Fall 2016

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ATPE NEWS 5 S P EC I A L S EC T I O N S 7 Feedback 8 Calendar 10 Regional Roundup 12 Education Inspiration Classroom management tips 14 Know and Tell What to do when you suspect one of your students is suffering from a mental health crisis 16 Your Ally How the new District of Innovation law may impact your school 17 Your Voice Public education is changing. It's time to start asking some tough questions. 18 PAC Honor Roll 19 Texans on Education How you can help counteract negativity about Texas public schools 34 Family Album 36 ATPE News STAR Membership Challenge • Staff service awards 38 Meet Your 2016-17 Leaders 43 Brain Break E V E RY T H I N G E L S E 6 Brand New School Year, Brand New Look Education is changing, and so is ATPE News! Discover what's new in our our freshly redesigned magazine. 28 2016 ATPE Summit ATPE members came together in July to lead, learn, and connect with fellow educators. Learn more about the decisions made at ATPE's annual event. Tarleton State University ATPE received the University Local Unit of the Year Award. Read the complete 2016 Summit coverage page 28

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