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May Professional Development Opportunities

Check out these great professional development opportunities and REGISTER NOW.

 

Summer Professional Learning!!!

Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE. Early Bird Discount Expires 5/21!

 

2021 WTU Teacher Leader Symposium

Thank you so much to those who were able to attend the 2021 WTU Teacher Leader Symposium...the presence, engagement, and questions from the audience are such key elements of this event's success. We are so proud of the immense dedication of our elite group of SY2020-21 teacher leaders. We hope you enjoyed the symposium and that it was thought-provoking and inspiring for you as well. Teacher leaders and their research papers are available at https://www.wtulocal6.net/2021_teacher_leaders

Part 1 Recording; Access Passcode: 5L$#=Zi2

Part 2 Recording; Access Passcode: f%MpT5%n

Part 3 Recording; Access Passcode: [email protected]

 

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The Gun Violence Memorial Project

The Gun Violence Memorial Project, a moving tribute to the many lives taken by gun violence, is now open to the public at The National Building Museum in Washington D.C through September 25, 2022.  

 

Local survivors are invited to contribute your loved one’s objects to be a part of this meaningful memorial. Objects can be delivered to the Building Museum (401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001), Saturday, June 5th 11am-4pm (RSVP here) and Sunday, June 6th 11am-4pm (RSVP here). 

 

 

What to bring: Selecting an object is a deeply personal choice. Please take your time in selecting a remembrance object. Because of the public nature of the exhibit, the physical constraints in brick size, and the commitment to generating productive and healing dialogue, remembrance objects will only be accepted if they meet the specified criteria. Click here for the criteria and instructions.

There will be three additional collection events over the course of the next year, so this isn't the only option - but we are certainly excited to resume collection after more than a year's delay!

Please share this with your network - this is for anyone to contribute to. 

 

If you have any questions. Or would like to discuss selecting a remembrance object, please do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Jackie Jackson at [email protected]

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May 17 - Professional Development Opportunities

2021 WTU TEACHER LEADER PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM

The 2021 Teacher Leaders have looked at a number of critical issues that will impact you. Please join us to learn more about their research.

Learn more about the 2021 Teacher Leaders Program Symposium and Register Here.


WTU 2021 Trainer Search

The WTU/AFT Educational Research and Dissemination (ER&D) Program represents one of the union’s major efforts to improve student achievement by making a difference in practitioners’ performance and professional growth. The WTU ER&D Program is unique because it provides solid, research-based content and is created and delivered by classroom teachers and school personnel. The WTU ER&D Program validates existing practice while encouraging professional growth and building a sense of pride in the quality of union service. Training will be held July 2021 in the Summer Educator Academy (SEA) organized by the American Federation of Teachers, our parent union. You may apply HERE by May 17, 2021.

 

 

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Here's What's Brewing - May 17, 2021

Reopening Schools.

Last week, AFT President Randi Weingarten discussed her commitment to reopening the nation's classrooms in the fall. Click here to watch her speech. Read more from the New York Times.

The WTU is working to develop our list of priorities for a safe reopening. To learn more, please contact WTU's Legislative Committee Chair, Regina Bell at [email protected]

 

Speak Out – Sign-up to Testify on the FY2022 School Budgets

The Committee of the Whole will be holding an Oversight Hearing on the School Year 2021-2022 budgets on June 3, 2021 at 9am. Sign-up to testify: www.ChairmanMendelson.com/testify  

Council’s Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery. On May 26, the Special Committee will hold a joint hearing focused on what the District’s public education system should look like coming out of the PHE. Sign-up to testify by emailing Malcolm Cameron at [email protected] before 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021.

 

We Need Your Input

School Year 2021-22 Budgets. Let us know if your School Year 2021-2022 Budget has been cut and what positions are being eliminated. Click here to take our short survey.

Educators - Report your Certification and Recertification Concerns. Click here to let us know about your troubles obtaining your teaching credentials.

Class Coverage Survey – Are you being pulled from your regular duties? Click here to take our quick survey.

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew. Please bookmark the site and check back for regular news and notices as well as to find items from past editions of the AM Brew.

 

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The District is coming together to plan a safer summer of gun violence prevention

Join Moms Demand Action to end violence in our communities.

Tue, June 1, 2021

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Learn more -- full schedule, virtual and in-person options, zoom link, and more!

Click here: https://endgunviolencedc.eventbrite.com 

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May Events

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

  • May 11, Tuesday @ 4:30pm – May Representative Assembly Meeting
  • May 13, Thursday @ 5:00pm – WTU Teacher Leader Symposium
  • May 15, Saturday @ 10:00am – WTU Teacher Leader Symposium
  • May 18, Tuesday @ 5:00pm – WTU Teacher Leader Symposium
  • May 18, Tuesday @ 4:30pm – WTU Legislative Committee. 
  • May 20, Thursday @ 5:00pm – WTU Organizing Committee. 
  • May 24, Monday @ 5:00pm – COPE Budget Advocacy Training. 
  • May 25, Tuesday @ 4:30pm – WTU Communications Committee. 
  • June 3, Thursday @ 4:30pm – Building Reps. Monthly Meeting with the President. 
  • June 5, Saturday @ 10:00am – WTU Executive Board Meeting. 
  • June 7, Monday @ 5:00pm – WTU C.O.P.E. 
  • June 8, Tuesday @ 4:30pm – June Representative Assembly. 

