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Monday, September 20, 2021
As we continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities, I want to reassure you that the health and safety of all our members and their students is front and center. We have held or supported immunization and vaccination events in wards 5, 7, and 8, and will continue until we exhaust the grant that we received from the AFT. We are also responding to issues of safety at individual schools as they are reported to us. Be sure to work with your building leaders to guarantee that the HVAC systems are equipped with Merv-13 filters. In the absence of Merv-13 filters, each classroom must have a HEPA filter in accordance with the terms of the MOA. I urge you to report any health and safety concerns at your schools using the reporting form or by contacting your field services specialist directly. I will be meeting with the chancellor or his designee every Tuesday in the Situation Room to resolve your concerns.
I would like to thank all newly elected and veteran site based WTU teams who took the time this weekend to participate in our fall Union Leadership Institute. I hope you will use the acquired tools to organize your buildings and to engage your building leadership in resolving matters pertaining to the enforcement of our collective bargaining agreement.
I wish you a safe and productive week.
Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President
Washington Teachers’ Union
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REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN---WTU Professional Learning - FALL 2021 Course Offerings
Sign up now for amazing, engaging, and informative virtual fall professional development with the WTU including these classes which start within the next two weeks ($150 registration fee; 1 FREE class for new members):
- English Language Learners 101 (starts 10/2)
- Instructional Strategies that Work for All Disciplines (starts 10/2)
- Integration of Computer Technology (starts 10/2)
- Managing Behavior in School Communities (starts 9/22)
- Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children (starts 9/20)
- Reading Comprehension Instruction (starts 10/2)
- Social and Emotional Learning (starts 10/2)
- Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom (starts 9/25)
FREE WTU Workshops starting in September:
- Excel with ELL’s (9/23 and 9/30)
- The Game Factor (9/25)
- PRAXIS I Core Preparation Class (starts 9/22)
AETNA Wellness Webinar
The Self-Care Playbook, September 22, 3:00PM-4:00PM
What does it mean to practice good self-care? In this seminar, learn about how you can put together your own personal self-care playbook to make sure you are tending to every aspect of your overall wellbeing in order to feel happier, be more productive and support the ones you love.
Meeting Link: https://lcah.webex.com/lcah/j.php?MTID=m967b90c7fd6549bc01a35069472a3662
Access Code: 1805 56 6538; Password: J9Fcetrfu24
Please Congratulate our SY2021-22 WTU Teacher Leaders
- Staci Adams, Smothers ES
- Fatima Baig, Reed ES
- Dawn Brodus-Yougha, Beers ES
- Amanda D'Angelo, Seaton ES
- Julia DiPiazza, Langdon ES
- Dorothy Graves, Langdon ES
- Hsuan-Ying Liu, Bard Early College HS
- Shaunta Morris, Stanton ES
- Joy Newman, McFarland MS
- Daniel Osborne, CW Harris ES
- Raymond Pyle, Murch ES
- Katie Phillips, Anacostia HS
- Desiree Raught, McKinley Tech HS
Additional PD Opportunities are available by clicking on the PD Blog.
Legislative Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 21st, 4:30-5:30. Click here to join.
Partner events and other upcoming events of interest are also posted to the AMBrew Blog.
Attention School Counselors
As we move towards solidifying language specific to school counselors during contract negotiations the WTU would like you to review some language DCPS has proposed. Specifically, DCPS is proposing that principals and Local School Advisory Teams (LSAT) have the option to transition 10-month school counselors to 11-month school counselors; and 11-month school counselors to 12-month school counselors. Please complete the following brief survey to let the WTU know your desire regarding the proposed language. Click here to compete the survey.
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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