WTU WINTER BRIDGE INSTITUTE
Do you have a March 2021 certification deadline and need professional learning units to re-certify? Please don't wait until it is too late!!! Register now for a special WTU Winter Bridge Professional Development Institute.
IMPACT WEBINAR - LIVE: EXPLORING THE ESSENTIAL PRACTICES IN YOUR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Wednesday, December 16th; 4:00 - 5:00pm
During this live Teams event, participants will have opportunities to make connections between the Essential Practices and their virtual instruction and learn about EP-aligned resources to support virtual teaching.
OSSE EDUCATOR LICENSURE VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
Thursday, December 3; 3:00-5:00pm
The OSSE Educator Licensure Team will host virtual office hours on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. for all licensure candidates. To enable OSSE to best prepare to serve you and your colleagues during these office hours, please complete this brief survey here. How to Join Office Hours: To speak directly to an OSSE licensure team member during office hours, please select one of the five MS Teams virtual meeting links below that best corresponds to your area of interest, and use this link to join the virtual meeting room.
WTU & PULITZER CENTER FREE PD SESSIONS: AMPLIFYING STUDENT VOICES
This series examines ways that students can engage with journalism skills and global reporting on the under-reported impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen their engagement with their curricula, while also empowering them to investigate and communicate under-reported stories from their own communities. Hosted in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, a nonprofit journalism and education based in D.C., this series will feature interactive workshops, free resources, and presentations by professional journalists. Click here to sign up.
GLOBAL NEWS AND JOURNALISM SKILLS TO ENGAGE AND EMPOWER STUDENTS
Tues, Dec 8 at 4:00pm
Connect with Pulitzer Center education staff to explore global news resources and journalism skills for the classroom. As part of this interactive session, participants will examine how global news can support their curricula and support students in making local connections to global issues.
WTU TECH TUESDAYS
Upcoming sessions to take your tech tool integration to the next level! Register here
AFT will be offering a series of mini-courses starting in January. These courses will provide just-in-time strategies for teaching and learning in the remote world. Join AFT national trainers for a special, interactive virtual fair on Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. ESTto preview the courses being offered. You'll have an opportunity to meet the trainers and AFT staff, and learn more about the different courses that interest you with live, small-group conversations. You get to choose your own professional learning adventure! Register and select four courses you'd like to explore further.
AN ELEMENT OF JOY - CENTER FOR INSPIRED TEACHING FREE PD
Saturday, December 5; 10:00-11:30am
Register now for this free professional development opportunity. (PLUs are available for DCPS teachers through the WTU.)
SPEAK TRUTH & ICCC
Thursday, December 3; 6pm
Speak Truth high school students will lead a discussion on a topic of their choosing while teachers listen and learn. After the discussion, we'll offer FREE PD for teachers on the Speak Truth approach. Click here to learn more.
JOIN THE IGNITE MY FUTURE IN SCHOOL VIRTUAL TECHADEMY
December 9, 2020; 5:30 – 8:30pm
Discovery Education has partnered with Tata Consultancy Services to host a FREE 3-hour immersive virtual Professional Learning session that focus on engaging students in real world problem solving. All educators welcome to join and receive no-cost transdisciplinary resources and strategies designed to effectively engage with the foundations of computational thinking across subject areas.
Teachers participating in a Ignite My Future in School Virtual TECHademy will receive: • A motivational Keynote on “Computational Thinking in the World Around Us” • Best Practices of online learning, modeled by Discovery Education Professional Development experts • Access to Ignite My Future In School.org – no-cost website with educator and family resources and opportunity to join a global community of collaborative educators through IMFIS Learning Leaders • Five “Grab and Go” lessons that are immediately ready to be used in a virtual environment • A digital event bag with free digital tools like GooseChase and a Certificate of Participation Reserve your seat today! Don’t miss out on this fun, dynamic professional learning experience.
TEACHING FOR CHANGE
We have big plans for early 2021, when we will coordinate the fourth annual D.C. Area Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and Year of Purpose. We will:
- Offer virtual workshops to prepare for the week of action
- Host a virtual curriculum fair with the Howard University School of Education
- Add to our popular collection of Black Lives Matter at School teaching resources (widely used regionally and nationally)
- Provide free children's and young adult e-books based on the Black Lives Matter 13 principles
- Collect and share teaching stories
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program; Travel Dates: Summer 2021
Application Deadline: December 18, 2020
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, funded through the US Department of Education, offers short-term international summer programs for US educators in the social sciences, arts, and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Two summer programs will be offered in 2021 to K-12 educators – to Iceland (for K-8 educators) and to Morocco (for 9-12 educators). A third program to Mexico is available to postsecondary educators. The program is open to teachers, administrators, librarians and curriculum specialists. It covers airfare, lodging, and program costs; participants pay a $650 cost share. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with at least 3 years of full-time experience in their field.
FUND FOR TEACHERS: SUMMER 2021
Application Deadline: January 21, 2021
This is a unique opportunity to design your own global professional learning experience! Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they pursue opportunities that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities. Due to COVID-19, this year Fund For Teachers will only support fellowships within the continental US (experiential or online). Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, may apply for up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers may apply for up to $10,000 for a summer learning experience of their own design. Go to www.fundforteachers.org for additional information and to apply online. Questions? Email [email protected].
Resources for the Holidays
SHARE MY LESSON - RESOURCES FOR TEACHING WINTER HOLIDAYS
Find new ways to teach your students about winter season, holidays and year-end celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. Our collection includes K-12 activities that explore traditions and meanings from multiple perspectives, with an eye on keeping your students academically engaged when their attention might be shifting to holidays and breaks.
SCHOLASTIC – CELEBRATE THE WINTER HOLIDAYS
Discover how kids across the globe celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Learn about the traditions and history of each of the holidays. Includes links to audio, clip art, recipes, and teacher's guide. Students can also create their own scrapbook and send an ecard to friends.
Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these interdisciplinary lessons and resources about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ashura, Pongal, and New Years for all grades.
TEACHING TOLERANCE - THE DECEMBER HOLIDAYS
Many schools enjoy celebrating a non-religious “holiday season” but clearly favor Christmas in their traditions and decor. Moreover, important non-Christian holidays that don't occur in December are often overlooked completely. These resources can help your school community become more inclusive by reflecting on how and when holidays show up in your hallways, assemblies and classrooms.