AM Brew - June 7, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today - Monday, June 7, 2021

 

Member Assembly - Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 4:30 PM (Via Zoom)

All WTU members are invited to participate in 2021 June Member Assembly.

Please click here to register.

 

Read In to Save DCPS Librarians; Council Budget Hearing

Many thanks to the librarians that attended last week’s "Read-In to Save School Libraries." As we gained our first detailed look at the Mayor’s 2021-2022 budget proposal, we continue to see an erosion of resources reaching our students; librarian positions are at the forefront of our work to ensure all students receive a rich, well-rounded education and for our city to close the stark and growing achievement gaps that plague our city. We hope you'll all join us in our work to #SaveDCPSLibrarians.

As we look ahead to the fall and plan to reopen our schools for the 2021-2022 school year, President Lyons testified that DC needs to make three key investments to close long-standing achievement gaps. Reduced Class Size. Implement Co-Teaching Models. And a Librarian in Every School.

Read President Lyons statement to the DC Council on the FY2022 budget here: FY22 Budget Testimony - WTU Local 6

We encourage you to join us at tomorrow’s Member Assembly to learn more about our work and join the upcoming Legislative Committee and Communications Committee meetings to GET INVOLVED and help us build campaigns to invest in teachers and close the literacy gap.

 

ESY 2021 Student Snapshot and Academic Work Portfolio

Given the amount of queries the WTU received from members, we met with the Division of Specialized Instruction regarding the ESY 2021 Student Snapshot and Academic Work Portfolio. As a result of that meeting, Special Education teachers should have received updated communications from the ESY Team notifying teachers that the portfolio submissions do not need to be new work that is created or lesson plans, rather, it is a compilation of work that has already been created, completed, and used with the student this SY. You do NOT need to create or develop new materials. That is, you are compiling the relevant work samples that a student has been working on and/or completed during the current SY to address the academic goals where they have met the eligibility criteria for ESY.

If you have been requested to create lesson plans, and/or create and provide new assignments/work for the goal(s) that you have selected for ESY, please contact Field Services Specialist Janice Brown Parker at [email protected] immediately.

 

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.

 

Read more
Add your reaction

FY22 Budget Testimony

Council of the District of Columbia

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

June 3, 2021

 

Testimony of Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union - AFT Local 6

 

Good afternoon. I am Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President of the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU). I have taught in public schools across Washington, D.C. for twenty-eight years. My last teaching assignment was as a kindergarten teacher in Savoy Elementary. As president of the WTU, I am committed to fighting for social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia as well as the well-being of District teachers.

The last year has been trying for us all. Teachers were thrust into new learning environments, required to learn and adapt to new technologies on a dime with minimal training or preparation. With the suspension of the District’s seat time requirement, we’re seeing DCPS report strong attendance data; however, in many school communities teachers are reporting to the WTU that their classroom attendance is miniscule, whether their students are supposed to be attending in-person or virtually. We recognized that we will have a lot of work ahead of us.

 

You can download our full statement here.

Read more
2 reactions

Read In for School Librarians

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2021 

 

Media Advisory

Educators and Parents to Rally for School Librarians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Achievement gaps across the District of Columbia are stark and growing; we can expect gaps to have further increased due to COVID-19. Yet, DCPS school budgets continue to fall short of the need, forcing schools serving high percentages of at-risk students to eliminate instructional positions, including librarians, in their local school budgets.

WHO:    Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President, Washington Teachers’ Union

Zachery Parker, President, DC State Board of Education

Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4 Representative, DC State Board of Education

Allister Chang, Ward 2 Representative, DC State Board of Education

Jessica Sutter, Ward 6 Representative, DC State Board of Education

Suzanne Wells, President, Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization

Julius Jefferson, Jr., President, American Library Association

WHAT:   Read In to Save School Libraries and increase investment in Literacy programming in the District’s FY2022 Budget

WHEN:   Wednesday, June 2 at 4:00 pm

WHERE:  John A. Wilson Building (Front Steps)

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20004

 

As Council of the District of Columbia considers Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget, the Washington Teachers’ Union is calling for increased investments in school communities to reduce the District’s achievement gaps by reducing class size, implementing co-teacher and collaborative teaching models, and ensuring there is a librarian in every school. To draw attention to the need to invest in well-rounded literacy programming, school librarians and other educators will be reading to students on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building.

