Here's What's Brewing - May 24, 2021

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May 24, 2021


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.


Budget Advocacy!  Support our Students!

‘Read-In’ to Save School Libraries, June 2, 4-5pm

Join DC Public School Librarians, Family and Friends to Save School Libraries and Librarians

Join us as we kick off School Budget Week, prioritizing literacy and working to prevent staff cuts across our schools. Receive free books, prizes, treats and learn how you can support our students. Watch your email for more information on how you can get involved!

Sign-up to Testify on the FY2022 School Budgets

The Committee of the Whole will be holding an Oversight Hearing on the School Year 2021-2022 budgets on June 3, 2021 at 9am. Sign-up to testify: www.ChairmanMendelson.com/testify

Council’s Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery will hold a hearing on May 26 focused on what the District’s public education system should look like coming out of the PHE. Email Malcolm Cameron at [email protected] before 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021 to sign-up to speak.


We Need Your Input

School Year 2021-22 Budgets. Let us know if your School Year 2021-2022 Budget has been cut and what positions are being eliminated. Click here to take our short survey.

Educators - Report your Certification and Recertification Concerns. Click here to let us know about your troubles obtaining your teaching credentials.

Class Coverage Survey. Are you being pulled from your regular duties? Click here to take our quick survey.



The WTU is adding a new OPEN SEASON for enrollment in the Sick Leave Bank or Maternity Leave Banks. Teachers who wish to enroll in "the Banks" for the first time must do so during the new Open Season of June 1st through 30th, 2021 and August 1st through 31st, 2021. If you miss the above dates you will not be able to enroll in "the Banks" until the next Open Season during June 2022 and August 2022. If you are already enrolled in the SL and the ML banks you do not need to re-enroll to take advantage of the WTU benefit. Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 with any questions. This is strictly for the use of the Sick Leave and Maternity Banks and not the Dental/Vision enrollment.


Click below to read more news and updates.

Professional Development

This Week's Professional Development Blog includes information on Decolonizing the Curriculum, Highlights from the 2021 WTU Teacher Leader Symposium, and MORE! Click here to check it out.


iDC Institute 2021

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. Learn more and register.

Construction Trace Opportunity for High School Students

Click here to learn more and please share with interested students.


ICYMI: May Professional Development Update

Click here to access the May Professional Development Update!


WTU Professional Learning - Summer 2021 COURSE OFFERINGS

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


Additional Professional Development opportunities are also posted regularly to the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog.



Committee Updates

Committees Updates will be moving out of the AM Brew. Committees will be asked to provide updates on their work to share with members the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Information on WTU Committees can be found here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/committees


This week’s events

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

  • May 24, Monday @ 5:00pm – COPE Budget Advocacy Training. Via Zoom: Meeting ID: 886 2868 2970; Password: 649 665
  • May 25, Tuesday @ 4:30pm – WTU Communications Committee. Via Zoom: Meeting ID: 829 9103 1620; Passcode: 779 042

Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day. Enjoy your day off!  Next week’s AM Brew will be sent on Tuesday, June 1.

At the beginning of each month, a monthly calendar will be posted to the AMBrew Blog. You can access all May 2021 events here. Partner events and other upcoming events of interest are also posted to the AMBrew Blog.



June 2 – Save DCPS Librarians READ-IN at the John A. Wilson Building, 4-5pm.

June 17 – WTU Training on the Grievance Procedures, 4:30pm. Have you ever felt like something isn't quite right at your school? Maybe you keep missing that planning period to cover lunch duty or your colleague feels pressured by your administrator to report to work at 7:00 am. The WTU Field Staff will provide you with information on the Grievance Process and answer any questions you may have.



Are our Buildings Safe? 

Report your concerns at http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings

Learn more about the work the WTU is doing to keep our schools safe at: https://www.wtulocal6.net/safe_reopenings. Please contact your Field Representatives should you have any concerns but feel uncomfortable raising them in the reporting form.



Applications for Sick Leave Buy-Back from DCPS are now available. Applications are due by May 31. The DCPS memo with additional information on the program is available here. Sick Leave Buy Back applications can be downloaded here or by emailing [email protected].


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