Media Advisory - WTU & AFT Review Return to School

For Immediate Release                                                   Contact: Joe Weedon

April 22, 2021                                                                    Tel: 202-277-9410

                                                                                           [email protected]

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AFT President Randi Weingarten and WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons will be holding a press conference after touring McKinley Technology High School after touring the campus to review health and safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in District Schools. They will be joined by parent and community leaders, who participated in building walk-through verification tours of the school facility.

WHO:              AFT President Randi Weingarten, WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, McKinley Tech Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Chair Sherice Muhammad

WHAT:            Media Availability

WHEN:            Friday, April 23 at 10:00 AM

WHERE:         McKinley Tech High School

                       151 T Street, NE

                       Washington, DC 20002

 

Weingarten and Pogue Lyons said McKinley is an example of what a successful and safe reopening looks like, with school officials, the union, parents and community working together. The AFT and WTU are working to ensure health and safety protocols are in place at every DCPS school, as outlined in the WTU-DCPS Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provide safe environments for our students and staff, including full adherence to the DCPS Facility Checklist.

In addition to on-going safety monitoring and improvements, the WTU, AFT and community leadership will discuss the ingredients needed for a successful full return to school for the 2021-2022 school year.

As part of the WTU’s efforts to ensure the continued safety of our school buildings, the WTU and DCPS have established a “Situation Room” to address any concerns raised by educators or community members. DCPS will be providing a weekly update on any issues reported. We ask anyone who believes a school building is out of compliance with established safety protocols to complete our Reporting Form at: http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings.

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The full advisory is available here.

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April 22 - PD Update

Voting Rights Lesson Plan Competition

*Deadline Extended to April 30

Submit an original lesson plan that integrates the pivotal PBS Documentary Freedom Summer.  Learn More at Freedom Summer - WTU Local 6

 

Ignite My Future TECHademy

Join @TCS and @DiscoveryEd for a free PD on computational thinking (and snag some awesome swag: PearDeck, BreakoutEDU, GooseChase)! The #IgniteMyFuture in School Virtual TECHademy is on April 28th.  Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/TECHademy2021

 

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

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April 19 - PD Update

Check out this week's highlights and professional development opportunities from the WTU.

 

Deadline EXTENDED 4/30/21

 

Ignite My Future TECHademy

Join @TCS and @DiscoveryEd for a free PD on computational thinking (and snag some awesome swag: PearDeck, BreakoutEDU, GooseChase)! The #IgniteMyFuture in School Virtual TECHademy is on April 28th.  Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/TECHademy2021

 

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

 

 

WTU Professional Development Courses

THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning (Registration Fee: $150)

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish; 9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations

 

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins, 4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28

Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322

WTU National Board Certification Support Classes

It's exciting that DCPS is finally with the WTU in proclaiming that it is imperative to sustain a teaching workforce defined by accomplished practice through National Board Certification. Our WTU members can develop their instructional practice by becoming NBCT candidates, and after 10 years of advocating for this, DCPS will now pay all component and renewal fees for up to $2,000.

WTU NBCT FREE Virtual Information Sessions (Teams):

- April 20, Tuesday, at 5-6 pm

- May 11, Tuesday, at 5-6 pm

REGISTER HERE

 

WTU Professional Learning Abroad

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or July 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here:

https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

 

Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 5/1)

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

 

WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays

Register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.

 

Opportunities from the National Math Alliance:

 

 

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Jacqueline Pogue Lyons Confirmed as WTU President

 

Washington Teachers’ Union Announces Jacqueline Pogue Lyons as President; Regina Bell to Serve as General Vice President

WASHINGTON — The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) today announced that Jacqueline Pogue Lyons has been confirmed as the union’s next President. Regina Bell will be become General Vice President.

“It is an honor to lead the Washington Teachers’ Union,” WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons said. “We will continue to honor the work and legacy of Elizabeth Davis by working to ensure that our students receive the education they deserve. This starts today with our work to prevent cuts to our school budgets and ensure that city leaders follow the law by ensuring city dollars are allocated equitably to our students.”

Born and raised in New York, Jacqueline Pogue Lyons has been a teacher in the District of Columbia for twenty-eight years and has taught in public schools across Washington, D.C. including: Plummer Elementary, J.C. Nalle Elementary, Thomson Elementary and Hyde Elementary. Prior to being the WTU’s General Vice President in 2016 and joining the WTU office team, she served as a kindergarten teacher at Savoy Elementary.

