AM Brew - April 3, 2023

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Monday, April 3, 2023


WTU continues to wish members a Blessed Ramadan. This week, we would also like wish members a Joyful and Happy Passover and a Blessed and Holy Easter.

We hope that WTU members will join us at the exciting celebrations and events we have planned this spring:

  • APRIL 10TH, Monday – Free Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a Celebration of Library Month @4:30pm at WTU
  • APRIL 11TH, Tuesday – WTU Representative Assembly Meeting  
  • APRIL 13TH, Thursday – WTU Contract Town Hall (virtual) from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • APRIL 24TH, Monday – Know Your Rights Workshop with Librarians (virtual) @ 5:00pm  (School Library Month)
  • 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


Contract Training

Contract Training will take place on April 5th & 6th for any WTU members who are interested in learning about contract negotiations.

Please complete this form by 6pm Monday, April 3rd if you plan on attending the training.

Contract Training

Date: April 5-6

Time: 4:30-8:00

Place: AFT, 555 New Jersey Ave NW

The Current CBA is available below. The end of the document has the new salary scale.
PR25-0063-Introduction.pdf (dccouncil.gov)



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]


School Librarians Month!

Please take this opportunity to celebrate school librarians, who help students find resources they need to learn outside of the classroom and create a positive and encouraging learning environment.


School Budget Hearing

Let the Council hear your teacher voice about your school’s budget!

Committee Hearing Signup: Education. Sign-Up by 5PM TODAY!

You can find your proposed budget at https://DCPSbudget.com. Thanks to volunteer analysts, and advocates, here are the schools budgets in a workable format.

In the news

Congressman calls D.C. schools ‘inmate factories’ and unites a city

D.C.'s Coolidge High and Trinity U. join forces to get more students to college - The Washington Post

Congratulations to McKinley Tech’s Robotics Team who competed at regional competitions in Alexandria and Blacksburg, VA. These competitions combine the excitement of sports with the rigor of science and technology. Students are challenged to build an industrial-sized robot. Teamwork and cooperation are key. The team won in Blacksburg in part because of their teamwork.

The team also traveled to an Electric Vehicle Grand Prix competition at the University of Abu Dhabi. The trip was sponsored by the Global EEE, a non-profit organization that promotes Education, Energy efficiency and Environmental consciousness.

The team is coached by Ken Lesley, director of Engineering at McKinley Tech.  Several members of the team have their sights on attending MIT, Ken’s alma mater.


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


Upcoming events

COPE Meeting - April 3 @ 7 PM

Join via Zoom.

Ward 7 Education Council Meeting

April 6 @ 6:30, e-mail [email protected] for Zoom information


SBOE Community Information Sessions on 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.


Professional Development

Retirement Workshop from Shared Vision

The retirement workshop from the Shared Vision Conference is available here: Click here.


Virtual Retirement Workshop

The WTU will host a virtual workshop on May 10th 5 PM
Join via zoom.


PD and other opportunities from OSSE

LEA Look Forward for March 30, 2023: Residency requirements for foreign exchange students, Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities and More! (mailchi.mp)



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