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AM Brew - May 20, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

I hope you enjoyed a productive week, full of learning for your students!  This past week, WTU’s Contract Bargaining Team prepared for tomorrow’s negotiating session with DCPS. Many of our DC State Board and DC City council members have been supporting our goal to get a contract as soon as possible. Now, it is our time to support our endorsed candidates by volunteering to canvass for their campaigns. We know this is a busy time for all teachers as we have less than a month before the school year ends. But we are close to 6,000 strong! We hope you can find time to come out to meet the leaders we’ve endorsed at our WTU’s Evening with the Candidates on Tuesday, May 28th from 3:30-5:30PM at Busboys and Poets, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Please attend! Complimentary food and beverages will be served.

Thank you to the WTU members who joined us this weekend to canvass for the re-election of Ward 4 DC City Councilmember Janeese Lewis George and the election of Eboni-Rose Thompson for Ward 7 DC City Councilmember. Two more opportunities to canvass for our endorsed candidates are coming up:

  • Councilmember Trayon White  (Ward 8 endorsed candidate) Friday, May 31st, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. Location to be announced.
  • Councilmember Robert White (At-Large endorsed candidate) - Sunday, June 2nd, starting at 2 PM at the Ward 8 McDonald’s at 2529 Good Hope Road SE. If you are available, wear your WTU red shirt and volunteer some of your time to help them out. They need your help!

As you know, June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month! The WTU invites all members to join us in decorating WTU’s parade truck, riding/marching in the parade and handing out free books to children in our book giveaway. Every member who volunteers will receive a WTU pride tee-shirt. If you would like to join us, please contact WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland at [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

The WTU Contract Bargaining Team is busy preparing for our next bargaining session with DCPS tomorrow - May 21st, 2024.

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights!

 

WTU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month Activities

Please join us in celebrating Pride Month in June! From 4-7PM on June 7th, WTU will be decorating our Pride Parade truck outside the WTU’s office. On June 8th, meet us as we line up to prepare for the parade from 12-2PM! On June 9th, sign up for a shift to help us as we give away one free book of choice to kids at WTU’s festival table.

 

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DCPS chancellor slams Mendelson plan to shift central office funds to schools: The proposal would threaten the district’s ability to run important programs, he said.

May 16th, 2024 - The Washington Post - DCPS chancellor slams Mendelson plan to shift central office funds to schools - The proposal would threaten the district’s ability to run important programs, he said. 

"The chancellor of D.C. Public Schools has fired back against a proposal that would move $25.4 million from the central office budget into individual schools — a measure that would allow campuses to stave off cuts but that he says could threaten other programs, such as security and swim lessons for third-graders. The proposal from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) comes as the body pores over a budget plan released by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), and marks the second year in a row that Mendelson has proposed shifting millions from central services to campuses. This year, however, the city’s budget is tighter and the school district cannot use federal pandemic aid — which expires in September — to fill gaps." Read the full story here.

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WTU Rails Against Delay Tactics in Collective Bargaining: Mayor Bowser Hints at Impasse Over Salary in Teacher Contract Negotiations

May 13th, 2024 - The Washington Informer - "Once again, the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) and D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) have yet to finalize a new contract, due to what union members describe as delay tactics by central office leadership and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D)." Read the full story here.

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AM Brew - May 13, 2023

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, Stepmoms, Aunties, Godmothers and Sister-Friends! I hope you and your families had a wonderful day and to all those who are missing Moms… may the memory of good times together fill you with far more joy and laughter than tears.

Last week marked a week of action in our efforts to get a contract. On Monday, while many of us were celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, DCPS cancelled our planned contract bargaining session on Tuesday and instead, filed a legal complaint against the WTU for speaking with DC City Council officials. It is not against the law for WTU to speak to elected officials about union concerns. To file a lawsuit against the WTU for exercising our legal right to free speech on the first day of a nation-wide week celebrating teachers struck us as an intentional slap in the face to all DC teachers. Teachers and building representatives at Coolidge HS, Whittier ES, Eliot Hines MS, Eastern HS, Dorothy Heights ES, Roosevelt HS, and MacFarland HS protested this decision Wednesday through Friday of last week by walking out of school at 3:30PM at the end of their tour of duty to rally against the District and DCPS’ unfair negotiating practices. DC State Board of Education President Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 4 DC State Board of Education Representative Frazier O’Leary, Ward 1 DC State Board of Education Ben Williams, and DC City Councilmember At-Large Robert White Jr. showed up to our protest rallies to lend their support.

