January 2014



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

January Key Communicator Newsletter  





Dear Key Communicators,


Welcome Back and Happy New Year!  We hope you enjoyed the holiday season.  We are looking forward to a wonderful 2014 filled with arts and humanities education opportunities for your students and plenty of Professional Development training for you and your colleagues.

Included in this issue is an upcoming teacher round-table, a list of upcoming Professional Development Workshop opportunities, the Fall 2013 Arts for Every Student and Professional Development experience surveys and some policy reminders. Please share the Professional Development opportunities with your colleagues!

Please take special note of the Teacher Round-Table series.  We will host these meetings the third Thursday of every month.  The first meeting is School and Community Partnerships on, 1/23/2014.

We will be sending the trip confirmations out this coming week as well as assignments for in-school residencies.

All Best,

The DC Collaborative Team 

 Teacher Round-Table

School-Community Partnerships


The DC Collaborative will be hosting educator round-tables the third Thursday of every month to discuss pertinent topics central to arts and humanities education in the classroom.  This will also give educators and administrators the chance to network and discuss what is important to them and share their best practices!


When:  January 23, 2014 from 4:00-5:00 pm.  

Light refreshments provided.


What:  At the School-Community Partnerships Workshop, educators will discuss best practices in how they partner with community cultural institutions.  We will also discuss ways to utilize the partnership with the DC Collaborative to reach the cultural institution membership.


Where: Our Offices

1001 G Street, NW Suite 1000W 

Washington, DC 20001 (10th Floor Podesta Group Offices)

Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines)

Gallery Place (green, yellow, red lines)


Register HERE 


   Upcoming Professional Development Workshops!


You can view the complete list of open Professional Development Opportunities and register HERE.  You can also view the events on www.dccollaborative.org.


Coming in January!

1/13/2014- National Museum of Women in the Arts

Register Here

Teacher Workshop: Beneath Quilts-Uncovering American History and Culture

Monday, January 13, 2014, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)

1250 New York Avenue NW       

Washington, DC 20005


Join museum educators and fellow teachers for the upcoming Beneath Quilts-Uncovering American History and Culture Teacher Workshop at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Explore "Workt by Hand": Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts through gallery discussions, writing, and hands-on activities.Learn how to illuminate American history and culture for your students through an examination of the ideas and hands behind quilting. Receive related materials and strategies for classroom use.


1/15/2014- National Gallery of Art

Register Here

Learning: The Arts and the Brain

Date: January 15, 2014

Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution, NW

Washington, DC 20565


Discover what the emerging field of neuro-education reveals about how the arts affect cognitive development.  Learn about the Neuro-Education Initiative of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the critical skills that arts-based learning is known to promote-collaboration, creative problem solving, and the ability to apply learning across different disciplines. This workshop reviews recent research, argues the importance of integrated arts education, and provides practical strategies for classroom use.


1/21/2014- The Kennedy Center

Register Here

Coming to America: Discovering History Through Poetry

For Teachers of Grades 4-8

DATE: Tuesday, January 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.


Led by Mimi Herman, writer and teaching artist from

North Carolina

Let's imagine: you arrive-with nothing but a trunk and a few

members of your "family"-at Ellis Island, where you have to

learn to live in a new country without leaving your own culture

behind. In this workshop, learn ways to use poetry and drama

to help students understand immigration to America at the

beginning of the twentieth century in an experiential, hands-on



1/22/2014- The Kennedy Center Register Here
Framing the Constitution: Exploring Historic Documents Through Documentary Photography

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

For  Teachers Grades 5-10

Led by Barry Kleider, photographer and teaching artist from Minnesota

In this four-session course, explore an engaging process for telling and writing personal narratives to develop students' abilities to express themselves through oral communication and writing and improve their abilities to listen to others with accuracy and empathy. Learn to use this process to help students develop a deeper understanding of story-characters, settings, plot/events. Also examine how to adapt this telling/writing process to the creation and presentation of personal narratives from the perspective of historical figures.



   AFES and PD Experience Surveys

 We want your feedback!


Fall 2013 was an energetic, busy time! We served 11,000 of your students by connecting them the the city's magnificent cultural resources.  Teachers that attended Professional Development Workshops are also higher than ever!  Thank you for ensuring that these opportunities are available to your students and colleagues.


We want to hear from you regarding your school's overall satisfaction for this Fall's AFES and Professional Development Workshop (PD) experiences.  Your input is essential in continuing to serve the cultural institution members through these programs.  Please fill out this survey to give us feedback this valuable feedback!  Do connect with the teacher chaperons that attended these experiences (especially if you did not attend yourself) and include their comments as well.


Please send any photos, testimonials or additional comments to info@dccollborative.org.  


(Please forward the PD survey to your colleagues that attended as well).


In this issue...

Teacher Round-Table
Professional Development Workshops
AFES and PD Surveys
Media Update
AFES & PD Catalogues
AFES & PD Policy FAQs

 AFES Program Contact Info:


Desk: 202.879.9327

Cell Phone (Day of Trip Issues/ Weekend): 973.800.5513 





Media Update

Important Update 

As of November 1st, the DC Collaborative Media Release  will need to be distributed with all permission slips for field trips and for in-school residencies.


Please contact:

 info@dccollaborative.org if you have any questions.

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AFES and PD Catalogues
Click the links  to view our 2013-2014 Arts for Every Student and Professional Development Catalogues

Policy FAQ's:


Arts for Every Student


Key Communicators ONLY may register their school for field trips.


How many reservations is each school eligible for?

There are 100 tickets per grade grouping for the entire year. Kids Euro Festival is not included in the 100 ticket limit. Grade Groupings: PreK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-7th, 8th, 9th-12th. 


If I only need 65 tickets, should I ask for 100?

NO.  As we have a limited number of tickets for every event, we ask that schools only request what they need.


Does the 100 ticket limitation include chaperones?  Yes.


What if I have less students attend the event than I requested?

Schools must notify our office of ticket reductions 30 days in advance in writing.  Schools will be invoiced for the cost of the unused tickets and transportation if there are costs incurred.


How do I cancel a trip?

Trips must be cancelled 30 days in advance. To cancel a trip, contact the AFES Program Manager at  info@dccollaborative.org. All cancellations must be made in writing.

NOTE: Your school will be invoiced for the cost of the tickets and transportation if fees are incurred.



What if the bus does not arrive on time?

If the bus is more than 15 minutes late please call the DC Collaborative offices at 202.879.9327.  Make sure that you check for the bus all entrances at your school.


May students eat on the bus, or after a trip?

No. Please arrange for your students to eat prior to the trip, and/or notify the school cafeteria that students will be eating after the trip. Schools may not ask bus drivers to take them anywhere for lunch.


Professional Development

How much does the Registration Cost?
All DCPS and DCPCS teachers receive three free professional development workshops per year.
How do teachers register?
Teachers should register themselves for the events.  If Key Communicators register multiple teachers, they must pass the contact information along of those that will be in attendance with them.
What is the cancellation policy?
Teachers that do not attend and do not give advance notice in writing to the DC Collaborative at info@dccollaborative.org will be invoiced for $20 for the cost of the ticket.

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