Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

ATPE News Winter 2016

In this issue of ATPE News, we tell the story of one children’s book writer who is helping Texas students become published authors and share ATPE’s priorities for the 85th Legislature. We’ll also take a look at rising standards for educator preparation and discuss how disciplinary rule changes may affect your job.
Education Issues for the 85th Legislature

With the start of the 2017 legislative session right around the corner, ATPE is preparing to address several public education priorities.

Once Upon a Time

As an eight-year-old, writer Melissa Williams was fascinated by iguanas. Her pet iguana, named Iggy, became her creative inspiration as she wrote a series of children’s books, and has become one of Houston’s strongest voices for literacy. Through iWRITE, her literacy nonprofit, she has now partnered with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to publish and celebrate students’ short stories, poems, and illustrations, and to create resources for teachers in the classroom.

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

ATPE Managing Attorney Paul Tapp discusses recent disciplinary rule changes that may affect your job.

Strengthening Preparation and Support for Texas Teacher Candidates

ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann addresses rising standards for educator preparation.