Dear Friends,

Writing to you with the greatest appreciation for all that you do day in and day out to promote arts and humanities as an integral component of education for ALL students. This newsletter honors DC Teachers in celebration of  Teacher Appreciation Week. 
  • Educators- We honor your commitment to your students and the creativity that you've found in the midst of Distance Learning!
  • Community Partners- We call on you to help us celebrate teachers while honoring your commitment to students and educators! 
This newsletter includes:
    • Teacher Appreciation Week: Teacher Spotlights, Window Gallery, #TYTHappyHour
    • Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) Program Update
    • Virtual Convening Resources, Update
    • DCPS Arts Corner
    • Funding Opportunity: Calling All Music Orgs!
    • Bard Student Admissions Notice
    • National Portrait Gallery: Educator PD Opportunity
All the best,

The DC Collaborative Team
BoBeen, Clarissa, Juliette,  Lissa, Tracey, TrĂ©s, Wendy and  Yasmine

  #TeacherAppreciationWeek #TeachingIsAWorkOfArt 
#TYTeachers #KeepMakingArt
Teacher Appreciation Week
DC Collaborative Launches Three Special Initiatives for Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 
This year more than ever our teachers need to feel some love and appreciation from our community. It's up to each of us to participate and thank our teachers!

Calling All Members and Community Partners! 

You Can Still Participate in Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week 
in 3 Fun WaysI
  • Join our Window Gallery Project and post your window art with the hashtag #TeachingIsAWorkOfArt
  • Check out our DC Collaborative Teacher Spotlights on Instagram
AHFES Program Update
School Year 20-21 Timeline Update

Pivot. It's a word we know and live these days.

As you know, the DC Collaborative quickly pivoted in March with daily virtual community convenings, working directly and extensively with DCPS and DCPSCB, surveying our stakeholders, accelerating our work, and working with you to create the DC Collaborative Distance Learning Database. DC Collaborative continues  to transform in order to lead and serve the needs of our community. That includes continuing to navigate and work with you in pivoting and shaping what experiential  learning looks like today, during the summer and into the new school year. 

With these needed pivots,  DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program submission timeline for Fall programs (which would normally occur now), is delayed. We are beta testing our new ideas and platforms.  We are excited to soon share updates regarding plans for our fall transformation. A sneak peak-- we will be emphasizing adaptive experiential learning  that shall feature your virtual, hybrid and in-person experiential learning opportunities next year in our AHFES lotteries. Our work continues in new and transformational ways.  

Now more than ever, your commitment to equitable access to the arts and humanities is so important and vital to the community. We are excited to continue to work with you as we all work together to plan, shape and pivot.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements!

Virtual Convening Update
Convening Platform Update

The DC Collaborative continues virtual convenings in response to COVID-19, just not everyday! As the response to the COVID-19 crisis takes yet another pivot, the DC Collaborative is shifting gears to host a couple of convenings each week and other scheduled Spring Membership Meeting, Speed-Dating Networking and Connecting to Curriculum-focused events.

The Collaborative is switching to a new platform and will be taking reservations for each of it's  virtual events and providing a calendar invite with a specific Google Meets video/phone join credentials. 

Please view our the upcoming convenings on our calendar and through the Virtual Convenings Resources page on our website!

We have two more exciting events coming up this week!

Thursday, 5/7 @ 11 AM- Community of Practice: Learn how National Children's Museum pivoted from their February 2020 reopening to generating online STEM content for their daily STEAMwork video series and forthcoming  virtual field trips. Staff will share their framework, collaborative process, and lessons (still being!) learned.

Thursday, 5/7 @ 4PM- #TYTeachers Happy Hour:  The DC Collaborative is please to host a free  virtual happy hour honoring DC teachers in celebration of #TeacherAppreciationWeek The happy hour will kick off with a 30 minute music therapy session and then chat with educators as we enjoy our favorite beverages and snacks. 

We Need Your Leadership!

Guest Host

Signup to be a guest host and lead a DC Collaborative Virtual Convening! We are excited to present focused meeting times to encourage partnerships and resource sharing. Take part!

