Summer 2016

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departments 4 President's Message 5 Calendar 8 Recipe for Success 10 Education Inspiration 32 Members Speak 43 For the Record special sections Robotics in the Classroom Texas students compete in a new UIL robotics program. PAGE 20 6 Regional Roundup 34 Your ATPE Family Album · Regional Representatives · Board Reports · PAC Honor Roll features PHOTO BY WYAT T MCSPADDEN | 3 summer 2016 S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 ■ V O L U M E 3 6 ■ N U M B E R 4 16 Diferent by Design An innovative high school provides a new path to graduation for non-traditional Texas students. 24 2016 ATPE Summit Preview The 2016 ATPE Summit is July 20-22 in Austin. Preview the summit agenda, meet the 2016-17 state ofcer candidates, and learn more about what to expect at the 2016 House of Delegates. ON THE COVER columns 12 Your Ally. Your Voice. Understand your contract rights · Learn how ATPE's lobbyists work for you 15 Texans on Education Financial advisor Devin Carroll explains how Social Security and Texas teacher retirement pensions work together.

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