AM Brew - September 11, 2023

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Monday, September 11, 2023




Good Morning, WTU Members!

Today, as we stop to remember those who lost their lives in the 2001 tragedy, we are reminded of the need to build a teaching community that supports and values each of its members equally. We remain continually grateful to our first responders from 911 through COVID and until today for their hard work and dedication to everyone and particularly those in need.

Thank you for continuing to drive change in your community as our deadline for receiving a new contract is less than 20 days away! We need to keep showing our collective demand for a new contract by wearing red on Fridays along with our new Campaign button (see above), posting pictures on social media, and rallying everyone we know to sign our petition for school safety. We need your wonderful photos! So, please don’t forget to keep emailing them to [email protected]. Finally, one last request, please consider volunteering to join our WTU’s advocacy tables at these upcoming events:

H-Street Festival, Saturday, September 16th, 11-5PM

DCPS Block Party, Saturday, September 23rd, 11-2PM, McKinley Tech HS

To learn more about the Contract Action Team, please visit our Contract Action Webpage and follow us on WTU’s official FaceBookTwitterYouTube and Instagram sites. Please remember to check our new 2023-24 Members’ Organizational Guide for advance notice of all WTU events throughout the year.  If you haven’t received your printed brochure, please reach out to your Field Representative. Again, I wish you another amazing week filled with the joy of teaching and hope this day’s memory leaves you inspired to continue our drive for change! 

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President
Washington Teachers’ Union


Opportunities to GET INVOLVED!

The start of a new school year offers all members a chance to join one of five WTU Committees established by the WTU Executive Board to lead our work:  

Committee on Political Education (COPE) Meeting – TODAY! September 11th!

Chair: Michael Donaldson ([email protected])
Meets the 1st Monday of each month Virtual @ 7-8pm. Join via Zoom

Communications Committee

Chair: WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons ([email protected]) Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month @ 4:30pm

Legislative Committee

Chair: Regina Bell, Vice President WTU ([email protected]) (pictured left) Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 4:30pm

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee helps to recruit and organize WTU members. Contact: Mike Roland ([email protected]) Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month @ 5:00pm

IMPACT Committee

The IMPACT Committee continues to gather feedback from different stakeholder groups, and academic research data regarding the validity and fairness of IMPACT's rating system compared to other evaluation systems.
Contact: Regina Bell ([email protected])

To join one or more of these committees, click here. 


Support DC School Nurses 

Sign a petition to support student health and nurse professionalism in DC schools!  

We demand DC immediately reconsider this harmful cluster model. They must collaborate with DCNA representatives to build a solution-oriented approach that has dedicated nurses per school. This is what our students deserve. We ask you to join the fight to protect student heath and nurses' working conditions. Let's uplift their voices and stand against this damaging cluster model that profit over people. 


WTU's Contract Negotiating Team's Weekly Video Update 

Click picture or this url: https://youtu.be/TSYwkpsirmA?si=7mTXgqK6Coj8xb0P

Watch previous video updates here.


In the News


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Upcoming events

Interested in becoming a TEACHER LEADER?

Wednesday, September, 13th @ 6:30PM

Via Zoom; Meeting ID: 965 5416 8812; Passcode: 863015

Applications Due to AFT no later than Wednesday, September 20t! Apply Now!


WTU’s Membership Meeting 

September 12 at 4:30 WTU Membership meeting. Registration is required.


Ward 3 Education Council Meeting

September 12 @ 7 pm - Ward 3 Education Council Meeting

Register for the meeting using this link.


Ask parents/educators to sign our petition @ WTU table
“The Time is Now! Kids Deserve Safe Schools”

  • H-Street FestivalSaturday, September 16th, 11-5PM
  • DCPS Block PartySaturday, September 23rd, 11-2PM, McKinley Technology High School


Register for Union Leadership Institute (ULI)

The WTU offers regular Union Leadership Institutes (ULIs) that give all members the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills and to acquire the detailed knowledge needed to be an effective teacher representative to help ensure the voice of teachers are heard. The next opportunity to register for ULI is Saturday, September 30th. Please register here.


Update your Contact Information 

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.

If you are removed, please contact Carlton Nettles at [email protected] to update your information and be re-added to the WTU mailing lists


Thank An Arts Teacher

The Kennedy Center - Thank an Arts Teacher


Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSEE) Professional Development Opportunities

LEA Look Forward for Sept. 8, 2023: DC Secondary Transition Capacity Building Institute, Whole School Educator Wellness Cohort and More!



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