Spring 2017

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# ATPE NEWS 5 S P EC I A L S EC T I O N S E V E RY T H I N G E LSE 6 Calendar 7 Feedback 8 Regional Roundup 10 Know and Tell Quick calming activities for the classroom 12 Spotlight Chess is teaching Brownsville students valuable life lessons 14 Your Ally Texas lawmakers are unfairly targeting educators with a pay- roll deduction elimination bill 15 Your Voice Standing up for your rights this legislative session is critical— and easier than you think 16 PAC Honor Roll 31 Why I Volunteer 34 Members Speak Six ways we are just like our students 36 Family Album 38 ATPE News Classroom makeover contest winners • Meeting notice for the House of Delegates 43 Brain Break 18 The Rather Prize How Dan Rather hopes to improve education in Texas 32 2017 ATPE Summit Learn everything you need to know to make this year's summit a success 18 32

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