In her role with the WTU, Pogue Lyons has been a tenacious advocate for the rights of teachers and oversaw the work of the WTU Field Representatives in ensuring DC Public Schools abided by the contractual rights of WTU members. She has also worked tirelessly to support the certification and professional development needs of DCPS educators. Pogue Lyons earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Smith College in Massachusetts and a Master of Education in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Pogue Lyons has one son, who is a recent graduate of Howard University.

“Every teacher who chooses to come to Washington, D.C. deserves a Union that will stand behind them and support them,” Pogue Lyons continued. “Every student deserves a great teacher who is supported and encouraged to grow in their profession. We must end the antiquated and punitive systems that our city uses to evaluate teachers and schools, causing tremendous turnover in our profession, and replace them with programs and supports that will help our students thrive.”

Pogue Lyons became acting president upon the passing of WTU President Elizabeth A. Davis on April 4. 

The WTU also announced that Regina Bell has been elevated to become the WTU’s General Vice President.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my colleagues to help lead the continuation of President Davis’ work to close the opportunity gaps that plague our city,” Bell said. “The pandemic has only magnified the disparities that our students and school communities face. To improve equity in education we must fully fund our schools and provide library programs for all students”

Bell has served as the Librarian/Media Specialist at Murch Elementary for the past 13 years, where she works with all teachers and staff to support student learning. Bell has served on the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT), the Murch Equity Team, and in other school leadership roles. Bell has served on the Executive Board of the WTU since 2018 and most recently chaired the WTU’s Legislative Committee. Bell and her husband live in D.C. Their three children each graduated from Wilson High School.

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The WTU represents more than 5,000 active and retired teachers. It is dedicated to social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia and to improving the quality of support, resources, compensation and working conditions for the public servants and proud teachers who educate our students in D.C. Public Schools.

 

The full release is available for download here.

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WTU Professional Development Update - April 12

Check out this week's Professional Development opportunities.

 

Deadline for Submissions: 4/16/2021

 

Resources and Programs from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture:

Current Programs/Resources:

Upcoming Programs:

 

WTU Wellness Series with Kaiser Permanente

REGISTER for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

 

WTU Professional Learning Abroad

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or next summer 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here: https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

 

THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES FROM THE WTU

Registration Fee: $150

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish

9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations

Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language II

Instructor: Louis Blount

9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 10th, April 24th; May 1st; May 8th; May 22nd

Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_-_hispanic_culture_ii

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS FROM THE WTU

Flagway/Math Literacy PD (Monday, April 12 @ 4:30-6:30pm)

Instructor: Raphael Bonhomme

Be a part of a community of DC educators who are transforming the way math instruction is delivered to students!!! "The goal of The Flagway™ Game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are many ways to create a cultural context in which mathematics emerges naturally from students’ experience. One method used by the YPP and the Algebra Project is to create mathematically rich games and experiences." Find more info here: http://www.typp.org/flagway. Participants will receive 3 PLU’s per session. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_flagway_coaching_sessions

Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 5/1)

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28)

Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322

 

WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays

Register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.

 

Opportunities from the National Math Alliance

YPP and National Math Festival (NMF) Live Online Weekend, April 16-18, 2021

2021 National Math Festival overview

2021 NMF schedule page

2021 NMF FAQs page

2021 NMF Live Online Weekend -- register free in Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/2021nmf - All events are free and open to the public, with a special focus on welcoming elementary, tweens & teens (and teachers!).

Broward College Minority Teachers Association & Education Pathway presents a webinar Tues., April 13th, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm EDT, Florida’s 21st Century Teacher: Lessons From Remote PK-12 Teaching. https://broward-edu.zoom.us/j/93926172862  Please see the event flyer, available here.

NCTM 2021 virtual conf. Closing Session, Saturday, May 1st, 4:45pmET-5:45pmET. Connecting Civil Rights to Math Literacy for All: A Conversation with Bob Moses, Nell Cobb, B.J. Walker and Danny Glover - for info and to register, please see: https://www.nctm.org/Conferences-and-Professional-Development/Virtual-Meetings/VAM2021/Schedule/Closing-Session/

 

Reminder: MSRI online Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice - June 9-11 & June 16-18, 2021 - Sessions will explore the role that mathematics plays in today’s movement for racial justice.

 

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Passing of President Davis

It is with deepest sorrow that the WTU has confirmed the passing of President Elizabeth Davis.

