Dear Key Communicators,

We are excited to announce that October is National Arts and Humanities Month! We hope you take advantage of all the arts and humanities opportunities the community has to offer. In this newsletter you will find:

  • Free Field Trip Opportunity
  • DC State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable
  • Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
  • Washington Ballet Education Opportunities
  • DC's Teacher of the Year

Thank you again for all that you do to support the arts and humanities at your school.

With Gratitude,
The DC Collaborative Team

Free Field Trip Opportunity

WNO Opera Look-in: Magic Flute 
Theater and music come together in this introduction to opera and The Magic Flute, one of the world's most beloved operas. A whimsical production designed by children's author/illustrator Maurice Sendak sets a playful landscape for this enchanting fairy tale. Join handsome prince Tamino and his silly sidekick Papageno as they set out on a fantastic journey to rescue the kidnapped Pamina in this special opera exploration. At this Look-In, students hear amazing performances; see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, and stagecraft; and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance, both onstage and behind the curtains.

Date: 11/14/19

Time: 10:15 and 12:00

Length of Event: 1 hour

Location: Kennedy Center Opera House; 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Content Area: English/ Literature, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts

Learning Standards: Standard Connections: English Language Arts-Literacy in History/Social Studies (RH.2, RH.7); Theatre- Performing (Pr.5.b-Technical)

Grades: 5th grade only

DC State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable
Councilmember David Grosso announces the scheduling of a public roundtable of the Committee on Education on Arts and Humanities Initiatives in DC Public and Public Charter Schools. The roundtable will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday October 30, 2019 in Hearing Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building. The stated purpose of this roundtable is to :
Examine the state of Arts and Humanities education in District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools, including policy application of CER22-523 the
"Sense of the Council Arts and Humanities in Education Resolution of 2018,"  equitable access to curriculum integration, experiential learning including in-school and out-of-school programming, funding adequacy, public/private collaboration, data collection and evaluation, and future milestones. 
The roundtable will also examine the District of Columbia's unique national and local arts and humanities assets, and examine the collective impact of these resources in providing a comprehensive education for students in the District of Columbia public education system.
Those who wish to testify can sign up online at or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5:00 PM Monday October 28, 2019. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 10-15 copies of written testimony. Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes.
If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by email to Ashley Strange, or by post to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 116 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

DateWednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Location: Hearing Room 120,  John A. Wilson Building:  1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,  Washington, DC 20004

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


The Abacus Project invites teachers and students to explore Asian culture through one of the world's oldest calculators, the Japanese abacus. Students build an abacus using colorful beads and craft sticks and discover the ancient number system. They perform basic math operations and watch calculations come to life through strategic bead movement. This activity blends art with problem solving, making it an engaging experience for students at all skill levels. This Professional Development workshop trains teacher on the use of the abacus and on prepares them to successfully implement the lesson in their classroom. All materials are included. 

Dates: October 23, 2019; November 20 2019; December 18, 2019

Time: 4PM - 6PM

Renwick Resources Launch Party

Presented by: 
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Kick off the school year with a celebration of learning and community-building. Participate in Monday-ready reading, writing, and problem-solving activities to uncover ways craft can support classroom learning. Explore social emotional learning (SEL) with art at the center and a sewing circle hosted by Oregon-based artist, Marie Watt. Included in the evening is a light dinner and artist lecture.

Date: October 24, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Teaching D.C. Home Rule

Presented by: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

This session will help teachers prepare for 12th Grade D.C. History and Government Scope and Sequence Unit 4: Taxation without Representation: Home Rule and Civic Engagement. The session includes hands-on access to a selection of primary and secondary source materials in the Kiplinger Research Library; a guided discussion with a content expert; demonstrations of classroom activities to support inquiry-based learning; and a guided tour of the Hall of History, which includes a timeline addressing D.C. political history.

