Dear Educators,

Congratulations on making it into the 3rd quarter of the school year! You all have demonstrated resilience and commitment to wholistic education for your students during this time and the DC Collaborative wants to thank you for including arts and humanities programming in your curriculum. Our DC Collaborative Distance Learning Resource Database is now populated with 200+ digital and downloadable materials from DC Collaborative cultural institutions and teaching artist members. Please submit requests for Winter programming by March 1st. Shortly after that, our Spring Catalogue will become open for teachers to access curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students’ at-home learning experiences. These resources are free and accessible anytime.

As it is Black History Month, the DC Collaborative team has been highlighting engaging programs from some of our members on our social media platforms. Follow us @DCCollaborative on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see featured listings!

Questions? Contact Ashlee@DCCollaborative.org
Table of Contents:
  • DC Collaborative Announcements
  • AHFES News
  • Featured Programs
  • Teacher PD Opportunities
  • Student Opportunities
  • Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is constantly seeking new perspectives and input from our community and those we serve. For the past year, we have been the organizational hub of the Any Given Child (AGC) initiative, which is a nationwide network of like-minded communities striving to create full access to and equity in arts education programs using a framework known as Collective Impact. So, what is "Collective Impact?" In essence, it is a strategic planning framework that is driven by the entire arts and humanities education community.

As educators, you have the most direct access to implementing this framework and ideals into your classroom, curriculum, and professional development. The DC Collaborative wants to invite you into the "room where it happens" through 2 means:

1) Sign up to receive our monthly Collective Impact newsletter

2) Join one of the Any Given Child committees to represent DCPS and DCPCS educators and make valuable contributions to this work. If you are interested in learning more about the Equity and Justice committee, or the Assessment and Evaluation committee, please email Ashlee McKinnon at ashlee@dcccollaborative.org. 
Registration for our Winter Arts and Humanities For Every Student Program is open until March 1, 2021. Spring program registration will happen shortly thereafter. Please complete all Asynchronous Program Assessments following your participation. Reflection forms are provided in English and Spanish for your convenience.  The links are posted below for easy access.

Questions? Email schools@dccollaborative.org
National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Gallery 2021

All 250 art kits have been distributed to teachers! Whether your students are using materials we provided or getting creative with materials already available at home, it’s time to start working on art submissions now! The deadline to submit entries using this electronic submission form is a month away. Please make sure to inform your students of the deadline and be ready to submit by COB (5:30 pm EST) on Friday, March 12. A document will be shared soon with detailed instructions and suggestions on how best to photograph and upload your students’ artwork. Instead of a contest, this year all artworks submitted will be exhibited online and in public. 

All artwork will be exhibited on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website, displayed on a large screen in Gallery Place, and showcased on screens at several Chase branches in the DC area.
National Geographic Museum presents: "Virtual Field Trips: Black History Month"

Come celebrate the contributions of Black Explorers from the past and present on Friday, February 26th at 1pm, through this free virtual expedition with National Geographic. Each virtual field trip features video segments, Q&A, and supplementary materials. Please register by Thursday, February 25th.
Contact studentmatinees@ngs.org if you have questions while registering. 
DC Environmental Film Festival will take place February 16-26th

Suitable for students in 6th-12th grade, this annual festival will feature the film Youth v. Government, a story of America’s youngest citizens taking on the world’s most powerful government.  To register, complete the access form through the AHFES Program Catalogue by searching Environmental Film Festival in the 'organization' filter.
DC Collaborative Teaching Artist/ Practitioner Convening

We invite you to join us at the first teaching artist/practitioner general convening of 2021!
During the kick-off convening, we will reconnect, update on the current Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) program model, and discuss ways that the Collaborative can support active DC Collaborative Teaching Artists/ Practitioner members and organizations. BoBeen Chung, the Education Programs Coordinator is on board to plan initiatives going forward.

Regardless of your attendance, please fill out this questionnaire that will help us to provide better service based on you and our community's needs: http://bit.ly/teachingartistquestionnaire

Date/ Time: Thursday, March 4, @ 4 PM
Note: Zoom meeting link will be provided upon signup.

