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WTU Teacher Leaders Program

WTU is Seeking Teacher Leaders!

Have you ever seen a news report or talk show discuss issues around teaching and learning and thought to yourself or said to your colleagues, “Why don’t they just ask a real teacher?” WTU Teacher Leaders is a union program designed to help prepare YOU to be that classroom teacher, facilitating discussion of the issues that affect our profession both here in Washington, DC and nationally.

Goals of the program:

  • Provide Teacher Voice by connecting policy to practice
  • Engage teachers in advocacy
  • Create a network of teacher leaders conversant in educational topics
  • Serve as a sounding board and advisory group for union leaders
  • Utilize research to provide evidence and make a case

The American Federation of Teachers and Washington Teachers’ Union will provide a $1500 stipend for each member who successfully completes the requirements of the program:

  • Attend EVERY Saturday meeting at WTU: September 29, October 20, November 17, December 15, 2018 and January 26, February 9, March 16, April 27 and May 18, 2019
  • Design and conduct authentic research around a topic of your choosing o Create a network of teacher leaders conversant in educational topics o Submit a final summary that includes a literature review, methodology and results of your research
  • Present your research in May to colleagues, community and guests

Application deadline is September 18, 2017. Apply at
12 slots available – Preference will be given to first-time applicants.

For more information, contact Sarah Elwell, WTU Teacher Leaders Program Coordinator, and Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, WTU General Vice President at 202-517-1477 or