Dear Friends,
We can't believe that the fall has flown by so quickly! Before you leave for fall break, please take a look at what the Collaborative has to offer:
  • Winter Lottery Opens on December 2nd
  • Available Field Trips
  • AHFES Professional Development Opportunities
  • Boulanger Initiative In School Visit Opportunity
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center Seeking After School Art Teachers
  • Georgetown GLOW Exhibit
  • National Geographic Grovesnor Teacher Fellowship
  • DC Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Award

We are so thankful for each of our school partners and we hope that you have a relaxing break.


With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team
Winter Lottery Opens December 2nd
Mark your calendars for the Winter Lottery which opens on Monday, December 2nd.  Teachers will be able to register for trips occurring during the months of January through March at this time. Please note that the DC Collaborative will not be extending the lottery as in years past. Schools will have until Friday, December 6th at 11:59PM to register for trips in the winter lottery.

 If you have not done so already, please fill out our School Partnership Agreement and send the completed form back  to

In the meantime, please feel free to browse our AHFES catalogue for the field trips offered this winter.
Available Field Trips
Hear Me Say My Name
Presented by : National Museum of the American Indian
"I am not your mascot, and I don't live in a tipi. See me for who I am, hear me say my name." How do American Indian stereotypes, prejudice, and identity shape the discussion of what it means to be a young person in our country today? This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater, tackles America's assumptions about American Indians and starts a conversation with audiences reclaiming rich history, challenges, hopes, and dreams. After the play, students are invited to explore the exhibition galleries with self-guided materials to learn more.
Date:  02/06/20, 2/7/20, 2/13/20, 2/14,20 2/27/20, 2/28/20 
Time10:30 AM and 11:30 AM 
Duration70 Minutes 
Length of Program:  70 minutes
ContentSocial Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Diversity
Learning Standards: " Arts Education Learning Standards: Theatre
Strand 3: Respond; Analyze, critique, and respond to theatre and dramatic media. Strand 4: Interconnect; Apply theatrical concepts to construct meaning and understanding in other subject areas.

*Please note that the registration link will take you directly to the museum's website. Please be sure to indicate that you are a partner school with the DC Collaborative when registering.
Science Fair
Presented by : Avalon Theatre
Filmmakers follow nine high school students from around the globe as they compete at an international science fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. Click here to view the trailer.
Dates : 12/10/19 (6th-8th grade), 12/11/19 (9th-12th grade)
Time : 10:00 AM
Length of Event : 2.5 hours
Location : Avalon Theatre; 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Content Area: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Science, Diversity
Ticket capacity:  60 remaining for MS; 210 remaining for HS

AHFES Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching Compensated Emancipation: Resources for Educators 
Presented byHistorical Society of Washington, D.C.
This session on Compensated Emancipation will include hands-on access to a selection of primary and secondary source materials in the Kiplinger Research Library; a guided discussion with a content expert (Peter Hanes, DC Emancipation Commemoration Coordinator); demonstrations of classroom activities; and a tour of the Hall of History, which includes a timeline addressing D.C. political history and the 2005 declaration of April 16 as an official legal holiday. Through this session, teachers will:

- identify, understand, and analyze key moments and issues relating to the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act and the 21st- century struggle to commemorate the 1862 freeing of more than 3,000 enslaved people in D.C.
- learn how to utilize primary and secondary sources related to slavery, compensated emancipation, and civic engagement in the classroom.
- receive a research guide and digital downloads of primary and secondary sources to use in the classroom

This workshop is presented in partnership with the 2019 DC History Conference.

Dates : November 24, 2019
Time10 AM - 1:30 PM
Length of Event:  2 hours
Location801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
DisciplineSocial Studies/History/Geography, Civics/ Government

Fostering Empathy Through Art 
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Empathy is an important life skill for students in a diverse and ever-changing world. The ability to empathize can help them understand their own emotions and treat others with compassion. Led by art historian and empathy researcher Elif M. Gökçigdem, this workshop explores ways to use visual art and artmaking as means of strengthening understanding through listening, sharing, and reflecting without making judgements. At the end of the workshop, participants will have time to reflect and share their own ideas or best practices for empathy-building projects in the classroom.
Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Length of Event: 3 hour
Location: National Gallery of Art - East Building
Grades: PreK - 12

