More than half of Texas AFT members said they joined our union because a colleague or friend encouraged them to do so. Our worksite leaders are critical to building power for educators statewide.

Our fight to thrive is about creating respectful working conditions with more planning time, fewer added duties and extra paperwork, resources to prevent burnout before it starts, and a defined workday that doesn’t require us to sacrifice our personal lives for our jobs. 

Our union’s professional development and advocacy programs help members create a school culture that allows both employees and students to thrive. To do that, we need your help. Below are resources to help you organize on your campus and in your district. Bookmark it for future use — we will update!

For educators themselves to thrive, we must help them build a Texas that is conducive to thriving: a Texas that respects their profession, offers them a fair wage, protects their rights as workers, and produces positive outcomes for the kids and parents they serve every day. 

Upcoming Thrive Campaign Events

We’re spotlighting some of our most important events to build our campaign here. But our union is always busy.

Download and share these organizing materials with your co-workers. Ask others to join you in your movement to win respect. Additional details may be found at:

We know professional development is a top priority for all K-12 and higher education employees, and we have several programs to help you thrive in your work too.

Bridges Institute for Professional Development

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.

Professional Learning & You

As a member of the American Federation of Teachers, you have access to a variety of programs and resources designed to enhance your professional growth. This brochure highlights many of these opportunities. You can also visit, email or contact your local union. By addressing the professional needs of our educator members, we are able to help them become even more successful in their careers; in their union; in the institutions in which they work; and in serving the students, families and communities they serve.

Know Your Rights

Use our Know Your Rights resource pages to learn more about your rights as a public school employee in the workplace, including your rights to join a union or enjoy a duty-free lunch. You can access our library of Know Your Rights resources. If you have any questions about an experience on the job, contact us at 1-800-222-3827.

Share My Lesson | Educator Resources

Join our community, Share My Lesson, where you can find and share resources and ideas on topics such as special education, social emotional support, anti-racism education and more.

Share My Lesson Brochures

Managing Student Behavior

Our union provides many resources and workshops helping our members manage student behavior. Use these resources as a guide and sign up for a future workshop hosted by our Texas AFT Bridges Institute for Professional Development.

Member Benefits | The Power of Union Membership

AFT+ Member Benefits Guide

As a Texas AFT member, you belong to a community of colleagues. We understand the power of joining together— in our work, in our communities and in the marketplace. At AFT, we have our own marketplace—AFT + Member Benefits—which combines the purchasing power of AFT’s 1.7 million members with the benefit offerings of Union Plus, the AFL-CIO’s benefit arm. This gives you a rich array of discounts, services and benefits that go beyond the workplace. Many of these programs are available to family members, too. 

Trauma Counseling Program

AFT members work hard—now more than ever—to educate, heal, help and serve our communities. Sometimes our ownstress is compounded by a personal or workplace trauma; still, we struggle to be fully present for others. Now the AFT is offering a new, free benefit—trauma counseling—to provide help and healing for our members, whenever needed, wherever a member may be.

New Benefit Spotlight: BMG Money “LoansForAll” Program

The BMG Money “LoansForAll” program for Texas AFT members allows employees and retirees to borrow responsibly and repay the debt over time, with fixed, affordable installments regardless of credit score. 

The BMG Money “LoansForAll” benefit package also includes free financial wellness tools and programs for Texas AFT members. 

BMG Money may be a suitable alternative for those with less than-perfect credit who need a loan fast for an emergency. If you have limited loan options, BMG Money loans are a better alternative than payday loans because the APR is generally significantly lower. 

Stay in Touch with Your Union

Through our political advocacy, our members made a big difference in the legislative session. Much more work still needs to be done to win the respect public school employees and students deserve. Join our fight and volunteer today. #TogetherWeThrive