AM Brew - May 1, 2023

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Monday, May 1, 2023


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! This week gives us a chance to thank you for never wavering in your dedication to our children. Throughout the pandemic and your return to the classroom, as educators you put aside your own personal safety concerns to come to school and teach our students. You adapted to new teaching models, glitches in technology, Zoom fatigue, learning loss, and social-emotional issues, showing everyone your dedication to our students, parents and the community. We also want to take time this week to thank you for being an active part of this organization – our union. We couldn’t have won our contract without you!

Please let WTU and other surprise guests thank you publicly for all you do at our Teachers Appreciation Party on Friday, May 5th. We hope you will take this opportunity to celebrate with us at Coolidge High School from 4-7PM. The popular band, Sirius Company will be there along with a dee-jay, food trucks, prizes, and gifts. Don’t forget to bring your DCPS ID and wear Red for Ed! We hope to see you there!

We hope that WTU members will join us at the exciting celebrations and events we have planned this spring:

  • MAY 4TH, Thursday – President Pogue Lyons Meeting with WTU Building Reps
  • MAY 5TH Friday – Teacher Appreciation Celebration @ Coolidge HS 4:00 – 7:00pm
  • MAY 10TH, Wednesday – WTU Retirement Seminar (virtual) @ 5:00pm
  • 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


Register to the WTU’s Teacher Appreciation Party. 




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 Offboarding team at [email protected].


2023 DC Literacy Education Survey

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is collecting information from DC stakeholders on literacy education, training, and instruction in Washington, D.C. Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management


In memory of Rosalind Daniels Scott

WTU mourns the loss of Ballou High School Special Education Teacher Rosalind Daniels Scott who passed on Wednesday, April 26th.




As of Friday April 28, 2023, the Elections Committee has accepted, verified and notified the eligible candidates who are running for MD/DC AFL-CIO Delegate, AFT Convention Delegate and Elections Committee. 

The Election Committee initially planned for electronic voting during these elections, however, we were unable to move forward with this option.

Consistent with the WTU Constitution and Bylaws and past practice, as this is not an officer's election, we will be moving forward with in-person voting during this election cycle. Please be on the lookout for the election date and voting times so that you can ensure you exercise your democratic right as a full dues paying WTU member. 

If you have any questions about the upcoming elections you can email the WTU Elections Committee at [email protected]


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Upcoming events

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. It's a great opportunity for teachers to take stock of their students'—and their own—health and well-being.


May 1st at 7PM - COPE Committee Meeting

Join Via Zoom

May 2nd 7 PM - Ward 3 Education Network (W3EdNet)

DC Public Schools Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ely Ross will discuss school maintenance and other relevant topics, before taking questions.  Please register for the May 2 meeting here.

May 4th at 4:30pm - Building Representative Meeting with President Pogue Lyons

May 4th 6:30 PM - Ward 7 Education Council Meeting

Email [email protected] for log-in information.

Save the Date - AFT TEACH 2023 Conference

July 21-23, Washington Hilton

Professional Development


Become a WTU Professional Development Instructor


PD and other opportunities from OSSE

LEA Look Forward for April 28, 2023: Circle Up DC Summit, Streamlining LEA Reporting Process for Charter Schools and More! (mailchi.mp)


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


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