Here's What's Brewing Today
Monday, February 7, 2022
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Save the Date March 12th
2022 Shared Vision Conference: Resilience and Renaissance Ideas to Rebuild After a Pandemic
Rally to Support Substitute Teachers
- Thanks to all the teachers who came out on a cold rainy Monday to support substitute teachers. The mayor did give substitutes a raise to $20/hr. We are continuing to advocate on their behalf.
Washington Teacher's Union members call for higher wages (fox5dc.com)
Black History Month
Shoutout to librarian Sherri Jones at Houston Elementary for celebrating Black History Month with an African-American Read-In.
Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid is offering an in-person STEM tutoring program for students in Wards 6, 7, and 8 who are:
- Interested in STEM
- In grades 5-8
- Most affected by the opportunity gap
- Available after school from 4-6 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
They are also looking for tutors who share our commitment to serving those students. The start date for the program is February 22nd. For additional information please contact Mark Barnes at
[email protected] or (202) 643-4275.
AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
Additional PD highlights are posted to the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog
AFT Civics Design Team
Shout out to the following WTU members who were selected to be on the AFT Civics Design Team:
So proud of you and your contributions to this critical work!!
Educator Panel hosted by Keishia Thorpe, former WTU Teacher Leader and Winner of the 2021 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize
Wednesday, February 23rd, [email protected] 5:00 PM EST
Studies show that when students can see themselves in their teachers, it leads to better academic performance and lower behavioral issues. That said, we have a long way to go when it comes to creating diverse classrooms. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 18% of teachers aren’t white, even though half of all public school students are POC. During this panel, PGCPS teachers will discuss how we can diversify our teacher force by creating more inclusive schools.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Recruitment and teacher retention
- Benefits of teacher diversity, including male teachers in education
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace
- Making teacher training accessible for everyone
Participate by registering at this LINK and viewing the monthly sessions or watching previous recordings.
WTU Professional Learning - SPRING 2022 Course Offerings
Sign up now HERE for amazing, engaging, and informative virtual spring professional development with the WTU including these upcoming classes (1 FREE class for new WTU members):
Educating Low Vision Students (started 2/7; spaces still available!)
Managing Behavior in School Communities (started 2/2; spaces still available!)
FREE WTU Workshops starting soon:
Strategies for Student Success (Next session Teach Them to Think on 2/19)
The Social Practice of Literacy in Special Education [High School SpEd Educators ONLY] (Orientation on 2/16)
Wellness Series with Aetna (all sessions are virtual @ 7:00pm-8:00pm)
Each session below is a one-hour “gift of self care” with unique perspectives and tools. Participants will find value in attending one, a few, or all the sessions to support yourself in creating a robust practice of Self Care.
Use this link to register for all or some of the four sessions:
- March 2 - Energy and Breath: Powerful Tools to Increase Your Resilience
- April 6 - Supporting Your Mental Health and Preventing Burnout
- May 4 - Making the Impossible, Possible - Setting and Achieving Your Goals
- June 8 - Courageous Conversations: Healing Conversations about Systemic Racism
Tuesday, February 15 - Legislative Committee Meeting at 4:30pm
Join Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 976 3324 5917; Passcode: 148566
Thursday, February 17 - Organizing committee meeting at 5pm
Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 821 7141 4149; Passcode: 270649
Save the Date -- March 12th -- 2022 Shared Vision Conference
Resilience and Renaissance Ideas to Rebuild After a Pandemic
Save the Date -- April 9th -- MLK Community Event
More details will follow.
Partner events and other upcoming events of interest are also posted to the AMBrew Blog.
Report unsafe conditions at http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings
As part of the MOA, the WTU and DCPS teams will meet weekly to review and find solutions to any violations of the #ReopenStrong: School Building Readiness Checklist. If you see something out of compliance, please report it at http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings. As you click on an area of the form, a drop-down box will appear to allow you to enter comments. Or simply complete the text box at the end of the form. All reports will remain confidential and no identifying information will be provided to DCPS.
WTU Memorandums of Agreement with DCPS.
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.