AM Brew - July 6, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

July 6, 2021

 

School Year 2021-2022 Budget Update

It’s not too late to CONTACT THE COUNCIL to ask that every school has a full-time librarian for the 2021-2022 school year. Librarians play an important role in building positive cultures and supporting students and teachers in developing the literacy skills of our students. Make your voice heard now and support your colleagues!  The Chairman will be publishing his changes to the Mayor's proposed budget this week and the Council will be voting on the budget soon.

Supporting Literacy & DCPS Librarians. The WTU has filed a grievance against DCPS on behalf of excessed DCPS librarians, librarians who have been terminated as the result of excessing and teachers who have been denied the services librarians provide as a result of cuts to library programs by DCPS. The grievance alleges that DCPS has violated the WTU contract by eliminating school librarian positions. 

 

The WTU Welcomes Jannett Lopez & Juan Gonzalez

The WTU would like to welcome Jannett Lopez and Juan Gonzalez to the Field Services team. Regina Bell, the WTU’s general vice president, has also officially joined the WTU office team. Please welcome them.

 

COVID-19 Leave Extension to August 29, 2021

By Mayor's Order 2021-038, the District’s Public Health Emergency (PHE) was extended to July 25, 2021. Please note that COVID Sick Leave was last set to expire on May 20, 2021 with the expiration of the PHE but is now extended through August 29, 2021.

D.C. COVID-19 Support Emergency Amendment Act (CSEA) 

The CSEA temporarily amends the DC FMLA to create a new COVID-19 job-protected leave category (“COVID-19 Leave”). This entitlement is effective as of March 11, 2020 and expires on August 29, 2021.

COVID Sick Leave 

The provisions of COVID Sick Leave apply until August 29, 2021. Under COVID Sick Leave, the employee is eligible for up to ten (10) days (up to 80 hours) of leave at the regular rate of pay if unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a specific list of criteria.

Questions regarding the different types of leave can be directed to your Field Representative or to the DCPS Leave of Absence team at [email protected] 

 

REMINDER: YOU'RE ON VACATION!!!

The WTU wants to encourage you to take time for yourself and your own mental health needs. If you have not already, please remember to set up your out-of-office reply as you are not obligated to read or reply to any email messages sent to your dc.gov email account after June 25, 2021. Enjoy your summer!!!

 

Attention All Special Education Teachers and Related Service Providers

If you have received any correspondence from your Principal or LEA Representative mandating you continue to complete any assignments or case management responsibilities after Friday, June 25, 2021, please contact Janice Brown Parker immediately at 202-957 9928 or [email protected]

 

Maternity Leave and/or Sick Leave Banks

Due to overwhelming demand, open enrollment for the Maternity Leave and/or Sick Leave Banks for the 2021-2022 school year will re-open August 1 through August 31, 2021. This will be your last chance to sign-up for the 2021-2022 school year.

To join either bank you donate 8 hours (one day) of the total 96 hours (12 days) that is loaded to your leave balance on October 1, 2021, the beginning of the fiscal year. Please be mindful that if you join both banks you will donate two days or 16 hours. After the donation is taken you must wait three months before you can access the banks. Thus, the first time you can access the bank would be January 1, 2022.  Once you join the bank, you remain in the bank until you opt-out.

If you have any questions about either bank, contact Charmaine Wilks at [email protected] or 202 517-1475. Enrollment links will be sent out again on August 1.

 

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

 

 

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Summer Professional Learning!!!

Thank you to the over 100 educators who joined the WTU Summer2021 Virtual PD Institute last week.

If you missed it, you still have a chance to register TODAY for other exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE and for our FREE Decolonizing the Curriculum series, in partnership with Teaching for Change, HERE.

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OSSE Summer PD Catalog

Check out this listing of professional learning opportunities:

https://osse.dc.gov/node/1492506

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AFT TEACH Conference 2021

AFT TEACH 2021 starts Tuesday, July 6, at 1 p.m. EDT with a welcome session featuring a keynote by AFT President Randi Weingarten! The agenda is packed with more than 60 sessions on essential topics covering social emotional learning, anti-racism, civic engagement and participation, and countless more tools and strategies you can use for the new school year. Plus, attendees can participate in five health and wellness sessions and two movie nights. Don’t delay; register now.

BONUS: All workshops will be available on demand for 90 days starting July 6.

