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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AFT & WTU Presidents Review Health Protections; Call on DCPS to Reverse Decision to Cut Staffing in Schools

For Immediate Release   

 

AFT and WTU Presidents Review Health Protections for DC Students & Teachers

Call on DC Public Schools to Reverse Decision to Cut Staffing in at Least 36 Schools

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The presidents of the American Federation of Teachers and the Washington Teachers’ Union toured McKinley Technology High School today with District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee and McKinley parent leaders to showcase the work accomplished to reopen safely to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The leaders also expressed dismay over proposed budget and staff cuts.

“Trust is built through hard work and I know that many across D.C. can learn from the hard work that the McKinley Tech and other communities have put in by working together to make our school buildings safe for teachers and students,” WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons said. “We must recognize that we are still in a pandemic and that many, including nearly all of our students, will not be vaccinated when our schools are fully open. We must continue our work to ensure our facilities are safe.”

In the coming days, Mayor Bowser is expected to release her FY2022 (School Year 2021-22) budget. While the Mayor is expected to increase education spending by 3.6% per student, at least 36 schools are facing staffing cuts as students return to in-person learning.

“I hope Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Ferebee are working to close the gaps in our school budgets,” Pogue Lyons added. “Our city has persistent and growing achievement gaps. It is not enough to do more of the same. We must tackle the structural inequities in our system. No student should be returning to a school that has less after the pandemic.”

AFT President Randi Weingarten urged investment in schools over cuts.

"As we continue to expand in-person learning in the District during this pandemic, it’s important to lift up examples of places that are getting all aspects and complexities right, including student engagement, collaboration and the safety guardrails, like McKinley Tech,” Weingarten said. “It comes down to relationships and resources and while the District has worked with the union in constructive ways to make in-person learning a reality, talk of budget cuts is deeply alarming. We’ll need more staff to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of kids, not less. After this difficult year, we need to keep working together on solutions, not cuts."

Today’s facility tour was a part of the WTU’s efforts to ensure the continued safety of our school buildings for students and staff. The WTU and DCPS have established a “Situation Room” to address any concerns raised by educators or community members. The WTU asks anyone who believes a school building is out of compliance with established safety protocols to complete our Reporting Form at: http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings.

 

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The WTU represents more than 5,000 active and retired teachers. It is dedicated to social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia and to improving the quality of support, resources, compensation and working conditions for the public servants and proud teachers who educate our students in D.C. Public Schools.

 

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Media Advisory - WTU & AFT Review Return to School

For Immediate Release                                                   Contact: Joe Weedon

April 22, 2021                                                                    Tel: 202-277-9410

                                                                                           [email protected]

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AFT President Randi Weingarten and WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons will be holding a press conference after touring McKinley Technology High School after touring the campus to review health and safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in District Schools. They will be joined by parent and community leaders, who participated in building walk-through verification tours of the school facility.

WHO:              AFT President Randi Weingarten, WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, McKinley Tech Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Chair Sherice Muhammad

WHAT:            Media Availability

WHEN:            Friday, April 23 at 10:00 AM

WHERE:         McKinley Tech High School

                       151 T Street, NE

                       Washington, DC 20002

 

Weingarten and Pogue Lyons said McKinley is an example of what a successful and safe reopening looks like, with school officials, the union, parents and community working together. The AFT and WTU are working to ensure health and safety protocols are in place at every DCPS school, as outlined in the WTU-DCPS Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provide safe environments for our students and staff, including full adherence to the DCPS Facility Checklist.

In addition to on-going safety monitoring and improvements, the WTU, AFT and community leadership will discuss the ingredients needed for a successful full return to school for the 2021-2022 school year.

As part of the WTU’s efforts to ensure the continued safety of our school buildings, the WTU and DCPS have established a “Situation Room” to address any concerns raised by educators or community members. DCPS will be providing a weekly update on any issues reported. We ask anyone who believes a school building is out of compliance with established safety protocols to complete our Reporting Form at: http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings.

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The full advisory is available here.

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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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Jacqueline Pogue Lyons Confirmed as WTU President

 

Washington Teachers’ Union Announces Jacqueline Pogue Lyons as President; Regina Bell to Serve as General Vice President

WASHINGTON — The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) today announced that Jacqueline Pogue Lyons has been confirmed as the union’s next President. Regina Bell will be become General Vice President.

“It is an honor to lead the Washington Teachers’ Union,” WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons said. “We will continue to honor the work and legacy of Elizabeth Davis by working to ensure that our students receive the education they deserve. This starts today with our work to prevent cuts to our school budgets and ensure that city leaders follow the law by ensuring city dollars are allocated equitably to our students.”

Born and raised in New York, Jacqueline Pogue Lyons has been a teacher in the District of Columbia for twenty-eight years and has taught in public schools across Washington, D.C. including: Plummer Elementary, J.C. Nalle Elementary, Thomson Elementary and Hyde Elementary. Prior to being the WTU’s General Vice President in 2016 and joining the WTU office team, she served as a kindergarten teacher at Savoy Elementary.

In her role with the WTU, Pogue Lyons has been a tenacious advocate for the rights of teachers and oversaw the work of the WTU Field Representatives in ensuring DC Public Schools abided by the contractual rights of WTU members. She has also worked tirelessly to support the certification and professional development needs of DCPS educators. Pogue Lyons earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Smith College in Massachusetts and a Master of Education in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Pogue Lyons has one son, who is a recent graduate of Howard University.

“Every teacher who chooses to come to Washington, D.C. deserves a Union that will stand behind them and support them,” Pogue Lyons continued. “Every student deserves a great teacher who is supported and encouraged to grow in their profession. We must end the antiquated and punitive systems that our city uses to evaluate teachers and schools, causing tremendous turnover in our profession, and replace them with programs and supports that will help our students thrive.”

Pogue Lyons became acting president upon the passing of WTU President Elizabeth A. Davis on April 4. 

The WTU also announced that Regina Bell has been elevated to become the WTU’s General Vice President.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my colleagues to help lead the continuation of President Davis’ work to close the opportunity gaps that plague our city,” Bell said. “The pandemic has only magnified the disparities that our students and school communities face. To improve equity in education we must fully fund our schools and provide library programs for all students”

Bell has served as the Librarian/Media Specialist at Murch Elementary for the past 13 years, where she works with all teachers and staff to support student learning. Bell has served on the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT), the Murch Equity Team, and in other school leadership roles. Bell has served on the Executive Board of the WTU since 2018 and most recently chaired the WTU’s Legislative Committee. Bell and her husband live in D.C. Their three children each graduated from Wilson High School.

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The WTU represents more than 5,000 active and retired teachers. It is dedicated to social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia and to improving the quality of support, resources, compensation and working conditions for the public servants and proud teachers who educate our students in D.C. Public Schools.

 

The full release is available for download here.

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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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