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November 2012




Notes from the Executive Director



Louise Kennelly



Maximizing the Impact of Fieldtrips Back in the Classroom

We were pleased to host an effective fieldtrips workshop with so many teachers and key communicators from DC public schools and public charter schools this past month.

Some of the Top Ten Fieldtrip tips included:  

         Establish your lesson plan

         Familiarize yourself with the event

         Link to academic standards

         Confirm logistics

         Collaborate with colleagues

         Utilize provided teacher resources

         Prepare students to be engaged

         Plan follow-up activities

         Assess and evaluate.

"Remember to focus on a few instructional goals for the trip. For example, if you are studying minerals be sure to stay focused on the Hope Diamond, for example, at the Museum of Natural History, rather than all of the other amazing items on display," shared Erica Harper of Live It Learn It.

DC's extensive cultural resources constitute a city-wide education laboratory for students and teachers  who regularly integrate these resources into teaching and learning. Our Members provide many innovative paths to delivering a world-class education to DC students.

Whether you are a Member or Key Communicator, please share with us some of the highlights from participating in Arts for Every Student trips and how they invigorated the classroom and why they were memorable so that we can feature some of these experiences in this newsletter. Send anecdotes to info@dccollaborative.org



 DC Collaborative Events

 Performing Arts Committee Meeting


Date: Wednesday, December 5th


Time:  4:00-5:30 pm   


Location: Source 

1835 14th Street, NW 

Washington, DC 20009



Discussion:  Panelists will discuss how cultural institutions can foster exemplary school partnerships and integrate with DC Public and Chartered Public Schools.



Jeanette McCune, Kennedy Center 

    David Markey, Imagination Stage and

Topher Kandik, SEED PCS 



 Click Here to Register


This meeting is an opportunity to participate in the  conversation started at the September Member's Meeting.

New Member Feature

Writopia logo
The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome Writopia Lab DC into its membership! 
Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers, ages 8-18. Founded in New York City in 2007, Writopia Lab has now spread to Greater New York, Greater Washington (2009), and Los Angeles.
They host year-round creative writing workshops for a diverse community of young writers, offering discounted or waived fees to at least 40% of participants.  All of the workshops have a maximum of six students and are led by a published fiction writer or produced playwright. 
Students publish completed works in an online magazine, submit to competitions, and read at local bookstores and libraries.  Writopia Lab also serves as the Greater Washington regional affiliate for the Scholastic Writing Awards, which is the country's largest, longest-running, and most prestigious writing recognition program for teens. 

Season of Giving Campaign- Washington Examiner

DC Collaborative selected as Season of Giving Campaign Recipient


We would like to thank the Washington Examiner for selecting the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative as a recipient of their The Season of Giving Campaign! The Washington Examiner will donate $1 to the DC Collaborative for every new E-dition subscriber now through December 16th. Please support the DC Collaborative and sign up today! 


Register Here for the Washington Examiner E-dition and select the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. 



Cherry Blossom Festival Art Contest

DC Collaborative Cherry Blossom Festival Partnership 

The DC Collaborative will be partnering with the Cherry Blossom Festival to help facilitate the Youth Art Contest!  The Cherry Blossom Festival will take place April 1st through April 14th.  

2012 Overall Winner 

Stay tuned for the 2013 official theme and submission dates to be announced!

Kids Euro Festival 2012

Thousands of DC public students attend Kids Euro Festival


The DC Collaborative is pleased that the partnership with the Kids Euro Festival continues to benefit thousands of DC public school students.  About 4,000 students attended music, theater, magic shows, puppet shows, film screenings, and workshops at through the DC Collaborative partnership in celebration of European arts and culture.  




Europe came to Washington this fall with an arts

festival starring the most talented European children's entertainers in performances all around the city.  The performances are offered through the cooperation of 27 EU embassies and more than a dozen major cultural institutions.  






Job Bank

Calling DC Youth Educators, Teaching Artists, and Performers

DC Public Library seeks proposals for the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program

Potential workshops and performances should relate to the

2013 Theme: Beneath the Surface 


The DC Public Library will hire performers/teaching artists to lead workshops or to perform at various library locations throughout the summer. The teen summer reading committee will select teaching artists/performers whose knowledge and skills meet the needs of District teens and whose workshops or performances are relevant to the Beneath the Surface theme
Target Workshop Participants: District teens, ages 12 to 19.  
Applicants are encouraged to interpret the theme creatively.  The DC Public Library is envisioning workshops that explore expression and identity, or focus on topics like underground movements in art, dance, and music, gemstones, geology and design, or even the deconstruction and reconstruction of various technologies. 
Submission Deadline: January 7th, 2013
If you are interested in working as a teaching artist or performer, please send the following information to the teen summer reading committee, 
Attn: Bobbie Dougherty, Barbara.Dougherty@dc.gov,
  • a brief description of your workshop or performance (workshops/performances should be between 30 and 45 minutes long)
  • a statement that tells how many workshops or performances you would like to give
  • a statement that tells when you would like to teach/perform (weekdays, weeknights, Saturdays, mornings, afternoons, or evenings)
  • your resume and booking information (with compensation rates)

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Provide the Keys to Wonder
Make the DC Collaborative a part of your giving plan this year! Help us bring quality arts and humanities education to all DC public and chartered public schools. Your donation can provide tickets and transportation through the Arts for Every Student program, support teacher registration fees for Professional Development workshops, or provide for support for arts-integrated work with schools as part of the Arts Education Initiative.


About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 70 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.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities 

Education Collaborative, Please visit our website.

If you would like to include something in our next 
member e-news, please email us!
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1835 14th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20009
p. (202) 204-7750
f.  (202) 204-7803
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