Novice teachers, take note
ATPE’s new Teacher Support Program is here to help

ATPE members who are classroom teachers new to the profession or their grade level or content area are invited to participate in a new program designed to support them during their first years in a new classroom environment. The ATPE Teacher Support Program will launch Sept. 14 and will offer three tiers of support. Members of the program will receive resources, networking opportunities and continuing education.

Tier 1 will be offered to 50 area teachers in Northside (20) ISD. (The San Antonio-area district was selected as a pilot for Tier 1.) Education experts will facilitate three meetings throughout the year to provide participants with a cohort of support. Participation in webinars and book studies will be free to these members, and they will be invited to attend ATPE’s day of Professional Learning and Networking in July 2014. Teachers who complete the program will earn up to 40 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit, including credit hours in Gifted and Talented Learning.

Tier 2 will be open to classroom teacher members across the state and will take place online. Members will be asked to attend seven out of eight webinars and participate in two book studies held through the ATPE Idea Exchange. Members of this tier will earn up to 22 hours of CPE. The deadline to apply for this tier is Sept. 1.

Tier 3 will be available to all educators, regardless of organizational affiliation or job title, and will allow educators to participate as they feel necessary. Non-ATPE members will be charged a fee per webinar, and CPE credit will be issued after each activity is completed.

Webinars on the topics of classroom and time management, dealing with stress, technology in the classroom, gifted-and-talented learning, parental involvement and more will be offered monthly beginning in September 2013.

Two online book studies will be held (one each semester) over Harry and Rosemary Wong’s The First Days of School and Jonathan Kozol’s Letters to a Young Teacher.

Educators interested in applying for Tiers 1 and 2 should email ATPE Professional Learning Manager Kris Woodcock at for an application. Beginning July 8, interested educators will also be able to download an application from

Administrators, ATPE leaders and members can nominate a member novice teacher for inclusion as well! Please contact Woodcock for more information on nominating a candidate.

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