AM Brew - October 17, 2022

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Tuesday, October 17, 2022



Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract

Many thanks to the teachers, parents and public who came out to support our need for a new Teachers Contract at the Teachers Voice Festival on Saturday. We hope you have a moment to view this short clip from our supporters!

And check out this great coverage of teachers advocating for a new contract as well:


Save the Date:

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 7:00 am - March for the Washington D.C. Teachers Contract at the Anacostia Metro Station


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!


Student Debt Clinic

Debt clinic at Ballou High School on October 20thClick 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.


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.


Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher


Member Emails

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.


Professional Development

Register Now -- Fall 2022 Professional Learning from the WTU



These courses start soon – Register Now!

Conversational Spanish – Oct 22

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.

Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_2022_-_conversational_spanish


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – Oct 22

This course will cover how we can build safe spaces in our classrooms to help our scholars be more expressive and feel welcomed. This session will offer an opportunity to learn from each other as we chat about strategies, we can utilize in our classes for the 2022-2023 school year! 

Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_pd_2022_culturally_responsive_pedagogy


Best Practices of Integrating Technology to Enhance Student Engagement & Assessment – Oct 22

This course will focus on the research and instructional practices of educators (Pre-K-12) effectively planning, creating, and utilizing Google Classroom (Learning Management System), MS 365 Teams, MS 365 OneNote, MS 365 Sway, MS 365 SharePoint, MS 365 Forms, and MS 365 Stream for instruction, student learning, and assessment. It will provide teachers opportunities to implement best practices in face to face, hybrid and/or distance learning. 

Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_pd_2022_best_practices_of_integrating_technology_to_enhance_student_engagement_assessment


Psychology and Education of Exceptional – Oct 25

This course is designed to provide opportunities that specifically meet the needs of special educators and other school personnel. Participants will acquire knowledge regarding the psychological development and characteristics for children and youth. 

Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/fall_pd_2022_psychology_and_education_of_exceptional


Upcoming events

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.


Meeting for School Counselors at Ballou - Monday, Oct 17

The WTU will meet with all School Counselors on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 4:30 pm at Ballou Stay Opportunity Academy, 3401 4th St SE Washington DC 20032, contact Janice Brown Parker with any questions [email protected]


Ward W2EC

Ward 2 Education Council will meet Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm. At-Large Councilmember Robert White will be joining us as the Chair of the Committee overseeing the city's building maintenance to talk about school facilities needs. Please share with us your school's facilities and maintenance challenges before the meeting so we can compile a list for all of Ward 2. Register HERE to attend the meeting on Zoom. 

Silent Read In – Saturday, October 22

DCPS Librarians will be hosting a Silent Read In on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 10-12noon in front of the Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C.


The DC Council wants to hear your Teacher Voice! – October 25

Please testify at the DC Council Hearing on Teacher and Principal Turnover - Oct 25, 2022 at 1PM

Sign-up Here.


November Representative Assembly

The November Rep Assembly meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15th at 4:30. DCPS is closed on November 8th.



WTU Endorsements

The WTU announced its endorsements for the 2022 November Elections.

City Council:

  • 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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