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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Representative Assembly Meeting – Tuesday, Oct 11 at 4:30PM
All members are invited to attend the representative assembly meetings. However, only building reps and delegates may participate and vote at the meetings.
Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract
Oct 11, 7 am at Tenleytown Metro – See flyer
Oct 15, 10:30-2pm – Teacher Voice Festival at the African-American Civil War Memorial (U St Metro)
WTU will have a table and campaign flyers at the African American Civil War Memorial Plaza. Register to volunteer
TELL THE MAYOR … Why we need a fair contract now.
Sign and share our petition.
Contact your Building Rep or Field Representative for more information. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY ACTIVITY YOU PARTICIPATE IN TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY. DCPS is watching!
WTU in the news
- WUSA - 'I feel like this should be an emergency' | DC school teacher frustrated by broken HVAC systems, lights
- Maestros de DC denuncian retraso de un mes en el pago de salarios
Can DCPS Change its Toxic Work Environment?
Student Debt Clinic
Debt clinic at Ballou High School on October 20th – Click here for more details and to register!
Virtual Student Debt Clinic
AFT will continue to host a student debt clinic webinar Thursday evenings. Register at https://cvent.me/17XZka Webinar will include information about how to enroll in the free AFT Summer student loan member benefit. Additional information can be found at www.forgivemystudentdebt.org – this website contains all of the information on how to access PSLF in an easily digestible and understandable format.
STUDENT DEBT CLINIC RESOURCE GUIDE
After attending a Student Debt Clinic, we want to make sure you’ve got all the tools and information you need to take the next steps to start reducing how much you pay every month and get on a path towards a debt-free future! See attached for more information.
Congressional Black Caucus’ 51st Annual Legislative Conference (ALC)
As part of AFT’s Professional Development series, the WTU team participated in conversations on critical issues currently facing our community and how we can collectively advance the Black agenda. We watched the documentary currently airing on Netflix entitled “The Who We Are Project,” which challenges the dominant narrative of our nation’s founding, demonstrating how slavery’s legacy has led to persistent and abiding racial inequality. The attached documentary overview offered all who attended the opportunity to process what we had watched privately and make meaning from it.
Following the film, the AFT hosted a panel discussion featuring Michael Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps; Kean College President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D. and Lezli Baskervielle, J.D., president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education to discuss building a pipeline to boost the number of Black teachers across the country.
Click here for a short video, capturing the highlights of what was discussed. Captions to the video were added for the hearing-impaired. Alternatively, a transcript is available for reading here.
Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year.
The AM Brew is distributed as a benefit to members of the WTU. In the coming weeks, we’ll be updating our database removing non-members from the distribution for the AM Brew, as well as other important Member –Only emails.
To ensure that you’re not inadvertently removed from the distribution list, please update your member information by clicking here.
AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
Register Now -- Fall 2022 Professional Learning from the WTU
TO VIEW AND REGISTER FOR FALL COURSES, PLEASE DOWNLOAD WTU'S 2022 FALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BROCHURE.
Upcoming Professional Development Courses
Accessible Literacy Framework
This course covers how to provide reading instruction to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
To learn more and register, click here.
This course focuses on conversation emphasizing pronunciation, basic communication and vocabulary. It also provides the knowledge, vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary for teachers to use Spanish immediately for communication as well as an introduction to some Spanish culture.
To learn more and register, click here.
In addition to the events listed below, we encourage you to check out the WTU Members –Only Calendar where you can find a condensed list of upcoming WTU events.
Canvas with Joshua Wiley – Sun, Oct 16, 1pm at 200 K Street, NE
Join the Wiley Campaign this Sunday, October 16, 2022 to canvass Ward 6 with the WTU endorsed candidate for the State Board of Education, Joshua Wiley. Afterwards, we’ll end with mimosas.
Sign up at: www.Ward6Wiley.com/events
DC Council Hearing on Teacher and Principal Turnover - Oct 25, 2022 at 1PM
Committee Hearing Signup: Teacher/Principal Turnover and B24-355 Statewide Data Warehouse
Next W3EdNet Meeting -- Tues Oct 11 @ 7pm -- SBOE Ward 3 candidate forum
Will host Eric Goulet and Michael Sriqui for a State Board of Education Ward 3 Candidate Forum at 7pm on Tuesday, October 11 via Zoom. A special thanks to Washington Post education reporter, Lauren Lumpkin, who has generously agreed to moderate the forum.
Ms. Lumpkin will be responsible for all questions (and only she will know what the questions are before she asks them), but she wants to hear from you about what you think she should ask. Please email your suggestions to Brian Doyle at [email protected], and they will be forwarded to Ms. Lumpkin. How do you register to watch? Click here!
The WTU announced its endorsements for the 2022 November Elections.
At-Large: Elissa Silverman
At-Large: Karim Marshall
Ward 1: Brianne Nadeau
Ward 3: Matthew Frumin
Ward 5: Zachary Parker
Ward 6: Charles Allen
DC State Board of Education
Ward 1: Ben Williams
Ward 3: Michael Sriqui
Ward 5: Robert Henderson
Ward 6: Joshua Wiley
Read more here. And watch for opportunities to get out and support our candidates!
Facility Concerns SY 22-23
Over the past two years, the WTU has met regularly to discuss facility issues with DCPS. Yet, many schools continue to have health and safety concerns. We ask that you let the WTU know of any health or safety concerns in your building by completing this brief form.
We’re continuing to update our database.
Please help us ensure we have your current personal contact information on file. Please click here to update your member information. Email [email protected] with any questions or to be added to member mailings.
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