AM Brew - January 18, 2022

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022


WTU supports substitute teachers who haven’t receive a raise in 14 years!

DC substitute teachers hold 'Day of Absence' to rally for better pay, benefits (fox5dc.com)

Upset over pay, substitute teachers in DC Public Schools take 'Day of Absence' | WJLA

The WTU is coordinating with the substitute teachers' union to schedule a day and time that we can join and support them.


Retired Deal teacher rescues former student stranded in snowstorm


COVID Leave 

Click to learn more. Details of COVID leave are being finalized; the WTU will share details as soon as we have additional information.

KN95 Mask Distribution

DCPS is working to re-supply schools with additional masks. Public health guidance advises that masks may be worn more than once, and we are closely tracking how staff are utilizing the masks to determine the rate of re-supply. All school-based and public-facing staff will have access to up to three masks per week.  The WTU believes that students should also be supplied KN-95 masks and we are working with the Administration to accomplish this goal.

How often can you safely reuse your KN95 or N95 mask?

President Biden said Thursday his administration will soon announce plans to get free high-quality masks in the hands of millions of Americans. Learn more.

How to improve mask fit

Learn more.

Water Fountain Use is Permitted at School 

After consultation with DC Health, and in collaboration with the Department of General Services (DGS), DCPS will turn water fountains back on in all schools. This process will take place over the next month and follow a schedule that prioritizes our largest schools first. Principals are notified 2 weeks before deliveries of water bottles stop.


Teachers should receive an email from DCPS asking if you’re like to opt-into weekly PRC testing
20% of asymptomatic students will continue to be tested.

ECE students will be given rapids tests on Friday to administer at home and families are required to upload results prior to returning to school the following week.


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).


Representative Assembly Meetings

Please know that all members are allowed and encouraged to attend the Representative Assembly Meetings. However, under the WTU by-laws, only Building Representatives and Delegates to the Representative Assembly may participate and vote during the meetings.

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


Martin Luther King Day Resources

Monday, Jan. 17th, we celebrated Martin Luther King Junior day in recognition of the civil rights icon’s contributions to American society. See below for resources from DCPS Social Studies Department’s Scott Abbott to support teaching students about Martin Luther King well beyond the holiday.


WTU Educators’ Guide to Best Practices in Socially Distant Teaching

Please take 5 minutes to provide suggestions and resources HERE to be added to a WTU guide for what really works pedagogically in a socially distant classroom. Or simply email me any materials, websites, or ideas that have worked for you at [email protected].


WTU Professional Learning - SPRING 2022 Course Offerings

Sign up now for amazing, engaging, and informative virtual fall professional development with the WTU including these classes which start this month (1 FREE class for new WTU members):

English Language Learners 101 (Starts 1/22)

FREE WTU Workshops starting this month:

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (2 Part Series: 1/29 and 2/12)

Dimensions of Wellness (1/22)

IMPACT PD Workshop (2 Part Series: 1/29 and 3/5)

Learn more and Register for all classes HERE.


Upcoming Events

Union Learning Institute (ULI) rescheduled to Jan 28th and 29th.

2022 Shared Vision will be held on Saturday, March 12th.


Legislative Committee Meeting

Jan 18 at 4:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 881 6783 0672; Passcode: 419613

Organizing Committee Meeting

Jan 20 at 5:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 821 7141 4149; Passcode: 270649


Thurs, Jan 20, 2022 – DC Council Hearing on Proposed School Budget Formula

DCPS is planning to unveil new school level budgets for FY2023. Chairman Mendelson has scheduled a hearing on his proposed legislation on school budgets for January 20th. There is a limit of 50 witnesses.  Read more and Sign-Up to Speak here.


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

As part of the WTU’s agreements with DCPS, DCPS is required to publish monthly reports on the air-quality of DCPS buildings. The November Air Quality Report is available here.



Thank you to everyone who completed the IMPACT survey. The WTU is working with the AFT to create a teacher development and evaluation system that is fair to teachers and good for students. We are looking for members who would like to be part of a team that is writing the strands for Teacher Observation, Student Performance and Professional Growth.  If you would  to help with this effort, please email Regina Bell at [email protected] 


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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