AM Brew - March 21, 2022

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Monday, March 21, 2022



April 9th 10-3 - Reading Opens the World Book Palooza & Community Fair

Interested in volunteering? Help sort books April 5-9 and take your books then! To volunteer, sign up at https://bit.ly/3GQrEIf

Download the flyer to learn more.


Highlights from 2022 Shared Vision

Rethinking Children’s Anger: Understanding, Embracing and Retooling Your Interpretation - Google Slides

The Real Supply (Retention) Chain Crisis


Teacher Leader Surveys

Please support our Teacher Leaders by completing these surveys.



The Washington Teachers’ Union will soon be conducting internal elections for several positions in accordance with the WTU Constitution and By-Laws.

  1. The WTU Elections Website has been updated to include a document detailing the collection process for nomination petitions. Please click here to access this document as well as the Elections Packet (Cover letter, Election Notice and Nominating Petitions). Content may also be accessed through the main WTU Website. 
  2. As the Elections Committee receives questions from members about the nomination and election processes we will continue to update the elections FAQ.
  3. A text was sent to membership on Wednesday March 16, 2022 informing of the Open Elections Window. If you did not receive a text please ensure your personal information is correct by emailing Ms. Valerie Kilby at [email protected] or calling 202-517-0728. 


Notice for Aspiring WTU Presidential Candidates!

If you plan on running for President of the Washington Teachers’ Union, along with your nomination petition(s) please submit the following to the WTU Elections Committee by 5pm Friday April 29, 2022, via emailing [email protected].

  • A professional profile photo (headshot)
  • An official statement not to exceed 150 words that speaks to your professional training teaching experience, union service and a statement of policies you intend to pursue.

    *Please be advised that photos and statements may be returned for resubmission if they do not meet with the above-mentioned guidelines. 

If you have any questions or concerns for the WTU Elections Committee please email [email protected] or leave a message by calling 202-505-3309. 



February Air Quality report

February-2022—DGS-IAQ-Monthly-Report.pdf (netdna-ssl.com)

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

Additional PD highlights are posted to the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog


Share My Lesson’s Virtual Conference Starts TODAY!

With nearly 50 free, for-credit webinars from trusted partners and education professionals, you’ll find engaging sessions that will help you feel re-energized, professionally supported, and set up for success with your students.

The 2022 Virtual Conference offers innovative sessions at no cost to participants—and you still get professional development credit! So, if you aren’t excited yet, check out these tips to ensure you get the most out of your sessions this year.

Choose Your Sessions

  • Share With Your School Team
  • Make Sure the Bottom Toolbar is Visible
  • Utilize the Group Chat Box
  • Ask Questions in the Q&A Widget
  • Do Your Technology Check
  • Answer the Poll Questions So You Don’t Miss Out on PD Credit
  • Rate Your Experience
  • Keep the Conversation Going

Register for All Sessions Now


Shout out to WTU PD Instructors!

Tina Bradshaw-Smith, Joy Newman, Eulyn Thomas, and Nadia Torney offered amazing, engaging PD sessions on the DCPS PD Day on 3/11 to approximately 350 DCPS educators. Thank you to our instructors and all our members who participated in their sessions.


WTU Professional Learning - SPRING 2022 Course Offerings

Sign up now HERE for amazing, engaging, and informative virtual spring professional development with the WTU including these upcoming classes (1 FREE class for new WTU members):

Free WTU PD Workshops:

Learn more and Register for all classes HERE.


Upcoming Events

COPE Committee

Join the WTU Committee on Political Education (COPE) for a candidate forum open to all WTU Members. On March 26th from 9:45-1:30 WTU Members will have an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and join in the discussion on who we think the WTU should endorse.

Read over the candidate questionnaires at: http://bit.ly/WTUQuestionnaires

Use this Zoom Link to join on 3/26:



First Mayoral debate on education! - March 23, 6:30PM! 

The first Mayoral forum on education will take place next Wednesday, March 23rd, 6:30PM at Cardozo Education Campus. It’s sponsored by DECC (DC Education Coalition for Change, a coalition of parents, educators, students and concerned community members). So far, all Democratic mayoral candidates have confirmed except for the Mayor. Forum organizers are hopeful that with strong sign-ups, the Mayor will agree to join.  RSVP here. 


Please testify at COW budget hearing March 28th

Budget Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole • Council of the District of Columbia (dccouncil.us)


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.


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