Check out our upcoming events.

The Washington Teachers' Union School Year 2021-22 calendar is available here. 

The WTU calendar 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!


  • Tuesday, June 01, 2021 at 06:00 PM Liquid error: undefined method `day' for nil:NilClass

    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, January 29, 2022 at 09:00 AM

    Spring 2022 - IMPACT Professional Development

    Instructors: Various

    Saturdays: January 29 and March 5 @ 9am – 1pm

    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 6 PLU’s.

  • Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 09:30 AM

    Spring 2022 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

    Series #1 RSVP – Saturday, January 29 and Saturday, February 12 @ 9:30am-12:30pm

    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.

    These are identical sessions. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s.

  • Wednesday, February 02, 2022 at 05:00 PM

    Spring 2022 - Managing Behavior in School Communities

    Instructor: Staci Adams

    Wednesdays: February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
    *includes dates of independent study
    5:00pm – 8:00pm (office hours included)

    The anti-social actions of a small number of students put their own academic success at risk and threaten others. This course presents research on the 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.

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 07:00 PM

    The Social Practice of Literacy in Special Education

    Instructor: Denise Osborne, Doctoral Student Researcher

    Location: Online via Canvas Learning Management System

    • Orientation: Wednesday, February 16 @ 7pm via Zoom
    • Pre-course surveys (Feb 28-March 6): Background History Survey, Pre-course Teaching Scenarios, & the Language Attitude Scale
    • Module 1: March 7-13
    • Module 2: March 14-20
    • Module 3: March 21-27
    • Module 4: March 28-April 3
    • Post-course surveys (Due: April 4-8): Participant Evaluation Questionnaire, Post-course Teaching Scenarios, & the Language Attitude Scale

    This free asynchronous professional development course is part of a dissertation study that will focus on increasing high school special education inclusion teachers’ awareness of how language ideologies lead to different instructional practices toward African American students. Specifically, the teachers will learn how the ideologies associated with African American English (i.e., Ebonics) and Standard English influence special education services for African American students. High school special education inclusion teachers will learn more about African American English, learn productive ways to talk with students about the dialects they use, understand language variation and identity in the teachers’ use of language, and learn about linguistic discrimination of regional dialects in the United States. The student researcher is requesting informed consent to examine one’s pre- and post-course survey responses and discussion post responses for dissertation data to evaluate the effectiveness of the online course. Consent to permit the use of one’s course responses is 100% voluntary.

    All teachers will earn 15 free PLUs for completing the course, regardless of their informed consent decision.

    Participation criteria: High school special education inclusion teachers.

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 at 09:00 AM

    Spring 2022 - Instructional Strategies That Work for All Disciplines

    Instructor: Tiffany Dyson

    Saturdays, March 5 & 19; April 2, 23 & 30; 9:00am-1:00pm

    This course is designed to provide participants with instructional strategies that meet the needs of all students at all grade levels, preK-12. Emphasis will be placed on cognitive challenges and contextual circumstances that either support or impede learning. The implications of brain research and digital literacy will be central to the learning.

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

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 at 09:00 AM

    Spring 2022 - Reading Comprehension Instruction

    Instructor: Eulyn Thomas

    Saturdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2; 9am-1pm.

    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.

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Spring 2022 - Reclaiming Assessments: Using a Balanced Classroom Assessment System to Strengthen Student Learning

    Section 2- Instructor: Maria McLemore

    Saturdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2 and 9; 9:30am-12:30pm

    This course is designed to help you understand the power of assessment and monitoring student growth to inform instruction. All teachers want to know where their students start, how they progress, and the results of the teaching and learning process. Diagnostic, formative and summative assessments each play a role in monitoring student learning. Throughout this course, we will talk about using a balanced assessment system in your classroom to support instructional decisions for optimal student success.

    Additionally, we will look at how assessment is important in helping students to take charge of their own learning. Finally, we will address the importance and power of culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum and assessment to ensure students are engaged in authentic learning.

    Participants may earn 35 PLU’s.

  • Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 08:30 AM

    Spring 2022 - Successfully Integrating the Arts Into Your Classroom

    Instructor: Vincent A. Pope

    Saturdays: March 19 & 26; April 23 & 30; May 7; 8:30am-1pm.

    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, March 26, 2022 at 09:30 AM

    Spring 2022 - The Game Factor

    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

    Saturday, March 26; 9:30am-12:30pm

    Explore an instructional design that works for both online and in-person instruction. Caution: We will talk about games, but this module will cover much more.

    Participants will receive 4 PLU’s.