Here's What's Brewing Today
Monday, September 19, 2022
Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract
A HUGE Thank You to all members who attended the contract campaign events this past weekend Eliot-Hine and H St Festival. The public is very willing to help us – we have to get out and explain the situation to them. Click here to learn more see a short video from the event.
Stay tuned for other campaign events.
WTU in the News
- DC teachers union to urge public to push Bowser administration for a new contract
- DC school administrators to receive pay increase under new agreement with city
- District reaches deal with union representing principals
Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher
Last week, 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!
DCPS continues to provide masks. All schools continue to order masks through the established system (QuickBase). The Operations POC at each school is responsible for placing those orders. Any questions can be sent to the SSO Specialist for the school and they can ensure the teacher gets connected to the right person at the school to request more masks.
If you were not paid last week, please check Peoplesoft today to see if your check dated Sept 6 & 23 has posted. Call your field rep if there are any problems.
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.
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.
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Student Debt Clinics
The WTU and AFT will host student debt clinics.
September 29 and October 20
In a 90-minute session, AFT Student Debt Clinics provide information on how to enroll in income-driven student loan repayment programs and help in enrolling in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Registration links will be available soon!
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.
AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
Union Leadership Institute
Thank you to all members who attended ULI and made the event a great success. Every month we will host virtual one-hour sessions on contract issues.
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.
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
This course will cover how we can build safe spaces in our classrooms to help our scholars be more expressive and feel welcomed. We’ll offer opportunities to learn from each other as we chat about strategies we can utilize in our classes for the 2022-2023 school year!
DC Council Committee of the Whole hearings
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 1:00pm.
For more details: https://chairmanmendelson.com/testify/
Upcoming Ward Ed Council meeting
Ward 2 - Wednesday, September 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ward 5 Education Equity Committee
If you would like to join, please email [email protected]
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00pm
First topic will be special education. We will be joined by staff from the newly launched Special Education HUB of the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education and other guests to discuss experiences and resources related to special education.
Ward 6 - Ward 6 W6PSPO
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Contact [email protected] for zoom info.
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