 

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Opportunities from the National Math Alliance

 

 

  • NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition - empowering the voice of teachers - from critical conversations to intentional actions, Atlanta, GA, Sept. 22-25, 2021. See: https://www.nctm.org/atlanta2021/

 

  • The Dillard University Center for Racial Justice’s 5 day Summer Institute is a student-led endeavor focused on preparing students for Student Activism and a 2022 Freedom Ride, August 9th-13th, 2021. This will help lay the groundwork for a Freedom Ride to Washington DC in summer 2022. If you know of students interested in joining the student leadership team, please forward them this announcement with the attachments with further details, list of committees, and planned endeavors throughout the year 21-22 school year.  Interested students should contact the Center for Racial Justice student leadership team: Kaylan Tanner - [email protected]; Carlos Pollard - [email protected]; and Leila Jones - [email protected] For those who would like to join the advisory leadership team to support the students, please contact Ashraf Esmail, Director for the Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA at [email protected]  We meet every Wednesday as an advisory team and we meet every Saturday with the students.  The various committees meet once a week to outline mission, goals, objectives, and outline for each day of the August 9th-13th Summer Institute. Linked documents:
    • Freedom Rides Again! - slides - click here
    • The Ride Revived and Summer Institute Roadmap - click here
    • Freedom Ride 2 - click here
    • Draft Description of Committees - Freedom Ride & Summer Institute - click here

  • TODOS & JRMF: (four Thursdays in July: 8, 15, 22, 29) JRMF is excited to be partnering with TODOS to host a series of fun math events this summer. Join us as we explore games, puzzles, and other activities that make problem solving fun and accessible. There will be two sessions in English (one for parents and one for children) and two in Spanish. https://www.jrmf.org/todos

 

 

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AM Brew - June 28, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

June 28, 2021

 

Thank you for your perseverance during this trying year! As you close up your classrooms for the summer, please ensure that the WTU has your personal contact information on file so you can continue to receive updates from us. While you’re away, our team will continue our work to ensure DC can safely reopen schools for the 2021-2022 school year and to improve the District’s IMPACT system.  And, we hope you’ll get involved in our campaign to close achievement gaps by highlighting your reading lists this summer!

 

Get Reading DC

The Council will be announcing their first budget marks this week. This process, outlining the changes the Council is making to the Mayor’s budget proposal is our first benchmark to know if we’ve secured funding to ensure EVERY school has a full-time librarian. 

It’s not too late to CONTACT THE COUNCIL. 

Click here to learn more about our campaign to #SaveDCPSLibrarians.

 

Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award!

The WTU would like to congratulate Patricia West and Whittier Education Campus for winning the Winner of the 2021 Honored Schools Life-Changing Teacher Award!

 

 

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

 

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PD Highlights - June 28, 2021

Summer Professional Learning!!!

Register TODAY for exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE. Space is filling up fast since the summer institute begins TODAY June 28!

Also, you may register for FREE wellness sessions on meditation (Tuesday 6/29 @ 2-3pm) and praise moves (Wednesday 6/30 @ 2-3pm). Registration Link: https://forms.gle/vmk1mKWbRqP47hQz9

 

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Join Washington Teachers’ Union and Teaching for Change as we host a Decolonizing the Curriculum summer series beginning July 27th. This six-session series will feature presentations disrupting the master narrative in classroom curriculum, by providing hands-on strategies with lessons to be used in-person and virtually.

Each session is standalone (2 PLU's per session) so attend one or all six Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST via Zoom.

REGISTER TODAY

Tuesday July 27th at 5:00 p.m. EST Decolonizing the Curriculum with Teaching for Change

Thursday July 29th at 5:00 p.m. EST Tackling Controversial Topics in Early Childhood Education with Laleña Garcia

Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. EST COVID Tribunal with Caneisha Mills

Thursday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. EST Politics of Hair with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones

Tuesday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m. EST Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Role Play with Jessica Rucker and Judy Richardson

Thursday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. EST Teaching about Voting Rights with Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

 

DCPS iDC Conference (June 29, 2021 @ 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. )

iDC Institute 2021 is a knowledge sharing conference on best practices for integrating technology.  DCPS is gathering educators and staff from around the District to collaborate, network, and learn together.  Join us for a virtual conference where you can connect, experience, and create! Participants will receive 7 PLUs for attending the full day.

