November 2020 DC Collaborative Newsletter
Dear Friends,
Happy November!
The DC Collaborative is wishing everyone a renewed sense of hope and purpose as we head into the holiday season. We have a lot to do in our country and in our sector. Our small but mighty team has prioritized our immediate focus to pivoting our collaborative offerings to virtual experiences so that the students in the District may still access Arts and Humanities opportunities during the pandemic. Here are some exciting stats for us to share for the Fall:
AHFES Providers:
28 Members

Number of Experiences:

School Partners:
69 Schools

Program Requests:
near 16,000*

Program Reservations:
7,742 confirmed
*Most requests are elementary schools
We would also like to express a big THANK YOU to our friends at National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for co-hosting our Annual Membership Meeting last month. At one point, we had over 70 members in attendance with the majority also having participated in the latter portion of the meeting which was NMWA's enthralling presentation on their collection of local women artists. In such unprecedented times, we were elated to be graced by the meditative power of art that day. A huge round of applause to our talented friends at NMWA! As we closed out National Arts and Humanities Month, it was a timely reminder of our collective purpose in our community. (See recap on our blog.)

Please read through our monthly newsletter at your earliest convenience. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and don't forget to wear a mask!
This Newsletter contains:
  1. Upcoming Events
  2. AHFES Winter Programming Update
  3. Membership Communication
  4. Collective Impact Mapping Project Update
  5. Member Announcements
  6. Job Bank Updates
  7. Collabo Wabo
Upcoming Events
New Member AHFES Orientation
You're cordially invited to our new Member AHFES Orientation:

Note: Virtual meeting link will be provided upon signup
Community Calendar
View the Collaborative's Community Calendar on our online MemberClicks Membership Portal for a list of upcoming events!
AHFES Winter Programming Update
NEW changes to the AHFES Program
To better serve DC students and teachers in this climate of distance/ hybrid learning, the DC Collaborative continues to make changes to better accommodate educator needs as well as the needs of our Providers. Please note that all Winter 2021 programs marketed, coordinated, and hosted by the DC Collaborative’s AHFES program will be virtual and asynchronous only. Asynchronous programs may have a synchronous workshop component, to be scheduled by the organization and reported to the Collaborative.

Program information should be submitted no later than December 7, 2020 for inclusion in our AHFES Winter Programs (final program links/documents must be submitted to the DC Collaborative no later than COB December 16th). 

To participate in the new virtual AHFES, please complete the following form, one per virtual resource that you or your organization would like to submit.

Watch this tutorial to navigate the submission form and the new platform:
AHFES Online Catalogue:

For more information about AHFES, visit our website

Any Given Child Collective Impact Mapping Project
Collective Impact Data Visualization Project Update
Thank you to all of our members who participated in our SY19-20 Collective Impact Mapping Data Visualization project! Our new intern Njoud Alkharji will be contacting you to capture missing data if your surveys are incomplete. She will be communicating through our Community account, which is, and you may also contact her should you have any questions about the project thus far.

We are currently composing our Focus Groups as we move forward with completing the SY17-18 Tableau dashboards. We hope all of the feedback we receive will help heighten the quality and resourcefulness of our SY19-20 data mapping. View one of our example Tableau dashboards from the SY17-18 data collection here.

Wendy Wang Pisa, Manager of Community Partnerships:
Njoud Alkharji, Community Partnerships intern:
Membership Communication
MemberClicks Engagement

Remember that with your MemberClicks account, you have the capability to:

  1. Update your individual or organization profile
  2. Submit events to the Community Calendar
  3. Call to join Listservs
  4. Submit postings to the Job Board
MemberClicks FY20-21 Communication Schedule

Now until the end of June 2021, we will be adhering to the following schedule for our MemberClicks communication:

  • 1st of each month-
DC Collaborative to send out reminder for you to update MemberClicks with job postings, newsletter announcements, etc
  • 15th of each month-
All new communication will be due to us
  • 3rd week of each month-
Our monthly newsletter will go out and your new postings will be added
(downloadable PDF file)
Member Announcement
The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center is sharing this great opportunity of its teaching artist, Dr. Carmen White, who will be offering virtual PD sessions through OSSE.

