June Professional Development Newsletter

Summer Professional Learning!!!

The June 21st Registration Deadline for WTU Professional Development Courses is Approaching!

Register TODAY for exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops brought to you by educators for educators.

Space is filling up fast. The Summer Institute begins June 28!


End-of-Year WTU Virtual Dance Party with Kaiser Permanente & DJ Chris Styles (Tuesday, June 22 @ 7pm)

Join the WTU and KP to dance the 2020-21 school year away. Rock your school gear, represent your sorority or fraternity, and/or your alma mater as dancers are spotlighted throughout the hour. Prizes and family fun!!! Register HERE.


Summer Inspired Teaching Excursions

Join Inspired Teaching for monthly Summer Inspired Teaching Excursions offered both online and in-person. Once a month we'll meet at an outdoor site within the DMV for an immersive morning of talking, walking, learning, and sharing together. Once a month we will also host an online version accessible to those both in and beyond the DC area.  Click here to learn more and register.

Please WELCOME and CONGRATULATE our new WTU professional development trainer cadre:

Noel Emilius (CHEC), Angela Gore-Curry (Stanton ES), Tameshia Henry (Roosevelt STAY), Tiffany James (Langdon ES), Renee LaRue (Ballou STAY), Maria McLemore (Cardozo EC), Katie Phillips (Anacostia HS), & Shanice Smith (Barnard ES).


Decolonizing the Curriculum

Join Washington Teachers’ Union and Teaching for Change as we host a Decolonizing the Curriculum summer series beginning July 27th. This six-session series will feature presentations disrupting the master narrative in classroom curriculum, by providing hands-on strategies with lessons to be used in-person and virtually.

Each session is standalone (2 PLU's per session) so attend one or all six Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST via Zoom.


Tuesday July 27th at 5:00 p.m. EST Decolonizing the Curriculum with Teaching for Change

Thursday July 29th at 5:00 p.m. EST Tackling Controversial Topics in Early Childhood Education with Laleña Garcia

Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. EST COVID Tribunal with Caneisha Mills

Thursday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. EST Politics of Hair with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones

Tuesday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m. EST Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Role Play with Jessica Rucker and Judy Richardson

Thursday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. EST Teaching about Voting Rights with Ursula Wolfe-Rocca


National Flagway Tournament Winners!!!

Congratulations to the Flagway Team from CW Harris ES, and Coach Kendra Heffelbower who placed 2nd in the national Flagway tournament. Coach Heffelbower and her students did an amazing job and represented splendidly for the WTU and all DC...We would also like to thank Raphael Bonhomme, the WTU Flagway League Coordinator, for his leadership.


DCPS iDC Conference (June 29, 2021 @ 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. )

iDC Institute 2021 is a knowledge sharing conference on best practices for integrating technology.  DCPS is gathering educators and staff from around the District to collaborate, network, and learn together.  Join us for a virtual conference where you can connect, experience, and create! Participants will receive 7 PLUs for attending the full day.

Register Here. 


June is…

Pride Month

GLSEN Pride Month Guide for Educators - https://www.glsen.org/activity/lgbtq-pride-month-guide-educators

Anti-Defamation League - https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/lgbtq-pride-month-and-education-resources

Share My Lesson: Celebrating Pride Month - https://sharemylesson.com/collections/pride-month

Academy of American Poets - https://poets.org/collection/lesson-plans-lgbtq-pride-month

Learning for Justice - https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/celebrate-lgbt-pride-month-with-perspectives


Caribbean American Heritage Month

National Archives - https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/caribbean-american-heritage

US Census Bureau - https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/caribbean-american-heritage-month.html

Scholastic: 19 Books to Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month - https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/book-lists/23-books-to-celebrate-caribbean-american-heritage-month.html



Read Write Think - https://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/celebrate-juneteenth

