October/ November 2011 

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Fall Key Communicator Newsletter 

Dear Key Communicators and Colleagues,


With the arrival of carved pumpkins and the crisp fall air, our academic year is definitely in full swing! We'd like to thank all of you for signing up for so many wonderful trips, and we're very excited to have them underway.


Our focus now is to run these trips as smoothly and efficiently as possible, so you and your students can get the most out of your time at some of DC's greatest cultural sites. We know that with your help, the 2011-2012 AFES trips will be a huge success.


 Have a great weekend and a very Happy Halloween!  



DC Collaborative Team 


Making the Most out of Your  AFES Field Trip Experience

The DC Collaborative has designed this tool to help you make the most out of your cultural visit as well as help you utilize pre- and post-trip instruction to maximize the impact of out-of-classroom learning.

We have pulled together our top ten tips for a successful field trip from preparation to what to expect during your trip and post-trip assessment.

This guide will help you effectively link your trip not only to the standards you are required to meet in your classroom but help you meet different strands of the teaching and learning framework as well. 

Contact our offices for a copy of our
Effective Field Trip Guide.

America's Got Talent

is coming to Washington D.C. and they want to see YOUR Talent!

Auditions are being held November 5th and 6th 2011!

WHERE: Washington, DC Convention Center
801 Mt.Vernon Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
WHEN: Doors open by 8 a.m. - Doors close at 7 p.m.

*Be sure to secure your place by pre-registering for an Audition and for more information on

Registration Still Open for Select Eurofest events!

We still have availability for select Eurofest events. Particularly for grades 3-8. If you would like to take your students to a Eurofest event please contact Dixie at 202.204.7753 or via email at dixie@dccollaborative.org.
Just a reminder, Eurofest events do not count towards your 100 allotted tickets per grade group. The DC Collaborative will also be able to provide transportation to and from all Eurofest events.


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Arts Learning Survey for DC Arts Teachers

As part of our goal to make quality, sequential arts education a reality for all K-12 public schools students in Washington, DC the DC Collaborative, in partnership with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, is working to connect schools with effective tools and resources to improve arts learning. This survey was developed as one in a series of measurements regarding access to quality arts instruction at the school level and it will help inform decision-making, planning and directing the provision of community-based and other resources dedicated to arts learning.

Transportation Update

Please let us know if you need wheelchair accessible buses one month prior to your trip. We are more than happy to make arrangements so that ALL students are included in AFES events.

In this issue...

Effective Field Trips
America's Got Talent!
Eurofest Registration Still Open!
The National Gardening Association Accepting Youth Garden Applications Now

One hundred grants valued up to $1,000 will be awarded to schools and community organizations in the United States working to provide child-centered garden programs

Deadline: Nov. 28th 


Article of the Month

A Guidebook for High Quality Professional Development in Arts Education.

Published by California County Superintendents Educational Services Association 


Upcoming Events...


FOCUS (Friends of Choice in Urban Schools) Workshop: Parent Engagement Strategies

November 1st, 4-7pm This session is designed for school leaders and parent coordinators or counselors.  The focus will be on helping you to understand how to engage parents in a meaningful way in your school program.


Cost: $50 for VSP schools, $100 for non-VSP schools.


Click here to register or go to www.focusdc.org/workshops.


October 31
Shakespeare Set Free
Folger Education Building
This workshop offers a performance based approach to teaching Shakespeare to students of all abilities in grades 6-12. 
Contact us to register!

November 2

Warhol: Headlines

National Gallery of Art
What: This event explores Andy Warhol's career-long obsession with the sensational side of mass media.

Contact us to register! 

November 2

Puppets and Writing with Hobey Ford

Where: The Kennedy Center

Discover how to use the Peepers Puppet to create numerous characters and scenes while exploring the relationship between story elements.
Contact us to register!

November 19
Arts 101

Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art

Learn how the ideas and concerns presented in works that are included in the Arts 101 resource packet may be used to make interdisciplinary curricular connections and engage students in making their own comparisons.
Contact us to register!


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About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 60 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student and the Arts Education Initiative.