ATPE News Magazine

Summer 2019 | Volume 39 | Issue 4

In this issue of ATPE News, we introduce you to the Brenham GameChangers, a group of citizens who joined together to become agents of change for the students in their community. We also interviewed NASA engineer Ravi Prakash about what it’s like to explore the universe and how Texas public schools helped him succeed. Plus, Elizabeth Evans of Grants Office LLC breaks down the complicated process of finding and securing grants. We sat down with Hawley ISD educator and ATPE member Matt Preston to talk about his viral hip-hop video in which he defends teachers and the importance of building relationships with students and other educators. ATPE Staff Attorney Sylvia Martinez-Haley explains the importance of knowing your district’s resignation deadline before summer, and Governmental Relations Director Jennifer Mitchell discusses how the 86th Texas legislative session proves the importance of elections. Additionally, Weslaco ISD elementary teacher Francisca Garcia delves into the problems with homework assignments. And finally, view the results of a public perception poll by Raise Your Hand Texas in our latest infographic.
 

Contents

Features

Engineering Curiosity

Engineering Curiosity

Meet Ravi Prakash, a NASA engineer from Texas City ISD who uses his education to explore the universe and help lift people out of poverty.
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Changing the Game

Changing the Game

A group of Brenham, Texas, locals came together to change their attitude and make a difference in the lives of students.
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Funding Your Classroom

Funding Your Classroom

Every teacher has projects that they would love to make happen in their classroom, and grants can be a great way to find funding to support your goals. Ever wondered how to find a grant and apply for it? We’ve got all the info you need to get started!
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Special Section

Public Perspectives on Education

We know by now what Texas public school employees think about issues such as school funding, testing, and compensation. We’ve also seen the discourse about public education increase as a whole. So, what do Texans think about the state of our schools?
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Everything Else

Director’s Message

Director’s Message

As another school year comes to an end, it’s a perfect time to map out what we want the upcoming year to look like for our association.
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An End to Homework

An End to Homework

Every fall, as I get ready for yet another school year, one question crosses my mind: to give homework or not to give homework?
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Mic Check!

Mic Check!

A West Texas educator connects with kids and defends educators through hip-hop.
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Summer Resignation Deadlines

Summer Resignation Deadlines

Take note of your district’s resignation deadline before summer hits.
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Elections Still Matter

Elections Still Matter

The 86th Texas legislative session proves that elections still matter.
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