Beyond Caitlin's Buffalo
Presented by: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Facilitated by: Elizabeth Dale-Deines, Renee Gokey
George Catlin's paintings of American Indians seem to capture the different ways of life of Native Americans in the 1830s. Incorporating them into your classroom activities can be a tempting way to check the "analyze primary sources" box while also checking the "art integration" box. But whose stories and values are actually represented in these works? How might we tell more complete narratives in our classrooms to share multiple perspectives and gain a more nuanced and authentic understanding of this time and the peoples represented? NMAI's Native Knowledge 360 online lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members, documents, maps, images, and activities to help students and teachers understand an important and difficult chapter in the history both of Native Nations and the United States.
Date: December 14, 2019
Time9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Length of Event: 4 hours
Location: MacMillan Education Center, 8th and G Streets, NW
DisciplineSocial Studies/History/Geography, Civics/ Government, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 4th - 12th

Boulanger Initiative In School Visit on December 9th

In conjunction with  Boulanger Initiative's Season Opening Concert with  Lara Downes,  
Clarice Assad, and  Alicia Hall Moran on December 10th at Arena Stage, 
the DC-based non-profit organization, dedicated to advocating for women composers, is seeking a school that can benefit from arts enrichment for the opportunity to have Lara Downes for  a school visit outreach appearance on December 9th.

Lara Downes's education outreach project is called MY PROMISE PROJECT. Inspired by a quote from Rita Dove's poem Testimonial : "I gave my promise to the world/And the world followed me here" -  this initiative teaches themes of humanitarianism and social justice through the sharing of music and poetry. 

The project asks students  "What is your promise to the world?", encouraging young people to identify and articulate their individual potential to act as agents of change in service to their communities, through awareness, intention and action.

To see a video of Lara Downes's Residency with Washington Performing Arts, click here.
To see a video of Lara Downes's Residency with NPR WUOL 90.5fm, click here.  

If you are interested in scheduling the visit for your school on December 9th, please reach out to
After School Art Teacher Opportunities
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center is seeking bilingual Arts Instructors in the D.C. area with experience in various contents including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, creative writing and media arts to serve elementary aged students.  Candidates should be available to work 10 hours per week Monday-Friday from 3:30PM-5:30PM.
Georgetown GLOW Exhibit
Experience the sparkle of the holiday season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only free, curated outdoor public light art experience. Brought to you by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), GLOW's 6th edition runs Friday, December 6, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020, with 11 installations from local, national, and international artists lit nightly from 5 pm - 10 pm throughout Georgetown's commercial district. Bring your family and friends for this holiday spectacle, and take advantage of GLOW-inspired holiday promotions and events (including a visit from Santa!) at more than 35 Georgetown shops and restaurants while you're in the neighborhood, plus DC's largest outdoor ice skating rink overlooking the waterfront. 

Artists represented in Georgetown GLOW 2019 include: Choi + Shine (Boston); Eunsook Lee (Korea); Sui Park (New York City); Hou de Sousa (New York City), Geoffrey Hicks (Phoenix, AZ); Jeff Zischke(Scottsdale, AZ); Miracle Wonderland Carnival Co. (New Orleans); Joana Stillwell (Washington DC); Frank Foole (Netherlands); Extreme Lengths Productions, in partnership with Dance Place (Washingt on DC); and Venividimultiplex (Netherlands).

More than 30 walking tours will also be offered throughout the exhibition, tying GLOW to history, food, photography,and art themes. F ollow along on social media with #GeorgetownGLOW! 
National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship (GTF) 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 opportunity, Grosvenor Teacher Fellows bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.
Fellows also take on a two-year leadership commitment to support National Geographic's education initiatives. Throughout their commitment, Fellows may be asked to conduct webinars, participate in meetups, and serve as mentors to other educators.
DC Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Award
Congratulations to Claire Smullen, Visual Arts Teacher at, Stuart Hobson Middle School, who was the recipient of the 2019 Milken Award, known as the "Oscars" for educators! The prestigious Milken Award recognizes teachers around the country that demonstrate excellence and a promising future in education. The award is given to teachers who are in the beginning or middle of their careers and celebrates the potential that the teachers have to offer. Along with twenty-five-thousand dollars, the awardees are given professional development opportunities and inducted into a community of educators, called the Milken Educator Network.
Ways to Give
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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.

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