Summer Workshop

The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors Only has offered specialized instruction to over 880 teachers for more than 27 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 workshop will take place in San Antonio, TX this year at Robert G. Cole High School at Fort Sam Houston.


  • June 14-17, 2020


  • $275


  • Workshop fees
  • Two lunches/one dinner/snacks
  • Registration bag/other fun items


This class will break down the essential points of cinematography to teach in your classroom. The goal will be to get you comfortable with the concepts of lighting, camera movement, and composition for video production. We will also look at some film concepts that will challenge you and your students in fun way. All of this will be done through hands-on activities and we will share all of our lessons for you to take back to your own classrooms at the end of the workshop.
Bring your DSLR camera and a laptop. We’ll have lighting kits and other specialized equipment for you.
This class will be led by Kyle Juntunen, broadcast adviser at Allen High School, Allen, and John Skees, Director of Media, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Fort Worth.

Photo Bootcamp
Whether you’re more often seen calculating bellows factor for the Cooke 13” lens on your Deardorff or adjusting the selfie-stick on your iPhone, the back-to-basics Bootcamp class is designed to help you demystify the world of digital photography for those inquiring minds you face each August. You’ll gain the knowledge, tools, and confidence you need – all without having to watch a 14-year-old expert on YouTube each night before class.
We’ll cover: Making connections and fostering an organic learning environment; Where to start? – It’s like a foreign language!; How do digital cameras create images?; ISO, Aperture, Shutter – exposure’s not really a triangle, you know; Focal length, aperture, and depth of field all brought into focus; Motion control: freeze or flow?; Aperture control: It’s okay to be shallow; Histograms without the hysteria; Exposure Modes – the good, the bad and the ugly; Composition beyond the Rule of Thirds. All of this and more!
Bring an open mind, a camera, battery and charger, a flash and any extra lenses you have.
This class will be led by Jeff Grimm, retired photography teacher from Trinity High School in Euless, and Ian McVea, former photo editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and now a photography teacher at Martin High School, Arlington.

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.
Bring your camera, extra lenses, and a tripod.
This class will be led by John Knaur, retired senior marketing manager for Olympus America, and Leah Waters, journalism adviser at Heritage High School, Frisco.

Registration Fee Discount

As a special incentive to encourage some new people to join us, any teacher who has previously attended the ATPI Summer Workshop can bring one new person this year (someone who has never attended) and receive a $25 discount on both registrations – pay only $250/person. Both registrations should be mailed together to make it easier for us to keep track of them or include a note with each registration letting us know the two names that should be linked.

Conference Hotel

We have rooms blocked at the Home2 Suites San Antonio Airport for the ATPI Summer Workshop. Reservations must be made by May 25 using the link below.

When figuring rates, add 6% state tax and 10.75% city tax, along with a 1.25% tourism tax. To be exempt from the state tax, you must submit a Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Form. No other form will work. Schools are not exempt from the city or tourism tax. Reservations must be made by May 25, 2020 and guaranteed with a credit card. After May 25 availability is not guaranteed. Home2 Suites offers a kitchenette, free wireless internet access, an airport shuttle and breakfast.

Home2 Suites, San Antonio
94 NE Loop 410 • San Antonio, TX 78216

Hotel reservations at Home2 Suites should be made through this link.

If you are looking for a roommate to share a room and split the cost, email us with your preferences and we’ll try to match you up with someone.


The workshop location is on an active military base. A valid driver’s license, up-to-date vehicle registration sticker and no felony convictions are required to get through the gate.


The schedule is always subject to minor changes. The emphasis will be on hands-on experiences.

Sun, June 14
1 – 2 p.m. Check-in – Robert G. Cole High School
2 – 3:30 p.m. Introductions
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Class
5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7:30 – 9 p.m. Breakouts

Mon, June 15
9 a.m. – noon Class
noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 5:30 p.m. Class
5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner (ATPI)
7 – 10 p.m. Night Photography – San Antonio Riverwalk

Tue, June 16
9 a.m. – noon Class
noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 5:30 p.m. Class
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7:30 – 9 p.m. Finish up assignments

Wed, June 17
9 – 11:30 a.m. Wrap-up, awards and show-and-tell