Spring 2017

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40 ATPE NEWS News ATPE Knock out required CPE credits from the comfort of your home! ATPE's newest tool, Advocacy Central, makes it quick and easy for members to contact legislators about issues of concern. Want to tell your representatives how you feel about vouchers, A-F school ratings, testing, or school funding? Advocacy Central automatically links you to your elected officials in your own zip code all the way to the Oval Office. We provide background on issues at stake, plus talking points or sample messages you can modify or send "as is" to your legislators with just a couple of mouse clicks. You can search for any bill at the state or federal level, or read about key legislation that tops ATPE's watch list. Ready to raise your voice? Head to right now! (Member login required.) Announcing a new tool for ATPE members: ADVOCACY CENTRAL ATPE at the Capitol photos now available online Were you at ATPE's lobby day and political involvement training event in Austin, March 5-6? Be sure and check out photos (and share your own snapshots) of the event online! You can find photos of you and your colleagues at the Capitol on ATPE's official Facebook page, OfficialATPE. Member photos, association news, teach- ing tips, and election information are being updated daily. Make sure you are following your association on Facebook! It's something you need to do— Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is mandatory for all Texas educators. But it doesn't have to be difficult! Thanks to your mem- bership in ATPE, you can earn CPE from the comfort of your home. The ATPE Professional Learning Portal provides you with access to interesting on-demand webinars and CPE courses for free! ON THE PORTAL, YOU CAN: • Take courses on multiple devices • Generate certificates and reports • Track your progress • Log CPE hours earned through the ATPE portal or from other sources To access the ATPE Professional Learning Portal and view courses, just log in to your ATPE account on and head to Professional Development under the Resources tab. © Texas State Capitol, DSLR, Computer/IStock/Thinkstock

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