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The WTU SY 2019-20 calendar is available here which includes our WTU committee and organizational meetings as well as DCPS Holidays and events.

And, be sure to check out our Spring 2020 Professional Development courses and click on the course below to register, TODAY!

 

Below in our Upcoming Events, you'll find a variety of teacher leadership and adult learning opportunities designed to enhance your professional 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, February 22, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    WTU Teachers’ Center in Washington, DC

    Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom

    Instructor: Vincent A. Pope

    Saturdays, 9am-5pm | February 22, 29; March 7, 14; April 11

    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.

     

    Spring 2020 Professional Development Course Fees

    • Members:
      • Early Bird Deadline ($125) through December 20, 2019
      • Regular Deadline ($150) through January 6, 2020
      • $25 Late Registration Fee after January 6
    • Non-members:
      • $300 per course
    • Trinity University Graduate Credit (3)
      • $375, in addition to the WTU Registration fees
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 08:00 AM · 20 rsvps
    McKinley Tech High School in Washington, DC

    2020 Shared Vision

    Renewing our Commitment to Social Justice

    2020 Shared Vision Conference

    The WTU is organized around the principle that every student deserves an opportunity for a great education. We will refocus on this basic principle as we discuss organizing around a social justice agenda and share ideas about equity.

    RSVP here: https://forms.gle/SkTBteXrd2acL49g8

     

    Program at a Glance

    8:00 – 9:00 AM – Registration & Networking Breakfast

    9:00 – 9:30 AM – Opening Plenary Session -- Keynote Address by Jitu Brown

    9:30 – 10:00 AM - Panel Discussion: Building Collaborative Partnerships Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    10:00 – 11:15 AM –Workshops, Session I

    11:20 – 12:35 PM –Workshops, Session II

    12:45 – 1:45 PMLunch, featuring a conversation with DC Councilmembers

    2:00 – 5:30 PM - Symposium on Building a culture of Equitable Education and Student Achievement

     

    Keynote Speaker: Jitu Brown

    Jitu Brown, married and father of one child, is the national director for the Journey for Justice Alliance, a network of 30 grassroots community based organizations in 25 cities organizing for community driven school improvement; and he was formerly the education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO).  For 10 years, Jitu taught African-American history at St. Leonard’s Adult High School, the only accredited high school in that nation that exclusively serves people who have been formerly incarcerated.  A believer in working locally and thinking globally, Jitu has taken youth leaders from KOCO to the United Nations, to the Passamaquoddy Native American reservation in Maine and to the UN Conference on Racism in South Africa. He has been published in the national education magazine Rethinking Schools, the Washington Post, New York Times, appeared in Ebony magazine and on several talk shows, including MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and The Ed Show, Al Jazeera America, WBEZ’s Community Voices, Democracy Now and CLTV’s Gerard McClendon Live.

     

    2020 Shared Vision Workshops.

    Our workshops are facilitated by expert educators and leading experts who bring insight into the challenges that we face in our schools and communities. The workshops will repeat during Session I and Session II. Participants will earn Professional Learning Units (PLUs). 

    RSVP for your Shared Vision Workshops here: https://forms.gle/SkTBteXrd2acL49g8

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    Equity is A Workplace Issue for All Learners & All Employees  

     

    Enid Lee, Leader in Anti-Racist Education

    Come to this session to hear how DC teachers in the WTU Equity Cohort make educational equity real in their classrooms; to share your strategies and to find inspiration and energy on our journey to justice. 

     

    Understanding the School Budget Allocation Process.

    Ed Lazere, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

    How much do you know about your school’s budget? Ed will break down how school budgets are allocated and provide you with the tools to advocate for equitable funding for your local school.

     

    Prepare for a Hassle-Free Transition from DCPS to Retirement

    Mary Collins & Dr. Denise Daniels, Retired and active Teacher Trustees at DC Retirement Board

    Did you know there are two DC retirement systems for DCPS educators? Do you know which one is for you? Join us to learn how to prepare for your retirement.