Librarians partner with classroom teachers to provide equitable access to reading materials and co-teach resource-rich literacy. When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost. Librarians also close the Information Literacy Gap with high school students. The event is supported by District of Columbia Library Association, EveryLibrary, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and the American Library Association.

 

# # #

 

The Media Advisory is available for download here.

2 reactions

PD Highlights - June 1, 2021

Summer Professional Learning!!!

Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE.

 

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Join Washington Teachers’ Union and Teaching for Change as we host a Decolonizing the Curriculum summer series beginning July 27th. This six-session series will feature presentations disrupting the master narrative in classroom curriculum, by providing hands-on strategies with lessons to be used in-person and virtually.

Each session is standalone (2 PLU's per session) so attend one or all six Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST via Zoom.

REGISTER TODAY

Tuesday July 27th at 5:00 p.m. EST Decolonizing the Curriculum with Teaching for Change

Thursday July 29th at 5:00 p.m. EST Tackling Controversial Topics in Early Childhood Education with Laleña Garcia

Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. EST COVID Tribunal with Caneisha Mills

Thursday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. EST Politics of Hair with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones

Tuesday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m. EST Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Role Play with Jessica Rucker and Judy Richardson

Thursday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. EST Teaching about Voting Rights with Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

 

Read more
Add your reaction

AM Brew - June 1, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

June 1, 2021

 

Last week, Mayor Bowser released her Fiscal Year 2022 (school year 2021-2022) budget. Join the WTU on June 2 on the steps of the Wilson Building to #FundOurFuture and support DCPS Librarians and call for small class sizes and the adoption of co-teaching and collaborative teaching models to help our students recover from the pandemic.

Read more about the Mayor’s budget proposal here.

 

Enrollment for the Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Banks is OPEN.

Open enrollment will occur from June 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 and from August 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021.

Click here to submit your information or contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 or [email protected] with any questions. If you miss the Open Enrollment dates, you will not be able to enroll in "the Banks" until the next Open Seasons in June 2022 and August 2022. This is strictly for the use of the Sick Leave and Maternity Banks and not the Dental/Vision enrollment.

June DCPS and OSSE Licensure Webinar

Please join DCPS on Tuesday, June 15 at 4:30 PM EDT for a session with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to discuss teacher credentialing requirements, required tests, the application process, licensure renewal pathways, and more with OSSE licensure experts. There will also be brief Q&A to answer general credentialing questions. Register below to receive details to join closer to the event.Please email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Technology Problems?

We've received several complaints and questions from members regarding educational technology technical issues. We reached out to DCPS, and their response was that teachers should elevate technology issues to their principal. However, there is an Educational Technology Cluster manager assigned to each school to offer training/professional development (PD) and instructional implementation support. Here is the link to that team - https://dck12.sharepoint.com/sites/DCPSEdTechInformationResources/SitePages/DCPS-Clusters.aspx.
Read more
Add your reaction

FY2022 budget release

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser released her Fiscal Year 2022 (school year 2021-2022) budget. Join the WTU on June 2 on the steps of the Wilson Building to #FundOurFuture and support DCPS Librarians and call for small class sizes and the adoption of co-teaching and collaborative teaching models to help our students recover from the pandemic.

 

For education, the Mayor’s budget proposal includes a 3.6% increase in the base amount of the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula, plus increased weights for English Language Learners and At-Risk Students. The Mayor’s budget also establishes new microtransit routes to provide students at 20+ elementary, middle, and high schools Safe Passage areas in Wards 7 & 8 and an $8 million increase for school-based mental health services. We also applaud the Mayor’s investments in affordable housing and direct economic supports to residents who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

 

Read more
1 reaction

June 2021

 

June 2 – Save DCPS Librarians READ-IN at the John A. Wilson Building, 4-5pm.

June 3 – DC Council, Committee of the Whole - FY2022 Budget Hearing

June 3 – Building Representative Call with President Pouge Lyons

June 5 – WTU Executive Committee meeting

June 7 - C.O.P.E.