President Davis has been at the forefront of public education advocacy and reform, leading the WTU’s transformation into a social justice, solution-driven organization dedicated to advancing and promoting quality education for all children, irrespective of their zip codes or results of the school lottery, improving teaching and learning conditions, and aggressively amplifying the voice of teachers in the dialogue around issues of teaching and learning. We are confident that her legacy will continue to shape the WTU as well as education across the District.

Please keep President Davis and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Details on a celebration of her life will be forthcoming.

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April 5 - PD update

Professional Development

Check out the March 25th PD Update for registration information for WTU PD Courses - including NEW & FREE courses - info on the Voting Rights Lesson Plan Competition, and much more. CLICK HERE.

 

LEARN MORE HERE.


WTU WELLNESS SERIES WITH KAISER PERMANENTE

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9


UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Check out THIS FLYER for graduate programs are being offered with outreach tuition...which means there are not in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. This makes these graduate degrees a very reasonable financial option for DCPS professionals wanting to obtain advanced training in the specialty areas offered...Autism, Early Childhood Special Education, and Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms.


THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES

Registration Fee: $150

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish; 9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. It examines best practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management and maximizing use of learning time. Participants also study questioning and feedback skills, the role of homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. This course is recommended as the primary offering for all educators. It is frequently used as the basis for mentoring and peer assistance. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations


Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language II

Instructor: Louis Blount; 9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 10th, April 24th; May 1st; May 8th; May 22nd

This intense course is designed for school personnel in D.C. Public Schools to converse in Spanish beyond the basic level with Hispanic students and parents. Emphasis will be on acquiring an advanced understanding of the Spanish language through grammatical structures used in Spanish conversation, mastering listening concepts for communicating with native Spanish speakers, writing basic communicative texts for parents, and reading in the target language to communicate educational matters to parents. Mastery of these advanced skills and learned vocabulary will be immediately used in communicating with Spanish-speaking members of school communities. In addition, the participant will have an appreciation of important cultural and social events in the Hispanic cultures in the local community. Prerequisite: Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I, previous Spanish or professor’s permission. Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_-_hispanic_culture_ii


WTU PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ABROAD

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or next summer 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here:

https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

Once you sign up, you will receive an invitation to attend our next travel group meeting on Monday, March 29 @ 5pm.


REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS

Flagway/Math Literacy PD (Monday, April 12 @ 4:30-6:30pm)

Instructor: Raphael Bonhomme

Be a part of a community of DC educators who are transforming the way math instruction is delivered to students!!! "The goal of The Flagway™ Game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are many ways to create a cultural context in which mathematics emerges naturally from students’ experience. One method used by the YPP and the Algebra Project is to create mathematically rich games and experiences." Find more info here: http://www.typp.org/flagway. Participants will receive 3 PLU’s per session. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_flagway_coaching_sessions


Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 4/10)

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9


Strategies for Student Success

Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, utilizing modeling, and experiential learning. The following modules will be offered in this series:

The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based, and Project-Based Learning (3/20)

Students with Challenges (4/9)

Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session.

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_strategies_section_2


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28

Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322


WTU TECH TOOL TUESDAYS


ALL WTU LEAP LEADERS:

Please fill out this survey to assist in collecting data regarding LEAP for Ashely Kearney, a 2nd-year WTU Teacher Leader.

 

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Nominations are now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the following positions:

  • Maryland/DC, AFL-CIO (8)
  • AFT Convention Delegate - 2022 (44)
  • Elections Committee (15)

 

Click here to download the Elections Notice (published on April 1, 2021). The Election Notice includes information on the Term of Office, Eligibility for Election, and Deadline for Nominations.

 

Nomination Information 

Virtual Information

Candidates for the Elections Committee, Delegate to the AFT Convention (2022) and Delegate to the Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (2023) must be current District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teachers and full-dues paying members of the Washington Teachers’ Union, Local #6, AFT, AFL-CIO (WTU). All Candidates may start their nominating petition process here.

Candidates for the Elections Committee must have signed petition submissions by a minimum of twenty (20) full dues paying members in good standing with the WTU. Petitions for Candidates for the Elections Committee can be found here. 

Additional signatures from WTU members are not required for Delegate to the AFT Convention (2022) and Delegate to the Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (2023).

Paper Based Information

For members interested in running for any of the above positions but would prefer a paper-based process instead of an electronic one, you will find a petition for Delegate to the AFT Convention (2022) and Delegate to the Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO (2023) here to nominate a WTU member or self-nominate for the position. 

For members interested in running for the Elections Committee, a petition is available here. Self-nomination is also an option. Please keep in mind that you must obtain a minimum of 20 signatures from full dues paying members of the WTU as part of this petition form.

