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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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.

 

 


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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WTU Asks Mayor and Chancellor to Establish a ‘Situation Room’

For Immediate Release   

February 9, 2021

 

 

WTU Asks Mayor and Chancellor to Establish a ‘Situation Room’ to Handle School COVID-19 Emergencies and to Partner on Safety Metrics

 Death of DCPS Teacher Heightens Concerns 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Frustration and deep concern over continuing school safety problems heightened today as the Washington Teachers’ Union and the American Federation of Teachers sent a letter to the mayor and schools chancellor asking to establish a “Situation Room” to deal quickly with COVID-19-related emergencies and to partner on school safety safeguards.

The letter came as WTU members voted against authorizing their union leaders to call a strike, demonstrating that they still want to work with city and district leaders on urgent action to safely reopen schools and want to exhaust all other remedies before authorizing a strike. At the same time, they were mourning the death of a Ballou STAY Opportunity Academy teacher, Helen Marie White, who died this past weekend after succumbing to the virus. 

“We must make sure schools are safe. What keeps me up at night is that the District is putting the health of our city’s educators and students at risk with in-school learning because of continuing exposures in schools, numerous reports of violations of agreed-upon safety protocols and tragically, the death of a beloved teacher,” said WTU President Elizabeth Davis. “Our teachers are pleading with the mayor and chancellor to wake up to the reality that things are not right or safe in our schools.”

Read more...

 

The full press release and the letter to Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Ferebee are available via the links. 

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WTU: Teachers Want to Go Back to School and Want It Done Safely

WTU: Teachers Want to Go Back to School and Want It Done Safely

Click here for the full news release.


Statement on Vaccine Distribution

Council of the District of Columbia

Committee on Health

 

Public Roundtable: THE DISTRICT’S COVID-19 VACCINATION PROCESS

January 29, 2020

 

Testimony of Elizabeth A. Davis, President

Washington Teachers’ Union, AFT Local 6

 

 

Good afternoon. I am Elizabeth Davis, President of the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU). The WTU 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. Many of our WTU members live and pay taxes in the District and have kids or family members that attend DC schools. I am a DC teacher and DC resident.

I’d like to thank you for holding today’s hearing. The vaccination of our city’s resident’s is a critical step in emerging from this global pandemic. While I know that many are anxious about receiving the vaccine, I want to emphasize that we believe it is safe and effective. The WTU urges all citizens to receive the vaccine as soon as they become eligible.

While the vaccine presents a significant step in our recovery and a return to “normal,” we must recognize that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. In the District we have lost more than 900 of our friends and neighbors. Across the nation, more than 400,000 citizens have died from this deadly disease. While I know there is an urge to move forward quickly, we must recognize that it takes time for the vaccine to become effective.

On Tuesday, educators began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Following the schedule outlined by Rx companies, educators will NOT fully immunized until about a week after their second shots, which will occur about 3 weeks after their first, i.e., sometime between February 22 and March 4. Yet, we are embarking upon a massive reopening of our school system on Monday. A full three weeks before our staff are protected.

 

You can download and read President Davis' full statement here.

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Freedom Summer

DCPS educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan for grades K-12 that integrates the pivotal PBS documentary Freedom Summer. Although plans may incorporate or be similar to strategies that have been developed and used by other teachers, they must be distinctive in their application.

Freedom Summer | American Experience | PBS

A historic effort in the summer of 1964 to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

www.pbs.org

 

 

A cover sheet must include the following:

  • Title of the Lesson
  • Teacher Name and School
  • Contact Information: including Email and Cell Phone
  • Target Grade Level
  • Time Needed
  • Lesson Objective(s)
  • Materials/Resources (in addition to required PBS documentary)
  • Assessment  

 

Lesson Plans will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly stated goals and objectives that reflect Common Core and DCPS standards
  • Sufficient detail presented in a logical sequence
  • Adherence to content focus (PBS Documentary)
  • Originality  (approach, strategies, or assessment)
  • Developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that align with stated objectives
  • Evidence of differentiation for learning style and skill level
  • Identifiable student engagement
  • Formal and informal assessment for formative and summative purposes

 

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