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Summer Institute 2022

WTU Professional Development Courses

Early Bird Deadline ($125): May 31, 2022
Regular Deadline ($150): June 27, 2022

As a member of the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU), you are entitled to a deep discount in the fees for a variety of teacher leadership and adult

learning opportunities designed to enhance your professional growth. WTU’s professional development courses are all research-based, peer-to-peer and solution-driven. They all help teachers build content knowledge and mastery of pedagogical strategies. All WTU courses are aligned to the DCPS IMPACT Teaching and Learning Framework and Essential Practices Standards 1 through 5. Classes need at least 5 paid registrants to officially move forward.

Download Full List of Summer Institute Courses Here

WTU Member Registration Fees

Early Bird Deadline -- $125, per course: May 31, 2022

Regular Deadline -- $150, per courses: June 27, 2022

Non-Member Registration Fees

$300 per course

Trinity University Graduate Credit (3)

$375, in addition to the registration fees listed above. Payments must be made directly to Trinity University. To receive graduate credit, participants must submit the WTU registration form and the Trinity University registration form along with all applicable fees.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.

Contact Sarah Elwell at [email protected] with any questions.

  • Teaching Financial Literacy (HYBRID)

    Monday, June 27, 2022 at 05:00 PM
    HYBRID

    *Best for MS & HS Educators

    Instructor: Bernitha Neverson

    Dates: Monday, June 27 in person, 5-7pm; June 28-July 1 virtual 10am-12noon

    Financial Literacy Fridays have been developed with content from Next Generation Personal Finance the 4Cs in mind: collaboration, curation, creation and content:

    • Collaboration: Educators have multiple opportunities to collaborate.
    • Curation: Educators complete games and NGPF Scavenger Hunts which are focused on finding resources that they can use in their classrooms.
    • Creation: What could be a better use of PD time than to have teachers walk away with an activity they can use with their class? In these sessions, educators identify NGPF activities to supplement their existing curriculum and then find additional resources to prepare the students for the activity.
    • Content: Educators complete a pre-conference survey to identify content areas they want a “deeper dive” in.

    Participants will receive 20 PLU’s.

  • Accessible Literacy Framework (IN-PERSON)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Anacostia HS in Washington, DC

    Instructors: Natalie Porter-McCuiston

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 9am-5pm

    Location: Anacostia HS

    This course covers how to provide reading instruction to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The essential components of reading instruction—phonological awareness, sound blending, initial phoneme segmentation, letter-sound correspondence, decoding and shared reading—are framed to address students with complex communication needs.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

  • Legal Issues in Education (IN-PERSON)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Anacostia HS in Washington, DC

    Instructor: Dr. John L. Taylor

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 9am-5:00pm

    Location: Anacostia HS

    This course is designed to acquaint teachers with the contemporary legal issues currently confronting them. A thorough grounding in derivation of the law and sources of the law will be provided as will information about the structure of the court system in the District of Columbia both in the local and federal jurisdictions. Participants will cover the constitutional basis of current legal issues. Legislative enactments concerning special education, corporal punishment and schools’ legal responsibilities will be important parts of the course content.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Section 1: Social and Emotional Learning (IN-PERSON)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Anacostia HS in Washington, DC

    Instructor: Kadijah Kemp

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 9am-5:00pm

    Location: Anacostia HS

    Are you looking for ways to assist your students in managing their emotions, building positive relationships with others and making responsible decisions? In this mini-course, participants will identify and share developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies that foster students’ social and emotional growth. In addition, we will examine best practices for creating and cultivating a positive beginning of the school year. This course is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

  • Successfully Integrating the Arts Into Your Classroom (IN-PERSON)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Anacostia HS in Washington, DC

