ATPE News Magazine

Fall 2020 | Volume 41 | Issue 1

Explore our Portrait of a Pandemic feature: As the 2020-21 school year approaches, Texas public school educators prepare for the unknown. Learn how civics education stakeholders in Texas are working to ensure students become participatory citizens. In a special Members Speak column, ATPE member Scoie Green, a professional communications educator, explains how her colleagues can examine the trauma of racial injustice and its effects on students and their school experiences. Understand the limits on freedom of expression for public school employees in our latest legal column. During a time when government officials at all levels need to find solutions to the COVID-10 pandemic, we’re seeing how the power of the educator vote is all the more important. ATPE member Morgan Castillo, a 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award recipient, speaks about the importance of authenticity, passion, and daring to try new things. Find your green thumb in our latest Brain Break—a compilation of a variety of indoor plants that can survive with minimum effort.

Contents

Features

Portrait of a Pandemic: Texas Educators Prepare for the Unknown in 2020-21

Portrait of a Pandemic: Texas Educators Prepare for the Unknown in 2020-21

Explore our Portrait of a Pandemic feature. In this special section: how ATPE’s response to the pandemic and member concerns has evolved; a Q&A with a clinician from the University of Texas at Austin; important information about your legal rights during this time, and how special education has been affected by COVID-19.
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The Act of Being a Citizen

The Act of Being a Citizen

Learn how civics education stakeholders in Texas are working to ensure students become participatory citizens.
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Broken Heart: Addressing Systemic Racism in a Trauma-Informed Resilient Classroom

Broken Heart: Addressing Systemic Racism in a Trauma-Informed Resilient Classroom

In a special Members Speak column, ATPE member Scoie Green, a professional communications educator, explains how her colleagues can examine the trauma of racial injustice and its effects on students and their school experiences.
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Special Section

A Lesson in Modeling Authenticity

A Lesson in Modeling Authenticity

ATPE member Morgan Castillo, a 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award recipient, speaks about the importance of authenticity, passion, and daring to try new things.
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Everything Else

Navigating Politics in the Classroom

Navigating Politics in the Classroom

Understand the limits on freedom of expression for public school employees in our latest legal column.
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Amid Uncertainty, One Thing Is Clear: Your Vote Matters

Amid Uncertainty, One Thing Is Clear: Your Vote Matters

During a time when government officials at all levels need to find solutions to the COVID-10 pandemic, we’re seeing how the power of the educator vote is all the more important.
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Indoor Plants for Any Classroom

Indoor Plants for Any Classroom

Find your green thumb in our latest Brain Break—a compilation of a variety of indoor plants that can survive with minimum effort.
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