Dear Friends,

Happy Last Week of School! We thank each and every one of you for making this school year so successful. This year, the DC Collaborative served 50,000 students! We hope to serve even more students next year.  Before you embark on your summer break, check out what's going on with the Collaborative.  I n this newsletter, you will find:
  • Teacher Survey - Participate in a PD Institute!
  • Free Field Trips in September
  • Mo Willems in Concert July 13th, 2019 
  • State of Social Studies in DC Survey
  • Humanities DC Student Workshop

Thank you once again for your dedication to the arts and humanities. We look forward to seeing you at the AHFES Orientation this upcoming August (more details to come!).

With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team   
Professional Development Institute Survey
The DC Collaborative and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities are co-presenting a special Professional Development  Institute  in September 2019 focused on social emotional learning and utilizing the arts in trauma informed education. We are excited to host another  institute  for you and your colleagues! The  Institute  will be open to all DC Public and Public Charter School Educators and Administrators.

Please fill out the brief 2 minute  survey indicating your availability and the  topics that you would like to learn about. Please return the  survey by the end of the day on this  Friday, June 28. Read about our past PD Institute here.

Free Field Trips in September
Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet
Presented by: Dance Loft on 14
"GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet, directed by DC-based climate change policy expert and dance professional Diana Movius. GLACIER unveils a world affected by climate change by placing a changing Arctic environment in front of the audience. Profiled in Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and others do not miss this critically-acclaimed ballet!
Date: 9/26; 9/27
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event: 40 min
Location: Dance Loft on 14, 4618 14th Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20011
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections: Science, Environment
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Ticket capacity: 100 per date
Circus Without Borders: Documentary Filmmaking for Community Dialogue
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
"Students will attend a screening of Circus Without Borders, a feature-length documentary film exploring how impoverished communities in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea are using circus to combat apathy and depression amongst their youth, at a local independent movie theater. The film is independently screening at international film festivals and models how a filmmaker adapted a short reporting project into a feature length, character-driven story. The screening will start and conclude with short exercises that introduce students to film analysis skills. Students will also connect with the film's director and two of the film's subjects."
Date: September 18th
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film, Media Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, Technology, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 6th - 8th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200
Free Mo Willems Tickets
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Date: July 13, 2019

Join a Concert Hall Storytime like you've never experienced before, featuring your favorite performers from TV, movies, and stand-up. Presenting Mo Willems' books as sketch comedy, these hilarious performers invite the audience to laugh, sing, and draw along! This hysterical concert variety show is an expanded, fancy-dress version of sold-out performances at the 2018 San Francisco Sketchfest, and not to be missed by fans of comedy, books, or pigeons desperate to do Storytime!    

Although these performances are nearly sold out to the public, The Kennedy Center has held a limited number of FREE seats for our special DC partners.
To be entered in a lottery for a chance to attend these performances, please fill out the flyer attached and submit to  no later than Wednesday, June 19th, 2019.  Names will be drawn and families will be notified by Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. If awarded tickets, you must make every effort to attend. Please note that all audience members, including children, may be filmed, videotaped, photographed, and recorded for television broadcast and streaming service distribution.
On Thursday, July 11th, 2019, we will be filming a video of elementary-aged students on a school bus pulling up to the Kennedy Center which will be captured for use in the television special. We are looking to "cast" around 45 elementary aged students and 5 adults to ride on the bus for this taping. Children are to be dressed in suits and dresses for this filming and should anticipate being called from 10:00am until 12:00pm on 7/11/19. All participants "cast" for this filming will receive tickets to the Saturday event.
State of Social Studies in DC Survey
By next  Monday, June 17th , teachers, principals, and others supporting  social   studies  are encouraged to take 10-15 minutes to complete the Social Studies in DC Survey. Educators across Washington, D.C. have begun conversations about how to best support high-quality  social   studies  instruction across DCPS, public charter schools, and beyond. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the state of  social   studies  across the city to identify common areas of opportunity and challenge that can be addressed through collaboration. As of Monday, we are ~20% to the targeted goal of 300 responses across the district, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey! If you have any questions, please email  Scott Abbott  (DCPS) or  Mike Stevens  (Friendship PCS).  

Humanities DC Student Workshop
Although Humanities DC is not a member, this opportunity was too amazing not to share!  The workshop is part of a Humanities DC supported initiative to document the history of the Eastern HS Choir. In the first part of the evening, the students will participate in an interactive workshop over dinner with role model humanities professionals who work at major museums, produce cutting edge social justice research and produce historical films, just to name a few examples. In the second half of the evening, the students will join a case study presentation about documenting the Eastern HS Choir legacy through a research collection and documentary. 

Please share this opportunity with a DC high school student, recent graduate or out of school youth who might be interested in a career (or civic project) involving history, museums, preservation, cultural programming, and/or filmmaking. 

Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

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 members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

About the DC Collaborative:
More than 100 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.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities  Education Collaborative, Please visit our  website If you would like to include something in our next  member e-news, please email us!

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