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!

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    Summer 2021 - Strategies for Student Success Section 1

    Instructor: Kadijah Kemp 

    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­TBD; 10am-2pm

    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 section: Teach Them to Think and Students With Challenges.

    Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for each session.

  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 09:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

    9am-1pm; Saturdays (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.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

    Instructor: JoAnn Cornish

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    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.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Integration of Computer Technology

    Instructor: Kadijah Kemp

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    This course will focus on the research and instructional practices of educators (Pre-K-12) utilizing educational technology. It will provide participants with an opportunity to implement best practices using current educational technology. Participants will create technology experiences to implement engaging and differentiated blended instruction, learning, and assessment in their classrooms. Participants will examine, analyze, and discuss the impact of educational technology has on student learning, engagement, and creativity in the classroom. Participants will create online teaching and assessment resources, interactive learning experiences, a flipped classroom experience, an online lesson, project-based learning, a grant for educational technology, a classroom technology integration plan. The culminating project will be a website that will be shared with school staff. The technology to be included but not limited to is, Google Apps & Classroom, Microsoft Office 365, Canvas LMS, Video Creation, Website Authoring, and Augmented Reality (AR). The course content is aligned to the ISTE Standards for Educators and support the DCPS Essential Practices.

    Participants may earn 45 PLUs or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Legal Issues and Education

    Instructor: Dr. John Taylor

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    This course is designed to acquaint teachers with the contemporary legal issues currently confronting them. A thorough grounding in derivation of the law and sources of the law will be provided as will information about the structure of the court system in the District of Columbia both in the local and federal jurisdictions. Participants will cover the constitutional basis of current legal issues. Legislative enactments concerning special education, corporal punishment and schools’ legal responsibilities will be important parts of the course content.

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

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - National Board Certification Support Classes

    Instructor: Maria Angala

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    The class is composed of a series of comprehensive review sessions designed to provide interested National Board candidates important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification — all in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment. Session 1: Focus on Body of Knowledge and Content Knowledge. Session 2: Differentiation in Instruction. Session 3: Teaching Practice & Learning Environment. Session 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner. Session 5: Foundations in Practice for Components 2, 3 and 4.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Reading Comprehension Instruction

    Instructor: Eulyn Thomas

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    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 text books. 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.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom

    Instructor: Vincent A. Pope

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    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.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - Universal Design for Learning

    Instructor: Nadia Torney

    Summer Institute Course: June 28-July 2; 10am-2pm.

    Do you want to maximize your students’ learning experiences? With the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, you can learn to set clear goals, anticipate barriers and design lessons to reduce those barriers for all. This course will help you to use cognitive neuroscience as a foundation for designing instruction to best meet the needs of your diverse learners. Upon completion, you will feel confident, prepared and equipped to construct meaningful learning experiences for all! Participants will be able to:

    • Use learner variability as a way to understand and address individual students’ learning needs;
    • Apply principles of universal design to reduce barriers for students in the school environment, assessments, methods and materials; and
    • Create student-centered lesson plans and learning experiences using the Universal Design Framework and Guidelines.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    Summer 2021 - PRAXIS I Math Preparation Course Intensive

    Instructor: Donald Thompson, Jr.

    Monday, June 28 through Friday, July 2; 10am-2pm

    This class is based on the exact ETS Praxis content specifications for the Core Math. Participants will review all the key subject matter knowledge on the newly revised math tests, work through practice test questions and be provided detailed explanations. Participants will be able to apply new knowledge to the specific question types most likely to be encountered on the exam.

    No recertification nor graduate credits offered.