AM Brew - January 16, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU Members,

Hopefully, you had a peaceful and rewarding Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and found ways to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. We are excited to announce that Malcolm X and Kimball Elementary Schools have officially been named ‘Community Schools’ by DCPS! The WTU worked with both schools for a couple of years in moving towards this goal.

Last year, with the support of the AFT and the WTU, teachers and administrators from Malcolm X and Kimball Elementary Schools attended the annual AFT CSI Conference in New York and the Community Schools Intensive Conference in Philadelphia. DCPS Chief of Schools Kim Jackson and DCPS Instructional Superintendent Katie Larkin attended the CSI Conference in NY. While DC State Board of Education President Eboni-Rose Thompson attended the Community Schools Intensive Conference in Philadelphia. Again, we would like to thank these DCPS educators, District of Columbia leaders, and the AFT for their support of real solutions for kids and communities.

This year’s CSI Conference will focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE). We’re pleased that several CTE teachers and a District of Columbia official as well as WTU leadership will be attending the conference. We are hopeful that our team will learn about successful CTE programs from around the country.

This past week, the WTU Representative Assembly voted to give our support to a Digital Equity Letter to Mayor Bowser. We signed this letter to ensure that all students in the District of Columbia have equitable access to digital technology.

We still need your support in showing DCPS we are serious about getting a new contract in this new year. Please take a moment to ask your colleagues to sign our petition for safe schools! Thank you, as always, for your support!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union


Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team

Our Contract Action Team met this week and plans to share details on future contract actions with teachers attending the online Union Leadership Institute on Saturday, January 20th. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late to sign up. The Union Leadership Institute (ULI) gives all members the opportunity to acquire the detailed knowledge needed to be effective teacher representatives in their building. Job descriptions for all WTU leadership roles can be viewed here!


Volunteer to participate in WTU Endorsement Process!

Use this form to sign up to volunteer to formulate and ask questions for the March 23 WTU COPE 2024 DC Primary Forum to proceed the WTU endorsement process. Click here to sign up!



Upcoming Events, Activities & Meetings  

  • January 16th @7PM, Ward 5 EEC Meeting, Chairman Mendelson will attend. REGISTRATION
  • January 20th @ Union Leadership Institute (ULI), Virtual, REGISTRATION
  • January 24th @ 3:45 Meeting, Special Education Teachers, and Janice Brown Parker, REGISTRATION
  • January 31th @ 3:45 Meeting, RSP and Janice Brown Parker, REGISTRATION

In the News

Professional Development and Other Opportunities

LEA Look Forward for Jan. 12, 2024: Strengthening School Behavioral Health Survey 2024, Coaching Support for Teachers and More!

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