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The WTU Teachers' Center Professional Development Program for Educators

WTU Spring 2017 Professional Development Program
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Research-based PD. Peer-to-Peer PD. Solutions-driven PD.

As a member of the WTU and AFT, you have access to a variety of teacher leadership and adult learning opportunities and courses designed to enhance your professional growth. By addressing the professional needs of our educator members, we are able to help them become even more successful in their careers, in their union; in the institutions in which they work; and in serving the students and families and communities they serve.

Many of these professional learning opportunities are detailed here. Course offerings will build content knowledge and pedagogical strategies in: Beginning Reading and Reading Comprehension Instruction, the Common Core State Standards, English Language Acquisition, Behavior Management, Integrating Computer Technology and so much more!! WTU courses are also directly aligned to the District of Columbia Public Schools IMPACT Teaching and Learning Framework and Essential Practice Standards.

Successful candidates may earn 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs) that may be used towards license renewal. WTU courses may not be used towards initial certification. Click here to learn more about the new DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) licensure renewal requirements effective January 1, 2017: http://osse.dc.gov/ed-credentials 

For an additional $375, participants interested in earning graduate credit may register to receive three graduate credit hours through our university partnership and special tuition rate with Trinity University. In order to receive graduate credit, participants must submit the WTU registration form with tuition AND the Trinity University registration form with tuition.

First-year teachers who have become full dues WTU members can take one course this year at no charge!! Click here to complete a membership application.

Attach the application to your registration form and mail both forms to the WTU office at: 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003.

New teachers with free course certificates for this school year must attach free certificates to the WTU registration form. Certificates cannot be used for online registration. Scan and email free certificates and registration forms to: info@wtulocal6.net.

Click here to complete the paper registration form and pay by check or money order.

NO REFUNDS. Only one year course credits may be issued if/when registrants cancel  prior to the first day of class.

 

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Managing Anti-Social Behavior

Instructor: Jennifer Lee
Dates/Time: Mondays and Tuesdays, January 30-31, February 6-7, 13-14, 21, 27-28, March 6-7, 13-14, 20, 2017, 5 pm - 8 pm
Location: Patterson Elementary School, 4399 South Capitol Terrace, SW

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies

The anti-social actions of a small but powerful number of students in school put their own academic success at risk and threaten others. This course presents research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out. Participants will learn strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive outbreaks.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
Reading Comprehension Instruction - Common Core Edition

Instructor: Natalie Porter-McCuiston
Dates/Time: Mondays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 8 and 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2016, 4 pm - 7 pm
Location: Kimball Elementary School, 3375 Minnesota Avenue, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Content Knowledge

This course will focus on the research and instructional practices that will help students acquire strong reading comprehension skills. It will provide participants with the synthesis of research on comprehension instruction and vocabulary development. Participants will 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, including subject matter text books. It will also demonstrate how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I

Instructor: Louis Blount
Dates/Time: 
Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 8, 29, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm
Location: WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Content Knowledge

In this course, emphasis will be on oral conversation (listening and speaking skills) and basic Spanish literacy. An effort will be made to give participants practice in using vocabulary and grammatical structures that will immediately be helpful in communicating and appreciating the culture of Spanish-speaking members in their school communities.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

Designing Lessons for English Language Arts, Common Core Edition

Instructors: Camille Anderson and Joann Cornish
Dates/Time: Saturdays, January 28, February 11, 25, March 4, 10, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm

Location: Patterson Elementary School, 4399 South Capitol Terrace, SW

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies 

This course will enable participants to understand the essential components of developing a coherent unit of study aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and designated student outcome. The broad categories of this AFT module include: Introduction to the ELA standards, instructional implications, differentiation, strategies and instructional support for English Language Learners and students.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

CLOSED CLASS
Managing Anti-Social Behavior

Instructor: Leslie Charles
Dates/Time: Saturdays, January 28, February 11, 25, March 4, March 11, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm
Location: Savoy Elementary School, 2400 Shannon Place, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies

The ant-social actions of a small but powerful number of students in school put their own academic success at risk and threaten others. This course presents research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out. Participants will learn strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive outbreaks.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children

Instructor: Dr. John Taylor
Dates/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 2017, 4 pm - 7 pm
Location: WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Content Knowledge

