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Monday, March 28, 2022
Social Work Month 2022 -- The Time is Right for Social Work.
For almost 60 years, Social Work Month has helped increase awareness around the profession and champion the cause of social workers. By shining a light on social work, the month long celebration creates an opportunity to improve the lives of social workers and the communities they support in several ways.
DC Early EdX
DC Early EdX, held during the D.C. Month of the Young Child, is a virtual event designed by educators for educators. Take the day to decompress, connect with and learn from your peers, raise your voice, and celebrate the important role you play for children, families, and the entire community. DC Early EdX 2022 is free to all participants. Download the flyer here. Register today at dcearlyedx.org!
If you are waiting to hear back from DCPS about your FMLA request, email your Field Representative and include the date you applied for FMLA.
If you have not received a laptop or your laptop is more than 3 years old, please complete this form. WTU Laptop Survey
Shoutout to KC Boyd – 2022 School Librarian of the Year
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.
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. As the Elections Committee receives questions from members about the nomination and election processes we will continue to update the elections FAQ.
If you have any questions or concerns for the WTU Elections Committee please email [email protected] or leave a message by calling 2025053309.
AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
Additional PD highlights are posted to the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog
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):
- Hispanic Culture & Spanish Language II (starts 4/23)
- Social and Emotional Learning (starts 4/2)
- Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning (starts 4/23)
Free WTU PD Workshops:
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (2-part series 4/2 and 4/9)
- Dimensions to Wellness (4/23)
- Strategies for Student Success-The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based & Project-Based Learning (4/16)
- Student Debt Clinic (4/19)
Donors Choose Information Session (April 4 @ 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom)
Register HERE to attend a Donors Choose Information Session with Donors Choose Ambassador & DCPS Teacher Claire Battle who has gotten 87 projects funded!!!
SAVE THE DATE: 2022 WTU Teacher Leader Virtual Research Symposium (Sat., May 14 @ 9am-2pm)
Register HERE for an amazing lineup of research presentation on topics ranging from mental health to diversity in the curriculum to the certification/licensure process.
Wellness Series with Aetna (all sessions are virtual @ 7:00pm-8:00pm)
Each session below is a one-hour “gift of self care” with unique perspectives and tools. Participants will find value in attending one, a few, or all the sessions to support yourself in creating a robust practice of Self Care.
Use this link to register for all or some of the four sessions:
- April 6th Supporting Your Mental Health and Preventing Burnout
- May 4th Making the Impossible, Possible - Setting and Achieving Your Goals
- June 8th Courageous Conversations: Healing Conversations about Systemic Racism
The next meeting of the Ward 3 Education Network (W3EdNet) is on Monday, April 4 at 7pm with Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn, who will update us on the Mayor's agenda for education in the city and take questions.
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
DC Council Hearing on FY2023 Budget
The WTU and many members will be testifying before the Council of the Whole TODAY on the SY2022-23 budget. Learn more here: 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.
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.
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