Winter 2016

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4 ATPE NEWS 18 Education Issues for the 85th Legislature: Priorities and Pitfalls Governmental Relations Director Jennifer Canaday addresses ATPE's public education priorities for the upcoming legislative session. 22 Getting Comfortable in the Classroom Learn how some ATPE members have made flexible seating work in their classroom. 24 Once Upon a Time: How an Iguana Named Iggy Changed Literacy in Houston Children's book author Melissa Williams helps students become published authors. On the Cover F E AT U R E S ATPE NEWS | Winter 2016, Volume 37, Number 2 Contents Cover and literacy photos: John Kilpper; Flexible seating photos: Valerie Satterwhite, Sarah Williams; © Texas Capitol Dome Interior/Istock/Thinkstock 18 24

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