Thank-You to Our 2020 ATPE Political Action Committee Honorees

Date Posted: 9/14/2020

At the 2020 ATPE Summit, the Political Action Committee honorees were recognized for their donations to the ATPE-PAC for the 2018-19 membership year.

Be the Voice of ATPE on Your Campus

Date Posted: 9/09/2020

Become an ATPE campus representative today—find out more about this rewarding volunteer leader role.

ATPE Opposes School Privatization Provisions in Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s Relief Legislation

Date Posted: 9/09/2020

Nation’s largest independent educator association opposes bill that would fund private school vouchers that have nothing to do with COVID-19 relief for public schools.

ATPE Congratulates 2021 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalists

Date Posted: 9/08/2020

Two ATPE members among finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year, Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year award.

ATPE: "An Across-the-Board Approach to Budget Cuts Could Hurt At-Risk & Disadvantaged Populations"

Date Posted: 9/07/2020

State’s largest educator association recommends more strategic approach to cuts to maintain educational equity for Texas students.

Resources for New Teachers

Date Posted: 9/07/2020

Check out this resource roundup for tips and guides to help you navigate your first year.

From TeachtheVote.org: So, You’re Thinking about Voting by Mail?

Date Posted: 9/03/2020

The first week of September means two important things for voters: Make sure you are registered to vote, and decide if you are going to vote by mail.

Confronting Learning Loss after COVID-19

Date Posted: 9/02/2020

The full scope of the “COVID slide” will not be known for a while, but researchers have already started looking into it.

A Q&A with ATPE’s 2020 Administrator of the Year

Date Posted: 8/31/2020

2020 Administrator of the Year Kellye Loving shares her favorite part of the job and why she likes to dress up in costumes.