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July 10-12, 2017 | Austin Convention Center

Breakout Sessions

*Denotes CPE credit

Volunteer Training Sessions

General Session: Advocacy Update with ATPE's Governmental Relations Department*

General Session: Advocacy Update with ATPE's Governmental Relations Department*

8:45-9:45 a.m.
ATPE’s lobby team will update members on the latest developments out of the state capitol. Learn how your classroom and career could be affected by the actions and inactions of the Texas Legislature and how you can influence the future of public education law and policy.

General Session: Planning a Successful 90-Day Fall Campaign

General Session: Planning a Successful 90-Day Fall Campaign

11:15-12:15 a.m.
This engaging session will help bring the new 2017-18 ATPE recruitment materials to life. Learn fresh strategies for sharing your ATPE story with potential members while taking the opportunity to thank each of your returning members. *Mandatory for all attendees.

Who's Got Your Back?

Who's Got Your Back?

10:15-11:15 a.m.; 3:15-4:15 p.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
When the unthinkable happens and the classroom walls close in, who do you turn to? ATPE’s protection benefits are rated highly by your fellow members. What makes these benefits awesome and how can you share your knowledge in recruiting your colleagues early so they can be supported if the need arises?

Understanding Your Role as a Local Unit Officer: President/Vice President/Secretary

Understanding Your Role as a Local Unit Officer: President/Vice President/Secretary

10-11 a.m.
What are the current expectations of local unit officers? Have you been recently elected as an officer? Want to brush up your skills and knowledge? Interested in becoming an officer in the future? These sessions with experienced ATPE officers will help you fully understand the responsibilities of each role.

Understanding Your Role as a Local Unit Officer: Treasurer

Understanding Your Role as a Local Unit Officer: Treasurer

3:15-4:15 p.m.
What are the current expectations of local unit officers? Have you been recently elected as an officer? Want to brush up your skills and knowledge? Interested in becoming an officer in the future? These sessions with experienced ATPE officers will help you fully understand the responsibilities of each role.

I Saw You on TV!

I Saw You on TV!

10-11 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
ATPE is the voice of public education in Texas and needs go-to volunteers in every region to represent ATPE in the media. This session will help leaders learn how to prepare for a media interview and how to help build long-term relationships with local newspapers, television stations, and radio stations.

Growing Your Local Unit - 1 Hour a Month

Growing Your Local Unit - 1 Hour a Month

10-11 a.m.
Do you know that one small ATPE act a month can truly make a difference in recruitment strategies for your local unit? It is imperative that every campus rep be fully engaged on their campus. Utilizing tried and true as well as brand new suggestions, participants will receive a step-by-step road map full of ideas that have already helped other local units grow significantly.

HOD First-Timers' Orientation

HOD First-Timers' Orientation

10-11 a.m.
If you’re a first-time delegate or if it’s been a while since you’ve participated in a House of Delegates meeting, be sure to attend this session to learn about your role as a delegate, along with details about the room setup, the flow of business, and how you as a delegate can make sure your voice – and the voices of the members you’re here to represent – is heard!

Responding to the Competition

Responding to the Competition

10-11 a.m.
Join a panel of seasoned volunteer recruiters in learning innovative tactics to combat the competition. This session will help you build confidence in your approach as you use ATPE tools to defeat the competition’s scare tactics.

Retiring Doesn't Mean to Stop Giving

Retiring Doesn't Mean to Stop Giving

10-11 a.m.
Retired teachers have knowledge and experience to share with local units. Two of ATPE’s retirees who serve their local unit as recruiters will share their tips for setting up campus visits, presenting information at convocations and influencing prospective members to join ATPE. Do not overlook this valuable human resource for your local unit!

Amazing Volunteers!

Amazing Volunteers!

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Learn to avoid “zombie volunteers” that can suck up your time and energy. Discover the five distinct traits that every amazing volunteer must possess to benefit ATPE.

Designing the Future: Rural Areas

Designing the Future: Rural Areas

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Where is ATPE headed in the future? What challenges are we facing now and in the years to come? This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard! Join a long-time ATPE member for a discussion about designing the future for your professional association.

Designing the Future - Urban/Suburban Areas

Designing the Future - Urban/Suburban Areas

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Where is ATPE headed in the future? What challenges are we facing now and in the years to come? This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard! Join a long-time ATPE member for a discussion about designing the future for your professional association.