Share My Lesson - https://sharemylesson.com/collections/teaching-juneteenth

We Are Teachers - https://www.weareteachers.com/teaching-juneteenth/

Learning for Justice - https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/teaching-juneteenth


African American Music Appreciation Month

NMAAHC: Celebrating Black Music Month - https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/celebrating-black-music-month



Opportunities from the National Math Alliance

University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education, CUESEF 2021: "Forging Futures Through Black Educational Histories." Wednesday, June 16 -  Saturday, June 19, 2021 REGISTER HERE

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American Educational Studies at Emory University and former President of the American Educational Research Association (2019-2020), “Re-Thinking, Re-Mapping, Renewed Commitments… Because the Children Matter.”

Visit the CUESEF 2021 panelists’ page to learn more about our speakers.

Conference Agenda and Breakout Session Registrations
Session topics include Black self-education, educational reconstructions, teachers and youth in the Civil Rights Movement, and many more.
>> View the full agenda
>> Register for breakout sessions

CUESEF 2021 Digital Book Store
>> Browse and Shop Speaker Book Titles

  • Mathematics and Social Justice, MSRI Virtual Workshop, June 9 - 11, June 16 - 18. For free registration, visit: https://www.msri.org/workshops/1012
  • TODOS Mathematics for All - 2021 Virtual Conference June 21-23, 2021 - for registration and more info, please visit: https://www.todos-math.org/todos-2021-conference
  • MATCHing Mathematicians with Classrooms Nationwide: MATCH is a year-long program, directed by the American Institute of Mathematics and sponsored by MAA Tensor SUMMA, that pairs mathematicians interested in K-12 outreach with socioeconomically disadvantaged middle school classrooms. The program aims to improve historically underrepresented students’ attitudes and confidence about mathematics by providing engaging mathematical experiences and meaningful opportunities to interact with practicing mathematicians, or MATCH Fellows. We are seeking mathematicians for our inaugural class of MATCH Fellows! Applications are due June 30th and open to all college faculty, graduate students, and mathematicians. We especially encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Please visit the MATCH website to apply, or contact Program Director Javier Haro <[email protected]> with questions.


Dillard University Center for Racial Justice

The Dillard University Center for Racial Justice’s 5 day Summer Institute is a student-led endeavor focused on preparing students for Student Activism and a 2022 Freedom Ride, August 9th-13th, 2021.

This will help lay the groundwork for a Freedom Ride to Washington DC in summer 2022. If you know of students interested in joining the student leadership team, please forward them this announcement with the attachments with further details, list of committees, and planned endeavors throughout the year 21-22 school year.  Interested students should contact the Center for Racial Justice student leadership team: Kaylan Tanner - [email protected]; Carlos Pollard - [email protected]; and Leila Jones - [email protected]. For those who would like to join the advisory leadership team to support the students, please contact Ashraf Esmail, Director for the Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA at [email protected].  We meet every Wednesday as an advisory team and we meet every Saturday with the students.  The various committees meet once a week to outline mission, goals, objectives, and outline for each day of the August 9th-13th Summer Institute. Linked documents:

  • Freedom Rides Again! - slides - click here
  • The Ride Revived and Summer Institute Roadmap - click here
  • Freedom Ride 2 - click here
  • Draft Description of Committees - Freedom Ride & Summer Institute - click here


NCTM Annual Exposition Sept. 22-25, 2021 Atlanta, Georgia:

Empowering the Voices of Teachers - From Critical Conversations to Intentional Actions - https://www.nctm.org/atlanta2021/


TODOS & JRMF: (four Thursdays in July: 8, 15, 22, 29)

JRMF is excited to be partnering with TODOS to host a series of fun math events this summer. Join us as we explore games, puzzles, and other activities that make problem solving fun and accessible. There will be two sessions in English (one for parents and one for children) and two in Spanish. https://www.jrmf.org/todos



Additional Professional Development opportunities are also posted regularly to the PD Blog at https://www.wtulocal6.net/pdblog.




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