As we move into the last few weeks before June elections, I ask you to please consider volunteering for all the candidates we are supporting and consider donating funds to their campaigns. We need to continue to ensure that those in political office will support us just as we have supported them.

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

The WTU Contract Bargaining Team is busy preparing for our next bargaining session with DCPS on May 21st, 2024.

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement

 

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DCPS Files Legal Complaint Against WTU for Working with DC Council on New Contract

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AM Brew - May 6, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all who kicked off the start of Teacher Appreciation Week at WTU’s BBQ party with a live band who played Go-Go music, the awesome dee-jay crew, delicious food from a BBQ food truck and the Koni Hawaiian Icee truck. Ward 8 DC Councilmember Trayon White (running for re-election) attended along with Eboni-Rose Thompson (running for Ward 7 Councilmember). I want to remind all members that these two leaders have supported the WTU, consistently, in its effort to get a fair and timely contract. In fact, Ward 8 DC Councilmember Trayon White was the first councilmember to speak out against IMPACT. As you know, American University in a study found IMPACT to be racist and biased against black and brown teachers in underserved communities. Under Eboni-Rose Thompson’s leadership as the current president of the DC State Board of Education, the State Board of Education was the first to pass a resolution for an on-time contract for the WTU this school year. I ask you to please consider volunteering for all the candidates we are supporting and consider donating funds to their campaigns. We need to ensure that those in political office will support us just as we have supported them.

We’d also like to take another moment to celebrate Beth Barkley, 2024 DC Teacher of the Year. We’d also like to congratulate Missy Testerman who was named 2024 National Teacher of the Year. A big shoutout to First Lady, Jill Biden, for holding the first-ever State Dinner to celebrate teachers.

Last Wednesday, WTU teachers marched alongside hospitality professionals of Local Union 25 to show support in their fight for a new contract. On Thursday, the WTU supported early childhood educators in their Rally to Save Childcare to restore the pay equity fund. We stood together to demand the funds needed to educate our youngest children of the District.

As you can see, we are committed to making alliances with other unions and community groups with whom we share a common interest. We stand by all workers in the fight to get what they deserve. Next week will be a call to action for WTU members around the city schools because the best way to appreciate teachers is to give them a contract!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Teacher Appreciation week filled with little and big acts of kindness and appreciation. You deserve it!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

The WTU Contract Bargaining Team is busy preparing for our next bargaining session with DCPS on Tuesday, May 7th.

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement

 

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AM Brew - April 29, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

I hope you took some time to enjoy the warmer temperatures as spring is finally in full bloom! Last Tuesday, WTU’s Contract Bargaining Team met with DCPS for a Contract Bargaining session. Chancellor Ferebee did come to the table, but DCPS’ narrative didn’t change. They lament about the lack of funds they have available then, threaten to take away teacher rights that have been in the contract’s existence since the 1960s. To learn more about what happened, please view the Contract Bargaining Team’s weekly update here.

This past Friday and Saturday, WTU hosted our annual Shared Vision Conference with award-winning author Sharon G. Flake as our keynote speaker. On Friday, we welcomed 180 students, teachers, and librarians from 9 middle and high schools across DC to the rooftop terrace of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Sharon G. Flake, author of  “The Skin I’m In,” spent time talking with students, autographing their books, and describing in her keynote address why and how she became an author. With the help of the AFT and First Book, we are thrilled to say we were able to give each student, not one, but two of Ms. Flake’s popular novels. To learn more about the event, please watch a video highlight here.

This coming Wednesday, May 1st., I want to personally ask everyone who can to come to a May 1st. Rally in support of our sisters and brothers in the hotel profession fighting for a contract (Local 25). If we can show a sea of red WTU tee-shirts in the crowd, we will surely see them at our future rallies. We must support each other as we continue to fight for what we deserve.

It’s hard to believe it but Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner! This year, the WTU will kick off Teacher Appreciation week with a Backyard Barbeque this coming Friday, May 3rd from 4-7PM at Kimball Elementary School. All teachers are invited! Please click here to RSVP. We hope to see everyone there!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

To learn more, please watch WTU’s Contract Bargaining Team update here: https://youtu.be/KhO7ImaUydM?si=OvBO3ymzQJqKbr0z or click on the photo below.

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement released in October 2023.

 

May Day Rally and March for a Fair Contract

 

Share your ideas on changes to the DCPS 2026-29 Calendar!