Recruiting Using Services and Discounts

Recruiting Using Services and Discounts

3:15-4:15 p.m.
ATPE provides wonderful services and discounts to our members! Get the latest updates from an experienced volunteer recruiter on these benefits to assist in recruiting and retaining members.

Retain, Recruit, Inform & Inspire as a Campus Rep

Retain, Recruit, Inform & Inspire as a Campus Rep

3:15-4:15 p.m.
This session will focus on the role of the campus representative. What is the goal of this position? How do you go about recruiting and retaining ATPE members? What are the best methods of communication with your co-workers? And how do you inspire your fellow teachers and keep up morale? Join an experienced campus representative and find the answers to these questions and more.

2017-18 Regional Officer Training

2017-18 Regional Officer Training

4:30-5:30 p.m.
This 1 hour session is specifically designed for current and newly elected region officers. Real-world applications and solutions to common problems or challenges you may face as a region officer will be explored. *Mandatory for current and newly-elected region officers.

Effective Recruitment and Engagement Strategies Utilizing Local Unit Funds

Effective Recruitment and Engagement Strategies Utilizing Local Unit Funds

4:30-5:30 p.m.
In this session, you will learn how to create exciting opportunities utilizing your local unit funds to recruit new members and help returning members feel connected to one another and to their professional association.

Leading Your Local Unit into the Future

Leading Your Local Unit into the Future

4:30-5:30 p.m.
A volunteer succession plan is critical to the stability of your local unit. Learn how to maintain records in a fashion that will provide an easy transition from one leader to the next. You will receive guidelines for developing a solid foundational document for your local unit’s continued growth.

Tips From a Top Recruiter

Tips From a Top Recruiter

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Membership recruitment is a challenge. It takes work, determination, creativity and enthusiasm. And it takes a plan! Successful ATPE membership recruiters will share tips and strategies for approaching potential members, establishing goals and organizing.

Using Google to Streamline Your Membership

Using Google to Streamline Your Membership

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Learn how to use Google to assist your local unit in putting procedures in place to track membership, distribute meeting invitations, send out member surveys, and share documents and presentations as well as many other tasks. You can even create a website for your local unit! An experienced Google-user will guide you through techniques that will help you run a successful organization.

Professional Learning Sessions

Time for a Change: Real World Research & the Google Classroom*

Time for a Change: Real World Research & the Google Classroom*

10-11 a.m.
In our constantly evolving digital world, it is more important than ever to empower students with the skills to understand and address their concerns about social, economic, and political issues. Through a combination of instructional methods, students can research and create practical solutions to local issues.

Rocking Customer Service*

Rocking Customer Service*

3:15-4:15 p.m.
This session will express the importance of great customer service to the public sector serviced by school districts. We’ll also discuss how to solve any issues with the campus staff or incidents that take place on the campus.

Top 10 Tips for Organizing Your Classroom*

Top 10 Tips for Organizing Your Classroom*

3:15-4:15 p.m.
This interactive presentation will focus on 10 tips to help any educator build an organized classroom to help create community, build leadership and foster success among your students.

Winning with Resilience*

Winning with Resilience*

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Many educators are concerned that students do not have the ability to overcome small setbacks. This presentation would be a compilation of current research regarding resilience and practical suggestions about how to apply this research in the classroom and beyond.

University Training Sessions

Been There, Done That: Ask A Veteran Teacher*

Been There, Done That: Ask A Veteran Teacher*

10-11 a.m.
Join us for a Q and A with our panel of veteran educators. They will be on hand to answer questions about the first days of school, how they’ve handled classroom management through the years, and their favorite resources.

SPED 101*

SPED 101*

3:15-4:15 p.m.
In this session, attendees will learn the process of how a student is identified, evaluated, and found eligible for services. Attendees will also learn how a classroom teacher can support the student and special education professional in their classroom.

Practice Makes Perfect: Resume Review and Mock Interviews

Practice Makes Perfect: Resume Review and Mock Interviews

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
In this session, attendees will have the chance to meet with our administrator experts to discuss their resumes as well as participate in a mock interview. *Attendees interested in this session have been pre-scheduled for the resume review and mock interviews via email prior to the date of the session. Questions? Contact msusong@atpe.org