Summer 2016

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<© IMAGE DESCRIPTION/COLLECTION/THINKSTOCK> 4 | atpe news president's message president's message ATPE News contains legislative advertising contracted for by Gary G. Godsey, Executive Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 300, Austin, TX 78752-3792, representing ATPE. ATPE News (ISSN 0279-6260) is published quarterly in fall, winter, spring and summer. Subscription rates: for members of the association, $3.32 per year (included in membership dues); non-members, $10 per year. Extra copies $1.25 each. Published by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E. Huntland Drive, Suite 300, Austin, TX, 78752-3792. Periodical Postage Paid at Austin, Texas and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ATPE News, 305 E. Huntland Dr., #300, Austin, TX, 78752-3792. Advertising rates may be obtained by sending a written request to the above address. Opinions expressed in this publication represent the attitude of the contributor whose name appears with the article and are not necessarily the official policy of ATPE. ATPE reserves the right to refuse advertising contrary to its purpose. Copyright 2015 in USA by the Association of Texas Professional Educators ISSN © ATPE 2013 0279-6260 USPS 578-050 305 E. Huntland Dr, Suite 300 Austin, TX 78752-3792 (800) 777-ATPE (2873) • (512) 467-0071 • The official publication of the Association of Texas Professional Educators STATE OFFICERS Cory Colby President, Willis (6) Julleen Bottoms Vice President, Corsicana (12) Carl Garner Secretary, Mesquite (10) Byron Hildebrand Treasurer, San Antonio (20) Richard Wiggins Past President, Boerne (20) BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael Sweet Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (1) Cesarea Germain Corpus Christi (2) Andy Erdelt Palacios (3) Ron Fitzwater Alvin (4) Suellen Ener Beaumont (5) Judi Thomas Willis (6) Janie Leath Nacogdoches (7) Jimmy Lee Paris (8) Dale Lovett Olney (9) Jackie Davis Garland (10) Karen Hames Lewisville (11) Jason Forbis Midway (12) Jayne Serna Leander (13) Tonja Gray Abilene (14) Darlene Kelly Ballinger (15) Dawn Riley Bushland (16) Brenda Bryan Hale Center (17) Bridget Loffler Odessa (18) Rudy Romero Clint (19) Tina Briones San Antonio (20) ATPE STAFF Gary G. Godsey Executive Director Alan Bookman Deputy Executive Director Elaine Acker Marketing & Communications Director ATPE NEWS STAFF Gary G. Godsey Executive Editor Elaine Acker Editor John Kilpper Art Director Leslie Trahan Managing Editor Erica Fos Senior Graphic Designer Jean Schlitzkus Staff Writer/Editor Heather Gardner Consulting Editor ALAN AUTRY, ACTOR, POLITICIAN, and former NFL pro once said, "Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will beneft the next generation." The leaders who founded ATPE made decisions that would beneft the next generation and created an association that was devoted to being member owned and governed. Those founding members created something new, diferent, and wonderful, countering the trends of the times; they created an organization devoted to allowing the membership of the association to make decisions. I joined ATPE because it was diferent in this way. I wanted to join with those who put kids frst and where the voice of the members— all members—was the guiding power of the association. Thirty-six years later, our association has a changing membership that represents a changing profession. Since our founding, our students, our classrooms, our technology, and our membership have become more diverse, and the demands on us, as educators, have changed. We've also watched the political, social, and technological landscape evolve and change. Change is often met with fear, hesitation, and misinformation, but we know that ATPE must evolve and change as well to be successful in the future. Every year at summit, the House of Delegates considers new proposals for changes at ATPE that will "beneft the next generation." This year is no diferent. My sincere hope is that every member at summit will engage in an honest and respectful discussion about the future of ATPE and make good business decisions that will allow ATPE to remain the premier educators' organization for years to come. Change is inevitable. It is up to us to prepare for it and remain true to the ATPE vision. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your ATPE president. I look forward to seeing you at summit. Cory Colby ATPE State President

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