Washington Teachers’ Union Fall 2019
Professional Development Courses
Registration deadline: September 6, 2019
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 help teachers build content knowledge and mastery of pedagogical strategies.
WTU courses are aligned with the DCPS IMPACT Teaching and Learning Framework and Essential Practices Standards 1 through 5.
Successfully completing a course helps you fulfill re-certification requirements. Most courses offer 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs) that can be used toward re-certification. Alternatively, some – but not all – of the courses offer 3 Trinity University graduate credits that can be used toward re-certification instead of using the PLUs.
- $150 per course for members
- $300 per course for non-members
- In addition to the fees above, the fee for the 3 graduate credits from Trinity University is $375. (To receive graduate credit, participants must submit the WTU registration form with any tuition due and the Trinity University registration form with the $375 tuition.)
Unfortunately, we can offer no refunds.
Fees waived for new members
Teachers who have become WTU members this year may take one course offered in Fall 2019 at no charge!!! Please bring to your first class the certificate you received when you joined the WTU.
There are three ways to be admitted into a course for free:
- Register online for the course you want below and bring either your certificate or your filled-out membership application to your first class, OR
- Download a registration form and mail it with your certificate or membership application to: Washington Teachers’ Union, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003, OR
- Download and scan a course registration form and e-mail it along with either a certificate or a membership application to info@WTULocal6.org.
Fall 2019 WTU Professional
Development Course Descriptions
Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom
Instructor: Vincent S. Pope | WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
8am-5pm Saturdays, October 19, 26, November 16, 23, December 14, 2019
The course 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. 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 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.
Foundations – Section 1: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning
Instructor: JoAnn Cornish | Patterson ES, 4399 South Capitol Terrace SW, Washington, DC 20032
8am-5pm Saturdays, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 16, 2019
This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers in all grade levels and subject areas. It examines best practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management and maximizing use of learning time. Participants also study questioning and feedback skills, the role of homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. This course is recommended as the primary offering for all educators. It is frequently used as the basis for mentoring and peer assistance.
Managing Behavior In School Communities
Instructor: Staci Adams | Excel Academy ES, 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
4pm-7pm Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19, 2019
This course presents research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out. Recognizing that the anti-social actions of a small number of students put their own academic success at risk and threaten others, participants will learn strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive outbreaks.
The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I
Instructor: Louis Blount | WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
8am-5pm Saturdays, September 21, 28, October 19, 26, November 2, 2019
In this course, emphasis is on oral conversation (listening and speaking skills) and basic Spanish literacy. Participants practice using vocabulary and grammatical structures that will immediately be helpful in communicating and appreciating the culture of Spanish-speaking members in their school communities.
The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language II
Instructor: Louis Blount | WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE 20003
8am-5pm Saturdays, November 9, 16, 23, December 7, 14, 2019
This intense course is designed for school personnel in D.C. Public Schools to converse, in Spanish beyond the basic level, with Hispanic students and parents. Emphasis is on acquiring an advanced understanding of the Spanish language through grammatical structures used in Spanish conversation, mastering listening concepts for communicating with native Spanish speakers, writing basic communicative texts for parents, and reading in the target language to communicate educational matters to parents. Mastery of these advanced skills and learned vocabulary will be immediately used in communicating with Spanish-speaking members of school communities. In addition, the participant will gain an appreciation of important cultural and social events in the Hispanic cultures in the local community.
Prerequisite: Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I or Instructor’s permission
Instructional Strategies That Work for All Disciplines
Instructor: Sarah Elwell | WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
8am-5pm Saturdays, September 14, October 26 and November 23, 2019
Online virtual and Zoom conference call meeting schedule
Thursdays, September 19, October 3, 10, November 7, 14, 2019
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.
Reading Comprehension Instruction
Instructor: Eulyn Thomas| Savoy ES – 2400 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020
8am-5pm Saturdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 16, 23, 2019
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 narrative and expository text and subject matter text books. It also demonstrates how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved.
– 3 RECERTIFICATION HOURS IN CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Thinking Mathematics 3-5 Grade: Common Core Edition
Instructor: Urikia Randolph | Payne ES, 1445 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Wednesdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18, 2019.
Redesigned to help teachers examine, understand, and make specific links to the Common Core Mathematics Standards, this course opens with a brief introduction to the research-based Ten Principles. Participants consider patterns and relationships in mathematics, including those in the multiplication tables and focus on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice. The differences between multiplicative and additive structures are examined, including the new role numbers have as they begin to represent not only single objects but also composite units.
Participants also review the variety of problem types into multiplicative structures. Representations include diagrams, charts, t-tables, arrays and area models, which receive strong emphasis in Common Core. Use of the distributive property and the beginnings of proportional reasoning are stressed as well as the various treatments that may be required for division remainders in contextualized problems. Emphasis is placed on the importance of matching language to situations.
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Instructor: John Taylor | WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
4-7 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, December 3, 2019
This course is designed to provide opportunities that address the concerns of special needs educators and other school personnel. Participants acquire knowledge regarding the psychological development and characteristics of children and youth. They 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 are traced and attention is given to issues that currently influence the field of special education, including the Transactional Programs for Adolescents with Disabilities and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The workshops below are FREE to all full dues paying members of the WTU
Strategies for Student Success
Instructors: Maxine Elbert and Ebony Washington | Woodson HS, 540 55th St NE, Washington, DC 20019
8am-5pm Saturdays, October 26 and November 2, 2019
Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, The course utilizes modeling, and experiential learning. The following modules are offered this fall: Setting Measurable Objectives, Is My Teaching Effective, Activating Learning for All Disciplines and Tools for Educators from Brain Researchers.
No graduate credits offered. Participants will receive 20 PLUs
Praxis Math and Writing Preparation Course
Instructor: Nadia Torney | Kimball ES, 3375 Minnesota Ave. SE Washington, DC 20019
4-7pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 2019
This class is based on the exact ETS Praxis content specifications for the Core Math and Core Writing exams. Participants will review all the key subject matter knowledge on both tests, and work through practice test questions with detailed explanations. Participants will be able to apply new knowledge to the specific question types most likely to be encountered on the exam.
No recertification nor graduate credits offered
IMPACT Professional Development
Saturday, September 21, 2019 – 8am – 5pm | Wheatley EC
Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 8am – 5pm | Kimball ES
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 8am – 5pm | Kimball ES
In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Teacher-Assessed Student Achievement Data (TAS), Community School Commitment (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP)
No graduate credits offered. Participants will receive 6 PLUs
Meeting Writing Expectations in the Classroom
Instructor: Kim Bigelow I Woodson HS, 540 55th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019
8am-5pm Saturday, October 19, 2019
Participants will see the connection of effective writing instruction to relevant writing standards. We will review research and recommendations regarding effective writing instruction. Participants will engage in the writing process and develop methods and strategies for teaching writing to diverse learners in all content areas.
No graduate credits offered. Participants will receive 10 PLUs