AM Brew - October 12, 2021

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Please join us on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 04:30 PM Eastern Time (Via Zoom) for our monthly Representative Assembly. The meeting is open to all members of the Washington Teachers’ Union.

Please click here to registerAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Proposed Agenda:

- Updates from the President, Jacqueline Pogue Lyons

- Professional Development, Sarah Elwell

- Committee Reports, Committee Chairs

- Review and Vote on WTU Budget for FY2022, Nadia Torney

- Vendor Presentations

Air Quality Report

As a part of the MOU, DGS must provide monthly information on air quality in our schools. The September DGS School Indoor Air Quality- Monthly Report is a now available.


IMPACT surveys

We will be conducting a series of short surveys to get your input on a better way to use the teacher process to improve performance.  The goal is to create the framework of a system to replace IMPACT’s punitive approach. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete this survey. Thank You!



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


Professional Development

Additional PD Opportunities are available by clicking on the PD Blog.

IMPACT Professional Development Workshop

Part 1 (EP 1 & 2): Saturday, October 16 @ 10am – 1pm

Part 2 (EP 3, 4 & 5): Saturday, November 7 @ 10am-1pm

In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Teacher-Assessed Student Achievement Data (TAS), Community School Commitment (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP) Participants will receive 6 PLU’s.

RSVP HERE: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2021_impact_professional_development


WTU Tech Tuesdays Are Back!!!

Today 10/12 @ 5:30-6:30pm, join PD instructor Tameshia Henry for a session on PREZI.

Register HERE.


REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN---WTU Professional Learning - FALL 2021 Course Offerings

Make sure you don't procrastinate on recertification requirements!!! Sign up now for amazing, engaging, and informative virtual fall professional development with the WTU ($150 registration fee; 1 FREE class for new members):

Creating and Managing a Successful School Library Program (started 10/6; limited spaces still available)

National Board Certification Support Classes (started 10/5)

Universal Design for Learning (starts 10/12)

Learn more and register for all classes HERE.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 04:30 PM - Representative Assembly

Please click here to register


Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. - Council Hearings

Public Hearing on two Bills introduced by Councilmembers Lewis George, and R. White:

Bill 24-80 would make OSSE subordinate to the State Board of Education, provide SBOE with the authority to appoint the State Superintendent of Education, and allow employees of the District of Columbia Public Schools to serve on the SBOE.

Bill 24-101 would make OSSE an independent agency within the District government. The bill also clarifies OSSE’s oversight responsibilities, requiring the agency to verify data produced by local education agencies (LEA) and to investigate allegations of waste, fraud, or fiscal mismanagement by LEAs. Those who want to testify must register by the close of business on Friday October 22, 2021. You may also submit written testimony to [email protected]


Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12:00pm Hearing on Bill 24-77, District of Columbia Public Schools Technology Equity Act of 2021

Register to testify https://lims.dccouncil.us/downloads/LIMS/46552/Hearing_Notice/B24-0077-Hearing_Notice1.pdf


Digging into DC

Join a community conversation/training session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 about getting information from the Metropolitan Police. Speakers include:

- Amy Phillips, DC public defender

- Mitch Ryals, reporter, Washington City Paper

- Michael Perloff, ACLU of the District of Columbia

- Catherine Young, DC resident who has struggled to piece together information from the police shooting in 2018 of her son D’Quan Young

- Miranda Spivack, journalist and open government expert, D.C. OGC board member, moderator

Register here https://ropesgray.zoom.us/.../WN_hM6RJnypTGiihxRH_pZjdQ

This is the second in a series of free open government trainings that will continue through the fall and winter, and focus on how to locate a range of information such as criminal justice data, social services data, and data from multi-government and multi-state agencies. Please come prepared with your questions about the best ways to get information from DC's police department. We look forward to seeing you at Digging into DC! 

Questions? email: [email protected]. Sponsored by D.C. Open Government Coalition, D.C. Library Association and D.C. Office of Open Government


Partner events and other upcoming events of interest are also posted to the AMBrew Blog.



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.


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