AM Brew - June 13, 2022

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Monday, June 13, 2022



March for our Lives

RuQuan Brown, a Banneker alum and current Harvard student, with his former teacher Clare Berke at the March for Our Lives. Mr. Brown lost his stepfather to gun violence. We encourage you to listen to his speech here.


Thanks to all our educators for joining us in celebrating DC Pride!


June 2022 Member Meeting – Tuesday, June 14 @ 4:30

Click here to join via zoom.

Passcode: 738827


DC’s Primary Election is 8 Days Away -- Support WTU Endorsed Candidates!

We encourage WTU members to #VOTE and to get involved in supporting WTU Endorsed Candidates in the upcoming June Primary Elections.

For a list of endorsed candidates, click here.


Mathical Book Prize

Congratulation to School Librarian Renee LaRue who a $700 Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Award and $5000 grant award from Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries for Savoy Elementary School.

D.C. is wrongly excluding teachers from graduation

Read Roosevelt HS teachers Erich Heckel and Samantha Averett opinion piece from Sunday’s WaPo - Opinion | D.C. is wrongly excluding teachers from graduation - The Washington Post


Sick & Maternity Leave Banks Enrollment Open

Open enrollment will occur from June 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022 and from August 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 or at [email protected] to enroll or with any questions.

If you miss the Open Enrollment dates, you will not be able to enroll in "the Banks" until the next Open Seasons in June 2023 and August 2023. This is strictly for the use of the Sick Leave and Maternity/Paternity Leave Banks and not the Dental/Vision enrollment.

Click here to submit your information to enroll: https://forms.gle/3fP8XwSiU8kYXjiW9



Greetings WTU Members! 

Most of you, full dues paying members, should have received a ballot to the address you have on file with the WTU. If you have not received a ballot by Tuesday June 14, 2022, please email Ms. Valerie Kilby at [email protected] to verify your information on file and request a replacement ballot. 

Upon receipt of your ballot, please allow for no more than 48 hours before returning your ballot to the mail. Ballots must be received at the US Post Office by 4pm on June 28th, 2022. 

Election Count Day - 5pm June 28th, 2022. 

Candidates have received critical observer information. Please adhere to the deadline and submit the necessary form by 5pm Friday June 17th. 

In case you missed it...

  1. You can watch May 12th's Presidential Candidates Forum here.
  2. You may access the rooms from May 17th's Meet and Greet by clicking on the links. Visit Pogue Lyons - Bellhere, Unity here, and Independent Candidates here

*Please be advised that some recordings may not start from the beginning of the session. 

If you have any questions for the Elections Committee, please email us at [email protected] or leave a message at 202-505-3309. 


Building Elections

The building election packet were sent to Building Representatives, who are responsible for conducting building level elections, last week. Its contents can be found here. A full list of WTU local school leadership positions and their duties is available here.



We want to remind everyone that the CDC states, face masks help prevent the spread of Covid.

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

WTU’s 2022 Summer Institute

All WTU courses are peer-instructed and you can earn continuing education credits towards recertification.

Click here to see and register for summer courses: https://www.wtulocal6.net/summer_institute_2022


Upcoming Events

June 2022 Member Meeting – Tuesday, June 14 @ 4:30

Click here to join via zoom.

Passcode: 738827


DCPS Hiring Fairs

The DCPS virtual hiring fairs aim to provide a one-stop shop for candidates to connect with schools around openings for next school while also learning more about other important processes and opportunities, such as joining the WTU.

  • Thursday, July 14 (4-7pm)


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.


We’re continuing to update our database.

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