AM Brew - June 20, 2023

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023


The WTU would like to thank you for another great year. As we celebrate Graduation and the end of another school year, I hope that you'll take a moment to reflect on the successes of this past year. It's through your hard work and dedication to our students, and to our Union, that we are able to achieve so much.

On Juneteenth, we celebrated not only the end of slavery in the United States but honor the resilience and strength of Black Americans. As a union, let's continue to fight for justice and equality for all.

Before the school year ends, we have one more request. Please complete your workplace violence survey. We need all responses by Friday, June 23rd.

WTU hopes you take time during this summer break to rest and take care of yourself. We wish you a safe, fun and exciting summer. We look forward to working together when you come back to ensure a signed contract by September 30, 2023.



Enrollment for the Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Banks is OPEN

Join the WTU Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Banks. If you are already a member, there is no need to rejoin.

Click here to join the WTU Sick Leave or Maternity Leave Banks

Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 or at [email protected] to enroll or with any questions. Open enrollment will occur from June 1, 2023 through August 31, 2023. After you complete the form, you will receive a confirmation email from Google Forms; be sure to check your spam folder.


Boundaries Meeting

On Wednesday June 21st at 6PM:  The Deputy Mayor for Education will be convening the fourth (live-streamed) meeting of the Advisory Committee that will redraw school boundaries. You must register to watch the meeting online.  

The link to register for the June 21st meeting can be found at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MXe7-jiBQkOL7iB2znPIIA

Boundaries were last redrawn in 2013-14.  The recording of the May 30th Meeting and the meeting’s slide deck can be found at https://dme.dc.gov/node/1655176


From DCPS - Technology Advisory Committee

Are you passionate about creating equitable and inclusive education through the power of technology? Then, we invite you to apply for the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) and become a driving force behind developing comprehensive agency standards for technology in DCPS classrooms.

As a diverse group of DCPS representatives across schools and wards, the TAC plays a crucial role in supporting DCPS' mission to achieve digital equity. Our primary objectives include:

  • Actively engaging in developing key recommendations.
  • Distilling short- and long-term priorities for consideration.
  • Informing sustainable, equity-centered standards and structures for DCPS.

Together, we will have honest discussions, identify problems, and propose creative and thoughtful solutions that shape the future of technology integration in DCPS classrooms.

Whether you are a school leader, instructional staff member, tech POC, or a family member of a DCPS student, your unique perspective and expertise are invaluable. If you are ready to make a meaningful impact and contribute to advancing digital equity, we encourage you to submit your application by June 19, 2023, at 5 pm EST. If, for any reason, you are unable to apply to the committee, we kindly request that you recommend someone whom you believe would be interested in joining us. For any questions or further information, please click here or contact Bilan Jama at [email protected].

Don't miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of educational innovation and help pave the way for a brighter future in DCPS. Apply now and let your voice be heard!


DCPS in the news


Ward 5 Annual back to school drive

4th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive and Giveaway (google.com)


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Upcoming Events:

June 20 7 PM Ward 5 Education Equity Committee

Email [email protected] for a Zoom link


Wednesday, June 21 at 4:30 pm - Organizing Committee Meeting

Join via Zoom.


Tuesday, June 27 at 3:30 pm - Retirement Session

A Deeper Dive into Teachers’ Retirement Plan
A summary of the plan can be found here - SPD_Teachers_Plan_2017_Final
Click here to join via Teams

Meeting ID: 291 059 387 126
Passcode: n52FRv


Professional Development

WTU Summer Institute

The WTU’s Summer Institute Course Catalogue is available HERE.

Click on the course catalogue to explore courses or Click here to register!


AFT Teach 2023, July 20-23

Washington Hilton at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW
AFT TEACH 2023 | American Federation of Teachers


LEA Look Forward for June 16, 2023

A Summer of Restorative Learning, Public Charter Teacher Salary Policy and Guidance, and More! (mailchi.mp)



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