Here's What's Brewing Today
Monday, May 1, 2023
Thank you for coming out to our Teachers Appreciation Party on Friday! It was wonderful to see so many of you in person. Throughout the week, we will post videos/photos from the par-tay available on WTU’s website, and official Twitter, Instagram, FaceBook and YouTube social media sites.
I expect your schools, students, parents, and community members will have a lot in store for you this week as they celebrate just how amazing you are.
A few reminders…
This coming Wednesday, May 10th, we will host our popular virtual retirement seminar at 5PM via Zoom. Remember, it’s never too early to think about retirement! The URL to join the Zoom meeting is here: Join Via Zoom.
On Saturday, May 13th, Dr. Persephone Brown’s class, Social Emotional Learning for Adults begins at 10AM. If you are interested, please register here.
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.
Tuesday May 8 @ 4:30 Rep Assembly meeting
Join Via Zoom. Passcode: 220352
All members are invited to attend but may not participate in the meeting. Building Reps and delegates will receive a separate link to join as a participant.
Secondary Grading Policy Task Force Report
Please read and comment on the following report that will be presented to the WTU Rep Assembly for a vote in May's Rep Assembly. Click here for additional details.
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:
Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (click here)
Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (click here)
Boundary Study meetings:
Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (click here)
Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (click here)
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.
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].
NEWS FROM THE WTU ELECTIONS COMMITTEE:
2023 WTU ELECTIONS – REPEATED FROM LAST WEEK
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]
AM Brew News and Notices are archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Wednesday May 9 @ 5:00 - Retirement Seminar with DC Retirement Board
Upcoming WTU Events
- 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
July 21-23 - AFT Teach at the Washington Hilton
AFT TEACH 2023 | American Federation of Teachers
PD and other opportunities from OSSE
LEA Look Forward for May 5, 2023: Teacher Appreciation Week, SOAR Act Third Party Competition and More! (mailchi.mp)