February 2014



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

February Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,


We just wanted to update you on Professional Development that is still open and some other opportunities.  Please share the professional development opportunities.

Please take the Fall 2013 Arts for Every Student and Professional Development experience surveys.  We will be following up! We've also included an opportunity to do some fun projects with your students for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest and a scholarship opportunity.

All Best,

The DC Collaborative Team 


2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival 
Youth Art Contest
"Step into Spring" Contest Deadline- March 4th



Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival attracts more than one million people to Washington, DC, who come to enjoy programming, celebrate spring, and view the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin.


How would you like to "Step into Spring" with the Festival when the cherry trees are in bloom?



Students in DC Public and Charter Schools, Grades K-12

Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12


View Entry Form, Resource Guide and Guidelines 



Entries must be turned in to the three locations listed on the guidelines form by 6 p.m. on March 4th.


Please contact info@dccolalborative.org prior to dropping off so we know when to expect you.

   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.  More teachers attended professional development workshops than ever before!  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 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)

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 February! 



It's in the "How" 

Date: Friday, February 21, 4-6 p.m.

For Teachers grades CDA, Pre-school, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st. RECENTLY ADDED 1ST GRADE!

Using folk, traditional and classic material from children's literature and song book, teachers, parents and caretakers will be led through activities aimed to engage young children in learning experiences.

Strategies presented in the workshop will enable teachers to integrate arts learning into early childhood curriculum and techniques for positive behavior management in the classroom.

Register HERE


2/26/2014- C.H.I.M.E. 

Percussion Techniques Useful for Voice and All Instruments and Music Styles with Tom Teasley

Date: Sunday, February 26, 4-6 p.m.

For Teachers grades Pre-K, K-12th 

The use of South Indian rhythmic solfege is used to connect correct sounds and rhythms with the voice. This is a useful technique for all students to implement when playing any instrument. Learn to incorporate traditional world rhythms with American jazz and funk in addition to other musical styles.

Register HERE


Straight From the (Primary) Source

Date: Sunday, February 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

For Teachers grades K-12th 

Explore paintings through primary sources. See how analysis of historic documents such as letters, manuscripts, newspapers, and photographs can make works of art come alive for your students. Library of Congress and Corcoran Gallery educators facilitate. Teaching tools and curriculum connections included. 

Register HERE



Haiku as Verbal Sketching

Date: Sunday, February 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

For Teachers grades K-12th

Explore practical strategies for connecting poetry and art through a creative interplay of word and image. Instructors demonstrate how to compose haiku using works of art to elicit a poetic feeling or image that may be captured through sensory language and verse.  After engaging the artwork through careful observation, description, and written interpretation, workshop participants edit and refine their haiku through a collaborative process. This interdisciplinary workshop is ideally suited to any educator seeking to strengthen student skills in visual analysis, creative writing, editing, and critical judgment.

 Register HERE


   2014 DC Leadership 1000 Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due April 7


The College Success Foundation-District of Columbia has released the application for the 2014 DC Leadership 1000 Scholarship and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship. Both scholarships are open to District of Columbia Public School 12th graders and graduates, who are currently in college. 


The College Success Foundation-District of Columbia administers both scholarships and will award five Leadership 1000 scholarships and one Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship. Students who are awarded the scholarship are eligible to receive up to $5000 per year, for up to five years to earn their baccalaureate degree. 

The scholarship application is an online application and the deadline is April 7, 2014. An independent, external committee will select scholarship recipients based on essays, transcripts and a letter of recommendation. 


For eligibility information and to apply for the scholarship click HERE. 

In this issue...

National Cherry Blossom Festival
AFES and PD Surveys
Professional Development Workshops
Scholarship Opportunity
Media Update

 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.


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