iDC Institute 2021

iDC Institute 2021 is a knowledge sharing conference on best practices for integrating technology.  DCPS is gathering educators and staff from around the District to collaborate, network, and learn together.  Join us for a virtual conference where you can connect, experience, and create!

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Participants will receive 7 PLUs for attending the full day. 


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DC Educator Wellness Center

In partnership with EVERFI, a social impact educational technology company, the WTU is pleased to announce the launch of the DC Educator Wellness Center. The funding for the DC Educator Wellness Center is provided by Johnson & Johnson.

In the DC Educator Wellness Center DC Educators 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.


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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

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


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:  

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 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: 

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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.


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:

Read the article here (or QR button below):

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:


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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:


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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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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:

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The full advisory is available here.

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