ATPE News Magazine

Fall 2018 | Volume 39 | Issue 3

In this issue of ATPE News, we showcase the unsung heroes of the classroom—paraeducators. We also take a look at the headlines teachers have been making across the country recently and talk about what you can do to make an impact here in Texas. Technology specialist Katie Landaverde shares tips for bridging the digital divide, and US government teacher Kim Grosenbacher discusses how to engage students during an election season. Plus, ATPE’s legal team provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about observations and shares details on what happens when you call ATPE for legal assistance.

Contents

Features

Those Who Make the School Run

Those Who Make the School Run

Teachers teach, administrators administrate—but what vital roles do the other public school employees play in a student’s education? ATPE spoke with educators across the state who do their teaching not in the classroom, but from the driver’s seat of a bus, behind the front desk, or in the library.
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Ready to Run, Not Strike

Ready to Run, Not Strike

The real lesson from news-making educators across America: change begins with elections.
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Your Observation Questions Answered

Your Observation Questions Answered

In this feature, ATPE’s legal team provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the T-TESS system (the most common appraisal system in Texas) to help you start the year off right.
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Special Section

The Digital Access Gap

As internet usage becomes more omnipresent in the 21st century, the shift toward digital learning and flipped instruction will only continue to grow. And while we can likely all agree that our students deserve equitable access to digital resources, it is not a current reality.
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Everything Else

President’s Message

President’s Message

My biggest hope is that all educators—and certainly all ATPE members—will come out and vote in November.
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Five Tips on Engaging Student Voters

Five Tips on Engaging Student Voters

A midterm election year is a great time to teach students about the political process! US government teacher Kim Grosenbacher shares her tips on engaging students during an election season and encouraging them to vote.
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What Happens When You Call ATPE?

What Happens When You Call ATPE?

Reaching out to an attorney for employment-related advice can be intimidating, but ATPE Member Legal Services (MLS) does everything it can to make the experience comfortable for eligible ATPE members.
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Elections Have Consequences

Elections Have Consequences

Elections have consequences. In Texas, the consequences have been leaders in the legislature who have pursued harmful legislation to defund and privatize public schools, underfund teachers’ healthcare, sell out teachers’ retirement—oh, and rob educators of their political voice so they can’t complain about it.
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