Contribute to an Elist (Listserv)
Want to keep planning and sharing resources after the calls? Signup for a DC Collaborative EList

DC Collaborative Work Schedule
Effective this Friday, May 8th, the DC Collaborative will be closed on Fridays until the end of the summer. As you may recall, the Collaborative annually launches into a "Summer Friday" schedule after Memorial Day weekend, but given the current times we've decided to transition into this schedule a few weeks earlier. 

We are proud of the work that we've accomplished and the vital work that we continue to do. Like you, we are working exceptionally hard and leaving no stone unturned in our operations and in seeking and securing the necessary resources to ensure we are solid and remain here to serve you!  But, we realize that now more than ever we must take the time to take care of ourselves. As a society, we are worried about our community, our families, our friends, and our futures. We are all coping through these scary and unknown times together and it is imperative that we find ways to be gracious and patient with ourselves in the meantime. 

We hope that our Summer Friday initiative will allow our staff to take some much needed time for themselves and their families and we hope that you and all of our community of practice will think of ways to promote self-care during these challenging times. 

DC Collaborative Summer. We're here for you. Just not on Fridays.

DCPS Arts Corner

Teacher Appreciation Week

Follow DCPS Arts on social media (Twitter @DCPSArts and Instagram @dcps_arts) for Teacher Appreciation Week! They are highlighting arts educators and sharing resources. Let's give our friends at DCPS Arts a shout out for all that they are doing to support educators during this unprecedented time.

Our friends at DCPS Arts created a movie spotlighting arts educators and expressing their heartfelt appreciation for all that educators do. View it below!

Funding Opportunity

Apply to the Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund 

Deadline: Friday, May 8

The Lewis Prize for Music has launched a $1 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Creative Youth Development leaders and youth music programs to support their responsive and adaptive efforts during COVID-19. This fund will distribute over 20 grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to youth-serving music programs. The application closes on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5pm (PT) with grants distributed on June 16, 2020. Visit The Lewis Prize for Music for more information.

Bard Early College DC is Accepting Applicants
Bard High School Early College DC (Bard DC) is a 4-year public school that offers students the unique opportunity to take a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Through the partnership between Bard College and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), students can earn a high school diploma and up to 60 transferable college credits and an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College within four years, free of charge.

Bard DC is currently accepting applications from rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who live in Washington, D.C . If you know any students who are seeking a high school placement and who are interested in the academic challenge of earlier college study, please encourage them to complete our (now virtual) application process, described below. The process includes an interview and a writing assessment.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to the Bard DC Admissions Coordinator, Amanda Washington ( ).  

National Portrait Gallery PD

Calling All Teachers: 
Professional Development Opportunity 

Teachers, please join the National Portrait Gallery and DC-based writer Willona Sloan to learn how to use portraiture to inspire your students' creative writing and improve their writing skills. Inspired by our popular writing workshop series, Strike a Prose, we'd like to invite teachers to participate in a two-part professional development workshop dedicated to using portraiture as inspiration for writing.

Session I - Strike a Prose for Teachers
May 20, 2020
3:30 - 5:00pm EST
In this creative nonfiction writing workshop, learn teaching strategies while generating new writing of your own. The workshop will highlight the Portrait Gallery's special exhibition,  The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, and include discussion, reading, and guided writing prompts as we explore the theme of identity and self representation through the development of a personal essay.

Session II - Creating Writing Prompts Inspired by Portraiture
May 27, 2020
3:30 - 5:00pm EST
In this workshop, we will share lesson planning ideas, activities, and strategies for teaching students to focus on details, create characters, and explore their personal experiences in connection to works of art through creative writing. We will also practice developing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing prompts. The workshop will highlight the Portrait Gallery's special exhibition,  The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today.

Image Credit: Trailblazer (A Dream Deferred) by Genevieve Gaignard. Inkjet print, 2017. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Vielmetter Los Angeles.

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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.

About the DC Collaborative:
More than 120 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student and the Professional Development Initiative. View our  Member Directory.

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