Register Here: bit.ly/thriDC21

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Moral March on Manchin & McConnell

Moral March on Manchin & McConnell

June 23 @ 1:00 pm  3:00 pm EDT

What is happening in state legislatures across the country in terms of passing voting restrictions is threatening our democracy. What extremists are doing in state legislatures is hurting us all. There has been a clarion call coming out of West Virginia, Kentucky and all across the nation. This democracy is not only worth fighting for, but that the people are rising up to defend it. Join us on June 23rd as we stand against voter suppression, the filibuster, and political retrogression.

 

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AM Brew - June 21, 2021

Here's What's Brewing Today

June 21, 2021

 

Get Reading DC!

In the Mayor’s proposed budget for School Year 2021-2022, 37 schools across the District do not have a full-time librarian. 17 schools, or 46% of schools, without a full-time librarian are in Wards 7 & 8 (98% of students impacted in those schools are black).

CONTACT THE COUNCIL TODAY TO ASK THEM

TO ENSURE EVERY DCPS SCHOOL HAS A FULL-TIME LIBRARIAN.

 

Click here to learn more about our campaign to #SaveDCPSLibrarians.

Join the Communications Committee on Tuesday, June 22 at 4:30 PM to help us design our on-going social media campaign to Close the Literacy Gap and #SaveDCPSLibrarians.  Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 829 9103 1620; Passcode: 779042

 

 

End-of-Year WTU Virtual Dance Party with Kaiser Permanente (KP)

DJ Chris Styles (Tuesday, June 22 @ 7:15-8pm)

Join the WTU and KP to dance the 2020-21 school year away. Rock your school gear, represent your sorority or fraternity, and/or your alma mater as dancers are spotlighted throughout the hour. Prizes and family fun!!! Register HERE.

 

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

 

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PD Highlights - June 21, 2021

Summer Professional Learning!!! June 21st Registration Deadline is Fast Approaching!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED.  Classes start on June 28!

Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE. Space is filling up fast since the summer institute begins June 28!

 

United States Department of Education - Equity Summit Series

“Caste and racism in America’s classrooms prevent all students from having an equal opportunity to learn.  Would the US DOE consider working with local schools directly to design and deliver the resources and funding needed on the ground to even the playing field for these underserved students?”

Register HERE for the first US DOE Equity Summit Series Launch Event on June 22, 2021, 1-3pm EDT. Learn more about the US DOE Equity Summit Series.

Math Literacy for All Alliance members, allies, and networks are asked to participate in this Equity Summit Series by registering for the first session on June 22, and copying the question below into your registration form:

“Caste and racism in America’s classrooms prevent all students from having an equal opportunity to learn.  Would the US DOE consider working with local schools directly to design and deliver the resources and funding needed on the ground to even the playing field for these underserved students?”

 

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June Professional Development Newsletter

Summer Professional Learning!!!

The June 21st Registration Deadline for WTU Professional Development Courses is Approaching!

Register TODAY for exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops brought to you by educators for educators.

Space is filling up fast. The Summer Institute begins June 28!

 

End-of-Year WTU Virtual Dance Party with Kaiser Permanente & DJ Chris Styles (Tuesday, June 22 @ 7pm)

Join the WTU and KP to dance the 2020-21 school year away. Rock your school gear, represent your sorority or fraternity, and/or your alma mater as dancers are spotlighted throughout the hour. Prizes and family fun!!! Register HERE.

 

Summer Inspired Teaching Excursions

Join Inspired Teaching for monthly Summer Inspired Teaching Excursions offered both online and in-person. Once a month we'll meet at an outdoor site within the DMV for an immersive morning of talking, walking, learning, and sharing together. Once a month we will also host an online version accessible to those both in and beyond the DC area.  Click here to learn more and register.

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PD Highlights - June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021

WTU PROFESSIONAL LEARNING - SUMMER 2021 COURSE OFFERINGS

Registration Closes SOON!  Registration for The WTU's Summer Institute Closes on June 21, 2021. Space is limited!

WTU Professional Development Courses are developed and taught by educators, for educators. Click here for Summer 2021 course descriptions and registration links.

 

Creating a Plan to Thrive with the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Playbook (June 15 @ 5pm)

Join the WTU and KP to use valuable resources to create a robust and reinvigorating wellness plan.

Register HERE.

 

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