Check out our upcoming events.

The Washington Teachers' Union School Year 2020-21 calendar is available here which includes our WTU committee and organizational meetings as well as DCPS Holidays and events.


Below in our Upcoming Events, you'll find a variety of teacher leadership and Professional Learning opportunities designed to enhance your growth. You'll also find information about upcoming events, hearings and other forums for you to make your voice heard on the issues that impact your success in the classroom.

We hope to see you soon!

Be sure to submit your RSVP!

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 09:00 AM · 17 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I

    Instructor: Louis Blount

    9am-1pm; Saturdays: January 30; February 6, 20 & 27; March 6

    In this course, emphasis is on oral conversation (listening and speaking skills) and basic Spanish literacy. An effort is made to give participants practice in using vocabulary and grammatical structures that will immediately be helpful in communicating and appreciating the culture of Spanish-speaking members in their school communities.


    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

    Please RSVP below. You will then be redirected to the payment page.


  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 09:00 AM · 19 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Instructional Strategies That Work for All Disciplines

    Instructor: Sarah Elwell

    9am-1pm; Saturdays: January 30; February 6, 13, & 20; March 6

    This course provides a cognitive, research-based approach to lesson planning and design in order to develop a comprehensive instructional plan. Participants consider the concepts of standards, curriculum and a course map as they generate unit and lesson plans that promote independent learning for students. In this course, instructional strategies are taught in the context of purpose and appropriateness for supporting student learning. The information in this course can be applied in PreK-12 settings and is particularly helpful for students with special needs.


    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

    Please RSVP below. You will then be redirected to the payment page.



  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 at 04:00 PM · 13 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Strategies for Student Success, Section 1

    Instructor: Kadijah Kemp

          4-7pm; February 3 & 10

    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:

    • Curriculum Matters (2/3)
    • Teach Them to Think (2/10).


    Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session.

    There is no fee for this course.

  • Thursday, February 04, 2021 at 04:30 PM · 3 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Managing Behavior In School Communities

    Instructor: Staci Adams

    4:30-7pm; Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18 & 25; March 4, 11, 18 & 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

    The anti-social actions of a small number of students put their own academic success at risk and threaten others (including the teacher). This course presents research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out. Participants will learn strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive outbreaks.


    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

    Please RSVP below. You will then be redirected to the payment page.


  • Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 08:30 AM · 2 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom

    Instructor: Vincent A. Pope

    8:30am-12:30pm; Saturdays: February 20; March 6 & 13; April 17 & 24

    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.

    Please RSVP below. You will then be redirected to the payment page.


  • Monday, February 22, 2021 at 04:00 PM · 7 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

    4-6pm; Mondays and Wednesdays: see dates below.

    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.

    There is no fee for this course.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 04:00 PM · 6 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Social Emotional Learning

    Instructor: Nadia Torney

    4-6pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30; April 1, 6, & 8

    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.


    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

    Please RSVP below. You will then be redirected to the payment page.


  • Friday, March 05, 2021 at 03:30 PM · 6 rsvps

    Spring 2021 -Financial Literacy Fridays

    (Best for Middle and High School Educators)

    Instructor: Sarah Elwell

          3:30-5:30pm; Fridays: March 5, 12, 19 & 20

    Financial Literacy Fridays have been developed with the 4Cs in mind: collaboration, curation, creation and content:

    • Collaboration: Educators have multiple opportunities to collaborate.
    • Curation: Educators complete games and Next Generation Personal Finance (NGPF) Scavenger Hunts which are focused on finding resources that they can use in their classrooms.
    • Creation: What could be a better use of PD time than to have teachers walk away with an activity they can use with their class? In these sessions, educators identify NGPF activities to supplement their existing curriculum and then find additional resources to prepare the students for the activity.
    • Content: Educators complete a pre-survey to identify content areas they want a “deeper dive” in.


    Participants will receive 12 PLU’s.

    There is no fee for this course.

  • Saturday, March 06, 2021 at 09:00 AM

    Spring 2021 - Reading Comprehension Instruction

    Instructor: Eulyn Thomas

          9am-1pm, March: 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3

    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.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 09:00 AM · 2 rsvps

    Spring 2021 - Creating and Managing a Successful School Library Program

    Instructor: Nijma Esad

    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.

    Please RSVP below. You will then be redirected to the payment page.