Facilitated by: Anne McDonough

Date: 10/26/2019

Time: 10AM - 1:30 PM

Unpacking and Packing Identity

Hosted by: The Freer and Sackler Galleries

How can we guide student inquiry of identity through the arts?  Spend an interactive morning exploring the themes of identity, community, and home in the special exhibition
My Iran:  Six Women Photographers through Project Zero Thinking Routines. Reflect on your identity and feelings of home through an art activity that uses the metaphor of a suitcase, a variation to creating a self-portrait, that can be adapted for your classroom. 

Light breakfast refreshments and classroom resources will be provided.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pre-registration required by October 30, 2019

Singing Science

Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Children can struggle with non-fiction science texts, but when text is sung in a low-risk, ensemble experience, reading comprehension can soar. Learn how to create songs that extend science books, using a simple melody on an easy-to-play instrument. In this workshop, discover grade-appropriate books and stories that support the use of song and explore simple rhythmic movements that can enhance your students' understanding of texts.

Facilitated by: Cynthia Elek

Date : November 4, 2019

Time : 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Presented by: Anacostia Community Museum

Join us for an evening just for educators of guided tours of the exhibition A Right to the City, in gallery activities, free resources for the classroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Date : Monday, November 4, 2019

Time : 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sketching For Understanding

Presented by: National Gallery of Art

Discover how sketching can support deep thinking and expand our understanding by making learning visible. Taught by artist and educator David Sturtevant, this workshop will demonstrate how drawing can be an effective method of slowing down, looking closely, and exploring complexity. Using thinking routines and simple sketching prompts, participants will learn ways to help students make observations, comparisons, and connections. The program concludes with time for reflection and brainstorming ways that sketching might be applied in different contexts. No drawing experience is needed, and all materials are provided.

Date: November 7, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Educator Workshop: "Rethinking Thanksgiving in Your Classroom"

Presented by: National Museum of the American Indian

Do you want to increase your confidence and ability to teach about Native Americans during the month of November? Learn about resources and strategies to teach about Native Americans in more culturally appropriate ways, especially in light of the Thanksgiving holiday. Explore appropriate Native American books for your classroom, make classroom connections, and engage with resources directly in this hands-on workshop. Join guest educator and author, Traci Sorell (Cherokee), a children's book author and educator, and Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), an illustrator and artist, as they share Indigenous women's perspectives on their work. A book for the classroom, teaching poster, light lunch, and additional classroom resources will be provided.

Recommended for 2-8 grade teachers of social studies, art, and history. This program is free, online registration is required. Registration closes at 5 PM, November 1, 2019 or when the maximum number of registrants is met. For special accommodations or inquiries, please contact: or 202-633-6639.

This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative.

Date: November 9, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

New Washington Ballet Education Programs
The Washington Ballet is especially excited for the start of this school year because they're kicking off  three new Education Programs  for schools! They'd love to enhance your students learning this year with one of these dance-focused partnerships. 

Student Matinees

See the best professional dance performances in the nation's capital through TWB's student matinee program. DC, MD, and VA students in 3rd - 12th grades are invited to participate. The program provides tickets, workshops, resources guides, and a post-show discussion with the cast. Learn more about TWB's 2019.20 performance season.

DanceDC Residencies

DanceDC integrates dance and creative movement into your curriculum to create higher academic achievement in core content areas. It also aims to cultivate creativity, collaboration skills, and a love for dance - ultimately improving every student's confidence and self-esteem. DanceDC is now available for all grades at all schools.


Meet-A-Dancer Lecture Demonstrations

TWB's Meet-A-Dancer lecture demonstrations are an opportunity for students to meet and hear from professional ballet dancers. Your students will hear the dancers' unique stories of dedication and perseverance, learn about classical ballet, and may ask questions to help demystify the art form.

If you would like to bring a lecture demonstration to your school, please contact Vanessa Hope Community Engagement Manager at 
DC Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Justin Lopez-Cardoze of Capital City Public Charter School for being awarded DC's Teacher of the Year. As DC Teacher of the Year, Justin received $7,500 from the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. A reflection of his deep commitment to his students, he plans to turn his award into a scholarship for a student interested in a career in STEM.
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DC Commission logo 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.

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education 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-newsletter, please email us!  Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and are subject to edits by the DC Collaborative staff.