Oct 5 - PD Newsletter

Tech Tool Tuesdays (every Tuesday at 5-6:30pm)

Please join the WTU Professional Development Instructors for Tech Tool Tuesdays. As we prepare for both the known and unknown of 2020-2021, get ahead of the curve with these workshops that explore best practices in online learning. Click here to explore the weekly topics and to register. You can join for one or multiple sessions.

 

To view last week’s PD Newsletter, click here.

 

AFT Needs Your Help.

The AFT is collecting instructional videos for teachers to help them improve their distance learning experience for themselves and their students, and we need your help.  

What: Have you recorded yourself doing a lesson, watched a tutorial on how to use a specific online tool or platform that you think was particularly helpful? Is there one you wish you could watch? We need any and all help to launch this new Community on Share My Lesson(SML).

Why: We are hearing from our members that they need short instructional videos to help them see how new tools are actually being used by colleagues in the field on different platforms to teach various subjects and grade levels. For example: Show us how you conduct a morning meeting using Zoom or how you taught a lesson using Jamboard or send us a think-a-loud or tips you think would be helpful for your fellow educators during this challenging time.

Where: Here is the link to the Google Form for submitting videos/ideas:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V4qknA9Tsdm45VZZe-jPIPUQ6a83WqyNzULUDfxKwpY/edit

 

This will be an ongoing project, just like collecting lessons on SML, so please spread the word and ask your colleagues to jump in and help create this new exciting set of resources to help enhance you and your colleagues’ teaching. We can’t do it without you!

 

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Oct 1 - PD Newsletter

Professional Development News Letter

October 1, 2020

 

It is our absolute pleasure and honor to announce this year's esteemed group of WTU Teacher Leaders, facilitated by Rachel Thomas and Sarah Elwell.

  • Andreiss Bluitt, Eastern HS
  • Rebecca Bradshaw-Smith, Wilson HS
  • Dawn Brodus-Yougha, Anne Beers ES
  • Kristen Bryant, Ketcham ES
  • Brian Crumb, Sr., Payne ES
  • Kristian Ellingsen, Columbia Heights EC
  • LeeTosha Henry, H.D. Woodson HS & Coolidge HS
  • Ashley Kearney, Ron Brown College Preparatory HS
  • Nantambu Kohlbatz, McKinley Technology HS
  • Modestine Montgomery, River Terrace EC
  • Dominique Moore, Johnson MS
  • Gabriel Morden-Snipper, Bard Early College HS
  • Kip Plaisted, Stuart-Hobson MS
  • Carleather Ponder, Roosevelt HS
  • Shannon Robichaud, School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens
  • Jessica Salute, Stanton ES
  • Donald Thompson, Jr., Anacostia HS

SAVE THE DATE: WTU Teacher Leaders Research Symposium will be May 15, 2021!!! At this event, our teacher leaders will share their action research and policy recommendations.

 

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Updates - September 28, 2020

Don't Let Certification Sneak Up On You! 

For those who received an extension until March 2021 to recertify, the deadline will be here before you know it. The WTU is here to support you as you pursue recertification and/or an education promotion. Register now for quality, research-based, peer-to-peer professional development with the Washington Teachers' Union. 

When you recertify, please bear in mind that it may take 10-12 weeks to process so please make sure you submit materials for certification at least 3 months prior to your license expiration date. 

 

OSSE Educator Credentialing & Certification: https://osse.dc.gov/ed-credentials

 

Tech Tool Tuesdays (every Tuesday at 5-6:30pm)

Please join the WTU Professional Development Instructors for Tech Tool Tuesdays. As we prepare for both the known and unknown of 2020-2021, get ahead of the curve with these workshops that explore best practices in online learning. Click here to explore the weekly topics and to register. You can join for one or multiple sessions.