    Educational Equity for Immigrant Students

    Dr. Jorge Delgado, ELL teacher, Deal MS

    Immigrant students are among the highest underserved groups of students in our schools. This session will equip participants with the necessary tools to adequately advocate for their immigrant students.

    Math Equity - The Flagway™ Game

     

    Raphael Bonhomme, 2nd Grade Teacher, School Within School at Goding

    The goal of the Flagway™ game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are difference ways to create a cultural context in which mathematics emerges naturally from students’ experience. Learn how to use can use this game to boost your students’ understanding of math.

     

    Play Still Matters: Integrating Play into Daily Routines

     

     

    Kathy Hollowell-Makle, Executive Director, DC Association for the Education of the Young Child

    In poor-performing schools, students’ recess and unstructured play have been shortened or banned in favor of longer reading and math blocks. This session will help teachers integrate developmentally appropriate play-based approaches into daily routines in ECE classrooms

     

    Confronting Hate and Islamophobia in Schools

    Alison Kysia, Project Director, Islamophobia: A People’s History Teaching Guide

    What resources do you have to be a champion of anti-hate? Join Alison Kysia to engage in a meaningful and honest conversation about confronting hate and Islamophobia.

     

    Change From the Inside: Using meaningful data to create school improvement

     

    Latisha Chisholm, Connected Schools Manager, Anacostia HS &

    Simona Gerhardt, World Languages Teacher, Wilson SHS

    In this session participants will learn to use meaningful data and distributive leadership to engage their school community in problem identification, goal setting and action development to move their school forward.  A School Culture Cycle of Change will be explored, and various DCPS schools piloting the process will share their experiences and learning.  Participants will leave with a model of how culture and climate change can be implemented at their school.

     

    System Change to Support Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    Nadia Torney, Instructional Coach, Kimball ES

    The goals of this session are to broaden the perspective of participants on systems change to support and sustain culturally responsive pedagogy and to foster a clear understanding of the possible misconceptions and challenges that come with this work.

     

    Advanced degree programs at the American University School of Education.

    Ashleigh Huseth, Asst. Director and Graduate Enrollment Manager, American University School of Education

    Join the team from the American University School of Education to learn about the Leadership Certificate program and their Ed.D offerings.

     

     

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    WTU Teachers' Center in Washington, DC

    Educating Low-Vision Students

    Instructor: Dr. John Taylor

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-7pm | March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31; April 2, 7, 9, 21, 23, 28

    This course is designed to acquaint participants with the degrees of visual dysfunction and the kinds of technology that should be utilized in working with the blind and visually impaired. Students discover best practices for working with this targeted group. Field experiences for the participants will be offered in order to learn first-hand what services are available for low-vision and blind students.

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

    Location: WTU Teachers’ Center @ 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE - Washington, DC 20003

     

    Spring 2020 Professional Development Course Fees

    • Members:
      • Early Bird Deadline ($125) through December 20, 2019
      • Regular Deadline ($150) through January 6, 2020
      • $25 Late Registration Fee after January 6
    • Non-members:
      • $300 per course
    • Trinity University Graduate Credit (3)
      • $375, in addition to the WTU Registration fees
  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    Kimball ES in Washington, DC

    Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning SECTION 1

    Instructor: Nadia Torney

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-7pm | March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31; April 2, 7, 9, 21, 23, 28

    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.