As we encourage public engagement in developing the SY 26-29 calendars, DCPS invites you to submit your own calendar proposal!  Proposals are due no later than May 31st, 2024.

 

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AM Brew - April 22, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you enjoyed a restful and meaningful week spent with family and friends. Last week, the WTU supported the Washington Metro Labor Council’s Evening with Labor. Congratulations to this year’s Labor Award winners! We’d like to thank all the DC City Councilmembers who attended and we are grateful for their support of labor. We’d particularly like to thank Chairman Phil Mendelson for his comments in support of the Washington Teachers’ Union in our struggle to get a new contract. If you missed his statements during the Evening with Labor event, please click here.  

Last Thursday, I testified before the State Board of Education on DCPS’ lack of transparency in budget cuts, and insistence on eliminating the Early Childhood Pay Equity Fund. Wonders never cease as I cannot believe how they would dare to put an end to a fund that helps to support the salaries and healthcare benefits of up to 4,000 daycare teachers in the District. WTU will continue to keep you in the loop regarding how we will use our voices to support fully funding the education of all children in the District!

This coming FRIDAY, Shared Vision is coming!!! If you haven’t yet registered, please sign up to participate in our in-person book discussion with award-winning author Sharon G. Flake and “The Skin I’m In,” on Friday, April 26th, and a virtual session on April 27th. Teachers can attend either or both sessions. To RSVP, please click here. If you want to attend the in-person session on Friday, April 26th with your students, please contact Mike Roland.

As mentioned before the break, WTU’s Representative Assembly voted and endorsed the following candidates for City Council:

  • Trayon White for Ward 8 City Councilmember
  • Eboni-Rose Thompson for Ward 7 City Councilmember
  • Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4 City Councilmember
  • Robert White for At-Large City Councilmember

The WTU would like to thank the Chair of C.O.P.E. Michael Donaldson and his committee for their hard work during the entire candidate selection process. We would also like to thank Secretary Laura Fuchs for her support and dedication to the C.O.P.E. Committee.  

Happy Passover and I wish everyone a week filled with learning and adventure!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

We’d like to thank the teachers at Langley Elementary, McKinley MS, and McKinley Tech HS for rallying before the start of their tour of duty as well as after on the last day before Spring Break on Friday, April 12th.  To watch a video of the rally, please click here or photo below. Kudos, as well, to teachers at Brown Education Campus who walked out of school at the end of their tour of duty on April 4th to protest for a new contract! Click photo below or link to watch video! We, too, are READY for a new contract. :>

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement released in October 2023.

 

Register for WTU’s Shared Visions Conference

Please do not forget to RSVP for the conference. We will welcome award-winning author Sharon E. Flake for both an in-person session with teachers/students on April 26th and a virtual session on April 27th. Teachers can attend either or both sessions. To RSVP, please click here. Please note that only teachers interested in attending the Friday, April 26th in-person session with your students should contact Mike Roland.

May Day Rally and March for a Fair Contract

 

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AM Brew - April 8, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

I hope your week was filled with remarkable achievements for you and your students! Last Monday, April 1st , WTU’s Contract Negotiations Team met with DC Councilmember Zachary Parker to discuss our teacher contract concerns as well as our concerns regarding IMPACT, and school budget cuts. We also learned about his new truancy legislation bill. To read a draft of his truancy bill, please click here. DC Councilmember Parker expressed his concerns about our expired contract and pledged to attend future bargaining session meetings to lend support. As you can see from this short clip, in a public meeting with Mayor Bowser held after we met, he questioned the Mayor regarding our expired contract. To learn more about the Contract Negotiation Team’s meeting with DC Councilmember Parker, please watch the weekly update here.

On Thursday, April 4th, WTU’s Vice President Regina Bell and I testified before the City Council of DC at the Budget Oversight Hearing. As always, we expressed our continuing frustration over the cavalier way DCPS addresses the School’s First in Budgeting Law. This year, as in year’s past, they failed to give teachers, parents, and community members enough time to review and address budgeting concerns and proposed cuts. This could leave schools struggling to retain the same number of teachers for school year 2024-25. The WTU believes DCPS’ budget gap occurs because they continue to pass Central Office costs onto individual schools. Moreover, the Mayor’s overall budget proposal simply does not reflect the needs of our students or teachers. To learn more, please watch my full testimony here and Vice President Bell’s testimony here.