 

Deadline for Nominations

Nomination petitions must be signed by the candidate and received no later than close of business (5:00 PM) Friday, April 30, 2021. If using a paper version of the petition, it must be mailed to the Washington Teachers’ Union Elections Committee, P.O Box 31394 Washington DC, 20030.

 


NOMINATING AND ELECTIONS RESOURCES

URL to self-nominate: https://form.jotform.com/210798502019051. Any Candidate running for any of the three positions must submit this form.

URL for Signed Petitions for Candidates running for Elections Committee:
https://form.jotform.com/210666549665164. Candidates running for Elections Committee should have a minimum of 20 full dues paying members submit this form on their behalf.

Ballot Request Form: If interested in receiving a Paper Ballot, once available, for the election, please submit a request here or via the link https://forms.gle/KWKmQ9pkHshts3rr8 or email your request to [email protected] by May 14, 2021.

If you have any questions please email the committee at [email protected].

 

Click here to download Election News, Vol 1.

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NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS NOTICE

Nominations are now being accepted for the following positions:

  • Maryland/DC, AFL-CIO (8)
  • AFT Convention Delegate - 2022 (44)
  • Elections Committee (15)

 

Term of Office:

The term of office for Delegates to Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO runs through the Convention of Fall 2023.  The term of office for the Elections Committee runs through June 30, 2023. The term of office for Delegates to the AFT Convention runs through the Convention of Summer 2022.

 

Eligibility for Elections Committee:

Candidates must be current District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teachers and full-dues paying members of the Washington Teachers’ Union, Local #6, AFT, AFL-CIO (WTU) and must submit a nomination petition signed by a minimum of twenty (20) full dues paying members in good standing with the WTU, to be eligible.

 

Eligibility for Delegate to the AFT Convention and Delegate to the Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO:

Candidates must be current DCPS teachers and full-dues paying members in good standing of the WTU to be eligible.  A member may self-nominate or be nominated by a WTU member in good standing by submitting his/her name on a nominating petition by the deadline. Signatures from additional WTU members are not required.

 

Deadline for Nominations:

Nomination petitions must be signed by the candidate and submitted/received no later than close of business (5:00 PM) Friday, April 30, 2021 to the Washington Teachers’ Union, Election Committee, P.O Box 31394 Washington DC, 20030.

 


ELECTION

The election of the Elections Committee and Delegates will be conducted by electronic and mail ballot. For your convenience, a mail ballot option will be made available for those with technological concerns. The ballots will be emailed/mailed no later than May 14, 2021 and must be returned/received by COB May 31, 2021. Ballots will be opened and counted by an independent agency at a location and time to be determined. Additional information is forthcoming.

 

 

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March 25 - Professional Development Update

We invite you to check out these exciting Professional Development and Learning opportunities.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATE IN ANTI-RACIST ADMINISTRATION AND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021

Summer 2021 - DCPS/WTU Cohort

Among today’s greatest challenges in Washington DC, as well as elsewhere in the United States, is the need to create more equitable, antiracist schools. The failure to meet this need for all of our children - regardless of racial, cultural, economic, or linguistic background - widens the gap between those who thrive and those who struggle.

American University’s new, 18-credit post-master’s graduate certificate in Anti-Racist Administration and School Leadership (ARASL) prepares anti-racist education leaders with the required content and knowledge, as well as the necessary mindset shift, to dismantle racist practices and policies in classrooms, schools, and districts. Course instructors will be working with AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center and are guided by the work of Dr. Ibram Kendi framework for anti-racism.

For the first time, a DCPS/WTU cohort is being formed to provide an avenue for our educator community to pursue targeted professional growth. A maximum of ten spots will form this cohort - students will take classes together from Summer 2021 through Summer 2022. Upon completion of this course work, students can pursue internships right here in DCPS; the goal the successful passing of the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and certification as an administrator in Washington, DC.

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.



FREEDOM SUMMER VOTING RIGHTS COMPETITION



WTU WELLNESS SERIES WITH KAISER PERMANENTE

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

Date & Time

Virtual Session Title

PLU

March 31 @7-8pm

WTU Family Dance Party

No PLU’s but there will be raffles!

April 19 and 21; 5-7pm

8 Hour Mental Health Certification for Athletic Trainers and Related Service Providers

8.0

April 28 @ 7-8pm

WTU Family Dance Party

No PLU’s but there will be raffles!

