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The WTU Teachers' Center Professional Development Program for Educators

WTU Fall 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.

For an additional $375, participants interested in earning graduate credit may register to receive three graduate credit hours through our university partnership at a 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: support@wtulocal6.net.

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

No refunds provided. 
 

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Foundation: Organizing the Classroom for Teaching and Learning

Instructors: Dianne Moore Williams and Betty Cade
Dates/Time:  Saturdays September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16, 2017. 8 am - 5 pm
Locations: The first day of class will be held in the School of Business on the campus of The University of the District of Columbia. All subsequent classes will be held at Langdon ES 1900 Evarts St., NE

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

This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers on all grade levels and subject areas. It examines proven practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management, maximizing use of learning time, questioning and feedback skills, homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques. Covering core topics critical to successful classroom practice, this course is recommended as the primary offering for all educators. It is frequently used as the basis for induction, mentor and peer assistance.

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.

Successfully Integrating the Arts Into Your Classroom
 

Instructor: Vincent A. Pope
Dates/Time:  Saturdays, September 30, October 14, 21, November 4, 18, 2017
Location: Payne ES, 1445 C St., SE

DCPS IMPACT Alignment: Essential Practice 1-5
Earn: 45 Professional Learning Units (PLUs).

In this course, teachers will learn how to successfully incorporate music into their lessons in order to improve outcomes and make learning come alive in their classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on the historical periods of western music from the baroque ear through to the 21st century. The research presented will provide insight into the lives of the great composers and their compositions. We will study the political, social, economic and cultural times in which the music was created. Participants will learn about the compositional styles of famous figures of the musical periods while listening, viewing and discussing each musical piece. The course also presents a synthesis of the research on arts integration and the history of arts integration in public schools in the United States. Teachers will gain knowledge of how the arts can play a vital role in the development of the whole child.

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

Accessible Literacy Framework (ALF)
 

Instructor: Natalie Porter-McCuiston – Jhoskesia Manigault
Dates/Time: Wednesday, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29 December 6, 13, 20, 2017, 5 pm – 7 pm
Location: Amidon Bowen Elementary School, 401 I St SW

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

In this course participants, will gain knowledge on 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 covered and framed to address emerging literacy needs of students with complex communication 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.

Managing Behavior in School Communities

Instructor: Jennifer Lee
Dates/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 27, 29, 2017 4 pm – 7 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 Content Knowledge

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.

The Hispanic Culture and Spanish Language I

Instructor: Louis Blount
Dates/Time:  Saturdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 18, December 9, 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.

Instructional Strategies That Work for all Disciplines

Instructor: Nadia Torney
Dates/Time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 2017, 4 – 7 pm
Location: Neval Thomas ES, 650 Anacostia Avenue, NE

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

This a course that 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.

Reading Comprehension Instruction

Instructor: Kim Bigelow
Dates/Time:  Saturday, November 4, 18, December 2, 9, 16, 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 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.

Managing Behavior in School Communities

Instructor: Leslie Charles
Dates/Time:  October 21, 28, November 4, 18, December 2, 2017 Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm
Location: Payne Elementary School, 1445 C St., SE

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

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.

Implications of Educating Low-Vision Students

Instructor: Dr. John Taylor
Dates/Time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 3, 5, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30, 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 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. Course participants will be prepared to work with the targeted student group so that they will be able to compete with others. Participants will also become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the eye. It will explore causes and types of visual dysfunction leading to eye diseases and disorders. The course will offer field experiences for participants to learn, first hand, what services are available for the low-vision and blind student.

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: Natalie Porter-McCuiston
Dates/Time:  Saturdays, September 30, October 14, 21, 3, November 18, 25, 2017, 8 am – 5 pm
Location: Payne ES, 1445 C Street, SE

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

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.

Beginning Reading Instruction

Instructor: Michelle Dickey
Dates/Time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 3, 5, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 31, 2017, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Turner Elementary School, 3264 Stanton Rd, 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.

Instructional Strategies That Work for all Disciplines

Instructor: Sarah Elwell
Dates/Time: Saturdays, September 23, October 7, 14, 21, 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

This a course that 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.

Thinking Mathematics 3-5: Common Core Edition

Instructor: LaToya Davis
Dates/Time: Saturdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18, 8 am – 5 pm
Location: Lafayette ES, 5701 Broad Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015

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

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. They examine the differences between multiplicative and additive structures, 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 to help students understand include diagrams, charts, and t-tables as well as 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. Stress is placed on the importance of matching language to situations.

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.

Integration of Computer Technology

Instructor: Lori Alexander
Dates/Time:  Saturdays, October 14, 11, November 4, 18, December 9, 2017, 8 am – 5 pm
Location: Turner Elementary School, 3264 Stanton Rd, 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 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, 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.

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