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!

 

  • Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - Social and Emotional Learning

    Instructor: Dr. Persephone Brown

    Saturdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 9am-1:00pm

    Are you looking for ways to assist your students in managing their emotions, building positive relationships with others and making responsible decisions? In this mini-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 cultivating 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.

  • Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 09:30 AM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins

    Series #2 RSVP – Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 9 @ 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.

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language II

    Instructor: Louis Blount

    Saturdays: April 23 & 30; May 14 & 21; June 4; 9:00am-1:00pm

    This intense course is designed for school personnel in D.C. Public School to converse in Spanish beyond the basic level with Hispanic students and parents. Emphasis will be on acquiring an advanced understanding of the Spanish language through grammatical structures used in Spanish conversation, mastering listening concepts for communicating with native Spanish speakers, writing basic communicative texts for parents, and reading in the target language to communicate educational matters to parents.  In addition, the student learn important cultural aspects of Hispanic culture. Work outside class hours will be assigned to attain the necessary 45 hours that are required by DCPS. Technological platforms used will be ZOOM, Google Classroom and DRIVE, and www.conjuguemos.com. It is recommended the students have a Gmail account, but it is not necessary.

    Prerequisite: Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I, previous Spanish language experience or professor’s permission: [email protected].

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

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - Thinking Mathematics, Grades 6-8

    Instructor: Joseph Martin

    Saturdays: April 23 & 30; May 7, 14 & 21; 9am-1pm

    The middle school course is redesigned to allow teachers to reflect on and connect, Common Core Mathematics Standards to research on how students learn mathematics. The Ten Principles of Thinking Math and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are linked, and attention paid to how concepts and skills develop. Using geometry as a starting point, participants explore ways to help students understand linear functions and rate of change with emphasis on linking various ways of seeing the same problem. 'Practices such as reasoning, constructing viable arguments, precision and looking for mathematical structure combine with Principles of Thinking Mathematics such as helping students visualize problems, requiring them to discuss and justify their mathematical thinking, using situational problems to connect mathematics to life, and balancing conceptual and procedural knowledge to develop such understanding.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

    Instructor: Shanice Smith

    9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 23 & 30; May 7, 14 & 21

    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.

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 09:30 AM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - Dimensions of Wellness

    Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins 

    SESSION 2: Saturday, April 23; 9:30-12:30pm

    Taking care of your well-being goes beyond outward appearances. How you balance your physical, spiritual and emotional health, alongside your interactions with the world you live in will determine the success of your personal healthcare. In this session, learn how to tackle all aspects of “you” to increase the likelihood that you stay well. Taking care of yourself is paramount to your success.

    These are identical sessions. Participants will receive 4 PLU’s.

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2022 at 05:30 PM
    Virtual

    Spring 2022 - National Board Certification Support Classes

    Instructor: Maria Angala

    Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; 5:30-7:00pm

    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 20 PLU’s.