May 5 @ 6-7pm

Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 1

1.0

May 12 @ 6-7pm

Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 2

1.0

 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Check out THIS FLYER for graduate programs are being offered with outreach tuition which means there are not in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. This makes these graduate degrees a very reasonable financial option for DCPS professionals wanting to obtain advanced training in the specialty areas offered...Autism, Early Childhood Special Education, and Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms.



THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES OFFERED FROM THE WTU.

Registration Fee: $150 for WTU members.

CALLING ALL LIBRARIANS: CREATING AND MANAGING A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAM

9am-1pm; Saturdays: March 27; April 10 & 24; May 8

This course explores the visions and best practices for school library media programs to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and that the library is a creative and intellectual learning hub. School library media specialists empower students to be critical readers, thinkers, and researchers as well as knowledgeable consumers and creators of information. The school librarian works with the entire school community to support and propel the comprehensive school plan and embed the core tenets of social justice. This course is designed to provide support for school librarians with the knowledge, expertise, resources and professional learning community to create and manage effective programs. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_school_library_program


FOUNDATIONS: ORGANIZING THE CLASSROOM FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish

9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. It examines best practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management and maximizing use of learning time. Participants also study questioning and feedback skills, the role of homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. This course is recommended as the primary offering for all educators. It is frequently used as the basis for mentoring and peer assistance. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations


HISPANIC CULTURE AND SPANISH LANGUAGE II

Instructor: Louis Blount

9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 10th, April 24th; May 1st; May 8th; May 22nd

This intense course is designed for school personnel in D.C. Public Schools to converse in Spanish beyond the basic level with Hispanic students and parents. Emphasis will be on acquiring an advanced understanding of the Spanish language through grammatical structures used in Spanish conversation, mastering listening concepts for communicating with native Spanish speakers, writing basic communicative texts for parents, and reading in the target language to communicate educational matters to parents. Mastery of these advanced skills and learned vocabulary will be immediately used in communicating with Spanish-speaking members of school communities. In addition, the participant will have an appreciation of important cultural and social events in the Hispanic cultures in the local community. Prerequisite: Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I, previous Spanish or professor’s permission. Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_-_hispanic_culture_ii


REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS FROM THE WTU

FINANCIAL LITERACY FRIDAYS: FOCUS ON BEHAVIORAL FINANCE (BEST FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS)

Upcoming Sessions: 3/26 and 4/2 RSVP here. Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Sessions: Tuesday 4/6 OR Saturday 4/10) Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors. RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

STRATEGIES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, utilizing modeling, and experiential learning. The following modules will be offered in this series: The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based, and Project-Based Learning (3/20) Students with Challenges (4/9) Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_strategies_section_2

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY

Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins 4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28 Research suggests that students from diverse cultures may need to be engaged differently in ways that support their self-efficacy, esteem and their learning. In this 2-part session, we will establish the connection between culture and learning, and explore research-based strategies, such as cultural competency, high expectations and critical consciousness. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322

 

WTU Professional Learning Abroad

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or next summer 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here:

https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

Once you sign up, you will receive an invitation to attend our next travel group meeting on Monday, March 29 @ 5pm.



WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays



WE NEED YOUR VOICE: WTU Teacher Leaders Action Research Surveys

Please fill out these surveys to help our WTU Teacher Leaders collect data to inform policy decisions.



National PD Opportunities

BLACK LAND MATTERS: A GULLAH-GEECHEE FIELD STUDY (DEADLINE: 6/15)

During this three-day program (8/7-8/9/21), explore the historical systems and contemporary policies that impact Black land ownership with a specific focus on the Gullah-Geechee descendants of Sapelo Island and Savannah, Georgia. The Gullah-Geechee people are descendants of formerly enslaved people from the West Coast of Africa, captured because of their agricultural knowledge of rice. Their culture is distinctive and found only in the Lowcountry of the Southeast.


GILDER LEHRMAN TEACHER SEMINARS ($25 FEE PER SEMINAR)

This is the 27th year that the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is offering teachers the opportunity to study in seminars with eminent American history professors and dive deep into primary sources with master teachers. We will be offering 21 different seminars this summer from June 14 to August 5, 2021, and for the first time ever, you can register for as many seminars as you like. The Seminar Schedule is available here.


4TH ANNUAL TEACHING BLACK HISTORY CONFERENCE (COST: $99)

Still time to submit a proposal for the 4th Teaching Black History Conference for educators. We are looking for teachers of Black history education to present workshops over curriculum and teaching strategies that enhances the study of K-12 Black history. Elementary, Secondary, University, community, and business educators are all welcome to submit. Due Feb 28th. See links below.