Interactive Storytelling and Social and Emotional Learning for Early Childhood
OSSE, in partnership with Dramatic Solutions, will host a webinar that combines storytelling and participant-centered practices to build social and emotional skills, support engagement, and encourage creative and critical thinking skills for early learning programs. Through a mixture of demonstration, practice, and reflection, participants will collaborate to learn a story, expand upon it, and add points of participation – both verbally and physically. Educators will learn how to interactively engage their students while developing self -regulation skills and learning how to build healthy relationships.

The target audience for this training is educators working in pre-K through grade 2.

For more information, please contact Jessica Dulay at

Games, Energizers, and Brain Breaks for Academic Achievement
This two-hour training will give school staff strategies for incorporating humor, fun, connection, and energy into on-line sessions with students. Participants will be exposed to a range of activities that have been adapted for use in various on-line platforms. The session includes exploration of the role of Ice Breakers, Brain Breaks, and Student Engagers in building relationships, promoting social emotional awareness, and trauma-informed practices. These practices can be utilized as part of lesson plans, advisory sessions, and circles processes and can be tailored to various ages and abilities.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at

The DC Collaborative announces new Professional Development (PD) experiences from our partner organizations. Please peruse to view experiences from other members.
Job Board Feature
School Partnerships Manager vacancy at DC Collaborative
Are you a passionate educator or an arts education advocate? Do you thrive in a small team setting? Is multi-tasking your forte? Do you prefer a remote work opportunity right now?

Come work with us!

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative believes that the arts and humanities are central to the education of every student. A community-based partnership organization now more than 120 members strong, the DC Collaborative works to advance access to high-quality arts and humanities education experiences for all DC public and public charter schools. Working with our partners, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student, Professional Development and Collective Impact initiatives.

This position reports to the Deputy Director of Community Engagement and works closely with the Education Programs Manager and Program Coordinator.

Oversee School Partnerships
  • Main point of contact for all school partner stewardship and communications efforts
  • School Outreach and Equity Model
  • Conduct outreach to schools and assist with the online lottery to ensure experiences are offered in an equitable manner amongst all school partners
  • Distribute and track receipt of School Partnership Agreements and onboarding new schools throughout the year
  • Complete additional outreach targeting high schools and schools in wards 7 & 8, along with others in greatest need across the District
  • Manage communications for the Distance Learning Resource Database and associated synchronous virtual events
  • Craft a communications plan with an equity lens to curate experiences in the Database based on school interest 
  • Work with Education Programs Manager to ensure that program interest forms are reported to school partners and AHFES Providers in an accurate and timely manner
  • Oversee school contact list maintenance for the AHFES program 
  • Act as main point of contact for day of logistics for virtual synchronous events
  • Coordinate logistics and create meeting content for AHFES educator orientation sessions
  • DCPS Central Office Partnerships: Main point of contact for program policies affecting teachers
Serve as the primary contact for our member Equity and Justice Committee
  • Act as DC Collaborative staff point of contact for the member Equity/ Justice Committee
  • Incorporate findings from the Committee to enhance the AHFES program outreach and implementation strategies
  • Ensure that accessibility is prioritized in the Committee work and translated through the AHFES program
  • Coordinates the communication plan regarding school programs with Deputy Director
  • Manage AHFES related accounts receivable
  • Create, process and send Providers invoices for AHFES listing fees
  • Intern management
Other duties as assigned
  • Participation in Membership Meetings and Board Meetings
Essential Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Justice, Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion (JDEAI) practices
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Ability to work on multiple and concurrent projects
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, G-suite and Adobe Creative Suite
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with program delivery with the tenants of JDEAI integral to program goals
  • Experience with google analytics and marketing/ communications planning
  • Prior experience with program delivery to DC Public and Public Charter Schools
  • 100% Employer Premium Contributions Health Benefits- Dental and Medical
  • 15 vacation days plus PTO and company holidays
  • Professional Development Stipends when available
  • Currently a remote position in response to COVID-19

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to with "School Partnerships Manager" in the subject.

