May Professional Development Opportunities

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Summer Professional Learning!!!

Register TODAY for these exciting, engaging and informative summer professional development courses and workshops HERE. Early Bird Discount Expires 5/21!


2021 WTU Teacher Leader Symposium

Thank you so much to those who were able to attend the 2021 WTU Teacher Leader Symposium...the presence, engagement, and questions from the audience are such key elements of this event's success. We are so proud of the immense dedication of our elite group of SY2020-21 teacher leaders. We hope you enjoyed the symposium and that it was thought-provoking and inspiring for you as well. Teacher leaders and their research papers are available at https://www.wtulocal6.net/2021_teacher_leaders

Part 1 Recording; Access Passcode: 5L$#=Zi2

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Part 3 Recording; Access Passcode: 9J@Za9dM


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Ignite My Future in School Virtual TECHademy -- TONIGHT May 20

Tata Consultancy Services has partnered with Discovery Education to host a 2.5-hour immersive virtual Professional Learning session that focuses on engaging students in real world problem solving by leveraging computational thinking. You will receive a Digital Swag Bag with: GooseChase EDU, Breakout EDU Digital access, PearDeck Premium and an official Certificate of Participation upon completion of the TECHademy. Register HERE


WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays

Register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.



National Opportunities:

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian Summer Sessions for Teachers: Interrogating the Stories We Tell

Session 1 (June 28-July 2): https://edge.edx.org/courses/course-v1:SmithsonianX+SIED1.1x+2021_T3/about

Session 2 (July 12-16): https://edge.edx.org/courses/course-v1:SmithsonianX+SIED1.2x+2021_T3/about


Summer Reading Challenge will begin in June 2021; check the website for updates

STEM Teacher Workshop: late July 2021; check the website for updates


2021 Global Teaching Dialogue

The 2021 Global Teaching Dialogue will bring together teachers, educators and global education experts to help teachers prepare students for the global economy. Alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s Teacher Exchange Programs and other global education leaders will share best practices for globalizing curricula, tips for implementing virtual exchanges, and reflections on innovative educational practices in other countries.  Join us at this free virtual event, to gather practical information to help teachers bring the world into their classrooms!


Facing History

For summer 2021 we’re excited to introduce three brand new offerings focused on supporting educators as they interrogate “standard” perspectives and materials and seek to incorporate more culturally inclusive and equitable practices in their teaching. All three of these offerings are live, interactive virtual professional learning opportunities.

July 13 - 15 Teaching for Equity and Justice Summit

July 20 - 22 Teaching Coming of Age in a Complex World

July 27 - 29 Identity, Membership and Belonging: A Summit on Teaching Immigration


Goethe Virtual Study Tour



2021 Virtual White House History Teacher Institute

The registration deadline is July 8th at 11:59 PM. Register HERE.


STEMSS CRUISE English Learners Program Information 

Apply HERE for our final cohort now! (stipend available)


American Federation of Teachers

Strengthening Mind and Body: Standing Poses and Chair Yoga, Wednesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. EDT

On-Demand Webinars:

A Trusted Space, Redirecting Grief to Growth

The film A Trusted Space, Redirecting Grief to Growth is a unique and powerful respite for educators. Acknowledging teachers for their value, the unparalleled year they are having, and the extraordinary heart and effort they offer our most precious population, this film and discussion will fill your bucket and offer hope, while empowering self-care. As a gentle reminder, putting your oxygen mask on first is critical so that you are able to put them on the kids you serve.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practices for the Busy Mind: Part 2

In a world full of chaos and chronic busyness, it can be difficult to find a state of presence and clarity. Commonly reported benefits of mindfulness and meditation include reduced anxiety, improved focus, reduced blood pressure and pain management. In this follow-up session with Kelly Trautner, AFT director of Healthcare, attendees will learn how to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their self-care toolbox and try some new beginner-friendly techniques.


Opportunity from the National Math Alliance

Reminder: MSRI online Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice - June 9-11 & June 16-18, 2021 - Sessions will explore the role that mathematics plays in today’s movement for racial justice.


Decolonizing the Curriculum Summer Series

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. REGISTER TODAY

Series Schedule

  • 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


Educator Resources

May is…

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

General Resources: https://asianpacificheritage.gov/for-teachers/

Share My Lesson: https://sharemylesson.com/collections/aapi

PBS: https://www.pbs.org/specials/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/

Zinn Education Project: https://www.pbs.org/specials/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/


Jewish American Heritage Month

General Resources: https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/for-teachers/

National Endowment for the Humanities: https://edsitement.neh.gov/closer-readings/jewish-american-heritage-month

Anti-Defamation League: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/jewish-american-heritage-month-resources

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/jewishamericans/



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