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Because you're a member

Find out all the good things that happened because you're a member ...

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ATPE members receive discounted registration for Texas ASCD Conference

The Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD), ATPE's latest professional learning partner, is offering ATPE members a 10% discount on their registration to the 2014 Annual Conference. This year's event is at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas, October 26-28.

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Guaranteed Acceptance Term Life Insurance

ATPE is pleased to offer members who are employed full time (30 hours per week) in the field of education, a group Supplemental Life Insurance program through by MetLife. Coverage is available for members, spouse and children. Enrollment is available year-round.

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Exclusive card for members

The exclusive credit card gives members the opportunity to help support ATPE programs with every purchase.

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STAR Membership Challenge

Our top recruiter for August was ...



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Your Money Matters: When Does Extra Work Require Extra Pay? (Webinar)

Federal laws, state laws, and local policies all affect when, how, and how much you will be paid for the work you do. In this upcoming webinar, ATPE attorneys explain the rules using various real-life scenarios featuring teachers, paraprofessionals, classified staff, and administrators. 

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Support Public Education this Election Season

Election season is in full swing! Here’s what you can do to support public education as we head toward Election Day on Nov. 4.

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Digital Storytelling Webinar Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 pm

Learn how to help students of all abilities build valuable self-expression skills by creating digital stories. Join Andrea Keller, Instructional Technology Specialist at Irving ISD, for an interactive and fast-paced webinar on digital storytelling.



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Each One, Reach One

Do you know a colleague who could use the protection and resources of ATPE? Spread the word about ATPE’s great benefits, and you could win a gift card!

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New MetLife Products

ATPE is proud to announce five new exciting programs from MetLife.


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Grand Canyon University

ATPE members can take advantage of discounted rates on Grand Canyon University online courses.


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Join us for the Fifth Annual ATPE Foundation Golf Classic

Support the ATPE Foundation’s literacy, technology, and educator recruitment and retention programs in Texas public schools by participating in or sponsoring the ATPE Foundation Golf Classic.


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Planning one last summer adventure? Don’t forget these great ATPE discounts!

ATPE membership can save you money on car rentals and hotel stays and cruises, and give you access to discount tickets at theme parks and zoos!


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Update your contact information

If you have moved, have changed your name or will be on a new campus this fall, let us know. We don’t want you to miss any important membership information or the latest in education news!


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At ATPE's request, Texas congressmen join the push for NCLB waiver extension

ATPE recently asked several members of the Texas congressional delegation in Washington to support our effort to advocate for an extension of time on the state's NCLB waiver. We greatly appreciate the assistance of the 22 congressmen who signed our bipartisan letter of support and the willingness of the commissioner to request an extension of time before proceeding with statewide implementation of a new evaluation system.

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Classroom Tip | A pep talk in 20 minutes or less

If you’re searching for bold new ideas and inspiration—for either yourself or your students—you can find motivation online, via TED Talks. 

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Looking to buy, sell or refinance a home?

Through the ATPE Home Savings Program, members can take the stress and hassle out of the moving experience by using the discounted services of top-tier professional real estate organizations.


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Meet the new ATPE Regional Representatives

ATPE has heard the call for more support in communities around the state. To that end, the state office is proud to announce a new program that will bring state office support closer: the ATPE Regional Representative Program.


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Introducing: The ATPE Professional Learning Portal

ATPE’s latest professional learning tool aims to make your life—and keeping up with your professional development portfolio—easier than ever.

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Make time to vote May 27 in the 2014 primary runoff elections

ATPE Governmental Relations loves the smell of democracy in the morning. For those of you who enjoy controlling your own destiny as much as they do, there’s good news: You have another chance to exercise your right to vote and select who will represent you, your profession and the schoolchildren of Texas in the Texas Legislature. In some races, final results will be determined on runoff election day, May 27—and all of you have a chance to make a difference in at least one race.


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The new face of ATPE

ATPE has experienced many changes over the past year. We have a new executive director and new staff members; we’ve been working with new ideas and are creating new programs. But the most prominent “new” thing about ATPE is our refreshed brand, including the new logo and tagline, and the revamped atpe.org.


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Prepare for the 2014 ATPE House of Delegates

Every year, during the ATPE Summit, voting delegates from local units across the state make important decisions about association governance at the annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. Voting delegates elect state officers, adopt association policies and determine ATPE’s legislative priorities.


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Legal Q&A: Are students allowed to record classes?

No state or federal laws directly address a student’s general ability to record classroom instruction, though, as outlined below, there are rules that prohibit recording in certain circumstances. Because there is so little regulation regarding student use of personal technology, to a very great extent it is up to the local school district to determine when and how a student may use their personal device at school. These local policies are evolving as the devices become more common. 


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ATPE Foundation News: May donation month, Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Grant winners and more

During May 2014, make a donation to the ATPE Foundation and help Texas educators and students blossom!  Donors who contribute to the foundation during our 2014 donation month will receive special recognition at the ATPE Summit in July.

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Planning a vacation this summer? Don’t forget these great ATPE discounts

ATPE membership helps you save on auto rental, hotel stays, cruises and more.

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Mark your calendar for these upcoming ATPE events, update your contact information and more

Although summer hasn’t even arrived yet, we’re already planning events for the 2014-15 school year.

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Welcome to the ATPE Blog!

With the new ATPE website comes a change in the way you’ll be receiving news electronically. You’ll still see Essentials and Answer Key in your email inboxes, but the newsletters will look a little different. And instead of taking you to multiple places on the web, clicking one of the links in those emails will bring you here: the brand-new ATPE Blog.


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Use your voice

TELL (Teaching Empowering Leading and Learning) Texas is a new statewide survey of educators mandated by the Texas Legislature. All certified professional educators working in Texas schools are entitled to provide their feedback through this anonymous survey. While teachers are not required to participate, ATPE strongly encourages all teachers to take advantage of this great opportunity. 

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Advocacy news in 140 characters or less

ATPE lobbyists lead fast-paced lives—particularly during a legislative session. The Teach the Vote blog is a great place to find timely updates or announcements on education news, but where do you turn when you want “live” or “breaking” news? The ATPE lobbyist Twitter feeds, of course.


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The Next Level

The 2014 ATPE Summit takes place July 9–11 at the Austin Convention Center. The event is three days of professional learning and networking, leader training, association governance—and fun! 


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