DC Residents are encouraged to apply.
The DC Collaborative is an E.O.E. and values diversity in the workplace.
Status: Full-time 40 hours per week, Compensation: 40K-45K annually

See official listing on our Job Board:
Education Coordinator vacancy at Imagination Stage
Hours: Full-time, includes weekend hours
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: School Partnerships Manager

The Education Coordinator works closely with the School Partnerships Manager, as well as the entire Education Team in order to grow new initiatives and educational partnerships in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. Candidates should possess strong curriculum writing skills as well as experience with program oversight. Candidates must also be willing to have a flexible work schedule.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Class Management, Teaching and Mentoring
  • Teaches approx. four hours of classes each week during each semester
  • Mentors teaching artists and answers parent calls for onsite classes for students in our Early Childhood program (Age 1-5)
  • Works with the School Partnerships Manager and the Director of Education to plan and implement a roster of Fall, Spring, and Summer classes for preschool children, ages 12 months to 5 years. Duties include recruiting new teaching artists, supervising and training faculty, creating and overseeing a professional development program for faculty, overseeing classes, and evaluating faculty performance. Planning early childhood curriculum with an eye to specific intersections between class content and early childhood theatre programming such as Saturday Song Circle and Sunday Funday workshops.
  • Serves as the onsite weekend manager for Sunday classes
School Partnership Coordination
  • Coordinate our after school classes with DC and Maryland partner schools. Create room reservations, maintain registration documents and contracts, track payments, and staff with appropriate faculty
  • Create attendance sheets, welcome letters, sharing reminders, and logistic sheets for after school classes. Create and send invoices to school partners.
  • Help with communication and problem solving for last minute issues or emergencies that come up with after school classes (teacher running late, finding substitute teachers, etc.)
  • Create dynamic new offerings for out of school time program partners and oversee curriculum
  • Represent Imagination Stage at SAI content briefings when possible, and co-coordinate SAI pre-show 15 minute workshops for field trip groups, in collaboration with Lerner production staff as needed
  • Contribute to the development of the Theater Arts Learning Guide and video updates for DCPS and MCPS grade 3 students in partnership with school system administrative leaders
  • Oversee Title I post-show performance discussions and pre-show workshops on a daily basis during the Learning through Theatre program
  • Act as liaison between Imagination Stage and contractors/providers, including communicating scheduling and content information, maintaining electronic files, and serving as a point of contact for questions
  • Aid in the development of curriculum for our arts-integrated school residency programs
  • Create learning guide materials for our Theatre for the Very Young and our Lerner productions. These are curricular materials aimed towards visiting field trip group leaders. Utilize these activities to help create interactive lobby displays in partnership with our marketing department.
Theatre for Change Tour Coordinator
  • Schedule performances of our outreach touring productions, Oyeme and 10 Seconds, to local middle and high schools as well as community groups
  • Coordinate the schedule and needs with the TfC production stage manager
  • Develop relationships with new community groups and schools
  • Assist in post-show audience engagement activity management
Camp Management
  • Serve as a co-camp manager for our weekly summer camps
  • Create paperwork (schedules, class lists, timesheets, etc) for faculty and staff and pull camper forms from Tessitura
  • Email parents welcome letters, sharing reminders, and answer questions
  • Maintain faculty coordination, assign volunteers for weekly check-in and sharings
  • Follow procedures designated by the Maryland Dept of Health and Hygiene and maintain proper records for our annual audit
Education, Skills, and/or Experience:
  • BA or BFA (in Theatre or Education preferred)
  • Teaching experience for a variety of ages
  • Understanding of Common Core and experience working with public school teachers
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proven administrative and organizational skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with students, parents, faculty, and educational communities 
  • Ability to work independently and with initiative
  • Ability to develop new lines of business and to build on existing ones
  • Clear understanding of—and passionate commitment to—theatre and theatre education opportunities for all children
  • Ability to work a Sunday through Thursday schedule during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Patience, flexibility with work schedule, empathy, and a sense of humor
  • Experience utilizing Tessitura is a plus
Work Environment:
Imagination Sage celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values members of our whole community. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.
  • Salary: $32,000-$38,000
  • 100% coverage for HMO individual insurance
  • Paid Time Off: 10 vacation days; 7 personal days; 7 sick days; 16 paid holidays
  • Transit/Parking benefit (paused until onsite work resumes)
  • Generous free and reduced priced tickets, classes, and summer camps
To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements through our online form.
This position has a start date of January 2021.

See official listing on our Job Board:
Collabo Wabo Secret Ingredient
Like a Cabo Wabo cocktail, but a Collabo Wabo...
Thank you to all those who participated, the DC Collaborative was able to conclude the month of October with our 23rd virtual birthday celebration and we would like to share with you some of our secret ingredients for a great Collabo Wabo community collaboration...

We hope in the days, the weeks, the months, the years ahead we will add to this great mix even more ingredients that serve our splendid community.
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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.