Contact BoBeen Chung, the Education Programs Coordinator bobeen@dccollaborative.org for any questions.
The Phillips Collection: Virtual Teacher Workshops: Using Arts Integration to Foster a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Through this workshop series, educators investigate how to approach an arts integration lesson through a culturally responsive lens. Each child comes to the classroom with their own distinct background, experiences, and ways of knowing. These workshops will use culturally responsive teaching to cater to students’ strengths and experiences and arts integration as a multimodal instructional strategy. Each session will focus on a different content area and artwork from The Phillips Collection. Educators will participate in artmaking using common household items and learn practical skills for teaching an arts-integrated lesson, all through a culturally responsive approach.
Session 1: Art & Math - Wednesday, March 10, 3:30-6:30 pm 
Session 2: Art & Counterstorytelling - Wednesday, April 7, 3:30-6:30 pm 
Session 3: Art & Empathy - Wednesday, April 28, 3:30-6:30 pm 
Educators of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to participate. Feel free to attend some or all of the sessions! Each session will be 3 hours and is eligible for DCPS teachers to receive 3 PLU per session. Teachers beyond DCPS are welcome to attend but may not be eligible for credit.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Free, Interactive Humanities Workshops

SAAM's Wednesday afternoon workshops include topics aligned with the DCPS Scope and Sequence for just-in-time ideas for virtual instruction:

All workshops are free, interactive, and 90 minutes or less.
OSSE presents "Dramatic Solutions" professional development opportunity

Teachers will have multiple opportunities to explore the role of drama techniques for trauma informed approaches, utilizing brain breaks and creative exercises for SEL development in young students, and building upon creative discipline solutions to help reach all students. This opportunity is brought to you by Kennedy Center Teaching artist Dr. Carmen White and her husband Lennie Smith of Dramatic Solutions. Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov for questions. Session titles and individual registration links are below.

"Games, Creative Exercises, & Brain Breaks for SEL- Level 2" Feb. 24th & Feb. 26th
"Reach All Teach All Disciplines" March 3rd
"Healing: Trauma-Informed Approach Through Drama" March 5th
"Games, Creative Exercises, & Brain Breaks for SEL- Level 3" Mar. 10th & Mar. 12th
Thanks to a generous grant from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, Dumbarton House was able to host 240 DCPS students for virtual field trips last fall! In our Capital Quest program, third through fifth graders enjoy learning about life in Washington DC in 1800 and why it was picked as the location for the capital of the United States. In our Parthenon to Portico program, third through eighth-graders learn how the art, architecture, and politics of the United States was influenced by Ancient Greece and Rome. Both hour-long programs are highly interactive and include a post-learning activity packet! Interested in scheduling a virtual visit for your own class? DCPS students are always FREE! Just fill out a field trip request form at bit.ly/DHclass20 or email us at education@dumbartonhouse.org. We hope to see you soon! Thanks to Barnard ES for the photo!
The National Theatre Corporation

The Saturday Morning Live! At The National program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with virtual performances by nationally known educators and artists. New episodes premiere every other Saturday at 9:30 AM via Facebook Premiere. If you have any questions please contact Emily Schmid at eschmid@nationaltheatre.org.
For this new era of distanced and adapted learning, the Kennedy Center offers our spring Performances for Young Audiences season FREE and virtual to all teachers and students across the country. This includes six digital performances in music, dance, and theater that your schools can only see here, by registering in advance and obtaining your own school links. Included in the exciting series of performances are two all-new works by our Education Artist-in-Residence, author and illustrator Mo Willems.
Headfirst Summer Camps: Discounted Registration Now Available
Headfirst Summer Camp registration is open to ages 3-13. Please contact the Customer Experience team with any questions at 202.695.1562 or customercare@headfirstcamps.com

Ways to Give
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The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY20 General Operating Support Service Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The DC Collaborative is the backbone support organization that leads members of the Any Given Child DC program, part of The John F. Kennedy  Center for the Performing Arts.