Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the opening of our Winter Lottery cycle this coming Monday! We have so many opportunities coming up for the winter season! Be sure to browse the catalogue on our website, and we look forward to this season of field-trips!

We would also like to draw your attention to some upcoming Professional Development opportunities for teachers at the National Gallery. In addition, please read below for some special opportunities with our members at National Geographic Society, Citizen University, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

DC Collaborative Team   

AHFES Winter Lottery Update
The AHFES Winter Lottery opens Monday, December 3rd!

Mark your calendars! The AHFES Winter Lottery is opening soon! The Lottery will be open from  Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 7th ! Teachers can submit requests starting Monday and ending Friday! The DC Collaborative staff will be in touch to confirm trips the following week.

The AHFES Catalogue is live on our website, so you can begin to browse the different field-trip offerings and compile your wish lists in advance of the lottery.

A star  denotes programs that have been awarded a DAHI grant for the 2018/2019 grant year, and are therefore offered at no cost to schools.This program is fully funded by the  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, covering all transportation and ticket costs.

**Reminder! School Partnership Agreements must be submitted PRIOR to any assigned field trips. 

If you have any questions, contact Clarissa Heartsfield ( or Katherine Custer (

National Gallery of Art: Opportunities for Teachers
Workshops: Gordon Parks and Critical Thinking

Gordon Parks: Image into Word
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
4:00-7:00 p.m.

This workshop explores the photographs of Gordon Parks (1912 - 2006) through creative writing. Drawing upon the exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950 , on view from November 4, 2018, to February 18, 2019, teachers will consider Parks's use of photography as a narrative device while engaging in writing activities inspired by his work. During this formative decade of his sixty-year career, Parks worked as a portraitist and fashion photographer for magazines such as Life and Ebony . He also made documentary images for the Federal Government and more candid photojournalist narratives which sometimes probed America's racial, social, and economic divide. Writing activities can be used across disciplines and can be adapted to different grade levels.

This set of online essays on essential questions, classroom activities, and image set, help K-12 teachers and their students explore how Gordon Parks used photography to address inequities in the U.S. and how photographs can tell the story of the American Dream.

Learn more about this exhibit here.

Going Global-Teaching Critical Thinking with Art
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Discover the Gallery's first MOOC, or massive open online course, and learn how Gallery educators transformed the on-site experience of actively engaging with art into an immersive online experience with global reach. The creators of the course will introduce the MOOC's features and teaching methods, which combine Artful Thinking routines by Harvard's Project Zero and artworks in the Gallery's collection. Workshop participants will engage with a work of art in a gallery session, view a short video from the online course of students exploring the same work, and reflect on best practices for translating on-site learning into effective online learning.

You can register for these events below. 

Professional Development Opportunity: National Geographic Society
Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) Program is a professional development opportunity for pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between  Lindblad Expeditions  and the  National Geographic Society . An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions' voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience.

These exemplary educators complete a series of deliverables that enable them to transfer their onboard experience into new ways to teach students and engage colleagues. Through this experience, they bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.

Fellows also take on a two-year leadership commitment to support educators with National Geographic. Throughout their commitment, Fellows may be asked to conduct webinars, participate in meetups, and serve as a mentor to other educators.

The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K-12 teachers and promoting geography education across the U.S. and Canada.

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on January 3, 2019. Learn more about how to apply below!
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest 2019
Thanks to all the talented students who submitted their art pieces for last years Youth Art Contest! A huge thank you to the teachers and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for their continued partnership. 26 schools participated with more than 160 pieces entered into the contest.

Here's a quick recap of last year's winners:

Category 1 (K-2 grade)
1st place: Cesca Lemargie  (John Eaton Elementary School)
2nd place: Isabella Pyfrom (Filmore Art Center)
3rd place: Rahnaya Stevens  (St. Coletta of Greater Washington)
Honorable Mention: Ella Scott (Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School)
Category 2  (3-5 grade)
1st place: Sanaa Matthews (Imagine Hope Community Charter School)
2nd place: Curtis Murphy (Imagine Hope Community Charter School
3rd place: Violet Acosta ( Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS)
Honorable Mention: Adelaide Hobert (John Eaton Elementary School)
Category 3 ( 6-8 grade)
1st place: Kayln Howard (Stuart Hobson Middle School)
2nd place: Laura Jablow (Stuart Hobson Middle School)
3rd place: Jayia Nickens (Friendship Chamberlain Middle School)
Honorable Mention: Chiamaka Irika (Center City DCS - Brightwood Campus )
Category 4  (9-12 grade)
1st place: Jasia Smith (School Without Walls SHS)
2nd place: Jada Brown (National Collegiate Prep)
3rd place: Mynian Sweetney (Richard Wright PCS)
Honorable Mention: Diamond Williams (Richard Wright PCS)

Stay tuned for information regarding deadlines for the 2019 contest.

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The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY18 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.

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