AM Brew - December 19, 2022

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Monday, December 19, 2022


Happy Holidays! The WTU team and I would like to wish you a safe and healthy holiday. We hope that you are able to celebrate the Holidays and New Year with your loved ones.

After the Union’s affirmative vote on the Contract last week, the administration will send the contract to the Council for approval, which we expect to occur rapidly. We are working to learn more about when provisions within the contract, including pay increases, will be implemented.

Many thanks to those who attended WTU’s Go-Go for Education Holiday Celebration on Friday! It was a joy to see so many smiling faces! Check out the WTU’s website, Instagram, and Twitter pages to see additional celebration photos and videos. 

I hope that you are able to rest and recharge over the Winter Break. Please remember that DCPS has a ‘test to return' policy in place for January.

Happy Holidays!

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union


*Note: The WTU will have a holiday staff celebration on Thursday, December 22nd and the office will close at 12:00pm. The WTU Office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26st and Monday, January 2nd. There will not be an AM Brew the week of Dec 26 as WTU staff celebrates the Holidays.



WTU Approves Contract Proposal

Washington Post - D.C. teachers union approves labor contract, securing raises

WTOP - DC teachers’ union ratifies new contract with overwhelming support

The contract will go to the Council for approval. The WTU will provide additional updates on when provisions in the contract will take effect when available.


International Teachers

DCPS Attorney Nicole Dillard wishes to meet with all teachers who are currently employed by DCPS on a non-immigrant visa, to include F-1, H-1B, & J-1 educators. Attorney Dillard will share important process and timelines information. Opportunity will be provided for discussion of questions. WTU President Pogue Lyons will be in attendance.

December 20, 2022, 4 – 5 pm

Via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 939 669 4583; Passcode: 148566; Dial: 305-224-1968


Let the SBOE hear your teacher voice on mayoral control

The State Board of Education started a governance committee two years ago and has finally produced a list of recommendations. They met as a committee on Monday and the full State Board will debate them and vote on Dec 21st at their public meeting!  Here is what was discussed and how they voted on here. Take a look. 

Please sign up to testify at the Dec 21st SBOE public meeting. The meetings are now in person and typically public comment/ testimony begins around 7 pm at the Judiciary Square Marion Barry Building. 


AFT TEACH workshop proposal due by Jan. 17

TEACH 2023 is all about supporting educators and focusing on what kids need for successful futures. Priority areas for the workshops include:

  • Instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students;
  • Teaching subject-area content;
  • Student and educator safety and well-being; and
  • Collaborating and working with colleagues, families and communities to make sure kids feel safe and welcome in their public schools and have access to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life.

For the full list of priority areas and topics, view the Workshop Proposal Guidelines


Open Positions

Looking for a new position? Check out the November listings of instructional and non-instructional vacancies posted here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/open_positions


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


Upcoming events

In addition to the events listed below, we encourage you to check out the WTU Members –Only Calendar where you can find a condensed list of upcoming WTU events.


COPE Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2023 @ 7pm

Via Zoom

Meeting ID: 872 1070 4052; Passcode: 827795

Dial: 301-715-8592


Ward 5- Equity Committee Meeting

Dec 20, 7pm – 8:30 pm
email [email protected] for zoom information


Ward 6 - W6PSPO Meeting

Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Contact [email protected] for zoom info



Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher



Facility Concerns SY 22-23

Over the past two years, the WTU has met regularly to discuss facility issues with DCPS. Yet, many schools continue to have health and safety concerns. We ask that you let the WTU know of any health or safety concerns in your building by completing this brief form.


We’re continuing to update our database.

Please help us ensure we have your current personal contact information on file. Email [email protected] to update your contact information.


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


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