 

*Check the Weekly AM Brew for log-in information for all events.

 

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PD Highlights - May 10

Check out these upcoming professional learning opportunities.

 

2021 WTU Teacher Leader Program Symposium

The 2021 Teacher Leaders have looked at a number of critical issues that will impact you. Please join us to learn more about their research.

Learn more about the 2021 Teacher Leaders Program Symposium and Register Here.

WTU Professional Learning - Summer 2021 Course Offerings

Click here for Summer 2021 course descriptions and registration links.

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

Register here.

Ignite My Future in School Virtual TECHademy.

Tata Consultancy Services has partnered with Discovery Education to host a 2.5-hour immersive virtual Professional Learning session that focuses on engaging students in real world problem solving by leveraging computational thinking. You will receive a Digital Swag Bag with: GooseChase EDU, Breakout EDU Digital access, PearDeck Premium and an official Certificate of Participation upon completion of the TECHademy.

Register HERE

WTU National Board Certification Support Classes- May 11, Tuesday, at 5-6 pm

It's exciting that DCPS is finally with the WTU in proclaiming that it is imperative to sustain a teaching workforce defined by accomplished practice through National Board Certification. Our WTU members can develop their instructional practice by becoming NBCT candidates, and after 10 years of advocating for this, DCPS will now pay all component and renewal fees for up to $2,000.

REGISTER HERE

WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays

Register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.

Upcoming Opportunities from the National Math Alliance

Equity Inclusion and Anti-blackness in Mathematics Education - A conversation with Danny Martin - Wednesday, May 12th, 4-5pm EDT. This will be a talk, a discussion with Earl Center staff, and a public conversation.

Register for Zoom room here or via the QR button on the flier:

https://bostonu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkdeipqD0oHtcfDcv81zaZcdfoef-MBqEa

Read the article here (or QR button below):

https://www.academia.edu/38975519/Equity_inclusion_and_antiblackness_in_mathematics_education

Structures for Success: Supporting, Developing and Retaining Black Male Educators. Free webinar 5/19/21, 6-8pm ET. 

Event info and FREE event registration.

MSRI online Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice - June 9-11 & June 16-18, 2021 - Sessions will explore the role that mathematics plays in today’s movement for racial justice.

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PD Highlights - April 26, 2021

Voting Rights Lesson Plan Competition

*Deadline Extended to April 30

Submit an original lesson plan that integrates the pivotal PBS Documentary Freedom Summer. Learn More at Freedom Summer - WTU Local 6



Ignite My Future TECHademy

Join @TCS and @DiscoveryEd for a free PD on computational thinking (and snag some awesome swag: PearDeck, BreakoutEDU, GooseChase)! The #IgniteMyFuture in School Virtual TECHademy is on April 28th. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/TECHademy2021

 

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April 22 - PD Update

Voting Rights Lesson Plan Competition

*Deadline Extended to April 30

Submit an original lesson plan that integrates the pivotal PBS Documentary Freedom Summer.  Learn More at Freedom Summer - WTU Local 6

 

Ignite My Future TECHademy

Join @TCS and @DiscoveryEd for a free PD on computational thinking (and snag some awesome swag: PearDeck, BreakoutEDU, GooseChase)! The #IgniteMyFuture in School Virtual TECHademy is on April 28th.  Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/TECHademy2021

 

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

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April 19 - PD Update

Check out this week's highlights and professional development opportunities from the WTU.

 

Deadline EXTENDED 4/30/21

 

Ignite My Future TECHademy

Join @TCS and @DiscoveryEd for a free PD on computational thinking (and snag some awesome swag: PearDeck, BreakoutEDU, GooseChase)! The #IgniteMyFuture in School Virtual TECHademy is on April 28th.  Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/TECHademy2021

 

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

 

 

WTU Professional Development Courses

THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning (Registration Fee: $150)

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish; 9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations

 

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins, 4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28

Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322

WTU National Board Certification Support Classes

It's exciting that DCPS is finally with the WTU in proclaiming that it is imperative to sustain a teaching workforce defined by accomplished practice through National Board Certification. Our WTU members can develop their instructional practice by becoming NBCT candidates, and after 10 years of advocating for this, DCPS will now pay all component and renewal fees for up to $2,000.

WTU NBCT FREE Virtual Information Sessions (Teams):

- April 20, Tuesday, at 5-6 pm

- May 11, Tuesday, at 5-6 pm

REGISTER HERE

 

WTU Professional Learning Abroad

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or July 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here:

https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

 

Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 5/1)

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

 

WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays

Register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.

