PD Highlights - April 26, 2021

Voting Rights Lesson Plan Competition

*Deadline Extended to April 30

Submit an original lesson plan that integrates the pivotal PBS Documentary Freedom Summer. Learn More at Freedom Summer - WTU Local 6

Ignite My Future TECHademy

Join @TCS and @DiscoveryEd for a free PD on computational thinking (and snag some awesome swag: PearDeck, BreakoutEDU, GooseChase)! The #IgniteMyFuture in School Virtual TECHademy is on April 28th. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/TECHademy2021


WTU Teacher Leader Symposium 2021

PART 1: Thursday, May 13 @ 5-7pm

PART 2: Saturday, May 15 @ 10am-12noon

PART 3: Tuesday, May 18 @ 5-7pm

Please join our WTU Teacher Leaders as they present their culminating research projects from the 2020-2021SY.

WTU Teacher Leaders are full-time educators who have been selected to join a nationwide network through the American Federation of Teachers.

They are taking an active role in influencing policy in a number of areas, including teacher retention, virtual learning, professional development, educator burnout, student discipline issues and overall policy changes that will ultimately help improve educational outcomes for all DCPS students.

Please register HERE.


Register NOW - WTU Professional Development Courses

Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning 

Registration Fee: $150

Instructor: JoAnn Cornish 

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

Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_foundations

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Free Course

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 2021 Trainer Search

The Spring 2021 WTU Trainer Recruitment Session will be held virtually April 29, 2021 @ 4pm-5pm. Register HERE. There will be opportunities to interview between 5/17 and 5/24/2021. 

The WTU/AFT Educational Research and Dissemination (ER&D) Program represents one of the union’s major efforts to improve student achievement by making a difference in practitioners’ performance and professional growth.  The WTU ER&D Program is unique because it provides solid, research-based content and is created and delivered by classroom teachers and school personnel. The WTU ER&D Program validates existing practice while encouraging professional growth and building a sense of pride in the quality of union service.  Training will be held July 2021 in the Summer Educator Academy (SEA) organized by the American Federation of Teachers, our parent union. You may apply HERE by May 17, 2021.


Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab (Next Session: Saturday 5/1)

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


WTU Tech Tool Tuesdays 

Learn more about this week's topics and register HERE for future PD workshops in this series.


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