In other, more positive news, I’d like to highlight a scholarship opportunity for your high school seniors. If you know of DC high school seniors living in Wards 5, 7, or 8 who have lost a loved one due to gun violence and who plan to attend a two or four-year college next year, please encourage them to apply for the Jeremy Black Scholarship Fund before May 10th. Their essay application may earn them a $4,000 scholarship toward college expenses! (See details below.) Also, if you missed reading Banneker HS journalism teacher Clare Berke’s article on why exposing  students to experiential learning opportunities matter, please check it out here!

WTU’s Contract Action Team encourages all teachers to plan and/or take part in actions at your school. This will greatly support the work we do at the bargaining table. To learn more about how to participate, please reach out to your school’s building representative and WTU’s Organizer Mike Roland.

Thank you, as always, for your hard work and support! I hope you have plans for a relaxing and joyful Spring Break at the end of the week!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

Please watch WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team update here or by clicking on the picture below.

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement released in October 2023.

Register for WTU’s Shared Visions Conference

Please do not forget to RSVP for the conference. We will welcome award-winning author Sharon E. Flake for both an in-person session with teachers/students on April 26th and a virtual session on April 27th. Teachers can attend either or both sessions. To RSVP, please click here. Please note that only teachers interested in attending the Friday, April 26th in-person session with your students should contact Mike Roland.

 

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AM Brew - April 1, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

Happy Easter to my favorite people! I hope your holiday was filled with love and hope. Last week marked another busy one for the WTU. On Monday, March 25th, teachers from Ballou HS, Ballou Stay, and Simon ES walked out of their schools at the end of their tour of duty to rally for a new contract! We also want to thank Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White for attending too. Go Ward 8! On Tuesday, March 26th, WTU’s Contract Bargaining Team met with DCPS for our 6th contract negotiations session. In advance of the session, WTU encouraged At-Large DC Councilmember Anita Bonds, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White and Will Perkins, a representative for Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George to attend and they did! The presence of our Councilmembers is really helping to support and move the bargaining process forward. In addition to attending the contract bargaining session, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White wrote a public letter of support for a new contract that reflects the hard work and dedication teachers bring to the classroom everyday. To read his letter, click here. To learn more from the DC Councilmembers about the negotiating session, please click here. To learn more about the bargaining session in general, please watch the Contract Bargaining team’s weekly update here.

Last week, the Committee on Political Engagement (C.O.P.E.) hosted a DC Candidate’s Forum for WTU members to learn more about the officials running for office. If you missed the online forum and want to watch it, please click here for part one and here for part two. If you’d like to learn more about C.O.P.E. and the candidate forum, please attend C.O.P.E’s monthly meeting tonight at 7PM via Zoom.

This coming Thursday, the DC Council will hold a Budget Oversight Hearing. Please consider testifying on DCPS’ budget decisions. To sign up to testify, please click here. WTU’s organizer Mike Roland can assist you throughout the process. Please contact [email protected] for help and let him know if you would be interested in giving your testimony in-person at the Wilson Building. Your in-person testimony will have a powerful impact.

WTU’s Contract Action Team encourages all teachers to plan and/or take part in actions at your school. This will greatly support the work we do at the bargaining table. To learn more about how to participate, please reach out to your school’s building representative and WTU’s Organizer Mike Roland.

Thank you, as always, for your hard work and support!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

Please watch WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team update here or by clicking on the picture below.

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement released in October 2023.

 

Register for WTU’s Shared Visions Conference

Please do not forget to RSVP for the conference. We will welcome award-winning author Sharon E. Flake for both an in-person session with teachers/students on April 26th and a virtual session on April 27th. Teachers can attend either or both sessions. To RSVP, please click here. Please note that only teachers interested in attending the Friday, April 26th in-person session with your students should contact Mike Roland.

Let the Council Hear Your Teacher Voice!

  • April 4th @9AM (rescheduled) Budget Oversight Hearing at DCPS, DC Council Hearing Management Systems, INFORMATION

 

DC Teachers – Share your voice!

Drs. Kristin Sinclair (Georgetown University) and Alisha Butler (Wesleyan University) are researching how people work to influence education policy decisions in their schools and communities in Washington, DC. Please consider signing up for a one-hour interview and sharing your perspectives on how teachers can help shape policy. Participating teachers will receive a $25 gift card as a thank-you for their time. All interviews will be over Zoom and responses will be anonymous and confidential. Sign up for an interview here: https://calendly.com/d/3z3-dkb-6h9/dc-education-policy-interviews  

 

EmpowerEd and WTU’s 2024 Educator Wellbeing & Retention Survey

This survey is for ALL DC educators! This survey is for both DCPS and DC Public Charter School educators (not just classroom teachers). We define educator as anyone who works in a school and interacts with students. Responses are completely anonymous. To take the survey, please click here.

