AM Brew - June 21, 2021

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June 21, 2021


Get Reading DC!

In the Mayor’s proposed budget for School Year 2021-2022, 37 schools across the District do not have a full-time librarian. 17 schools, or 46% of schools, without a full-time librarian are in Wards 7 & 8 (98% of students impacted in those schools are black).




Click here to learn more about our campaign to #SaveDCPSLibrarians.

Join the Communications Committee on Tuesday, June 22 at 4:30 PM to help us design our on-going social media campaign to Close the Literacy Gap and #SaveDCPSLibrarians.  Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 829 9103 1620; Passcode: 779042



End-of-Year WTU Virtual Dance Party with Kaiser Permanente (KP)

DJ Chris Styles (Tuesday, June 22 @ 7:15-8pm)

Join the WTU and KP to dance the 2020-21 school year away. Rock your school gear, represent your sorority or fraternity, and/or your alma mater as dancers are spotlighted throughout the hour. Prizes and family fun!!! Register HERE.


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


Professional Development

Be sure to check out this week's Professional Development Blog for information on Decolonizing the Curriculum, National Flagway Tournament Winners, DCPS iDC Conference, and MORE!




Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE. Space is filling up fast since the summer institute begins June 28!


United States Department of Education - Equity Summit Series

“Caste and racism in America’s classrooms prevent all students from having an equal opportunity to learn.  Would the US DOE consider working with local schools directly to design and deliver the resources and funding needed on the ground to even the playing field for these underserved students?”

Register HERE for the first US DOE Equity Summit Series Launch Event on June 22, 2021, 1-3pm EDT. Learn more about the US DOE Equity Summit Series.


Additional Professional Development opportunities are also posted regularly to the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog.



This week’s events

  • June 22 – Communications Committee Meeting. Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 829 9103 1620; Passcode: 779042
  • June 24 - Last Day of School for Students
  • June 25 - Records Day / PD Day for Educators


Throughout the month of June, the WTU is proud to honor and recognize Pride Month, celebrating the significant contributions of our LGBTQ+ patients, team members and community.  


At the beginning of each month, a monthly calendar will be posted to the AMBrew Blog. You can see upcoming June 2021 events here.


Save the Date:

June 29 - WTU and DCAEYC ECE Task Force Strategic Planning Meeting 

The WTU and DCAEYC ECE Task Force will create a strategic plan to advance our mission and establish our vision for the upcoming year. You are invited to attend our Strategic Planning meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 1 pm to 3 pm. Our Strategic Planning approach is to be inclusive, collaborative, and engaging. Therefore, your ideas and feedback are needed and appreciated! This meeting will be held in person, with the option to participate virtually. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. 

On-Line Registration. Click here.

In-Person Information: All in-person attendees should RSVP to Rahshita Lowe-Watson at [email protected]. Location: 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 2nd floor Conference Room #3


July 20 - Digging into D.C - Open Government Training Kickoff

Want to know how much DC spends on your child's school? Worried about staffing cuts?
Interested in the health and safety conditions of school facilities? The DC Open Government Coalition is excited to bring together transparency advocates for the first in a series of “Digging into DC” trainings to help you find almost anything you’ve ever wanted to know about DC’s public and charter schools.

This virtual kickoff session will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 via Zoom. Register for Digging into DC here.

For our first session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, please come prepared with your questions about the best ways to get information from DC's public and charter schools. We look forward to seeing you at Digging into DC! @dcogc

Partner events and other upcoming events of interest are also posted to the AMBrew Blog.



Are our Buildings Safe? 

Report your concerns at http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings

Learn more about the work the WTU is doing to keep our schools safe at: https://www.wtulocal6.net/safe_reopenings. Please contact your Field Representatives should you have any concerns but feel uncomfortable raising them in the reporting form.


2021-2022 Vacancies

Open positions for the 2021-2022 School Year are posted here.


Enrollment for the Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Banks is OPEN


Open enrollment will occur from June 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 and from August 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021. If you miss the Open Enrollment dates, you will not be able to enroll in "the Banks" until the next Open Seasons in June 2022 and August 2022. Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 or [email protected] with any questions.


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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