February 2022

Start with Hello to help put an end to social isolation in schools

Date Posted: 2/28/2022

Sandy Hook Promise and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) have partnered to provide a no-cost program for students to combat loneliness and make connections.

Big changes to the certified educator’s ability to resign

Date Posted: 2/24/2022

For certified educators who leave their positions, changes to the laws and rules governing contracts and resignations will provide additional flexibility.

Spring 2022 ATPE News is Now Online

Date Posted: 2/22/2022

Hear voices from the front lines of education in our latest magazine.

I Am Texas: Kids making history as big as Texas

Date Posted: 2/18/2022

Get your students involved with an awesome opportunity to be included in I Am Texas, an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt to create the largest book in the world for kids by kids. Students in grades 3-12 may submit their entries now until March 2.

The ATPE Podcast: Get to Know Your Contract (Even Better)

Date Posted: 2/17/2022

What are the three types of educator contracts in Texas, and what does the renewal (and nonrenewal) process look like for each?

Celebrating 10 years of ATPE’s Teach the Vote this Educator Voting Day

Date Posted: 2/16/2022

Feb. 17 is Educator Voting Day. Before you vote, research candidates at ATPE’s nonpartisan advocacy site TeachtheVote.org, Texas voters’ trusted education resource for 10 years.

Curious About Running for State Office?

Date Posted: 2/09/2022

Join ATPE State President Karen Hames for a special live Q&A to learn more about the benefits and responsibilities of serving as an ATPE state officer.

The ATPE Podcast: Educator Contracts 101

Date Posted: 2/09/2022

In the first of a multipart series on teacher contracts, ATPE Managing Attorney Paul Tapp explains the legal definition of contract, why the public education system relies on contracts, and why they are beneficial to both educators and school districts.

TRS health plans now cover over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests

Date Posted: 2/09/2022

Are you or a loved one experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Have you potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and want to get tested right away? Good news! Your TRS-ActiveCare or TRS-Care Standard plan will now cover up to eight over-the-counter at-home tests per covered person in your household every month.

Educators, How Are You?

Date Posted: 2/08/2022

Taking care of yourself means giving yourself space to acknowledge your feelings and the challenges and stress of the past two years.

Join ATPE in Celebrating National School Counseling Week

Date Posted: 2/07/2022

Feb. 7 marks the start of National School Counseling Week!

Celebrate Black History Month by Honoring Influential Black Educators with Your Students

Date Posted: 2/04/2022

Join us in honoring Black History Month as we highlight four Black educators who inspired generations of youth, promoted learning equality, and helped reshape our nation’s education system.

Join Us in Supporting ATPE-PAC!

Date Posted: 2/01/2022

The 12th Annual PAC’s Peak Challenge—our annual fundraising campaign for the ATPE Political Action Committee (ATPE-PAC)—kicked off Feb. 1. We invite you to join us in donating any amount toward our goal of raising $20,000 for ATPE-PAC by May 31. Your donation can make a meaningful impact and help support pro-public education candidates who truly value educators and their work.