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Top 20 ATPE Blog Posts of 2020

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 2/01/2021

This past year has been challenging, but Texas educators continue to rise to the occasion. ATPE has been proud to support you through this time and beyond with peace of mind, a voice at the Capitol, and a wealth of resources to help you navigate your career.

Read on for a roundup of the blog posts that mattered most to ATPE members throughout the past year.

  1. Distance Learning Resources—With COVID-19 forcing Texas schools to move classes online in March, educators quickly adapted their lesson plans. Here are some resources ATPE gathered for distance learning.
  2. ATPE Statement on Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Texas Public Educators—Vaccine availability should make it easier for Texas public schools to resume normal operations. Read ATPE's response to the state’s vaccine distribution plans.
  3. A Roundup of ATPE’s Latest Advocacy Efforts—As the Texas education community deals with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ATPE continues to advocate for its members and students. Here’s a roundup of ATPE’s latest advocacy efforts.
  4. Strikes, Sick-outs, and Sit-ins: What You Need to Know—The ATPE Member Legal Services Department provides an overview of the laws surrounding organized work stoppages in Texas.
  5. New Webinar Series: Cultivating Calm in Uncertain Times—ATPE partnered with yoga and wellness coach Ali Webb, RYT-500, to present this two-part webinar series.
  6. Make Learning a Game with Kahoot!—Find out how Kahoot! can help keep your students engaged and excited about learning.
  7. Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19—The ongoing pandemic response puts school districts and individual educators in somewhat uncharted territory. Read our frequently updated FAQ and resource page regarding COVID-19.
  8. New Webinar Available: Managing Pandemic Anxiety—Marriage and Family Therapist Kathryn Gates shares strategies educators can use to manage anxiety during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. 4 Things to Know about Using ATPE’s Professional Learning Portal—As an ATPE member, you have access to our online learning portal, where you can earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits on your own time.
  10. Zoom Security Tips and Best Practices for Teachers—Zoom added some layers of security to their platform in September 2020, but these tips can still come in handy for delivering lessons and facilitating classroom interaction.
  11. Not Everything Has Changed: The Rules About Electronic Communications Still Apply—This quick refresher addresses district policies on electronic communications, student confidentiality, work-related communications, public records, recording students, and more.
  12. ATPE Member Brings Thermal Imaging Technology to District—What’s thermal imaging technology? ATPE member Ty Morrow explains and shares how he spearheaded an effort to bring it to his home district.
  13. How COVID-19 Safety Procedures Helped Shape Campus Culture at One Texas School—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.
  14. Ideas for Learning Students' Names and Building a Community—Here are some resources and tips for making connections in the classroom and increasing engagement.
  15. Why One ATPE Member Turned His Garage into a Classroom—As educators grappled with how to reach students and keep them engaged, ATPE member Joe Zambrano decided to kick it up a notch by turning his garage into a classroom.
  16. Yoga for All—Destress and decompress with simple, accessible yoga poses—no flexibility required! You can practice these yoga postures right at your desk or kitchen table.
  17. Introducing ATPE’s Distance Learning Library—Check out this collection of TEKS-aligned content and interactive tools to keep students engaged.
  18. 6 Easy Ways for Educators to Combat Stress—ATPE knows educators face skyrocketing expectations. Here are some tips and exercises to combat the pressure that comes with the job.
  19. You May Be Eligible for Student Loan Assistance—Educators with certain types of student loans may qualify for partial loan forgiveness, deferment, or cancellation benefits. This article outlines several options available.
  20. Where to Find ATPE on Social Media—Did you know ATPE is on every major social media platform? We are! Find us, follow us, and engage with us.

Stay tuned to the ATPE Blog for the latest news affecting Texas public education, plus more tips and tricks to use in the classroom.