 

Sign up for the following Professional Development classes that are starting this week:

 

Center for Inspired Teaching: The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health”

Center for Inspired Teaching is excited to invite you to the next Speak Truth seminar! The topic of discussion on October 1st will be, "The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health," a relevant topic especially during the pandemic and the imposition of social distancing measures. This seminar's discussion will be on the topic of mental health and mental disorder of people in general, but especially frontline workers, through the lens of trauma.

Due to the health crisis, Speak Truth has gone online and is using Zoom Video Conferencing. For safety reasons, we will not be sending out the actual Zoom meeting link until the day of the session, so keep your eyes and ears peeled in your inbox/texts for that! In the meantime please spread the word to your students and any high school students that would be interested in our upcoming discussion.

Date: Thursday, October 1st
Time: 6:00 -7:30 pm EST
Link to register: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/170RsqHCyiA5IqZrsDj7cFqj9DELFFDtKzFJH9p9qzj4/edit?ts=5f69490b&gxids=7628

 

WTU Teacher Leaders

It is our absolute pleasure and honor to announce this year's esteemed group of WTU Teacher Leaders, facilitated by Rachel Thomas and Sarah Elwell.

  • Andreiss Bluitt, Eastern HS
  • Rebecca Bradshaw-Smith, Wilson HS
  • Dawn Brodus-Yougha, Anne Beers ES
  • Kristen Bryant, Ketcham ES
  • Brian Crumb, Sr., Payne ES
  • Kristian Ellingsen, Columbia Heights EC
  • LeeTosha Henry, H.D. Woodson HS & Coolidge HS
  • Ashley Kearney, Ron Brown College Preparatory HS
  • Nantambu Kohlbatz, McKinley Technology HS
  • Modestine Montgomery, River Terrace EC
  • Dominique Moore, Johnson MS
  • Gabriel Morden-Snipper, Bard Early College HS
  • Kip Plaisted, Stuart-Hobson MS
  • Carleather Ponder, Roosevelt HS
  • Shannon Robichaud, School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens
  • Jessica Salute, Stanton ES
  • Donald Thompson, Jr., Anacostia HS

SAVE THE DATE: WTU Teacher Leaders Research Symposium will be May 15, 2021!!! At this event, our teacher leaders will share their action research and policy recommendations.

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May 21 Updates

The WTU's Fall 2020 Professional Development Courses are Open for Registration.

All Fall 2020 Courses will be offered on-line.

Click here to see our Fall Line-Up and Register.

 

These are the WTU Professional Development courses that begin this month:

 

Don't Let Certification Sneak Up On You!

For those who received an extension until March 2021 to recertify, the deadline will be here before you know it. The WTU is here to support you as you pursue recertification and/or an education promotion. Register now for quality, research-based, peer-to-peer professional development with the Washington Teachers' Union. 

When you recertify, please bear in mind that it may take 10-12 weeks to process so please make sure you submit materials for certification at least 3 months prior to your license expiration date. 

OSSE Educator Credentialing & Certification: https://osse.dc.gov/ed-credentials

 

Tech Tool Tuesdays (every Tuesday at 5-6:30pm)

Please join the WTU Professional Development Instructors for Tech Tool Tuesdays. As we prepare for both the known and unknown of 2020-2021, get ahead of the curve with these workshops that explore best practices in online learning. Click here to explore the weekly topics and to register. You can join for one or multiple sessions.

 

Lessons on TV

The Washington Teachers' Union is pleased to announce that we will be continuing to provide Lessons on TV during the fall semester to help support students and families during this difficult time. Through our partnership with Fox 5, the WTU will air 30-minute lessons each weekday on Fox Plus, WDCA. We hope you'll volunteer to teach a lesson. Please click here to sign-up to receive additional information.

This fall, we plan to offer courses on a number of timely issues. In the coming weeks, we hope to emphasize lessons around Civic Engagement and Voting, Digital Citizenship and a number of other topics. Of course, we're open to your suggestions as well. Again, please click here to express interest in learning more and teaching a lesson. Please contact Sarah Elwell at selwell@WTULocal6.net if you have any questions.

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