Am Brew - November 22, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, November 22, 2021

 

 

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

 

DCPS has begun distribution of Office Depot cards. We did ask, but DCPS is not able to reimburse teachers for purchases already made. If you haven’t received your Office Depot card, please reach out to your Field Representative.


Members Amber Terry, Anthony Allard and Faith Wang attended the signing of the Infrastructure Bill at the White House with AFT President Randi Weingarten.

 

OSSE is offering LETRS training. 

LETRS, Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, a new science of reading training. ELA educators invited to participate include: instructional coaches, reading specialists, classroom teachers, special education teachers, English Learner (EL) teachers and instructional leaders. 

Please follow the link to this Google Folder to see the relevant information: 11.2021 LETRS Info Session

There will be an information session on Monday, Nov. 22 at 4:15 p.m. Interested participants can register here. We will be accepting up to 70 participants across 2 cohorts. The application for the OSSE LETRS cohorts is due Sunday, Nov. 28 at 11:59 p.m. The application can be found here.

All are welcome to the WTU IMPACT meeting – November 30 at 4:30
We’ll be discussing the pros and cons of the Danielson and Marzano frameworks for teaching and the teacher observation process. Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 873 0146 8847; Passcode: 755793.

 

Dental and Vision Open Enrollment 

DC government has announced its open enrollment to run from 2022 for Monday, November 8 through Monday December 13, 2021. This is an annual opportunity to review your current benefits elections and make changes. This is also an opportunity for you to make any changes to your dental and vision benefits. Click here for details on your dental and vision coverage or if you have any questions regarding these benefits, contact Valerie Kilby at [email protected]

If you have questions regarding enrollment into the plans, contact DCPS benefits at [email protected]

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

Read more
Add your reaction

AM Brew - November 15, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, November 15, 2021

 

ICYMI: The Washington Teachers' Union was hopeful that by now we would have been close to a final agreement with DCPS on language regarding the impact and effects of the Mayor’s vaccine mandate on teachers. Unfortunately, we are still at odds over the final wording on testing. We want to make sure that all teachers, including those already vaccinated, have access to COVID-19 testing. Although the overall number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing, there may be a surge with the approach of the holiday and winter season. Including all teachers in testing ensures that we are doing everything possible to keep students, teachers and staff safe. Please make sure to go to Peoplesoft and declare your vaccination status.

DCPS will have the Office Depot cards prepared and ready for distribution to all teachers this week. We did ask, but DCPS is not able to reimburse teachers for purchases already made.

 

A DCPS Teacher Who Helped Create RCTs Speaks Outs

Read more here.

IMPACT

The WTU is working with the AFT to create a framework for a new teacher development and evaluation system. We are looking for members who would like to be part of a team that is writing the strands for Teacher Observation, Student Performance and Professional Growth. If you would like to help with this effort, please join the zoom meeting today, Monday, Nov 15 at 4:30. Join IMPACT Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 825 8557 4894; Passcode: 711334 If you have further questions, please email Regina Bell at [email protected]

WTU Testing Survey

The WTU has received numerous complaints from teachers regarding the number of tests that they have been required to administer since the start of the school year. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey on excessive testing to give us an idea of how many tests you are required to administer, the duration, and your thoughts about the impact on student learning.

Click here to take the survey.

Pay for coverage

If you are required to substitute for an absent teacher, you may be entitled to additional compensation in the form of administrative premium:

If you lose your planning period due to providing coverage for another teacher, you must be compensated

If you lose your planning period because a special subject teacher is absent, you must be compensated

For elementary teachers: if you are required to accept additional students in your class because of another teacher's absence, and those additional students place your class size over the contractual class size limit, you must be compensated for each day of coverage

Any additional compensation owed to you must be paid on a biweekly basis. Contact your business manager or your WTU Field Services Specialist if you need the DCPS Administrative Premium Pay Authorization Form.

Advocate for Community Schools!

Please take the following actions this week to advocate for community schools:

Dental and Vision Open Enrollment

DC government has announced its open enrollment to run from 2022 for Monday, November 8 through Monday December 13, 2021. This is an annual opportunity to review your current benefits elections and make changes. This is also an opportunity for you to make any changes to your dental and vision benefits. Click here for details on your dental and vision coverage or if you have any questions regarding these benefits, contact Valerie Kilby at [email protected].

If you have questions regarding enrollment into the plans, contact DCPS benefits at [email protected].

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

Read more
Add your reaction

PD Highlights - November 15, 2021

Professional Development

Here are the latest professional development opportunities from the WTU and our partners.

Strategies for Student Success (FREE!)

