Parent-Teacher Toolkit

About the Parent-Teacher Toolkit

The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), Texas PTA, and the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) have partnered together to create this toolkit to help parents and teachers better collaborate during periods of virtual learning and instructional disruptions. We invite everyone to share their ideas and tips as we continue to build this guide for navigating remote instruction in the 2020-21 school year.

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Parent-Teacher Conversations: Building Connections—Serving Special Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public schools are uniquely positioned to serve students in special populations, even during a pandemic. Panelists from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) and the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) discuss strategies educators and parents can use to collaborate and serve these student populations during this challenging time.
Helping Kids Thrive in Today’s World Presented by TAGT
Life can feel overwhelming, especially in today’s world of pandemic illness, school disruptions, and other anxieties our children are facing. This workshop provides parents with real-world tools and strategies to help children thrive in spite of the overwhelming current events.
How to Stay Healthy Presented by It's Time Texas
Given the challenging circumstances posed by COVID-19 as well as the upcoming cold and flu season, ATPE partnered with It’s Time Texas for a discussion about how members of the public school community can stay healthy both physically and mentally. The panel includes Arlet Polack, living healthy coordinator, It's Time Texas; Karen Schwind, NCSN, RN, BSN, president-elect, Texas School Nurses Organization; and Amber Cichocki, RN, school health issues chair for the Texas School Nurses Association.
Parent-Teacher Conversations: Giving Each Other Grace—How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together
In the second video in our Parent-Teacher Conversations series, two Texas moms, an assistant principal, and a first-grade teacher discuss how everyone can work together for our kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. It all starts with giving each other plenty of grace! ATPE, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), and Texas PTA collaborated to produce this important conversation.
Parent-Teacher Conversations: Eyes Wide Open About Home Schooling
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more parents are exploring home schooling as their children's educational setting. ATPE chatted with Dr. Kendra Koch, a mom who home-schooled all four of her children, to learn more about the commitment home schooling requires of parents.
The Path Forward: Returning to School
ATPE State Vice President Karen Hames took part in a virtual town hall August 12 (featuring education and health experts) on what Texas parents should expect from learning this fall. The panel was hosted by CBS Austin.

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Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented

The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented individuals through awareness, advocacy, and action.

Science Teachers Association of Texas

Connecting over 5,000 educators and science advocates of all grade levels and disciplines to promote the discovery of the world through science to students in Texas.

Texas PTA

Texas PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education

TCASE's mission is to inspire and empower special education professionals. TCASE has served special education leaders in this capacity since the organization's birth in 1960.

Association of Texas Professional Educators

ATPE advocates for educators and delivers affordable, high-quality products and services that give members the peace of mind needed to inspire student success.