Washington Teachers’ Union Fall 2018

Professional Development Courses

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 to 5.


Successfully completing a course helps you fulfill re-certification requirements. All 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 you can use toward re-certification instead of using the PLUs.


Fees

$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 can take one course offered in Fall 2018 at no charge!! Please bring to your first class the certificate you received when you joined the WTU.

OR you can click here, become a member now, and take a course for free.

There are three ways to be admitted into a course for free:


Fall 2018 WTU Professional

Development Course Descriptions

 

Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom

Instructor: Vincent S. Pope| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

4pm-7:30pm Wednesdays Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12

This course focuses on how teachers can successfully incorporate music and art into their classrooms in order to enhance learning. No graduate credits offered.

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Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: Nadia Torney| Excel Academy, 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE

4pm-7pm Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

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.

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Managing Behavior In School Communities

Instructor: Staci Adams| Walker Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

4pm-7pm Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

The anti-social actions of a small number of students 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.

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The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I

Instructor: Louis Blount| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

8am-5pm Saturdays, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, 15

In this course, emphasis is on oral conversation (listening and speaking skills) and basic Spanish literacy. An effort is 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.

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Instructional Strategies That Work for all Disciplines

Instructor: Sarah Elwell| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

8am-5pm Saturdays, Sept. 22, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 11, Dec. 8

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.

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Reading Comprehension Instruction

Instructor: Eulyn Thomas| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

8am-5pm Saturdays Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 17

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 text books. It also demonstrates how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved.

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Managing Behavior in School Communities

Leslie Charles| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

8am-5 pm Saturdays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1

The anti-social actions of a small number of students 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.

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Accessible Literacy Framework (ALF)

Instructor: Natalie Porter-McCuiston| Kimball ES, 3375 Minnesota Avenue SE

4pm-7pm Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11

Participants gain knowledge about how to provide reading instruction to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. ALF is grounded in the premise that reading is at the center of most activities in and out of school. The essential components of reading instruction – phonological awareness, sound blending, initial phoneme segmentation, letter sound correspondence, decoding and shared reading – are framed to address the emerging literacy needs of students with complex communication needs.

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Beginning Reading Instruction

Instructor: Kim Bigelow| Miner ES, 601 15th Street, NE

8am-5 pm Saturdays, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 3, 27, Dec. 1

Beginning Reading Instruction (BRI) presents research-based instructional strategies that address 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.

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Thinking Math Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Instructors: Natalie Porter-McCuiston and Joseph Martin| Miner ES, 601 15th Street, NE

8am – 5pm Saturdays, Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 8

This course focuses on research about how children learn mathematics and the implications of these findings for the classroom. Ten principles capture practices that lead to students gaining a better understanding of math at all grade levels.

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Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: Joann Cornish| Patterson ES, 4399 South Capitol Terr. SW

8am-5 pm Saturdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3

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.

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