Instructor: Laurine Kennedy

Tuesdays: November 16, 23 and 30; December 7; 4:15-7:15pm

The following modules will be offered in this section: Dimensions to a Better Life; Navigating the Journey Between Stress and SEL, Electrifying Online Learning, The Game Factor. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session. RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_strategies_for_student_success

 

WTU Tech Tuesdays Are Back!!!

Next session is Tuesday 11/16 @ 5:30-6:30pm, coordinator Sarah Elwell for a session on Integrating Discovery Education Resources.

Register HERE.

 

Read more
Add your reaction

AM Brew - November 8, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, November 8, 2021

Representative Assembly Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 04:30 PM Eastern Time (Via Zoom) for our monthly Representative Assembly. The meeting is open to all members of the Washington Teachers’ Union. Please click here to register.

Proposed Agenda:

  • President’s ReportJacqueline Pogue Lyons
  • Professional Development, Sarah Elwell
  • Committee Reports, Committee Chairs
  • WTU Financials and Vote on WTU Budget for FY2022, Nadia Torney

 

DCPS Librarians are featured in the November edition of School Library Journal 

Click here to read more.

 

Dental and Vision Open Enrollment 

DC government has announced its open enrollment to run from 2022 for Monday, November 8 through Monday December 13, 2021. This is an annual opportunity to review your current benefits elections and make changes. This is also an opportunity for you to make any changes to your dental and vision benefits. Click here for details on your dental and vision coverage or if you have any questions regarding these benefits, contact Valerie Kilby at [email protected]

If you have questions regarding enrollment into the plans, contact DCPS benefits at [email protected]

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

Read more
Add your reaction

PD Highlights - November 8, 2021

Professional Development

Additional Professional Development opportunities are available on the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog

 

FREE WTU PD Workshops in November:

Strategies for Student Success. 

Instructor: Laurine Kennedy

Tuesdays: November 16, 23 and 30; December 7; 4:15-7:15pm

The following modules will be offered in this section: Dimensions to a Better Life; Navigating the Journey Between Stress and SEL, Electrifying Online Learning, The Game Factor. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session. RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_strategies_for_student_success

Transforming Teacher Identity: Who Am I as an Educator?

Instructors: Tiffany L. Brown and Donald Thompson

November 13; 9am-12noon

Using a variety of interactive strategies, educators will explore how various aspects of their personal and social identities uniquely form who they are as professionals and affect their teaching and learning. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s. RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_transforming_teacher_identity

Add your reaction

AM Brew - November 1, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, November 1, 2021

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Takeisha Wilson, a fourth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher at Shepherd Elementary School, and Rickita Perry Taylor, who teaches students with disabilities and medical difficulties at Turner Elementary School. Both teachers were named finalists for DC’s 2022 Teacher of the Year Award and received $1,500. 

 

Vaccine Mandate

The mayor’s vaccination mandate goes into effect today. We are still in negotiations with DCPS over the impact and effects of the mandate especially for those with legitimate medical or religious exemptions. We urge everyone to go to Peoplesoft if you have not declared your vaccination status. If you have a medical or a religious exemption please email [email protected] to request an accommodation.

 

FMLA 

If you haven’t heard back regarding your FMLA application, please contact your field rep and let them know when you submitted your application.  

Steps for Filing for FMLA - Family and Medical Leave Act

The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. 

To qualify for FMLA you must:
1. Have worked at DCPS for 1 year without a break in service
 

To apply:
1. You MUST have your medical certification completed by the attending physician
2. Complete Leave of Absence Form (LOA) in QuickBase  

Sick Leave 

When you go out on FLMA, you will use all your sick leave.  

When you exhaust all your sick leave, you will be out on unpaid leave.  

 

Sick Leave Bank 

Completing qualifying documents for FMLA approval does not guarantee that you will also have use of the Sick Leave Bank.  

The Sick Leave Bank is available for use by DCPS teachers, and can be accessed only if you, yourself are sick. The Sick Leave Bank cannot be accessed or used by DCPS teachers to take care of a family member.  

Contact Charmaine Wilks at [email protected] with questions about the Sick Leave Bank  

 

Representative Assembly Meetings

School election results and current rosters need to be on file with the WTU to confirm membership, building representatives and delegates. Your field rep will reach out to building reps if we need this information from your school.

