The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) has been working on a special project over the past several years to create a community for both active and retired school personnel. In the summer of 2013, the project was presented to the TRTA District Presidents and has been in the final development stages for the past several months. Our Facebook friends were able to get a sneak peek of this project last week!

Before the Bell is a website and email newsletter that provides classroom tools and features articles about projects implemented by schools all around Texas. The site also offers insights from active and former education employees and information about retirement. There are even entertaining articles about everything from travel to book reviews to recipes to grant opportunities. It is truly a one-stop education resource designed especially for Texas educators.

As TRTA puts the finishing touches on the project, we would love to hear from our members and friends! Please take some time to visit www.beforethebell.org and also to sign up for the free e-newsletter. You can sign up for the e-newsletter by submitting your name, email address, and zip code on the home page in the far right-hand column. The e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Monday.

To submit feedback, please send an email to info@trta.org. Is the site helpful and informative? What types of articles would you like to see on the site? Are there any site improvements you would like to suggest? Are you willing to submit original articles to be published on the site? Your feedback is vital to us as we make plans to deliver Before the Bell to all school districts in Texas.

TRTA hopes to make this site valuable not only for active school personnel such as teachers, principals, superintendents and administrative workers but also for retired educators who want to stay in the know about what’s happening in education in Texas. Please share this site with active school personnel and retirees you may know.

TRTA is leading the effort to help protect the benefits that retired and active school employees have earned. We must remain united in our efforts with active school employees as they carry the torch that was passed to them when our members retired.

Many positive things are happening in our public schools. Education employees are often criticized. This community will help all active and retired school employees stay focused on the good news in our schools and provide unique insights from current TRTA members about retirement.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, contact us at 1.800.880.1650.