Washington Teachers’ Center
Professional Development (PD) Spring 2019 Program 

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. Even if you register for a WTU course online, to receive graduate credit you must download the Trinity University registration form and mail it with $375 to Washington Teachers’ Union, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. Or you can bring the form and payment to your first class.

 You can register for a WTU course online or download the WTU course registration form  and mail it with payment to: Washington Teachers’ Union, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. OR you can bring the course registration form and payment, and (if applicable) the Trinity University registration form and payment to your first class.

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 Spring 2019 at no charge!! You can download a membership application form, complete it, and take a course for free. 

Attach your membership application or your free course certificate to your courseregistration form andmail them to: Washington Teachers’ Union,1239 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003, or scan and email them to support@wtulocal6.net. Or bring them to your firstclass.

If you wish to get TrinityUniversity credit for the course you are taking, download the Trinity form here and bring it to your first class along with the $375 fee.

Those takingthe course for free cannot register online.


 

Spring 2019 WTU Professional Development Course Descriptions


Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: Joann Cornish | Patterson ES 4399 South Capitol Terrace SW
8am5pm Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning relevant to all teachers. It examines best practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management and maximizing use of learning time. Participants study questioning and feedback skills, the role of homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. The course is frequently used as the basis for mentoring and peer assistance.

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Successfully Integrating the Arts in Your Classroom

Instructor: Vincent S. Pope | WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
8am5pm Saturdays February 16, March 23, 30; 4pm-7pm Monday April 8 and Wednesday April 10.

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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Managing Behavior in School Communities

Instructor: Stacy Adams | Smothers ES, 4400 Brooks Street NE
4pm7pm Tues. Feb. 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21

 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 1

Instructor: Louis Blount| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
8am5pm Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6

 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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Implications of Educating Low-Vision Students

Instructor: Dr. John Taylor| WTU Teacher Center, 1239 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
4pm7pm Mondays and Wednesdays February 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27; March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

 This course is designed to acquaint participants with the degrees of visual loss and the kinds of technology that should be utilized in working with the blind and visually impaired. Participants will gain preparation to help the targeted student group compete with others. The course will offer field experiences so that participants will be able to learn about services available for low vision and blind students.

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Beginning Reading Instruction

Instructor: Jacqueline Pogue-Lyons | Excel Academy Public School 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
4pm7pm, Wed. March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

This course focuses on how children learn to read and the best ways to teach beginning reading from kindergarten to the end of primary grades. The information presented is also very useful for educators working with older students who have difficulty with decoding and fluency.

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Instructional Strategies That Work for all Disciplines

Instructor: Natalie Porter-McCuiston | Savoy ES, 2400 Shannon Place SE.
8am–5pm Saturdays, February 9, March 9, 16, 23, 30

This course provides a cognitive, research-based approach to lesson planning and developing 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 student learning. 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 educators who work with special-needs students.

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Thinking Mathematics, K – 2: Common Core Edition

Instructor: Joseph Martin | Walker Jones EC, 1125 New Jersey Avenue NW
4pm–7 pm Thurs. February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9, 16

Redesigned to help teachers examine and understand Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice, 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. They examine the differences between multiplicative and additive structures, including the role numbers have as they begin to represent not only single objects but also composite units. Participants are taught representations that help students understand diagrams, charts, and t-tables as well as arrays and area models. 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. Stress is placed on the importance of matching language to situations.

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Foundations: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructor: Nadia Torney | Neval Thomas ES, 650 Anacostia Avenue NE.
4pm–7pm Thurs. February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning relevant to all teachers. It examines best practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management and maximizing use of learning time. Participants study questioning and feedback skills, the role of homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. The course is frequently used as the basis for mentoring and peer assistance.

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Strategies for Student Success

Instructor: Sarah Elwell | Savoy ES, 2400 Shannon Place SE
8am5 pm Saturdays, February 16, March 9, 23; May 11, June 8

Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, utilizing modeling, and experiential learning. The modules offered this spring are:

  • Using Questions to Teach and Learn
  • Coherent, Cohesive Teaching and Learning
  • Beyond Classroom Management
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning
  • Activating Learning in All Disciplines
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching.

No graduate credits offered.

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