November 2021

The Winter 2021 Magazine is Now Online

Date Posted: 11/30/2021

Get ready for the holidays with our Winter 2021 issue of ATPE News. Learn what the law says about your planning time, meet Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist Bonnie Anderson, and more.

Happy Thanksgiving from ATPE!

Date Posted: 11/23/2021

ATPE wishes all educators a happy Thanksgiving! The state office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24–Friday, Nov. 26, in observance of the holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Date Posted: 11/22/2021

As one of the top travel days of the year, here are a few travel tips to get you to the feast quickly and safely, so you don’t miss a gobble.

Meet the Top User of ATPE’s Advocacy Central

Date Posted: 11/22/2021

During the November 2021 ATPE Board of Directors meeting, we found out which member has sent the most messages to elected officials using ATPE’s simple but powerful Advocacy Central tool.

Participate in the Social Studies TEKS Review Survey

Date Posted: 11/19/2021

Interested in upcoming changes to social studies curriculum? Here is your chance to be heard.

ATPE Executive Director: Call for TEA Investigations Ignores Pressing Issues

Date Posted: 11/10/2021

Shannon Holmes, Ed.D, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, issues the following statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s letter to the Texas Education Agency dated Nov. 10, 2021.

Sign Up for the 2021 Teacher Trot Virtual 5K Today!

Date Posted: 11/10/2021

Lace up those tennis shoes and join us for the 2021 Teacher Trot: ATPE-PAC Virtual 5K Run/Walk! The event runs from Nov. 22–28, and 100% of the money raised benefits the ATPE Political Action Committee (ATPE-PAC).

Submit Your Nominations for the 2021–22 ATPE Awards!

Date Posted: 11/09/2021

Don’t delay—the nomination deadline for these awards is Dec. 1.

“Let’s Get in GEAR” for National School Psychology Week

Date Posted: 11/09/2021

During the week of Nov. 8, we celebrate school psychologists and the crucial work they do for the mental health and well-being of Texas students.

Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this Veterans Day

Date Posted: 11/08/2021

Every year, Veterans Day provides Americans the opportunity to reflect on the many sacrifices servicemen and women have made for our country and thank them for their service.

The ATPE Podcast: Your Right to Planning Time

Date Posted: 11/08/2021

If you’re working in a Texas public school, you’re probably experiencing the effects of a pandemic-exacerbated staffing shortage. And based on the calls we’re receiving from ATPE members, there’s a good chance this staffing shortage is eating into your planning time.

Meet a 2021 ATPE Campus Rep of the Year

Date Posted: 11/08/2021

ATPE member Elizabeth Bitar was named the 2021 Doug Rogers Campus Representative of the Year for Local Units with 1–200 Members and shares how a photo shoot led her to getting a teaching certificate.

Fighting Back Against School Bus Bullying

Date Posted: 11/05/2021

Bullying on school buses and at bus stops can be tricky to report and prevent. Luckily, there are steps bus drivers and all educators can take to help put a stop to it.