    Instructor: Vincent A. Pope

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 9am-5:00pm

    Location: Anacostia HS

    Teachers learn how to successfully incorporate music into their lessons in order to improve outcomes and make learning come alive in their classrooms. Emphasis is placed on the historical periods of western music from the Baroque period through the 21st century. The research presented provides insight into the lives of the great composers and their compositions. We study the political, social, economic and cultural times in which the music was created. Participants learn about the compositional styles of famous figures of the musical periods while listening, viewing and discussing each musical piece. The course also presents a synthesis of research on arts integration in public schools in the United States, and the history of integrating the arts into teaching. Teachers gain knowledge of how the arts can play a vital role in the development of the whole child.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Universal Design for Learning (IN-PERSON)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Anacostia HS in Washington, DC

    Instructor: Tiffany Brown & TBD

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 9am-5:00pm

    Location: Anacostia HS

    Do you want to maximize your students’ learning experiences? With the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, you can learn to set clear goals, anticipate barriers and design lessons to reduce those barriers for all. This course will help you to use cognitive neuroscience as a foundation for designing instruction to best meet the needs of your diverse learners. Upon completion, you will feel confident, prepared and equipped to construct meaningful learning experiences for all! Participants will be able to:

    • Use learner variability as a way to understand and address individual students’ learning needs;
    • Apply principles of universal design to reduce barriers for students in the school environment, assessments, methods and materials; and
    • Create student-centered lesson plans and learning experiences using the Universal Design Framework and Guidelines.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

  • Integration of Computer Technology (VIRTUAL)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    VIRTUAL

    Instructor: Julian King

                Dates: June 28-July 1; 10am-2pm

    This course will focus on the research and instructional practices of educators (Pre-K-12) utilizing educational technology. It will provide participants with an opportunity to implement best practices using current educational technology. Participants will create technology experiences to implement engaging and differentiated blended instruction, learning, and assessment in their classrooms. Participants will examine, analyze, and discuss the impact of educational technology has on student learning, engagement, and creativity in the classroom. Participants will create online teaching and assessment resources, interactive learning experiences, a flipped classroom experience, an online lesson, project-based learning, a grant for educational technology, a classroom technology integration plan. The culminating project will be a website that will be shared with school staff. The technology to be included but not limited to is, Google Apps & Classroom, Microsoft Office 365, Canvas LMS, Video Creation, Website Authoring, and Augmented Reality (AR). The course content is aligned to the ISTE Standards for Educators and support the DCPS Essential Practices.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Reading Comprehension Instruction (VIRTUAL)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    VIRTUAL

    Instructor: Eulyn Thomas

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 10am-2pm.

    This course focuses on the research and instructional practices that help students acquire strong reading comprehension skills. It provides participants with research on comprehension instruction and vocabulary development. Participants examine, discuss and evaluate the application of a wide range of instructional strategies for teaching comprehension skills to use with both narrative and expository text and subject matter textbooks. It also demonstrates how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.

  • Reclaiming Assessments: Using a Balanced Classroom Assessment System to Strengthen Student Learning (VIRTUAL)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    VIRTUAL

    Instructor: Renee LaRue

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 10am-2pm

    This course is designed to help you understand the power of assessment and monitoring student growth to inform instruction. All teachers want to know where their students start, how they progress, and the results of the teaching and learning process. Diagnostic, formative and summative assessments each play a role in monitoring student learning. Throughout this course, we will talk about using a balanced assessment system in your classroom to support instructional decisions for optimal student success. 

    Additionally, we will look at how assessment is important in helping students to take charge of their own learning. Finally, we will address the importance and power of culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum and assessment to ensure students are engaged in authentic learning.

    Participants may earn 35 PLU’s.

  • Section 2: Social and Emotional Learning (VIRTUAL)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    VIRTUAL

    Instructor: Dr. Persephone Brown

    Dates: June 28-July 1; 10am-2pm

    Are you looking for ways to assist your students in managing their emotions, building positive relationships with others and making responsible decisions? In this mini-course, participants will identify and share developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies that foster students’ social and emotional growth. In addition, we will examine best practices for creating and cultivating a positive beginning of the school year. This course is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.

    Participants may earn 45 PLU’s.

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