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!

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 12 rsvps

    Fall 2020 - Strategies for Student Success, Section 2

    Instructor: Joy Newman

    4-7pm; September 28; October 14, 20; November 9, 16, 18

    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: 

    • Teach Them to Think (9/28)
    • Students with Challenges (10/14)
    • The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning (10/20)
    • Curriculum Matters (11/9)
    • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (11/16 & 18)

    Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session.

    This is a free course.

  • Friday, October 02, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 5 rsvps

    Fall 2020 - Financial Literacy Fridays

    Instructor: Sarah Elwell

    Fridays – October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 4-6pm

    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.

    This is a Free Course.

    Participants will receive 20 PLU’s.

  • Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 10:00 AM · 7 rsvps

    Fall 2020 - Reading Comprehension Instruction

    Instructor: Eulyn Thomas

    10am-2pm; Saturdays: October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7

    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.

  • Monday, October 05, 2020 at 04:30 PM · 8 rsvps

    Fall 2020: Flagway Coaching Sessions/Math Literacy Professional Learning Community

    Instructor: Raphael Bonhomme

    4:30-6:30pm; October 5, November 2, December 7

    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:

    Participants will receive 3 PLU’s per session.

    This is a free course.

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at 03:30 PM · 1 rsvp

    Fall 2020 - Universal Design for Learning

    Instructor: Nadia Torney

    3:30-5:30pm: Tuesdays & Thursdays: October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; November 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24

    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.

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 08:30 AM · 6 rsvps

    Fall 2020 - Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom

    Instructor: Vincent A. Pope

    8:30am-12:30pm; Saturdays: October 10; November 7, 14; December 5, 12

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    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.

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 11 rsvps

    Fall 2020 - Instructional Strategies That Work for All Disciplines

    Instructor: Sarah Elwell

    9am-1pm; Saturdays: October 10, 24; November 7, 14; December 5

    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 K-12 settings and is particularly helpful for students with special needs.

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

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 3 rsvps

    Fall 2020 - National Board Certification Support Classes

    Instructor: Maria Angala

    4-8pm; Thursdays: October 29; November 5, 19; December 3, 17

    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.