Today we have a new leadership team at the Washington Teachers’ Union.
Elizabeth (Liz) Davis and Candi Peterson are the new president and vice-president. I taught with Liz my very first year when I was young and clueless.
Davis is a long-term, rank-and-file classroom teacher who, among other things, has been able to get her students to begin to use their writing skills to be activists themselves. Peterson was the general VP under outgoing president Nathan Saunders, until he fired her for reasons that to this day remain mysterious. CP has a blog called The Washington Teacher.
If you don’t know Liz, you could learn a bit by looking at this video where she and Candi spoke at a small gathering at a meeting hall in Michigan Park, only a few blocks from my house. (Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the meeting; nor did a lot of other people, apparently…)
It is clear to me that teachers and parents must join together to improve education in Washington, DC. For too long, people have sat back and not gotten involved. Both outgoing WTU president Nathan Saunders and incoming president Davis agree on that, though they appear to disagree on strategy and tactics otherwise.