AM Brew - May 16, 2022

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, May 16


The DC Council took action on the FY2023 (school year 2022-23) budget last week. The Council voted to keep phasing police out of public schools — despite the objections of the mayor and city principals’ union. The council also approved new allotments directly to some of the city’s most troubled public schools.

You can view the Council’s budget documents here. Coverage from the Washington Post here. And analysis from DC Fiscal Policy Institute here.



Campaigning has officially begun! Click here to review the Campaign Rules.  

Special Thanks to all those who attended or viewed Thursday’s Presidential Candidates Forum. In case you missed it, you can watch the Forum here.

Click here to provide feedback about the forum in an effort to assist the Elections Committee with planning future events. We thank you for your time and input!


Upcoming Elections Events/Dates

May 17th 6:00pm – 8:00pm – WTU Elections Committee Virtual Meet & Greet hosted by Mrs. Denise Rolark Barnes Publisher of The Washington Informer.  Flier
Via Zoom; Meeting ID: 748 094 0086; Passcode: 051722

Be on the lookout for a Special Edition of the Washington Teacher that shares more information about the Presidential Candidates running in this year’s election.

Continue to check election updates through the Morning Brew to receive information about when Ballots should be arriving in the mail. If you have any questions for the Elections Committee, please email us at [email protected] or leave a message at 202-505-3309. 


Building Elections

The building election packet were sent to Building Representatives, who are responsible for conducting building level elections, last week. Its contents can be found here. A full list of WTU local school leadership positions and their duties is available here.


Support WTU Endorsed Candidates!

We encourage WTU members to get involved in supporting WTU Endorsed Candidates in the upcoming June Primary Elections. For a list of endorsed candidates, click here.



The WTU was proud to launch an updated website. We hope you’ll check it out at www.WTULocal6.net.

We are collecting their photos and quotes for publication on the website capturing what the WTU means to you. Email photos/quotes to [email protected] or text them to 703-904-0000.

For information on walkthroughs of new WTU website, please see the Upcoming Events section below.



We want to remind everyone that the CDC states, face masks help prevent the spread of Covid.

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

Please check out these slides from last week’s WTU Representative Assembly for the latest updates from the WTU Professional Development Department.


There are 3 spots opened for the WTU Morocco Trip 2022 (July 11-25, 2022)!!!

Check out the itinerary and sign up HERE before these spots disappear. Add extra excursions like a hot air balloon ride, a hike through the Rif valley, an afternoon in a hammam, which is a relaxing and cleansing Moroccan spa experience that is centuries old, and a 4x4 trip through the desert to have traditional tea.


Wellness Series with Aetna (all sessions are virtual @ 7:00pm-8:00pm)

Each session in this series has been a one-hour “gift of self care” with unique perspectives and tools. Participants will find value in attend in our final session to support yourself in creating a robust practice of Self Care. Use this link to register for all or some of the last remaining session: https://artofliving.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkf-mgrD0qEtfZQOKQy_UwiRpBfShnBeLC

June 8 - Courageous Conversations: Healing Conversations about Systemic Racism


The 34th "Celebration of Youth" Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to all DCPS and DCPCS students in grades 4 to 9.  The theme this year is asking the students to write an essay about a change they would like to create in themselves and the difference it would make in their lives. Essays are due May 14th. The contest values the thoughts and feelings of students and supports bringing awareness, responsibility, and reflection to personal stories. Coaches from UDC are available to help students with their essays. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced in June.  Cash Awards will be given to over 60 students across the city during June.  This opportunity is sponsored by Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence, a non profit in Washington, DC supporting the expression of children.  Visit the Web site www.globalharmonyexcellence.org or CLICK HERE to get the full theme and complete set of guidelines for the contest. For questions call Dorothea Brady at 202 244 1682 or email her at [email protected]. They would be honored to have the participation of your students.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 17 at 4:30pm – Legislative Committee Meeting

Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 976 3324 5917; Passcode: 148566


DCPS Hiring Fairs

The DCPS virtual hiring fairs aim to provide a one-stop shop for candidates to connect with schools around openings for next school while also learning more about other important processes and opportunities, such as joining the WTU.

  • Thursday, April 21 (4-7pm)
  • Wednesday, June 1 (4-7pm)
  • Thursday, July 14 (4-7pm)


WTU Website Walkthroughs

  • Tuesday, May 17 at 6pm
  • Thursday, May 19 at 6pm
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm
  • Thursday, May 26 at 6pm

All events are Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 810 8576 9556; Passcode: 395523

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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