AM Brew - June 28, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

June 28, 2021


Thank you for your perseverance during this trying year! As you close up your classrooms for the summer, please ensure that the WTU has your personal contact information on file so you can continue to receive updates from us. While you’re away, our team will continue our work to ensure DC can safely reopen schools for the 2021-2022 school year and to improve the District’s IMPACT system.  And, we hope you’ll get involved in our campaign to close achievement gaps by highlighting your reading lists this summer!


Get Reading DC

The Council will be announcing their first budget marks this week. This process, outlining the changes the Council is making to the Mayor’s budget proposal is our first benchmark to know if we’ve secured funding to ensure EVERY school has a full-time librarian. 

It’s not too late to CONTACT THE COUNCIL. 

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


Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award!

The WTU would like to congratulate Patricia West and Whittier Education Campus for winning the Winner of the 2021 Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award!



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, DCPS iDC Conference, Opportunities from the National Math Alliance and MORE!



Classes start TODAY - June 28! Learn more and register HERE.

Contact Sarah Elwell at [email protected] if you’re interested in joining a class that starts TODAY.


  • STELAR and National Science Foundation Program Officers are having a series of informative webinars on the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program's Solicitation (NSF 19-583). During this webinar NSF Program Officers Bob Russell, Alicia Santiago, and Gavin Fulmer, will review the goals of the ITEST program, highlighted key aspects of the solicitation, and provided guidance on developing a competitive proposal.


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


This week’s events

June 28 – Summer Vacation Begins

June 29 - WTU and DCAEYC ECE Task Force Strategic Planning Meeting (see below for registration information)


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.

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



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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