AM Brew - February 14, 2022

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Monday, February 7, 2022



Free WTU T-Shirt

For all members who complete this information sheet. The information will only be used for official WTU business such has the election of officers. Voting will be by US Mail. Please contact Jasmine Wright at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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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


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.



Please continue to report COVID related issues to the situation room - http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings
And any testing or reporting issues to OSSE (OSSE Online Complaint Form (dc.gov).


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


Professional Development

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:

Raphael Bonhomme

Valerie Sewell

Rachel Thomas

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, 2022@ 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)

Learn more and Register for all classes HERE.


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


Upcoming Events

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.

MOA from August 2021

MOA from November 2021


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.


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