 

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AM Brew - March 25, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU!

I hope your week was filled with non-stop learning as was ours! WTU focused on supporting events fundamental to the core mission of our Union. On Wednesday, we attended AFT’s conference Race Forward, Standing Together Roundtable on Pathways to Peace in Israel/Palestine - a Jewish-Palestinian grass-roots conference based in Israel that promotes peace, justice, and equality of opportunity for both Jews and Palestinians. On Thursday, the AFT graciously allowed us to give student journalists from Eliot Hine Middle School and Banneker High School the chance to apply classroom knowledge to a real-life interview with political leaders such as Maryland’s Governor Wes Moore at AFT’s experiential learning conference Passion Meets Purpose! The AFT also plans to pay them for their work. #realsolutionsforkids Click here to watch the interview with Governor Moore. We’d like to thank Eliot Hine Middle School teacher Mandrell E. Birks and Banneker High School teacher Clare Berke for preparing their students for this exciting event. Thursday evening, WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team met to prepare for next week’s bargaining session with DCPS. Please watch the team’s weekly update here

We also want to give a huge shoutout to teachers from Ward 8’s Boone Elementary School and Anacostia High School who walked out of their schools at the end of their tour of duty on Friday. Walking out of school was an act of protest against DCPS’ insistence on trying to take away our rights at the bargaining table. Today, teachers from Ballou High School will also walk out at the end of the school day to rally against DCPS’ contract stance. Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White also plans to join the rally. If you are in the area, please join us. WTU’s Contract Action Team encourages all teachers to plan and/or take part in actions at your school. This will greatly support the work we do at the bargaining table. To learn more about how to participate, please reach out to your school’s building representative and WTU’s Organizer Mike Roland.

April is almost here and so is our Shared Vision Conference! Please do not forget to RSVP for the conference. We will welcome award-winning author Sharon E. Flake for both an in-person session with teachers/students on April 26th and a virtual session on April 27th. Teachers can attend either or both sessions. To RSVP, please click here. Please note that only teachers interested in attending the Friday, April 26th in-person session with your students should contact Mike Roland.

Thank you, as always, for your hard work and support!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

 

 

Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

If you have ideas on what contract actions your school should take, please contact your Building Representative and WTU’s organizer, Mike Roland, for support. Together, we must show DCPS we will not tolerate their proposed reduction of our rights! To learn more, please download WTU’s two-page summary of WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s 10 Proposals and 3 Memorandums of Agreement released in October 2023.

Watch WTU’s Contract Negotiating Team’s weekly update here!

We still need your photos wearing red on Fridays and signatures on our petition. Please encourage all to sign!

 

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WTU's Shared Vision Conference: Building Literacy for Young Adults

WTU's professional development program offers Shared Vision, our Spring Professional Development Conference, as well as online and face-to-face courses for teachers who aim to sharpen their skills, explore research opportunities, earn academic credit, and fulfill certification requirements. 

Our Shared Vision Conference brings together educators, policymakers, and the community to discuss the state of DC schools and what can be done to re-center our vision on students’ needs. This year, in keeping with WTU’s focus on literacy, we will welcome award-winning author Sharon G. Flake for both an in-person session with teachers/students on April 26th and a virtual session on April 27th. Although all teachers are invited to attend the in-person session on Friday, we want to extend a special invitation to MS and HS librarians and English teachers. All who participate in the in-person event will have an opportunity to receive a free copy of “The Skin I’m In.” This book will be the focus of our author discussion. WTU will provide lunch for all participants. Students will also have an opportunity to receive additional books by the writer, Sharon G. Flake. If you are interested in attending the in-person sessions with your students on Friday, April 26th from 10AM-1:30PM, please contact Mike Roland [email protected].

On Saturday, April 27th , the virtual component of our Shared Vision Conference will focus on building literary for our young adults as well as our legislative session with DC City Council and State Board members. Author, Sharon G. Flake will be our keynote speaker and we will have professional development sessions on building literacy. If you are interested in registering for the online session of the Shared Vision Conference on Saturday, April 27th, click here. 

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