March 25 - Professional Development Update

We invite you to check out these exciting Professional Development and Learning opportunities.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATE IN ANTI-RACIST ADMINISTRATION AND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021

Summer 2021 - DCPS/WTU Cohort

Among today’s greatest challenges in Washington DC, as well as elsewhere in the United States, is the need to create more equitable, antiracist schools. The failure to meet this need for all of our children - regardless of racial, cultural, economic, or linguistic background - widens the gap between those who thrive and those who struggle.

American University’s new, 18-credit post-master’s graduate certificate in Anti-Racist Administration and School Leadership (ARASL) prepares anti-racist education leaders with the required content and knowledge, as well as the necessary mindset shift, to dismantle racist practices and policies in classrooms, schools, and districts. Course instructors will be working with AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center and are guided by the work of Dr. Ibram Kendi framework for anti-racism.

For the first time, a DCPS/WTU cohort is being formed to provide an avenue for our educator community to pursue targeted professional growth. A maximum of ten spots will form this cohort - students will take classes together from Summer 2021 through Summer 2022. Upon completion of this course work, students can pursue internships right here in DCPS; the goal the successful passing of the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and certification as an administrator in Washington, DC.

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.



FREEDOM SUMMER VOTING RIGHTS COMPETITION



WTU WELLNESS SERIES WITH KAISER PERMANENTE

REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9

Date & Time

Virtual Session Title

PLU

March 31 @7-8pm

WTU Family Dance Party

No PLU’s but there will be raffles!

April 19 and 21; 5-7pm

8 Hour Mental Health Certification for Athletic Trainers and Related Service Providers

8.0

April 28 @ 7-8pm

WTU Family Dance Party

No PLU’s but there will be raffles!

May 5 @ 6-7pm

Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 1

1.0

May 12 @ 6-7pm

Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 2

1.0

 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Check out THIS FLYER for graduate programs are being offered with outreach tuition which means there are not in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. This makes these graduate degrees a very reasonable financial option for DCPS professionals wanting to obtain advanced training in the specialty areas offered...Autism, Early Childhood Special Education, and Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms.



THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES OFFERED FROM THE WTU.

Registration Fee: $150 for WTU members.

CALLING ALL LIBRARIANS: CREATING AND MANAGING A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAM

9am-1pm; Saturdays: March 27; April 10 & 24; May 8

This course explores the visions and best practices for school library media programs to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and that the library is a creative and intellectual learning hub. School library media specialists empower students to be critical readers, thinkers, and researchers as well as knowledgeable consumers and creators of information. The school librarian works with the entire school community to support and propel the comprehensive school plan and embed the core tenets of social justice. This course is designed to provide support for school librarians with the knowledge, expertise, resources and professional learning community to create and manage effective programs. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_school_library_program


FOUNDATIONS: ORGANIZING THE CLASSROOM FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish

9am-1pm; Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

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. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations


HISPANIC CULTURE AND SPANISH LANGUAGE II

Instructor: Louis Blount

9am-1pm; Saturdays: April 10th, April 24th; May 1st; May 8th; May 22nd

This intense course is designed for school personnel in D.C. Public Schools 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. Mastery of these advanced skills and learned vocabulary will be immediately used in communicating with Spanish-speaking members of school communities. In addition, the participant will have an appreciation of important cultural and social events in the Hispanic cultures in the local community. Prerequisite: Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I, previous Spanish or professor’s permission. Register here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_-_hispanic_culture_ii


REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS FROM THE WTU

FINANCIAL LITERACY FRIDAYS: FOCUS ON BEHAVIORAL FINANCE (BEST FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS)

Upcoming Sessions: 3/26 and 4/2 RSVP here. Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Sessions: Tuesday 4/6 OR Saturday 4/10) Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors. RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9

STRATEGIES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

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 series: The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based, and Project-Based Learning (3/20) Students with Challenges (4/9) Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_strategies_section_2

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY

Instructor: Dr. Casey Collins 4-6pm; Monday 4/26 and Wednesday 4/28 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. Participants will receive 8 PLU’s for attending the two-part sessions. Register* for April 26 & 28: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_culturally_responsive_pedagogy_20210322

 

WTU Professional Learning Abroad

There is still time to sign up for the WTU Professional Learning trip to Morocco either this July 2021 or next summer 2022, based on travel guidance. Check out the itinerary here:

https://geeo.org/tour/wtumorocco/

Once you sign up, you will receive an invitation to attend our next travel group meeting on Monday, March 29 @ 5pm.



WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays



WE NEED YOUR VOICE: WTU Teacher Leaders Action Research Surveys

Please fill out these surveys to help our WTU Teacher Leaders collect data to inform policy decisions.



National PD Opportunities

BLACK LAND MATTERS: A GULLAH-GEECHEE FIELD STUDY (DEADLINE: 6/15)

During this three-day program (8/7-8/9/21), explore the historical systems and contemporary policies that impact Black land ownership with a specific focus on the Gullah-Geechee descendants of Sapelo Island and Savannah, Georgia. The Gullah-Geechee people are descendants of formerly enslaved people from the West Coast of Africa, captured because of their agricultural knowledge of rice. Their culture is distinctive and found only in the Lowcountry of the Southeast.


GILDER LEHRMAN TEACHER SEMINARS ($25 FEE PER SEMINAR)

This is the 27th year that the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is offering teachers the opportunity to study in seminars with eminent American history professors and dive deep into primary sources with master teachers. We will be offering 21 different seminars this summer from June 14 to August 5, 2021, and for the first time ever, you can register for as many seminars as you like. The Seminar Schedule is available here.


4TH ANNUAL TEACHING BLACK HISTORY CONFERENCE (COST: $99)

Still time to submit a proposal for the 4th Teaching Black History Conference for educators. We are looking for teachers of Black history education to present workshops over curriculum and teaching strategies that enhances the study of K-12 Black history. Elementary, Secondary, University, community, and business educators are all welcome to submit. Due Feb 28th. See links below.


ROMA & SAM KALTMAN HOLOCAUST STUDIES FOR EDUCATORS 2021

June 14-June 30, 2021

Studies show that students who study the Holocaust are more empathetic, caring and demonstrate higher critical thinking skills. The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center has the expertise and resources to help you effectively teach the Holocaust.

During the 2021 Roma & Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators, learn the most effective and engaging techniques for teaching the Holocaust in your classroom. From June 14 through June 30, HHC will host live Zoom sessions featuring renowned Holocaust scholars like DORIS BERGEN.

While the institute is designed for secondary educators, it is open to anyone who is teaching or plans to teach about the Holocaust. The institute takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Holocaust.


CRYSTAL BRIDGES SUMMER PD INSTITUTES (30 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING HOURS)

Being Present in the Moment: Teaching about Current Events through Works of Art

This session will introduce teachers to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art, providing skills and tools necessary to teach students about current events through engaging and meaningful dialogue.

Submit your application here.


THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

This session will focus on teaching African American history from works of art in Crystal Bridges’ collection. Previous experience with object-based teaching and/or integrating artwork into classroom curriculum is encouraged.

Submit your application here.



TRY IT: FREE EDTECH TOOL

Welcome to the World of Blooket: a new take on trivia and review games!

The way it works is that a teacher/host picks a question set and a unique game mode. Then, we generate a code that players can use to join the game on their own devices. After the game starts, players will answer questions to help them win. That’s where the fun starts, because we offer a variety of games to keep students engaged and excited!

Blooket: https://www.blooket.com/



MATH ALLIANCE RECOMMENDED PD

Accepting Educational Responsibility, 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), April 8-11, 2021. For registration info, visit: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, has joined forces with Bridge Multimedia and the Boston Children's Museum to convene STEM and inclusion experts to engage participants in learning about evidence-based practices in STEM for all children, and inclusion of young children with disabilities (birth to five), excite families, early childhood/early childhood special education practitioners, and young children in exploring, making, and tinkering through our MakerFest, discover STEM-focused books through our Storybook Conversations, and showcase early STEM videos and games from museums, researchers, and other organizations through our Media Cubbies. The event includes a variety of 'live' and asynchronous interactions and learning opportunities between 1-4 pm EST every day and free explorations at all other times between September 14-18, 2021

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemiefest-2020-tickets-117655086531



EDPIPHANY TEACHERS' LOUNGE

The EDpiphany Teachers' Lounge will be hosting two Sunday morning resume and interview prep workshops in the coming weeks. You will leave this session with tangible next steps for positioning yourself as a competitive candidate for your next role. Unlike other resume and interview support sessions, this one is led exclusively for educators by a facilitator with over a decade of experience in the K-12 industry. Registration is only $4.99 but WTU teachers can register for free with promo code FREE4U. Save your spot at edpiphany.com/events.

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