Don’t Miss Your Chance to Earn 10 Hours of CPE This Summer

ATPE members, don’t miss your chance to earn up to 10 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit this summer at our virtual summit July 6–10. Registration is free, and there are chances to earn CPE every day! Click here to register.
The 2020 ATPE Summit features two keynote speakers, an advocacy update from the Governmental Relations team, and a variety of professional development presentations that will inspire, inform, and uplift you.
Here’s a roundup of what you can expect from the professional development sessions.
Nurturing the Nurturers: Teacher Self-Care
10–11:15 a.m., Monday, July 6
It’s Time Texas; Joycelyn Jurado
Changes to the context of teaching have been swift, surprising, and challenging. Educators, you are not alone. Join It’s Time Texas for a discussion about self-care. In our session, we’ll touch on: honoring where you are and what you need; finding a rhythm and community that works for you; and making time for self-care and your health.
Remote Learning EdTech Smackdown
12:30–1:45 p.m., Monday, July 6
TCEA; Diana Benner & Miguel Guhlin
Looking for tools to help you with remote learning? Join us as we share our favorite and most useful tools for distance teaching and learning.
Flip the Switch: Developing Confident Writers
2:15–3:30 p.m., Monday, July 6
iWRITE; Melissa Williams Murphy

Confident writers visualize their writing and communicate a clear message. In order for this type of confidence to emerge, a young writer must be guided through the process of seeing their story come to life before putting a pencil to paper. Discover how to unleash a student’s imagination and turn a reserved student into a confident writer with an eagerness to share their voice with others. Learn the method behind how iWRITE creates a fun and positive association to writing and turns underdeveloped writers into published authors and public speakers. All attendees will take away skills and resources that can immediately be used in your own classroom or at home.
Opening Keynote: Launching Rockets: Making Connections with Challenging Students
9–10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 7
Our opening keynote presentation features teacher, international speaker, and author Trevor Muir. Some students’ stories have made them hard to connect with and difficult to reach. They are often written off as “bad kids” or “too far gone.” However, by finding authentic ways to engage them in the classroom, as well as learning their stories and building relationships, connections can be made with the most difficult students. This talk is part inspirational and part instructional as it shares teaching practices that create an engaged and meaningful classroom for all students.
Advocacy Update and ATPE-PAC Awards
9–10:15 a.m., Wednesday, July 8
From COVID-19 to the 2020 elections, public education issues are front and center this year, and ATPE’s professional lobbyists are advocating for you in Austin and in Washington, D.C. Join ATPE’s Governmental Relations team and our Washington-based lobbyist for an update on legislation, policy initiatives, and key 2020 races that will have an impact on your profession and your students. This session will feature a live Q&A with the lobbyists and will conclude with special recognition of the ATPE members being honored this year for their contributions to our political action committee, ATPE-PAC.
House of Delegates
2:30–5:30 p.m. (or until completion), Thursday, July 9
Hear debate and vote on resolutions and changes to the ATPE Legislative Program as well as prefiled business. Non-voting attendees of the ATPE Summit can observe the HOD for CPE credit.
What to Expect When You’re Expected to Teach Gifted Students
9–10:15 a.m., Friday, July 10
TAGT; Kari Lockhart

Teaching gifted students can present new and unique challenges to first-year and veteran teachers alike. In this session, participants will learn about key components of the who, what, why, and how behind gifted and talented services, as well as strategies for navigating the GT classroom.
How to Thrive During Your First Year
9–10:15 a.m., Friday, July 10
You put in the hours at school and as a student teacher. You submitted your résumé and sat down for interviews across Texas. And then you landed your first teaching job, with the first year stretched out before you. Join us for this session where we offer you tips and tricks for thriving during your first year as an educator.
*Appropriate for all student attendees and first-year teachers.
Story Wranglers
10:30–11:45 a.m., Friday, July 10
Literacy to Life; Mitch Harris

The Paramount Story Wranglers are a troupe of professional teaching artists, actors, and musicians who teach the foundations of creative writing and performance throughout Austin ISD. Join Program Director Mitch Harris to learn the creative teaching strategies that have 98% of teachers replicating the strategies in other content areas, have students performing (on average) 13% better on their STAAR writing tests, and ultimately shift campus culture in regards to reading and writing!
Closing Keynote: Principal/Comedian Gerry Brooks
1–2 p.m., Friday, July 10
Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third-grade teacher in Palm Bay, Florida. He earned his master’s in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, Go See the Principal, outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility.
Come learn with us, and knock out some of those CPE hours, too! Visit for full details.
Muir and Brooks appearances arranges through Gotham Artists.
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Ode Moreno Posted On: July 6, 2020
enjoyed virtual . A bit confusing

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