ROMA & SAM KALTMAN HOLOCAUST STUDIES FOR EDUCATORS 2021

June 14-June 30, 2021

Studies show that students who study the Holocaust are more empathetic, caring and demonstrate higher critical thinking skills. The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center has the expertise and resources to help you effectively teach the Holocaust.

During the 2021 Roma & Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators, learn the most effective and engaging techniques for teaching the Holocaust in your classroom. From June 14 through June 30, HHC will host live Zoom sessions featuring renowned Holocaust scholars like DORIS BERGEN.

While the institute is designed for secondary educators, it is open to anyone who is teaching or plans to teach about the Holocaust. The institute takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Holocaust.


CRYSTAL BRIDGES SUMMER PD INSTITUTES (30 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING HOURS)

Being Present in the Moment: Teaching about Current Events through Works of Art

This session will introduce teachers to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art, providing skills and tools necessary to teach students about current events through engaging and meaningful dialogue.

Submit your application here.


THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

This session will focus on teaching African American history from works of art in Crystal Bridges’ collection. Previous experience with object-based teaching and/or integrating artwork into classroom curriculum is encouraged.

Submit your application here.



TRY IT: FREE EDTECH TOOL

Welcome to the World of Blooket: a new take on trivia and review games!

The way it works is that a teacher/host picks a question set and a unique game mode. Then, we generate a code that players can use to join the game on their own devices. After the game starts, players will answer questions to help them win. That’s where the fun starts, because we offer a variety of games to keep students engaged and excited!

Blooket: https://www.blooket.com/



MATH ALLIANCE RECOMMENDED PD

Accepting Educational Responsibility, 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), April 8-11, 2021. For registration info, visit: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, has joined forces with Bridge Multimedia and the Boston Children's Museum to convene STEM and inclusion experts to engage participants in learning about evidence-based practices in STEM for all children, and inclusion of young children with disabilities (birth to five), excite families, early childhood/early childhood special education practitioners, and young children in exploring, making, and tinkering through our MakerFest, discover STEM-focused books through our Storybook Conversations, and showcase early STEM videos and games from museums, researchers, and other organizations through our Media Cubbies. The event includes a variety of 'live' and asynchronous interactions and learning opportunities between 1-4 pm EST every day and free explorations at all other times between September 14-18, 2021

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemiefest-2020-tickets-117655086531



EDPIPHANY TEACHERS' LOUNGE

The EDpiphany Teachers' Lounge will be hosting two Sunday morning resume and interview prep workshops in the coming weeks. You will leave this session with tangible next steps for positioning yourself as a competitive candidate for your next role. Unlike other resume and interview support sessions, this one is led exclusively for educators by a facilitator with over a decade of experience in the K-12 industry. Registration is only $4.99 but WTU teachers can register for free with promo code FREE4U. Save your spot at edpiphany.com/events.

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2020 Oversight Hearing

DC City Council Performance Oversight Hearing

Committee of the Whole

March 9, 2021

 

 

I am Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union. The Washington Teacher’s Union represents over 5,000 active and retired teachers. We are dedicated to social and educational justice for the students of the District of Columbia and to improving the quality of support, resources, compensation and working conditions for the public servants and proud teachers who educate our students. I am a DC teacher and DC resident.

At last year’s public oversight hearing, my testimony included the following:

Citywide, 62.9% of those who took the English language portion of the PARCC exam did not achieve proficiency. In math, 69.5% citywide did not reach proficiency. Large achievement gaps persist between students of color, particularly African Americans, and their white counterparts. The barriers our students face are real and the resulting achievement gaps that are present in the District of Columbia are striking.

Unfortunately not much has changed since I wrote those words a year ago. In fact, due to the pandemic, we can expect that gaps have increased further. It is time for our city to embark on bold reforms to ensure that every single student in the District receives the education that he or she deserves. Our return to in-person learning cannot simply be a return to what was. We must return to a system that has learned and improved; that is changing its practices.

 

Read our full statement here.

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March PD Newsletter

Please check out these great upcoming professional development opportunities.