 

Opportunities from the National Math Alliance:

 

 

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WTU Professional Development Update - April 12

Check out this week's Professional Development opportunities.

 

Deadline for Submissions: 4/16/2021

 

Resources and Programs from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture:

Current Programs/Resources:

Upcoming Programs:

 

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

REGISTER for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

 

WTU Professional Learning Abroad

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or next summer 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here: https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

 

THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES FROM THE WTU

Registration Fee: $150

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish

9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations

Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language II

Instructor: Louis Blount

9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 10th, April 24th; May 1st; May 8th; May 22nd

Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_-_hispanic_culture_ii

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS FROM THE WTU

Flagway/Math Literacy PD (Monday, April 12 @ 4:30-6:30pm)

Instructor: Raphael Bonhomme

Be a part of a community of DC educators who are transforming the way math instruction is delivered to students!!! "The goal of The Flagway™ Game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are many 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 here: http://www.typp.org/flagway. Participants will receive 3 PLU’s per session. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_flagway_coaching_sessions

Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 5/1)

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28)

Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322

 

WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays

Register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.

 

Opportunities from the National Math Alliance

YPP and National Math Festival (NMF) Live Online Weekend, April 16-18, 2021

2021 National Math Festival overview

2021 NMF schedule page

2021 NMF FAQs page

2021 NMF Live Online Weekend -- register free in Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/2021nmf - All events are free and open to the public, with a special focus on welcoming elementary, tweens & teens (and teachers!).

Broward College Minority Teachers Association & Education Pathway presents a webinar Tues., April 13th, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm EDT, Florida’s 21st Century Teacher: Lessons From Remote PK-12 Teaching. https://broward-edu.zoom.us/j/93926172862  Please see the event flyer, available here.

NCTM 2021 virtual conf. Closing Session, Saturday, May 1st, 4:45pmET-5:45pmET. Connecting Civil Rights to Math Literacy for All: A Conversation with Bob Moses, Nell Cobb, B.J. Walker and Danny Glover - for info and to register, please see: https://www.nctm.org/Conferences-and-Professional-Development/Virtual-Meetings/VAM2021/Schedule/Closing-Session/

 

Reminder: MSRI online Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice - June 9-11 & June 16-18, 2021 - Sessions will explore the role that mathematics plays in today’s movement for racial justice.

 

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April 5 - PD update

Professional Development

Check out the March 25th PD Update for registration information for WTU PD Courses - including NEW & FREE courses - info on the Voting Rights Lesson Plan Competition, and much more. CLICK HERE.

 

LEARN MORE HERE.


WTU WELLNESS SERIES WITH KAISER PERMANENTE

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9


UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Check out THIS FLYER for graduate programs are being offered with outreach tuition...which means there are not in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. This makes these graduate degrees a very reasonable financial option for DCPS professionals wanting to obtain advanced training in the specialty areas offered...Autism, Early Childhood Special Education, and Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms.


THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES

Registration Fee: $150

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish; 9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. It examines best practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management and maximizing use of learning time. Participants also study questioning and feedback skills, the role of homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. This course is recommended as the primary offering for all educators. It is frequently used as the basis for mentoring and peer assistance. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations


Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language II

Instructor: Louis Blount; 9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 10th, April 24th; May 1st; May 8th; May 22nd

This intense course is designed for school personnel in D.C. Public Schools to converse in Spanish beyond the basic level with Hispanic students and parents. Emphasis will be on acquiring an advanced understanding of the Spanish language through grammatical structures used in Spanish conversation, mastering listening concepts for communicating with native Spanish speakers, writing basic communicative texts for parents, and reading in the target language to communicate educational matters to parents. Mastery of these advanced skills and learned vocabulary will be immediately used in communicating with Spanish-speaking members of school communities. In addition, the participant will have an appreciation of important cultural and social events in the Hispanic cultures in the local community. Prerequisite: Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I, previous Spanish or professor’s permission. Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_-_hispanic_culture_ii


WTU PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ABROAD

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or next summer 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here:

https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

Once you sign up, you will receive an invitation to attend our next travel group meeting on Monday, March 29 @ 5pm.


REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS

Flagway/Math Literacy PD (Monday, April 12 @ 4:30-6:30pm)

Instructor: Raphael Bonhomme

Be a part of a community of DC educators who are transforming the way math instruction is delivered to students!!! "The goal of The Flagway™ Game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are many 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 here: http://www.typp.org/flagway. Participants will receive 3 PLU’s per session. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_flagway_coaching_sessions


Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 4/10)

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9


Strategies for Student Success

Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, utilizing modeling, and experiential learning. The following modules will be offered in this series:

The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based, and Project-Based Learning (3/20)

Students with Challenges (4/9)

Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session.

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_strategies_section_2


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28

Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322


WTU TECH TOOL TUESDAYS


ALL WTU LEAP LEADERS:

Please fill out this survey to assist in collecting data regarding LEAP for Ashely Kearney, a 2nd-year WTU Teacher Leader.

 

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