     

    Spring 2020 Professional Development Course Fees

    • Members:
      • Early Bird Deadline ($125) through December 20, 2019
      • Regular Deadline ($150) through January 6, 2020
      • $25 Late Registration Fee after January 6
    • Non-members:
      • $300 per course
    • Trinity University Graduate Credit (3)
      • $375, in addition to the WTU Registration fees
  • Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    WTU Teachers’ Center in Washington, DC

    Conversational Spanish - Session 1

    Instructor: Rejil Solis

    Wednesdays, 5:00pm to 7:15pm | March 4 and 18

       - Spanish Day Expose: Saturday, March 21 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    These sessions focus on naturally conversing in Spanish with interpersonal, interpretive, presentational language proficiency. Participants spend a lot of time on pronunciation techniques and skills. Conversational Spanish will occur as students learn and use this language in a variety of real-life contexts such as in-class group settings and interpersonal oral communication. Participants will also find opportunities to develop cultural insights and make cultural connections and comparisons.

    Participants will receive 27 PLU’s.

     

    This is a free workshop.

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC

    English Language Learners 101

    Instructor: Maryann Oudheusden

    Saturdays, 8am-5pm | March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 25

    These modules are targeted to educators of pre-K-12 ELLs and are designed to provide information on second language acquisition research to enable participants to provide students with equitable access to standards-based academic content and to validate the instructional practices for ELLs while also equipping participants with differentiation strategies. Information discussed in this course enhances the instructional practices of mainstream educators of ELLs who are currently implementing and expanding their repertoire by introducing new research-based strategies. This course engages participants in learning about content-based literacy and ELL access to the Common Core State Standards.
    No recertification credits offered.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

     

    Spring 2020 Professional Development Course Fees

    • Members:
      • Early Bird Deadline ($125) through December 20, 2019
      • Regular Deadline ($150) through January 6, 2020
      • $25 Late Registration Fee after January 6
    • Non-members:
      • $300 per course
    • Trinity University Graduate Credit (3)
      • $375, in addition to the WTU Registration fees
  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC

    Financial Literacy FinCamp

    Instructor: Sarah Elwell

    Saturday, 8:30am – 3:30pm | March 7, 2020

    FinCamp has been developed with the 4Cs in mind: collaboration, curation, creation and content:

    • Collaboration: Teachers have multiple opportunities to collaborate.
    • Curation:Educators complete an NGPF Scavenger Hunt which is focused on finding resources that they can use in their classrooms (Most find 5 or more during this session!). 
    • 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 this session, educators identify an NGPF activity to supplement their existing curriculum and then find additional resources to prepare the students for the activity.
    • Content: Educators complete a pre-conference survey to identify content areas they want a “deeper dive” in.

    Participants will receive 8 PLU’s.

     

    This is a free course.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 04:30 PM
    WTU Teachers' Center in Washington, DC

    Restorative Practices - Series 2

    Instructor: Stephanie Beer

    Series #1: Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm | January 14, 21, 28

    This workshop will introduce circles as a way of building community and relationships as well as responding to harm when it occurs. Participants will experience and learn different applications for using circles in the classroom with students. In addition, there will be time to practice facilitating different uses of circles with other attendees.

    Participants will receive 10 PLU’s for each series.

    This is a free course.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 05:00 PM through March 13, 2020
    WTU Teachers' Center in Washington, DC

    Student Debt Clinic

    Instructor: Maxine Elbert

    Thursday, 5pm-7pm | March 12

    Being crushed by your student loans? You're not alone. More than 45 million US workers owe $1.6 trillion dollars in student loans. There's good news! AFT, our national union, has developed student debt clinics that will:

    • Show you how to lower your payments, sometimes to $0, through enrolling in income-driven repayment programs;
    • Teach you how to meet the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which will get your debt forgiven, tax free, after ten years’ worth of payments; and
    • Inspire you to organize/mobilize for more just system of paying for college.

    No recertification nor graduate credits offered.

    This is a free course.

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Kimball Elementary School in Washington, DC

    IMPACT Professional Development - Session 2

    Instructors: Various

    Session 1: Saturday, 8am – 5pm | January 11

    In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Teacher-Assessed Student Achievement Data (TAS), Community School Commitment (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP)

    Participants will receive 10 PLU’s.

     

    This is a free course.