AM Brew - April 24, 2023

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, April 24, 2023


Welcome Back! We hope that you had a great Spring Break and are rested for the rest of the school year. As a reminder, all staff and students are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to class. If you have any questions, please contact your Field Representative.


WTU’s Teacher Appreciation Party

Register NOW!  Please join us for WTU's Teacher Appreciation Party on May 5th featuring the band, Sirius Company, in addition to a DJ!

RSVP now!

Stop by our food trucks, participate in event giveaways, and see a surprise guest or two!
DCPS IDs will be required to enter.




(REPEATED FROM the previous AM Brew)

The Elections Committee is now accepting nominations for the following positions:

  2. AFT Convention Delegate
  3. Elections Committee

Petitions are due by 5pm Friday April 28, 2023. The official Elections notice and petitions are linked.

2023 Elections NoticeAFT & MD/DC PetitionElection Committee Petition

Petitions may be dropped off or mailed to the WTU Office at 1239 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC 20003. More information will be shared in next week's brew about the petition submission process. Here are the procedures for submission of petitions in person or by mail. 

We want to ensure that all dues paying WTU members can exercise their right to vote. If you do not have a personal email address and phone number on file with the WTU please email Ms. Valerie Kilby at [email protected]

If you have any questions about the upcoming elections you can email the WTU Elections Committee at [email protected]


Social Studies Standards

SBOE is hosting a series of Community Information Sessions on the proposed social studies standards.

Click here for more information and to register.


Revised DINR Window From DCPS

DCPS is asking us to send this message to apologize for an error which resulted in you not receiving communications regarding the Declaration of Intent Not to Return (DINR) application opening, as well as key dates for the DINR process. The DINR instructions and a revised timeline for any WTU member who did not receive notification follow:

We acknowledge that personal decisions may lead you to depart DCPS. As outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) and DCPS, the DINR process provides WTU members who do not intend to continue employment with DCPS for SY 23-24 an online form to indicate their separation intent. This requirement applies to members who are retiring as well as resigning from the school system. As such, we are reaching out to share a revised DINR application schedule for those WTU members affected by the communication error.

Due Date


May 26, 2023

DINR Application Submission Due

May 27, 2023

DINR Withdrawal Application Period Begins

June 23, 2023

DINR Withdrawal Application Period Ends

Please note, WTU members receiving this communication who submit a DINR application by May 26, 2023, and do in fact leave the school district of their own accord at the conclusion of the school year, shall be eligible for a one-time $1,000 bonus payable by September 30, 2023. Members receiving this communication who do not submit the DINR application by May 26, 2023, at 5 PM, and voluntarily separate from DCPS during the 2022-2023 school year or at any point before or during the 2023-2024 school year, may be required to pay a $1,000 penalty fine to DCPS.

The DINR application will serve as your resignation letter and the effective date of separation will be June 26, 2023 (10-month WTU employees), July 5, 2023 (11-month WTU employees), or July 7, 2023 (12-month WTU employees). This date ensures you will receive all owed payments.

If you intend to return to DCPS for the 2023-2024 school year, you do not need to take action. 

To participate in the 2023 DINR process, please apply online here: Resignations and Retirement Application.    

Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Offboarding team at [email protected]


2023 DC Literacy Education Survey

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is collecting information from DC stakeholders on literacy education, training, and instruction in Washington, D.C.
Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management

In the News


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


Upcoming Events

Monday, Apr 24 at 5 pm

Know Your Rights Workshop with Librarians. 

Join via Zoom


Upcoming WTU Events:

  • MAY 4TH, Thursday – President Pogue Lyons Meeting with WTU Building Reps
  • MAY 5TH Friday – Teacher Appreciation Celebration @ Coolidge HS 4:00 – 7:00pm
  • MAY 10TH, Wednesday – WTU Retirement Seminar (virtual) @ 5:00pm
  • MAY 17TH, Wednesday – Know Your Rights Workshop by Former DCPS Investigator (virtual) @ 4:30pm
  • MAY 20TH, Saturday – WTU Teacher Leader Symposium @ Kimball ES, 9:00am
  • JUNE 26TH - 30TH – WTU Professional Development Summer Institute, Kimball ES


Monday, April 24, 2023, 7:00pm - Regular Public Meeting ANC 4B

There is an opportunity to talk to the Chancellor regarding the budget. Join Via Zoom. For voice-only participation on a telephone, dial (301) 715-8592. Meeting ID: 832 8769 6066. Passcode: 262224.

Tuesday, April 25, 7pm - Ward 5 EEC

The Ward 5 EEC will be joined by Jenn Comey of the Deputy Mayor's Office to speak about their office's master facilities plan and student assignment and boundary study. For zoom link, please email [email protected]


Wednesday, Apr. 26, 7 pm - Ward 2 Ed Council

Ward 2 Education Council Meeting Register HERE to attend the meeting on Zoom. Advance registration is required. Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn will join us for a timely discussion about school budgets. 


Professional Development

PD and other Opportunities

LEA Look Forward for April 21, 2023: Read Across DC, School Immunization Policy Technical Assistance Call, and More! (mailchi.mp)


Be sure to follow the WTU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up on the latest from your Union.


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