This course is designed to provide opportunities that specially meet the needs of special educators and other school personnel. Participants will acquire knowledge regarding the psychological development and characteristics for children and youth. They will explore the principles of special education, paying particular attention to the appropriate role of the special educator in a variety of settings. The origin and philosophies of special education will be traced and attention will be given to issues which currently influence the field of special education including the Transactional Programs for Adolescents with Disabilities and the present; IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
English Language Learners 101, Modules I-II: Who are ELLs? Second Language Acquisition and Development

Instructor: Maryann Oudheusden
Dates/Time: Saturdays, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm

Location: WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Content Knowledge

These modules are targeted to pre-K-12 educators of ELLs and are designed to provide research-based information on second language acquisition research, to enable participants to provide students with equitable access to standards-based academic content and validate the instructional practices for ELLs while also equipping participants with differentiation strategies. Information in this course will enhance the instructional practices of mainstream educators of ELLs who are currently implementing and expanding their repertoire by introducing new research-based strategies. This course will engage participants in learning about second language acquisition, ELL student literacy development, content-based literacy, and meaning ELL access to the Common Core State Standards.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

CLOSED CLASS
Integration of Computer Technology for Instructional Use

Instructor: Lori Alexander
Dates/Time: Saturdays, February 4, 11, March 4, 11, 25, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm
Location: Payne Elementary School, 1445 C Street, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies

This course will focus on research and instructional practices for educators (Pre-K – 12) utilizing educational technology. It will provide participants with an opportunity to implement best practices of technology. The technology to be included but not limited to is IPADS, IPODS, Goggle Apps, Microsoft Office, Smartboard, Promethean, blended learning, and Flipped Classroom. Participants will examine, analyze and discuss websites and articles, and the impact on student learning in their classroom. Participants will develop a grant for educational technology and a website for their classroom. Participants must bring a laptop to access course materials and complete learning activities.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
Instructional Strategies That Work for all Disciplines

Instructor: Natalie Porter-McCuiston
Dates/Time: Saturdays, February 11, March 11, 25, 8, April 1 2017, 8 am - 5 pm
Location: Savoy Elementary, 2400 Shannon Place, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies

This course offers a cognitive research-based approach to lesson planning and design in order to develop a comprehensive instructional plan. Participants consider the concepts of standards, curriculum and a course map as they generate unit and lesson plans that promote independent learning for students. In this course, instructional strategies are taught in the context of purpose and appropriateness for supporting student learning. The information in this course can be applied in K-12 settings and is particularly helpful for students with special needs.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
Beginning Reading Instruction - Common Core Edition

Instructor: Michelle Dickey
Dates/Time: Saturdays: January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm

Location: Payne Elementary School, 1445 C Street, SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Content Knowledge

Beginning Reading Instruction (BRI) focuses on how children learn to read and the best ways to teach beginning reading from kindergarten to the end of primary grades. This course contains considerable information on how students develop basic decoding skills. It is also helpful for educators working with older students who still are having difficulty with decoding and fluency. The course presents the research-based instructional strategies.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

CLOSED CLASS
Reading Comprehension Instruction - Common Core Edition

Instructor: Eulyn Thomas
Dates/Time: Saturdays, April 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm
Location: Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th Street, NW

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Content Knowledge

This course will focus on the research and instructional practices that will help students acquire strong reading comprehension skills. It will provide participants with the synthesis of research on comprehension instruction and vocabulary development. Participants will 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, including subject matter text books. It will also demonstrate how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

Instructional Strategies That Work for all Disciplines

Instructor: Sarah Elwell
Dates/Time: Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2017, 8 am - 5 pm
Location: McKinley Technology High School, 151 T Street, NE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs)/3 Recertification Hours in Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies

This course provides a cognitive research-based approach to lesson planning and design in order to develop a comprehensive instructional plan. Participants consider the concepts of standards, curriculum and a course map as they generate unit and lesson plans that promote independent learning for students. In this course, instructional strategies are taught in the context of purpose and appropriateness for supporting student learning. The information in this course can be applied in K-12 settings and is particularly helpful for students with special needs.

Tuition:
   $150 (Full Dues)
   $300 (Non-Members)

This course also offers graduate credit from Trinity University for an additional $375. Click here to complete the required Trinity University registration form.

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