Summer Workshop 2021

The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors Only has offered specialized instruction to over 900 teachers for more than 28 years. This three-and-a-half day workshop allows teachers to choose from one of several tracks, providing opportunities for improving personal skills and classroom activities. Teachers from all curriculum areas (art, journalism, industrial technology, vocational education) make new friends and learn from each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

The 2021 Summer Workshop will be virtual again so you can join us from the comfort of your own home, sleep in your own bed, take care of kids or pets but still learn some valuable information that can help you as a teacher. You must register for a specific class but will be able to participate in all three if you wish. Information on accessing the online class will only be sent to teachers that have pre-registered.


  • June 13-16, 2021


  • $50 registration fee


  • Online instruction
  • Opportunity for one-to-one coaching and feedback
  • Contest and prizes


The Photographic Optics class and the Storytelling class are now full. There is still room in Post Production Sound Design.

Register for one of these classes using the registration form but you may participate in all three classes if you wish.

Photography Optics
Study the physics of lenses, aperture, angles of view, sensor size, depth of field and depth of focus – and then how those factors affect the look, aesthetics and “feel” of a photograph, as well as how smartphones are now creating shallow Depth of Field effects with software.
– DSLR or Mirrorless camera with adjustable manual shutter speed and aperture controls.
– Lenses: Have your widest lens and your longest lens on hand for the assignments, along with a “normal,” if you have one. We recommend at least a 28mm equivalent or wider, a 50mm, and a 100mm equivalent or longer. A 28-70mm zoom and a 70-200mm zoom would suffice for full-sensor cameras. (Crop-sensor shooters: the 18-55mm and 50-200mm kit zooms will do nicely). If you have a “nifty fifty” (50mm f/1.8) please include it as well. If your lens has a hood, it should be on your lens when in use, even if there is a protective filter.
– Don’t forget: extra batteries (charged), memory key cards, and a tripod if you have one.
– Macro gear such as macro lenses, extension tubes, bellows, lens reversal rings, and close-up filters are welcome, and will be discussed, but are optional for assignments. We do not recommend buying close-up filters for macro photography.
This class will be led by John Knaur, retired senior marketing manager for Olympus America, Ian McVea, former photo editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and now a photography teacher at Martin High School, Arlington, and John Skees, Director of Media for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Fort Worth.

Post Production Sound Design
Good sound is paramount to great video! Audiences will forgive shaky or out of focus video, but incoherent audio will send them walking out of the theater. This course will provide an overview of the tools and techniques used in sound design and audio engineering and provide tips and tricks to make your videos sound their best.
You’ll need a DSLR camera and a computer. An external microphone is preferred. The instructors will survey teachers that register to determine exactly what you have access to at home.
This class will be led by Kyle Juntunen, broadcast adviser at Allen High School, Allen, and Matthew Koby, CTE instructor at Dickinson High School, Dickinson.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, be prepared to create a novel in this storytelling class. Each instructor will dive deep into a visual narrative that both challenges their skills and pushes the limits of creativity.
The hands-on class involves shooting storytelling images, reviewing and editing work, and hearing feedback from peers. We’ll learn new tricks of the trade and practice alternative methods along the way. The group will also discuss how to bring these tools to your students, with any camera, film or digital camera; DSLR, Mirrorless or phone camera.
Have your camera, extra lenses, a computer and a tripod. The instructors will survey teachers that register to determine exactly what you have access to at home.
This class will be led by Shannon Oden, photography instructor at Ben Barber Innovation Academy, Mansfield, and Leah Waters, journalism adviser at Heritage High School, Frisco.


This is an overview of the schedule. Please refer to the more detailed schedule in the column to the left. All times are Central.

Sun, June 13
3 – 3:30 p.m. Introductions
3:30 – 5 p.m. Classes
7 – 8 p.m. Breakouts

Mon, June 14
9 – 11:30 a.m. Classes
1 – 2:30 p.m. Open Classes (join another section if you wish)
3 – 5 p.m. Assignment/Class Instruction
7 – 8 p.m. Guest Speaker/Breakouts

Tue, June 15
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Workday and Office Hours
7 – 8 p.m. Cropped Contest for Teachers

Wed, June 16
9 – 10:30 a.m. Classes Wrap-Up
10:30 a.m. – noon Awards and show-and-tell