2021 Shared Vision

Saturday, March 20

     10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

  

We must #ReopenBetter

"It is time for our city to embark on bold reforms to ensure that every single student in the District receives the education that he or she deserves. Our return to in-person learning cannot simply be a return to what was. We must return to a system that has learned and improved; that is changing its practices and investing so that our city’s rhetoric around investing in every student."

~ WTU President Elizabeth Davis     

Featuring Councilmember

     Janeese Lewis George

 

 

Register here: 

2021 Shared Vision Conference Registration

*Educators can earn 6 PLUs for participation.

 


Conference Agenda (virtual)

Opening Session

10:00 AM - Welcome by WTU President Elizabeth Davis

Keynote Speaker:  Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

*This session will be available via Facebook Live

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Morning Raffle & Logistics

Breakout Sessions

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Breakout Session 1.

10:45 – 11:30 AM

Mikva Challenge Student Panel

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Imagining Educational Equity: How the District's Public Education Budget Can Create a Just Recovery

Outdoor Classrooms

Teaching for Liberation: Who's to Blame? A People's Tribunal on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Breakout Session 2.

11:45 – 12:30 PM

Community Schools Panel

Addressing Student Trauma 

Teacher Leader Panel

Safely Re-Opening Our Schools

 


LUNCH

12:30 – 1:30 PM

 

Lunch & Learn Workshops

Planning for Retirement - Denise Daniels

Did you know there are two DC retirement systems for DCPS educators? Do you know which one is for you?

Cultivating Compassionate Leadership - Kaiser Permanente

COVID-19, Social injustice, and political strife have challenged us in ways that we never imagined.  It is more important than ever for us to find ways to embrace compassion towards ourselves and each other. This interactive learning forum is focused on putting the oxygen mask on first to fully show up for your leadership team, workforce and family.

Voting Rights: Writing Lesson Plans Incorporating Freedom Summer

In this information session, learn about the WTU Lesson Plan Competition as well as view clips about voting rights from the PBS documentary Freedom Summer that you may incorporate into lessons with your students on this critical topic.

Cooking Demonstrations that Bring you Joy and Health in the Kitchen

No time to cook? If you find that you are busier now working from home, you are not alone.  Now that schedules are more chaotic, healthy eating is more important than ever.  Tina will broadcast live from her kitchen with quick and nutritious recipes to energize you throughout the day.  Participants can cook right along with Tina or just relax and watch the magic.

Tina prepares foods based on what Mother Nature taught us to eat: fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, wild caught fish, healthy fats and more.  She teaches you to make foods that are not only healthy, but also delicious – the entire family will enjoy them.


Breakout Sessions

(scroll down for session descriptions)

Breakout Session 3.

1:30 – 2:15 PM

Parent Advocacy and Voice in ReOpening Plans

Leveraging EdTech to Transform Learning

Closing the digital divide for DC students: Status and Next Steps - Digital Equity in DC Education parent leads

Equity in the Pandemic Era

 

Closing Session

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Legislative Update

We've invited City Council members and Representatives on the DC State Board of Education to join us to share their insights into the governance of our school systems and the challenges ahead as we look to #ReopenBetter.

Closing:  Sign Out, Raffle Prize Pick-Up and PD Certificate Distribution Logistics


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Session Descriptions:

Sessions are organized by "track below." However, we encourage you to register for a panel during each Session that is more interesting and relevant to you.

Please register here: http://bit.ly/WTUSharedVisionRegistration

 

Parent & Community Member Track

These sessions are designed to address issues around parent and community engagement.

Session 1: 10:45 – 11:30 AM

Mikva Challenge Student Panel - Justine Hipsky

In this student panel, come hear straight from students DCPS students about their experiences during virtual learning and the gradual reopening schools, as well as share their feedback and insight on where we should go when re-envisioning the future of school.

Session 2: 11:45 – 12:30 PM

Community Schools Panel - Shital Shah, American Federation of Teachers; Dwain Carr and Jose Munoz

In this panel, moderated by Shital Shah (Manager of Philanthropic and Community Engagement @ AFT), hear from Jose Munoz, 2 community school coordinators

Session 3: 1:30 – 2:15 PM

Parent Advocacy and Voice in ReOpening Plans - Sherice Muhammad

Discussion on the importance of the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) in advocacy for your child(ren)'s school.