 

 

WTU WELLNESS SERIES WITH KAISER PERMANENTE

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

Date & Time

Virtual Session Title

PLU

March 10 @ 6-7pm

School Resilience 101

1.0

March 11 @ 6-7pm

RISE UP

1.0

March 17 @ 6-7pm

New Educator Mid-Year Check-In and Game Night

 

March 20 @ 12:35-1:25

Cultivating Compassionate Leadership

(Audience: leadership managers, union leaders

Focus: Alleviating the organizational impact of stress from a leadership perspective

1.0

March 31 @7-8pm

WTU Family Dance Party

 

TENTATIVE:

April 19 and 21; 5-7pm

8 Hour Mental Health Certification for Athletic Trainers and Related Service Providers

8.0

April 28 @ 7-8pm

WTU Family Dance Party

 

May 5 @ 6-7pm

Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 1

1.0

May 12 @ 6-7pm

Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 2

1.0

 

THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES

Registration Fee: $150

NEW COURSE: Social Emotional Learning (next class TODAY 3/4/21)

Are you looking for ways to assist your students in managing their emotions, building positive relationships with others, and making responsible decisions? In this course, participants will identify and share developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies that foster students’ social and emotional growth. In addition, we will examine best practices for creating and fostering a positive beginning of the school year. This course is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.

RSVP here.


Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom (next class 3/6)

Teachers learn how to successfully incorporate music into their lessons in order to improve outcomes and make learning come alive in their classrooms. Emphasis is placed on the historical periods of western music from the Baroque period through the 21st century. The research presented provides insight into the lives of the great composers and their compositions. We study the political, social, economic and cultural times in which the music was created. Participants learn about the compositional styles of famous figures of the musical periods while listening, viewing and discussing each musical piece. The course also presents a synthesis of research on arts integration in public schools in the United States, and the history of integrating the arts into teaching. Teachers gain knowledge of how the arts can play a vital role in the development of the whole child. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_successfully_integrating_the_arts


CLASSIC COURSE: Reading Comprehension Instruction (starts 3/6)

This course focuses on the research and instructional practices that help students acquire strong reading comprehension skills. It provides participants with research on comprehension instruction and vocabulary development. Participants examine, discuss and evaluate the application of a wide range of instructional strategies for teaching comprehension skills to use with both narrative and expository text and subject matter textbooks. It also demonstrates how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved. RSVP here.


CALLING ALL LIBRARIANS: Creating and Managing a Successful School Library Program 9am-1pm; Saturdays: March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24; May 8

This course explores the visions and best practices for school library media programs to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and that the library is a creative and intellectual learning hub. School library media specialists empower students to be critical readers, thinkers, and researchers as well as knowledgeable consumers and creators of information. The school librarian works with the entire school community to support and propel the comprehensive school plan and embed the core tenets of social justice. This course is designed to provide support for school librarians with the knowledge, expertise, resources and professional learning community to create and manage effective programs. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_school_library_program


REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS

Financial Literacy Fridays: Focus on Behavioral Finance (Best for Middle and High School Educators)


Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab

Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

 

Strategies for Student Success

Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, utilizing modeling, and experiential learning. The following modules will be offered in this series:  

The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based, and Project-Based Learning (3/20)  

Students with Challenges (4/9)

Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session.

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_strategies_section_2


IMPACT 2.0 PD Workshop (March 13 @ 9am-noon)

In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works, the implications of distance teaching and learning, and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into how to demonstrate the EP’s virtually as well as the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Commitment to School Community (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP).

Participants will receive 4 PLU’s. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_impact_pd_workshop

 

TECH TOOL TUESDAYS ARE BACK!

 

 

WE NEED YOUR VOICE: WTU TEACHER LEADERS ACTION RESEARCH SURVEYS

 

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH RESOURCES

Anti-Defamation League. https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/womens-history-month-resources

Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance). https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/a-more-complete-womens-history

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/teach-womens-history-month

PBS. https://www.pbs.org/show/womens-history-month/

Read Write Think. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/march-national-women-history-20452.html

Scholastic. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/womens-history-month-collection-teaching-resources/

Share My Lesson (American Federation of Teachers). https://sharemylesson.com/womenshistory

Women’s History Month. https://womenshistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/

 

STRATEGIES FOR HYBRID TEACHING

EdWeek. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-strategies-for-teaching-students-online-face-to-face-at-the-same-time/2021/02

 

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program (Deadline: 3/7)

The 2021-2022 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program (Fulbright DA) provides an opportunity for K–12 educators from the United States to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for three to six months. Fulbright DA participants complete individual Inquiry Projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and share educational practices with colleagues.

The 2021-2022 Fulbright DA Program host countries include Brazil, Colombia, Finland, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Click here for information about updated Fulbright DA eligibility criteria.



A BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (3/8 -INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!)

What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to join the Zinn Education Project for a conversation with the authors of A Black Women's History of the United States, Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross. Berry is a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Gross is a history professor at Rutgers University.