 

IMPACT

Thank you to everyone who completed the IMPACT survey. The WTU is working with the AFT to create a teacher development and evaluation system that is fair to teachers and good for students. We are looking for members who would like to be part of a team that is writing the strands for Teacher Observation, Student Performance and Professional Growth.  If you would like to help with this effort, please email Regina Bell at [email protected] 

 

Dental and Vision Open Enrollment 

DC government has announced its open enrollment to run from 2022 for Monday, November 8 through Monday December 13, 2021. This is an annual opportunity to review your current benefits elections and make changes. This is also an opportunity for you to make any changes to your dental and vision benefits. Click here for details on your dental and vision coverage or if you have any questions regarding these benefits, contact Valerie Kilby at [email protected]

If you have questions regarding enrollment into the plans, contact DCPS benefits at [email protected]

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

 

Read more
Add your reaction

PD Highlights - November 1, 2021

Professional Development

FREE WTU PD Workshops in November:

Strategies for Student Success

Instructor: Laurine Kennedy

Tuesdays: November 16, 23 and 30; December 7; 4:15-7:15pm

The following modules will be offered in this section: Dimensions to a Better Life; Navigating the Journey Between Stress and SEL, Electrifying Online Learning, The Game Factor. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session. RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_strategies_for_student_success

Transforming Teacher Identity: Who Am I as an Educator?

Instructors: Tiffany L. Brown and Donald Thompson

November 13; 9am-12noon

Using a variety of interactive strategies, educators will explore how various aspects of their personal and social identities uniquely form who they are as professionals and affect their teaching and learning. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s. RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_transforming_teacher_identity

 

IMPACT Professional Development Workshop (FREE)

Part 2 (EP 3, 4 & 5): Saturday, November 6 @ 10am-1pm

In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Teacher-Assessed Student Achievement Data (TAS), Community School Commitment (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP) Participants will receive 3 PLU’s.

RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_impact_professional_development

 

WTU Tech Tuesdays Are Back!!!

Next session is Tuesday 11/9 @ 5:30-6:30pm, coordinator Sarah Elwell for a session on Integrating Discovery Education Resources.

Register HERE.

Read more
Add your reaction

PD Highlights - Oct 25, 2021

Professional Development Highlights

October 25, 2021

For additional PD opportunities, check out the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog.

 

Join the Flagway League!

The Flagway League Launch is TODAY Monday, October 25 @ 4-5pm, led by coordinator Raphael Bonhomme. "The goal of The Flagway™ Game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are many different ways to create a cultural context in which mathematics emerges naturally from students’ experience. One method used by the YPP and the Algebra Project is to create mathematically rich games and experiences." Find more info about the game here: http://www.typp.org/flagway.

Register HERE to become a Flagway Coach: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_flagway_league_section_1

 

IMPACT Professional Development Workshop (FREE)

Part 2 (EP 3, 4 & 5): Saturday, November 6 @ 10am-1pm

In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Teacher-Assessed Student Achievement Data (TAS), Community School Commitment (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP) Participants will receive 3 PLU’s.

RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_impact_professional_development

 

Read more
Add your reaction

AM Brew - October 25, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

Tuesday, October 25, 2021

 

The most rewarding part of my job is when I visit schools and connect with members either in small groups or one-on-one. I sincerely appreciate the job that you perform under very imperfect circumstances. I understand what you experience daily with large class sizes, class coverage, and the lack of drinking water for your students. I commit to fighting every single day to improve on your working conditions and to hold DCPS accountable for its mishandling of COVID-19 protocols. Please do not hesitate to notify your building representative or field services specialist of any immediate issues that we need to attend to. 

As always, I wish you an enjoyable and productive work week. 

Jacqueline 

 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 

On October 12, 2021, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) reached a settlement in Weingarten v. DeVos. The Department of Education led by Secretary Miguel Cardona agreed to work with AFT to ensure relief for the countless borrowers who relied on the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness. 

According to the terms of the settlement, millions of Americans, including educators will now have their loans completely forgiven or will be properly enrolled in a forgiveness program crediting their years of past payments, putting them much closer to full forgiveness.  

As a member of the AFT, you are eligible to get help navigating the new process from AFT’s
partner, Summer. Retrieve your membership number at https://members.aft.org/members/lookup. Once you have your membership number, sign up for a free account with Summer at https://www.meetsummer.org/pslf

If you have questions, please contact AFT at https://www.aft.org/contact or by
calling (800) 238-1133.  

The WTU is planning a workshop in November to help you navigate this process and will keep you posted in the coming weeks. 

 

Dental and Vision Open Enrollment 

DC government has announced its open enrollment to run from 2022 for Monday, November 8 through Monday December 13, 2021. This is an annual opportunity to review your current benefits elections and make changes. This is also an opportunity for you to make any changes to your dental and vision benefits. Click here for details on your dental and vision coverage or if you have any questions regarding these benefits, contact Valerie Kilby at [email protected]

If you have questions regarding enrollment into the plans, contact DCPS benefits at [email protected]

 

Important Information for Related Service Providers and Special Education Teachers 

Due to concerns regarding the increasing requests for redundant documentation from the Division of Specialized Instruction the WTU reached out to DCPS regarding the required documentation of recovery planning for students with IEPs. DSI indicated the Quarterly Progress Reports and Recovery Plans are due Monday, November 15, 2021. This date is aligned Article 19.2 (Report Cards/Progress Reports shall be prepared within five (5) school days after the close of each advisory/grading period.