June 8 – General Membership Meeting

June 15 – Legislative Committee Meeting

June 17 – WTU Training on the Grievance Procedures, 4:30pm

June 22 – Communications Committee Meeting

June 24 - Last Day of School for Students

June 25 - Records Day / PD Day for Educators

 


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

1 reaction

Testimony - Special Committee on Pandemic Recovery

Council of the District of Columbia

Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

 

Joint Public Hearing on the District’s Public Education System as it Emerges from the Public Health Emergency

 

May 26, 2021

 

Testimony of Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

AFT Local 6

 

Good afternoon. I am Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President of the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU). I’d like to thank the Council, educators and the broader community for the outpouring of support that myself and the WTU received following the passing of President Elizabeth Davis earlier this year. As you know, Liz was a tireless and passionate advocate for our city’s educators and its students. As I appear before you today, I want to stress that her legacy of fighting for social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia will continue under my leadership of the Washington Teachers’ Union.

Read more
2 reactions

PD Highlights - May 24

Summer Professional Learning!!!

Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE.

 

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Join Washington Teachers’ Union and Teaching for Change as we host a Decolonizing the Curriculum summer series beginning July 27th. This six-session series will feature presentations disrupting the master narrative in classroom curriculum, by providing hands-on strategies with lessons to be used in-person and virtually.

Each session is standalone (2 PLU's per session) so attend one or all six Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST via Zoom.

REGISTER TODAY

Tuesday July 27th at 5:00 p.m. EST Decolonizing the Curriculum with Teaching for Change

Thursday July 29th at 5:00 p.m. EST Tackling Controversial Topics in Early Childhood Education with Laleña Garcia

Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. EST COVID Tribunal with Caneisha Mills

Thursday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. EST Politics of Hair with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones

Tuesday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m. EST Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Role Play with Jessica Rucker and Judy Richardson

Thursday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. EST Teaching about Voting Rights with Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Read more
Add your reaction

Here's What's Brewing - May 24, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

May 24, 2021

 

ICYMI: DC Educator Wellness Center

In partnership with EVERFI, a social impact educational technology company, the WTU is pleased to share with you the DC Educator Wellness Center. The funding for the DC Educator Wellness Center is provided by Johnson & Johnson. In the DC Educator Wellness Center you will find access to a prevention-forward, self-guided, digital microlearning experience designed to provide you with on-demand content related to mental health. The growing list of topics includes Mental Health Basics, Managing Mental Health Challenges, Developing Resilience, Supporting Loved Ones With Mental Health Challenges, and Mindful Living. You can read more here.

 

Budget Advocacy!  Support our Students!

‘Read-In’ to Save School Libraries, June 2, 4-5pm

Join DC Public School Librarians, Family and Friends to Save School Libraries and Librarians

Join us as we kick off School Budget Week, prioritizing literacy and working to prevent staff cuts across our schools. Receive free books, prizes, treats and learn how you can support our students. Watch your email for more information on how you can get involved!

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 will hold a hearing on May 26 focused on what the District’s public education system should look like coming out of the PHE. Email Malcolm Cameron at [email protected] before 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021 to sign-up to speak.

 

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.

 

SICK LEAVE & MATERNITY LEAVE BANKS.

The WTU is adding a new OPEN SEASON for enrollment in the Sick Leave Bank or Maternity Leave Banks. Teachers who wish to enroll in "the Banks" for the first time must do so during the new Open Season of June 1st through 30th, 2021 and August 1st through 31st, 2021. If you miss the above dates you will not be able to enroll in "the Banks" until the next Open Season during June 2022 and August 2022. If you are already enrolled in the SL and the ML banks you do not need to re-enroll to take advantage of the WTU benefit. Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 with any questions. This is strictly for the use of the Sick Leave and Maternity Banks and not the Dental/Vision enrollment.

 

Click below to read more news and updates.

Read more
Add your reaction

Student Internet Access

Which Internet Program is Right for your Students?

OCTO's Internet for All program (EXPANDED eligibility for 1-year free Internet): 
For households with a DCPS or charter student, OCTO is still offering its 1-year FREE Internet program (via Comcast or RCN), and they recently expanded eligibility to include households that attend schools in the National School Lunch Program (which almost 90 DCPS schools are part of) or are in Headstart or get public housing assistance. To sign up, text INTERNET to 69866.
This program uses the basic Comcast/RCN plans that provide 50/5 Mbps, which may not be adequate speed for all households. 
You can read about the program, including eligibility, here: https://www.techtogetherdc.com/internetforall
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (new program but may only last until fall):
Eligible households can sign up for an internet provider who is participating in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which is temporary and provides up to a $50 monthly internet discount. The program will last until funding runs out. 
1 reaction

CTE Learning Opportunity for Students

1 reaction