This Teach the Black Freedom Struggle class will be facilitated by Cierra Kaler-Jones, Communities for Just Schools Fund Education Anew Fellow.

The interactive class begins at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET and runs for 90 minutes. The format includes a conversation with the guest speakers and also popular small group participant dialogues. ASL interpretation is provided. Register to receive the Zoom link.

 

DIG FIELD SCHOOL (DEADLINE 3/22)

The DIG Field School offers K–12 teachers the opportunity to do real geological and paleontological research in Hell Creek, Montana. Every summer, we take approximately 30 teachers to an active field research site, where teachers get to experience the rigors and joys of field work while learning new techniques and strategies to bring back to their own classrooms.

Apply here: https://digfieldschool.org/apply-2/?fbclid=IwAR1Rtg4M9Yqup5MPiQ6En-GUFHeRPG8pHBSimRwGETH_Q8h8UYVysvIKSSs

 

NEH SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND REFORMS

(deadline extended to 3/15)

The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell's College of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, invites educators to the “mill city” of Lowell, MA, to examine Lowell’s textile industry as a case study of early 19th-century industrialization and reform.

We use the resources of the Park and other cultural/historical sites to address changes in work, society, culture, and the environment between 1820 and 1860, and explore reform activity related to labor, women’s rights, and slavery. Lowell, the first large-scale industrial city in the U.S., formed the template for later industrial cities and provides an ideal setting for historical inquiry.

https://www.uml.edu/Tsongas/NEH/SMR/?fbclid=IwAR0AleSAbcMErlfDJYnJFA85YaORI6wJpgBLB-q83ZpUIcyj-fgziyPpHhw

 

CRYSTAL BRIDGES SUMMER PD INSTITUTES (30 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING HOURS)

Being Present in the Moment: Teaching about Current Events through Works of Art

This session will introduce teachers to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art, providing skills and tools necessary to teach students about current events through engaging and meaningful dialogue.

Submit your application here.

 

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

This session will focus on teaching African American history from works of art in Crystal Bridges’ collection. Previous experience with object-based teaching and/or integrating artwork into classroom curriculum is encouraged.

Submit your application here.

 

TRY IT: FREE EDTECH TOOLS

Brush Ninja. https://brush.ninja/

Brush Ninja is a super simple animation tool - designed to make it as easy as possible for people to get started with traditional animation skills.

Slides Mania. https://slidesmania.com/

Engaging and Interactive PowerPoint Templates that are easy to download, edit and adapt for your students.

 

MATH ALLIANCE RECOMMENDED PD

Education Preparation Programs (EPP), announces an Anti-Racism Conversation with Dr. Enid Lee, 4:00 p.m. PT - 5:30 p.m. PT (7pm-8:30pmET), March 16th, 2021. To register, visit: https://na.eventscloud.com/website/22489/

The AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub will hold a workshop on “Introduction to the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA),” Tues., March 9th, 12:30pm-1:30pm ET. The workshop, offered at no cost, is the first in a series of webinars offered through the PEERS Data Hub that will focus on STEM data and data use. To register visit: https://aera.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rudwKLlRSLWLyWyGYGAKaw

Centering the Voices of Formerly and Currently Incarcerated People and Leaders in the Movement, to register, please click here.

Accepting Educational Responsibility, 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), April 8-11, 2021. For registration info, visit: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, has joined forces with Bridge Multimedia and the Boston Children's Museum to convene STEM and inclusion experts to engage participants in learning about evidence-based practices in STEM for all children, and inclusion of young children with disabilities (birth to five), excite families, early childhood/early childhood special education practitioners, and young children in exploring, making, and tinkering through our MakerFest, discover STEM-focused books through our Storybook Conversations, and showcase early STEM videos and games from museums, researchers, and other organizations through our Media Cubbies. The event includes a variety of 'live' and asynchronous interactions and learning opportunities between 1-4 pm EST every day and free explorations at all other times between September 14-18, 2021 Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemiefest-2020-tickets-117655086531

The American Educational Research Association and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are holding an interactive forum to discuss research opportunities and lessons learned from the Global Teaching InSights Video Study on March 11, 2021 (Washington DC: 9:30-11:30 am).

After a presentation of the methodology, data, and lessons learned from the study, an international panel of researchers will consider the potential research uses of the study. The forum offers a unique opportunity for researchers interested in investigating teaching and learning across countries, video analysis, mathematics education, and comparative studies. To register, visit: https://aera.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RCiD3ooPTcmb3FeB2FP38A

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