September 2017

 Key Communicator Newsletter


In this issue...

Dear Key Communicators,

Welcome back to school! We are already seeing record numbers of teachers and organizations participating in AHFES this year, and we are so excited to begin a new year of learning with you!

It was great to see most of you at the Members Fair and AHFES Orientation at the Kennedy Center a few weeks ago. We loved being able to watch as you were able to connect directly with some of our Institution Members.

This newsletter will help to get you ready for the fall lottery, and the year ahead. We are looking  forward to our new and continued partnerships!

All the best,
The Collaborative Team

  • Become a School Partner (Partnership Agreement)!
  • FINAL Make-up AHFES Orientation Webinar, 9/8/17 
  • Fall Lottery Opens 9/11/17
  • Pulitzer Center: Global Explorers (PD),
  • Whole Foods Community Giving Day, 9/20/17
  • Help us Provide More Opportunities for More Students! How Your School Can Help!

Become a School Partner!

Each year the Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program Fall Lottery opens on September 11, in celebration of National Arts in Education Week. Prior to the Fall AHFES Lottery, Key Communicators must return the School Partnership Agreement, pay the  School Application Fee  and attend orientation.
Friday, September 8, 2017 4:30PM-5:30PM

**Note to Educators:
Attendance at orientation or webinars is required for any school wishing to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Return the School Partnership Agreement to or mail to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
975 F Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006

DC Collaborative School  Catalogue goes 
live TODAY, September 1st!

Educators will be given access to browse the catalogue starting on September 1, and will be able to request field-trip through the lottery system, which opens on September 11th.

Member Fair and AHFES Orientation Recap

Our 2017-2018 Member Fair and AHFES Orientation, held on August 17, 2017 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcased the 2017-2018 Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) and Professional Development (PD) offerings and other member programs. Nearly 175 people including DC Collaborative members, partners, teachers and principals attended! Thank you to  The Kennedy Center for hosting us!

For DC Collaborative Cultural Institution Members: Members participated in a professional development from our Connecting to Curriculum Workshop series led by Nathan Diamond of DCPS Arts ( PowerPoint Here), Jay Wilkinson of DCPS Social Studies ( PowerPoint Here) and Robert Yates of DCPS English/Language Arts ( PowerPoint Here) teams and showcased their arts and humanities education programming to teachers at the Member Fair. 
This year's Orientation and Member Fair broke record numbers with 109 Educators and over 66 member organizations present! 

**Attending an AHFES orientation is required for schools wishing to participate in the 2017-2018 AHFES and PD programs.**

If you were unable to attend the 2017-2018 Member Fair and AHFES Orientation we will be hosting a Webinar providing vital information regarding Educator policies and procedures.

Pulitzer Center Global Explorers 

Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Migration. Global health. Conflict. Environmental sustainability. How do these global issues connect to local contexts? How do we bring these issues into the classroom? What role can journalism play in classrooms, and in the lives of our students? This professional development workshop brings together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital and educational resources created by the Pulitzer Center to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. The program will include a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants will leave with tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues.
Dates: 9/13/17, 11/1/17
Time: 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hrs
Location: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
1779 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 615 Washington, DC 20036
Discipline: Informational (to learn more about the organization), Humanities Learning- Civics/ Social Studies
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Science, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Grades: Teachers grades 3rd-12th
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 20 Educators

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day
Shop to Support!

5% of all proceeds go to support 
Arts and Humanties for Every Student 
field-trips for DCPS and DCPCS students!

On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 , the DC Collaborative is partnering with all four DC Whole Foods Market locations (Tenleytown, NW, P Street NW, Foggy Bottom NW, and H Street NE-- all day and night -- for a Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day. During this time, 5% of each store's daily profits (including catering sales!) will go directly to our AHFES Fund to provide field-trip transportation for DCPS and DCPCS students!

This AHFES shopping day is for OUR ENTIRE community.

We encourage all members to get out and represent at the Whole Foods Market location nearest to you. Come volunteer and raise awareness about your arts and humanities education programs. Shop and place catering orders to support! 
We are still looking for volunteers!
at all 4 Whole Foods locations 

Volunteer Orientation 
Monday, September 11 from 4-5:30PM

Flyering at Whole Foods Stores
Wednesday, September 13 from 4-6:00PM

5% Day of Event at Whole Foods Market Stores Wednesday, September 20 from 10AM-7PM

To volunteer sign up at:

Please mark you calendars and start making your shopping lists (and plan your catering orders,) for Whole Foods shopping for Arts and Humanities Education for Every Student on September 20th!

Get Involved!
Join our Programming Committee
Our programming committee is open to members, educators and partners of the DC Collaborative who are interested in evaluating our programs. The committee ensures that the arts and humanities education experiences offered through the DC Collaborative's AHFES and Professional Development programs are of the highest quality. The committee provides opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, and mentorship, while also supporting the DC Collaborative staff. We appreciate you volunteering your expertise that will better the field by contributing to a body of work and best practices for Members and educators alike. Your work on this committee will positively impact the education of the students in the District of Columbia. Make sure your voice is heard!
More Opportunities for More Students
Would you be willing to help with fundraising for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program at your School? If your school can provide funds to offset 
transportation costs, we can reach other schools that can not reimburse costs and provide more opportunities. We still provide experiences at no cost to the schools a large majority of the time but if your school has the resources, it can help us reach others who do not. Indicate if you are able to provide reimbursements on your School Partnership Agreement or email
for more information.

Schools can also help in other ways!
  • Write a letter of Support Template Here
  • Get the PTA involved by asking them to sign up for our email list.
  • Participate in the DC Collaborative StoryBank Blog by emailing us!
  • Join and recruit individual members. Email us for more information.


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