Winter 2016

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ATPE NEWS 5 35 Your Protection Benefits We're proud of the protection we offer, and we think you deserve to know exactly what you're getting for your membership. 6 Calendar 8 Regional Roundup 10 Education Inspiration Brain break and transition activities 12 Spotlight Lubbock ISD's director of sports medicine talks to ATPE about preventing student injuries. 14 Texans on Education Are face-to-face communication and etiquette old fashioned? 15 PAC Honor Roll 16 Your Ally Recent disciplinary rule changes may affect your job. 17 Your Voice Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann addresses rising standards for educator preparation. 28 Members Speak Turning Passion into Action: Five steps for making a difference in Texas education 30 Family Album 32 ATPE News Call for ATPE leaders • SXSWedu • ATPE award deadlines • Advocacy Central 43 Brain Break S P EC I A L S EC T I O N E V E RY T H I N G E L S E 22

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