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  • August 10, 2021 10:52 AM | Jennifer Winter (Administrator)

    Innovative Teachers of Texas on Mask Mandates

    Innovative Teachers of Texas respects the executive order signed by

    Governor Abbot.  We believe mask wearing is a personal choice.

  • August 10, 2021 9:37 AM | Jennifer Winter (Administrator)

    Time to Set Our Teachers Free to Do Their Jobs Without CRT

    By Jennifer Winter

    Most teachers enter our profession because they love kids and want to teach. However, far too many leave their jobs due to a lack of respect; extraneous external pressure, and general frustration. Of course, many teachers are likely to stay, even though they feel “locked in.” Yet, they yearn for greater freedom to teach and to be free from divisive government mandates.

    Innovative Teachers of Texas (ITT) applauds the Texas Legislature for passing House Bill 3979 and Gov. Greg Abbott for signing it into law. Now we urge the Legislature to stay strong and not weaken the guidelines as carefully articulated in the bill. HB 3979 holds that teachers may not be compelled to discuss particular current events or any particular issues of public policy or social affairs.

    ITT is a new organization created by teachers—to give us a “conservative” choice in professional teacher representation, in contrast with the long-tenured Texas teachers organizations. All four major Texas teacher associations testified against the bill; ITT did not.

    Just like the Texas branch of the NEA [Texas State Teachers Association] and the AFT (Texas Federation of Teachers), the other two Texas organizations, Association of Texas Professional Educators [ATPE] and Texas Classroom Teachers Association [TCTA], also effectively endorsed the teaching of the critical race theory (CRT) in Texas by opposing this critical bill. Bottom line all four major teachers organizations aligned themselves with the radical left.

    ITT believes in free speech, critical thinking, open dialogue, brainstorming, empowering teachers and students, and edifying the professionalism in education. HB 3979 bars teachers from being ordered to teach the concept that racism is systemic and embedded in our legal systems. We view its mandated teaching as an unnecessary overreach. Texans overwhelmingly oppose its teaching. And most kids today are more inclusive than ever in their view of the world they live in.

    The agenda that teaches the critical race theory unnecessarily creates schisms, sometimes even between like-minded people. Educators want the best for all. We want to keep students safe. We want to see our students prosper. When you divide teachers, mentors, and leaders in a school, it paralyzes us in our jobs to nurture children.

    Under Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the first needs are food and water, then comes shelter, and then comes love. And only after you have all of those, can you start to learn. It seems that CRT stops us in our tracks right around love, loving ourselves.

    The new law contains changes teachers will have to know about as they head back into their classrooms. ITT is a resource for teachers to fully understand HB 3979.

    Make no mistake, ITT supports teachers who want to bring current events into their classrooms. We promote free speech; we're pro-dialogue; we're pro-conversation, and we're pro-critical thinking.

    Jennifer Winter is a teacher and director of Innovative Teachers of Texas. She earned B.A. in Spanish from Western Washington University and M.A. in Educational Administration from Seattle University. She taught Spanish in public and private schools in Washington State for 11 years. She taught with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Oakland, CA for two years.

    Her email is

  • January 15, 2020 4:27 AM | Anonymous

    Innovative Teachers of Texas is founded on a principle that a statewide teachers association should be focused on the classroom and not the hallways in and around the Texas Capitol ...

    ... and especially not the ins-and-outs of tax policy! That's why we found this article quite telling:

    It's not outside the norm for state educator unions to take a position on proposed constitutional amendments. After all, and in Texas, public K-12 education spends $60 billion of Texas's $217 billion budget.

    But what's raising eyebrows is why associations dedicated to education policy and teacher advocacy are weighing in on how tax revenue is collected. Two of the three major teacher associations in Texas are opposing Proposition 4, the amendment that would effectively ban a statewide income tax.

    Read more in The Hayride.

  • October 03, 2019 4:23 AM | Anonymous

    It's been a long time coming.

    A teachers organization that was founded by educators, with a focus on the classroom and not just the Texas Capitol.

    Innovative Teachers of Texas is on a mission: to provide the most meaningful opportunity for 21st Century Texas students. Innovative Teachers of Texas (or ITT) gives educators a choice in being represented in the professional realm.

    ITT promotes professionalism, innovation, and excellence in the classroom. By admitting only educators committed to providing the highest quality of education possible for their students, we will provide a true "non-union" alternative to promote fair and balanced dialogue of issues affecting teachers and educators. We will do this with Texas values in mind, but free of any funding for political agendas that go against the classroom.

    Our first major hurdle: we're going to need 5,000 Texas teachers to join in order for us to have the "pool" necessary to offer the competitive benefits and services.

    Interested in helping us build the classrooms of tomorrow? Join ITT today!

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