Given numerous reports concerning inequitable duty assignments and excessive class coverage assignments, we're requesting all related service providers and special education teachers complete the following surveys ASAP. 

Survey #1 - Coverage and Duty Assignments 

Survey #2 - Over Enrollment in Self-Contained Classrooms & Inequity in Program Assignments 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these surveys contact Field Services Specialist, Janice Brown Parker at [email protected]

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

Read more
Add your reaction

PD Highlights - October 18, 2021

PD Highlights - October 18, 2021

Sign up for “The Game Factor” (FREE)

Join Dr. Casey Collins on Saturday, October 23 @ 9am-12noon to explore an instructional design that works for both online and in-person instruction. Caution: We will talk about games, but this module will cover much more. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s.

RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_the_game_factor

 

Join the Flagway League!

The Flagway League will be launched on October 25 @ 4-5pm by coordinator Raphael Bonhomme.

"The goal of The Flagway™ Game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are many different ways to create a cultural context in which mathematics emerges naturally from students’ experience. One method used by the YPP and the Algebra Project is to create mathematically rich games and experiences." Find more info about the game here: http://www.typp.org/flagway.

Register HERE to become a Flagway Coach: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_flagway_league_section_1

 

IMPACT Professional Development Workshop (FREE)

Part 2 (EP 3, 4 & 5): Saturday, November 7 @ 10am-1pm

In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Teacher-Assessed Student Achievement Data (TAS), Community School Commitment (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP) Participants will receive 3 PLU’s.

RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_impact_professional_development

 

Read more
Add your reaction

WTU’s Frustrations Boil Over with No-Confidence Resolution

3._News_Header.png

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2021


Contact:
Jacqueline Pogue Lyons
[email protected]
202-517-1477

 

WTU’s Frustrations Boil Over with No-Confidence Resolution

Membership Upset Over School Reopening Concerns, Protracted Contract Negotiations, No Action on IMPACT Evaluation Changes


WASHINGTON—Frustration with District of Columbia leadership over school building safety, protracted contract negotiations and inaction on IMPACT evaluation changes boiled over this week with Washington Teachers’ Union members voting that they have no confidence in city leaders.


“This is what happens when teachers raise legitimate concerns that affect students and teachers, but then time passes and nothing gets done. We need a relationship with city and school district leaders built on respect and mutual trust, and that means addressing problems together in a timely way,” said WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons.


At a meeting Tuesday evening, WTU delegates passed a resolution of no confidence in city and school leadership, primarily calling them out for reopening schools that were not fully safe. These include reopening schools without fully functional HVAC systems and inadequate filters where students are regularly present, failing to recognize the need for a virtual option despite accommodations made for charter schools, and underfunding mental health and social and emotional support for students and staff dealing with trauma related to the pandemic and record-setting shootings in the city.


Pogue Lyons also said teachers are exacerbated by protracted negotiations over a contract that expired in September 2019 and inaction on changing the flawed IMPACT evaluation system, which research has shown is not helpful, actually hurts teachers’ well-being and is racial biased.


“Our teachers went above and beyond during the height of the pandemic to make sure their students got a quality education. They were excited to go back to school in person this fall despite their concerns regarding the continued spread of the virus, and yet the district is slow-walking negotiations. Teachers feel terribly disrespected and have had it with district leadership. This resolution reflects their deep frustration,” Pogue Lyons said.


She also said that the city is failing to work to resolve a serious teacher shortage and retention problem. “If the city refuses to recognize the problem and work with the WTU to improve it, the situation could turn into a major crisis. This is bad for students and bad for our schools and community.”

# # #

 

You can download a copy of the release here.

 

 

1 reaction

AM Brew - October 12, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

 

Please join us on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 04:30 PM Eastern Time (Via Zoom) for our monthly Representative Assembly. The meeting is open to all members of the Washington Teachers’ Union.

Please click here to registerAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Proposed Agenda:

- Updates from the President, Jacqueline Pogue Lyons

- Professional Development, Sarah Elwell

- Committee Reports, Committee Chairs

- Review and Vote on WTU Budget for FY2022, Nadia Torney

- Vendor Presentations


Air Quality Report

As a part of the MOU, DGS must provide monthly information on air quality in our schools. The September DGS School Indoor Air Quality- Monthly Report is a now available.

 

IMPACT surveys

We will be conducting a series of short surveys to get your input on a better way to use the teacher process to improve performance.  The goal is to create the framework of a system to replace IMPACT’s punitive approach. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete this survey. Thank You!

https://forms.gle/oVbpR3q1eUvsKja89

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

Read more
Add your reaction