AM Brew - May 15, 2023

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Monday, May 15, 2023


We want you to know the WTU is working diligently to make sure you receive the full amount of back pay due. We apologize for being put in the position to bring you the disappointing news of the delay in back pay at the beginning of what should have been a joyful week. WTU will continue to update you on any new developments in retro pay as soon as they are available. 

WTU is excited to announce that the WTU Executive Board has voted and the WTU Contract Bargaining Team will have its first meeting to prepare for going back to the table with DCPS on Thursday, May 18th.  Finally, thank again to those of you who attended WTU’s Teacher Appreciation Party last Friday at Coolidge High School. Check out our website for some wonderful photos/videos from the event! 


Teacher Leaders

Throughout this school year, our WTU Teacher Leaders invested their time and attention to researching issues of interest to them as DC teachers. You will have an opportunity to hear about their research first-hand on Saturday, May 20th from 9-3PM. To register, please click here.


DCPS in the news


Give your input and attend a meeting on:

Deputy Mayor’s master facility plan
DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan 2023 | dme

Master Facilities Plan meetings:

 Boundary Study meetings:

2023 Boundary and Student Assignment Study (office.com)

Revised DINR Window From DCPS

DCPS is asking us to send this message to apologize for an error which resulted in you not receiving communications regarding the Declaration of Intent Not to Return (DINR) application opening, as well as key dates for the DINR process. The DINR instructions and a revised timeline for any WTU member who did not receive notification follow:

We acknowledge that personal decisions may lead you to depart DCPS. As outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) and DCPS, the DINR process provides WTU members who do not intend to continue employment with DCPS for SY 23-24 an online form to indicate their separation intent. This requirement applies to members who are retiring as well as resigning from the school system. As such, we are reaching out to share a revised DINR application schedule for those WTU members affected by the communication error.

Due Date


May 26, 2023

DINR Application Submission Due

May 27, 2023

DINR Withdrawal Application Period Begins

June 23, 2023

DINR Withdrawal Application Period Ends

Please note, WTU members receiving this communication who submit a DINR application by May 26, 2023, and do in fact leave the school district of their own accord at the conclusion of the school year, shall be eligible for a one-time $1,000 bonus payable by September 30, 2023. Members receiving this communication who do not submit the DINR application by May 26, 2023, at 5 PM, and voluntarily separate from DCPS during the 2022-2023 school year or at any point before or during the 2023-2024 school year, may be required to pay a $1,000 penalty fine to DCPS.

The DINR application will serve as your resignation letter and the effective date of separation will be June 26, 2023 (10-month WTU employees), July 5, 2023 (11-month WTU employees), or July 7, 2023 (12-month WTU employees). This date ensures you will receive all owed payments.

If you intend to return to DCPS for the 2023-2024 school year, you do not need to take action.

To participate in the 2023 DINR process, please apply online here: Resignations and Retirement Application.  

Questions regarding this process can be directed to the off boarding team at [email protected].


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


Upcoming events

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.


Upcoming WTU Events

  • MAY 17TH, Wednesday – Know Your Rights Workshop by Former DCPS Investigator (virtual) @ 4:30pm
  • MAY 20TH, Saturday – WTU Teacher Leader Symposium @ Kimball ES, 9:00am
  • JUNE 26TH - 30TH – WTU Professional Development Summer Institute, Kimball ES


Wednesday May 17 at 5pm

Know Your Rights with former Investigator Couser

Wednesday May 17 at 7pm

The next meeting of the Ward 2 Education Council. DCPS Chief of Teaching and Learning Cori Colgan will join us to discuss differentiation strategies in ELA for middle school. Register HERE to attend the meeting on Zoom. Advance registration is required. 

Monday May 22nd at 4:00PM

Secondary Grading Policy Task Force Meeting

Ward 5 Education Equity Meeting Tuesday May 23rd at 7 pm

Register by emailing [email protected].Help plan Ward 5 Back to School Drive 4th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive and Giveaway (google.com)

Recording of Retirement Session May 10

Available here: video1790173078.mp4
It’s never too early to plan for your retirement. The DC Retirement Board has offered to host another retirement session in June. Day and time of the session will be based on the DCRB’s availability. Please complete this form to indicate your interest in attending a retirement session in June. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdotRwmG-wTq8RXmusc09TPLJCDxUaCLTqbYnimS-ibVBcBkQ/viewform?usp=share_link


AFT Teach 2023

Dates: July 20-23
Location: Washington Hilton 1919 Connecticut Ave NW
AFT TEACH 2023 | American Federation of Teachers

Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy (See attached flyer)

Visit https://theirel.org/ to learn about the summer 2023 institutes being held at the MLK Library in Washington D.C. this summer! - IREL23 can provide scholarships to teachers who are interested in attending. - IREL23 is offering group rates for 5 or more teachers. I have more questions. Who can I contact? - Please email Sonja and Tricia directly at [email protected]

LEA Look Forward for May 12, 2023:

DC Teacher of the Year Nominations Extended, Food Allergy Awareness Week and More! (mailchi.mp)

GreenKids Schools - Nature Forward (See attached flyer)

Hosting a series of livestream events aimed at Connecting DC students with environmental professionals to bring awareness to the diversity of "Green Careers" that are out there, teaching young students about local environmental issues.


Be sure to follow the WTU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up on the latest from your Union.



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