 

Classroom & Student Engagement 

These sessions address issues relating to student engagement in the classroom. 

Session 1: 10:45 – 11:30 AM

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy - Dr. Casey Collins, AFT & WTU Trainer, Walker-Jones EC

We understand that there's a need to build a rapport with our students, but how do we go about doing that? This session will include discussions on how best to infuse CRP activities and brain breaks into your lessons. We will also highlight CRP researchers and use their findings to brainstorm applicable classroom activities for our students.

Session 2: 11:45 – 12:30 PM

Addressing Student Trauma - Kimberly “Kim” Ochs & Melissa Labossiere, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers

In this session, learn about the science of toxic stress and its relationship to traumatic effects and strategies to promote resilience and healing.

Session 3: 1:30 – 2:15 PM

Leveraging EdTech to Transform Learning - Kadijah Kemp

This session focuses on the use of technology to enhance the modern virtual learning environment to engage students in various ways and to expand their learning opportunities.

 

Policy Track

Interested in public policy? These sessions will help inform you about our city's budget and key challenges facing our city.

Session 1: 10:45 – 11:30 AM

Imagining Educational Equity: How the District's Public Education Budget Can Create a Just Recovery - Qubillah Huddleston, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

How much do you know about your school’s budget? DC Fiscal Policy Institute will help you to understand how school budgets are allocated and provide you with the tools to advocate for equitable funding for your local school.

Session 2: 11:45 – 12:30 PM

Teacher Leader Panel - Rachel Thomas, WTU Teacher Leader Program Facilitator, SWW @Francis Stevens

In this teacher leader panel moderated by WTU Teacher Leader Program facilitator Rachel Thomas, hear about the past and current action research projects of Rebecca Bradshaw-Smith (Wilson HS), Kristian Ellingsen (CHEC), Ashley Kearney (Ron Brown HS) and Donald Thompson (Anacostia HS).

Session 3: 1:30 – 2:15 PM

Closing the digital divide for DC students: Status and Next Steps - Digital Equity in DC Education parent leads - Grace Hu

The pandemic has highlighted the need to provide equitable technology access for all students as part of a 21st-century education. How can we ensure that students and teachers have the tech tools for online learning? Where is DC in addressing the digital divide? What has at-home learning taught us about addressing the technology and Internet needs of families? In this session, the parent leads from Digital Equity in DC Education will address these questions and lead a discussion on how parents, teachers, and community members can work together to ensure all students have the tech tools for learning.

 

Education in the pandemic.

These sessions will providing insight into the measures you can take to ensure you and your students are safe as we reopen schools.

Session 1: 10:45 – 11:30 AM

Outdoor Classrooms - Leslie Sluger, Nature Lab

Explore what the NatureLab has learned about outdoor classrooms. Then you will collectively examine tools and examples to ultimately brainstorm specific curriculum, project, or lesson examples.

Adventure outside the classroom with us and you’re in the drawing to win one of the NatureLab's “Ready, Set, GO” bags! This lightweight canvas tote comes with first aid for boo-boos, necessaries for chalking it up, adding color, and keeping the bugs at bay. The tNL GO bag is roomy enough for rostering, key-carrying, sunscreen, bonus rubber bands, a stray sharpie, and endless exploits.

Session 1: 10:45 – 11:30 AM

Teaching for Liberation: Who's to Blame? A People's Tribunal on the Coronavirus Pandemic - Caneisha Mills and Deborah Menkart

Our classrooms should correlate with what students are thinking about at the moment. Coronavirus was a problem in our local, national and global community. The question was “Who to Blame?” in order to determine how to fight the societal ills of our time.

Session 2: 11:45 – 12:30 PM

Safely Re-Opening Our Schools - Amy J. Bahruth, Associate Director Health Issues, American Federation of Teachers

Learn about the protections that our school systems are putting in place in DC and across the nation to protect educators and students from the coronavirus. This session will include information on how to report your concerns to ensure your on-going safety as well as that of your students.

Session 3: 1:30 – 2:15 PM

Equity in the Pandemic Era - Christopher Stewart, Tiffany Brown

In this panel, hear from various education stakeholders, including members of the WTU Equity Collaborative, as they discuss the challenge to ensure and prioritize equity during the pandemic and beyond.

 

Register here: 

2021 Shared Vision Conference Registration

 


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