November 2012


DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

October Key Communicator Newsletter 

Dear Key Communicators and Colleagues,


Arts for Every Student is smoothly underway with teachers registering thousands of students for the Arts for Every Student (AFES) fieldtrips and in-school performances!  Professional Development opportunities are still available for the 2012-2013 School Year.  Please refer to pages 76-78 in the AFES Catalogue or view the DC Collaborative website to sign up!  All of the upcoming Professional Development is also listed in this issue.


DC Collaborative Team 


Effective Fieldtrip Workshop
Get the most out of your AFES fieldtrips

Date: Tuesday, 11/13

Time:  4:30-6:00pm

Where: Source
1835 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Effective Fieldtrip Workshop is designed  to help you make the most out of your cultural visit. Join Live It Learn It's Matthew Wheelock and Erica Harper as they guide participants in how to utilize pre- and post-trip instruction to maximize the impact of out-of-classroom learning. 


We'll share Top Ten tips for a successful fieldtrip, including tips on fieldtrip preparation, what to expect during your trip, and ideas for post-trip assessments.


Also review a copy of our Effective Fieldtrips Guide, developed to help you effectively link your trip to the standards you are required to meet in your classroom as well as action steps to take to ensure the logistics for the day of the event run smoothly.

Upcoming Opportunities!

New Professional Development Opportunities
Register at the DC Collaborative Website

Smithsonian's Let's do History Tour

Presented by- The National Museum of 

American History


Date: Thursday, November 29th

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.  

Location: National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue  

This workshop will be facilitated by Naomi Coquillon and Matt Hoffman, Education Specialists at the National Museum of American History, and focus on Humanities Learning.  By the conclusion of the workshop teachers will learn how to use objects to address larger themes and topics in history, develop students' curiosity about the past through primary source-based explorations, and enliven social studies through interactive programs and drama, and will discover where to find online resources from the National Museum of American History to support their teaching.  




  Teacher Workshop Series 

Presented By Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and
National Geographic- 
email to sign up.
- How did "We" get it from "Them"? Pathways of Science and Technologies Across the Hemisphere
Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Time: 5:00 -8:15pm
Where: National Geographic Museum

-  Across the Eras into Your Shopping Cart: Ordinary and Exotic Goods from Long Ago and Faraway
Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Time: 5:00 -8:15pm
Where: National Geographic Museum

 Kennedy Center Event!
Register at the DC Collaborative Website 
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
During the Civil War, a small 12 year old boy who never even owned a pair of shoes saves his older brother in the battle of Gettysburg and then helps lead the Union to victory!  Sounds hard to believe, but it's true.  At least mostly true. You see, Homer P. Figg doesn't always tell the whole truth about, well, anything but from Maine to Pennsylvania, facing Union soldiers and Confederates, Underground Railroad workers to circus ring leaders, Homer will tell any tale to save his brother.  A first person narration will be adapted to the stage from Rodman Philbrick's humorous and spiritedly children's novella.
Event Dates:
11/19, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20 at 12:30 PM
11/20, 12/13 at 10:15 AM
Duration- 45 minutes
Location- The Kennedy Center- Family Theatre
Grades- 5th

In this issue...

Effective Fieldtrip Workshop
New Professional Development Opportunities!
Kennedy Center Event!
AFES Tips and Hints
Professional Development List:


Register at the DC Collaborative Website


Super Heros and Special Challenges: Character and Story Creations for students with Disabilities
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
4:30-7:30 PM 
Grade Levels: 3rd-6th

Smithsonian's Let's do History Tour
Presented by: The National Museum of American History
4:30-7:30 PM
Grade Levels: K-12

Dancetalk: Creative Movement and Language
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
4:30-7:30 PM
Grade Levels: K-2nd
Ancestral Journeys: Exploring Culture through Collage
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
4:30-7:30 PM
Grade levels: 4th-8th

Evening for Educators: The Civil War and American Art
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
4:30-7:30 PM
Grade levels: K-12th

Arts Integration and Playwrighting
Presented by: Young Playwrights' Theater
4:30-7:30 PM
Grade levels: 3rd-12th

Who's the Hero: Confronting Bullying through the Arts
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
2/4/2013 and 2/5/2013
4:30-7:30 PM
Grade levels: 4th-9th

Body Image and Art
Presented by: Corcoran Gallery of Art & Design
9:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Grade Levels 4th-12th

Presented by: The Kreeger Museum
4:00-7:30 PM
Grade levels: 5th-8th

AFES Hints and Tips:


Please call the AFES cell phone in case of emergencies the day of the trip. 202.787.9086 
Transportation assignments are listed under your log-in name on the DC Collaborative
Cancellations within 30 days of the event must be emailed to, as well as cancelled online. Your school will be invoiced for transportation ad ticket costs incurred. 

All rescheduling is done by the DC Collaborative, based on member and transportation availability.  Please contact to reschedule.

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