November 2014



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

November Key Communicator Newsletter



Dear Key Communicators,


We hope your October also, National Arts and Humanities Month, was filled with enriching field-trip opportunities for you and your students.  We have some wonderful opportunities in store for your school this fall and winter!

This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • Free Professional Development opportunities for you and your colleagues
  • AFES Experience Surveys- Your school could win a art supplies store gift card!
  • Opportunity at Avalon Theatre (New DC Collaborative Members)

All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops!


Any D.C. public or public charter school teacher may register for up to three Professional Development workshops per year! View the complete list of Professional Development opportunities HERE.


Carter Brown Memorial Evening with Educators: 

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

11/12/14: The National Gallery


Wednesday, November 12, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

6th St and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565

Metro: Archives (Yellow, Green Lines)

Bridging the Gap: Using Metaphor to Increase 

Learning in the Classroom

11/13/14: The American Poetry Museum
Thursday, November 13, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

716 Monroe St NE, Studio 25
Washington, DC 20017

Metro: Brookland CUA (Red Line)


Moving and Learning

11/14/14: The Sitar Arts Center

Friday, November 14, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

1700 Kalorama Road, NW

Washington, DC 20009


Coming to America: Discovering History Through Poetry

12/2/2014: The Kennedy Center


Tuesday, December 2, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2700 F Street NW

Washington, DC 20024

Metro: Foggy Bottom/George Washington University


Help Me to Find My People: The African American 

Search for Family Lost in Slavery

12/6/2014: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum


Saturday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020

Stimulating Creativity in Pre-K through Grade 3 students with Theatre and Guided Dramatic Play 

12/8/2014: Imagination Stage


Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

4908 Auburn Ave 

Bethesda, MD 20823

Metro: Bethesda (Red Line)


Arts for Every Student Experience Surveys
 Your school will be entered to win a gift card to 

Plaza Art Supplies!


As part of the commitment to the growth and improvement of our programs, the DC Collaborative is collecting feedback on our Arts for Every Student (AFES) field-trips through a brief online survey.  We want to make sure that we are providing events of the highest quality and ensuring smooth logistics for the AFES learning experiences we provide to your school. 


All schools that complete 100% of their Fall AFES Experience Surveys will be entered to win a gift card to Plaza Art Supplies, which offers art supplies for every age, as well as classes and workshops.  Plaza Art Supplies has locations throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia! 



Please contact Tracey Alperstein Wyton if you have any questions,

Screening: The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was one of the most remarkable-and most unlikely-heroes of World War II, saving 2,500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland. Her heroic efforts were honored by a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  A study guide will be provided to teachers in advance of the screening.  There will be a brief introduction of the film and an interactive discussion will follow the screening.


Wednesday, December 9, 2014 (7th & 8th grade)
Thursday, December 10, 2014 (9th & 10th grade)
from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20015

All programs are free, but registration is required as space is limited. Transportation through AFES is not provided.  Contact Sarah Pokempner for more information at 202-966- 2149 or filmeducation@

In this issue...

Professional Development Workshops
AFES Surveys!
Avalon Theatre Opportunity
Media Update

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 AFES Program Contact Info:


Desk: 202.587.1627

Cell Phone (Day of Trip Issues/ Weekend): 202.787.9086


Media Update

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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AFES Experience Survey

Important Update 

 Please take the online AFES Experience Survey at the conclusion of every AFES trip.


Take the survey here or, 

View the PDF


AFES and PD Catalogues
View our 2014-2015 Arts for Every Student and Professional Development Catalogue.