Bridges Institute

for Professional Development

Texas AFT’s Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to providing professional development opportunities for Texas public school employees.

Student Debt Clinics

Register now for our upcoming virtual Student Debt Clinics. Educators can learn more about PLSF and take control of their student loans. | Click to Register

Texas AFT’s Bridges Institute for Professional Development provides a wide variety of high-quality professional development and special programs. We serve members of Texas AFT and our public education community at large.

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Upcoming Events

For questions or assistance with registering for one of our upcoming events, please call toll free at 1-800-222-3827 or email us.

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Past Events

You can watch recordings of our previous webinars on Texas AFT’s Youtube channel. Contact us for questions and/or for additional resources.

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Texas Teacher: Know Your Rights

Texas Teacher: Know Your Rights

Sep 21, 6:00pm - Sep 21, 8:00pm

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As a Texas teacher, you have rights you may not know about. Come learn about the laws regarding planning and prep, duty-free lunch, grading, bullying, and the paperwork reduction act.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE: bit.ly/KYR092122

169 interested  ·  26 going
Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Sep 14, 6:00pm - Sep 14, 8:00pm

https://events.eply.com/studentdebtclinics

Register today to attend!
Texas AFT's Student Debt Clinics are 90-minute programs that:

Assess the experience of borrowers in the midst of a national student debt crisis;

Empower borrowers to manage their student debt by giving them information on free federal programs that may lower their monthly payments and lead to their loans being forgiven;

Introduce borrowers to a free AFT member benefit—an online resource called Summer—that will simplify the management of their student loans; and

Engage borrowers in union activism to address the student debt crisis and other important issues in their workplace and community.
Student debt clinics provide our members with important information on two free federal debt relief programs:

Income-driven repayment plans are available to every federal student loan borrower, regardless of where they work. Income-driven repayment plans determine your monthly payment based on your adjusted gross income and family size and may save you money.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows qualifying federal student loan borrowers to have the money they saved using an income-driven repayment plan forgiven after making payments for 10 years while working in public service.
Student debt clinics provide members with information on how these programs work, the steps necessary to qualify for them, and best practices to ensure that they are maximizing the benefits available to them.
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10 interested  ·  6 going
Take Ownership of Your Evaluation: T-TESS

Take Ownership of Your Evaluation: T-TESS

Sep 7, 6:00pm - Sep 7, 7:30pm

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This session will show you how to take ownership of your evaluation. You will know what your administrator is looking for and be better prepared for the evaluation process.

371 interested  ·  59 going
Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Aug 31, 6:00pm - Aug 31, 8:00pm

https://events.eply.com/studentdebtclinics

Register today to attend!
Texas AFT's Student Debt Clinics are 90-minute programs that:

Assess the experience of borrowers in the midst of a national student debt crisis;

Empower borrowers to manage their student debt by giving them information on free federal programs that may lower their monthly payments and lead to their loans being forgiven;

Introduce borrowers to a free AFT member benefit—an online resource called Summer—that will simplify the management of their student loans; and

Engage borrowers in union activism to address the student debt crisis and other important issues in their workplace and community.
Student debt clinics provide our members with important information on two free federal debt relief programs:

Income-driven repayment plans are available to every federal student loan borrower, regardless of where they work. Income-driven repayment plans determine your monthly payment based on your adjusted gross income and family size and may save you money.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows qualifying federal student loan borrowers to have the money they saved using an income-driven repayment plan forgiven after making payments for 10 years while working in public service.
Student debt clinics provide members with information on how these programs work, the steps necessary to qualify for them, and best practices to ensure that they are maximizing the benefits available to them.
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12 interested  ·  5 going
Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Aug 10, 6:00pm - Aug 10, 8:00pm

https://www.mobilize.us/texasaft/event/487365/ Map

Join a TX AFT Student Debt Clinic to learn how to save on your student loan payments. All are welcome—you do NOT need to be an AFT member to join!

💪 School workers who have worked in education / public service & made payments for 10+ years—you could be eligible to have your loans totally forgiven! The opportunity to get in on expanded student loan forgiveness EXPIRES October 31st.

💪 For all other school workers: AFT offers Summer—a student loan management service. The average AFT member saves $57k+ using Summer!

Our student debt clinics provide school workers with info on how these programs work, the steps you need to take, & how to maximize your benefits.

Can't make the clinic time? Join our Facebook group now to connect with other educators & work together to get your loans forgiven: www.facebook.com/groups/txschools.
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Texas AFT Bridges Institute for Professional Development
912 South Highway 183, Suite 100-A | Austin, TX 78741 | 800-222-3827

Email bridges@texasaft.org for more information.