November 2020 School Partners Newsletter
Dear Educators,

Happy November!

As the leaves turn colors and the air becomes crisp, the DC Collaborative hopes this new month brings you a great exhale and a new sense of purpose for our future ahead. 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 our 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:
School Partners:
69 Schools

Program Requests:
near 16,000*

Program Reservations:
7,742 confirmed

AHFES Providers:
28 Members

Number of Experiences:

*Most requests are elementary schools
November 2020 Newsletter:

  • AHFES Winter '20-'21 Lottery Update
  • Available Fall '20 AHFES Experiences
  • Teacher PD Opportunities
  • Teacher Fellowship Opportunity
  • Information about the Distance Learning Resource Database
  • School Partnership Manager job posting
  • Our Collabo Wabo 23rd Birthday
AHFES Winter '20-'21 Lottery Update
Stay Tuned for NEW changes to the AHFES Program
To better serve DC students and teachers in this climate of distance/ hybrid learning, the DC Collaborative is making 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 AHFES provider. Engaging learning opportunities will be listed in our AHFES Online Catalogue and in our Distance Learning Resource Database.

A detailed announcement on the new AHFES launch will be made on December 14th, 2020.

AHFES Online Catalogue:

AHFES Experiences Available
Calling all educators: Did you miss out on the AHFES Fall Lottery?

Apply for additional programs in November and December. Experiences are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register today:

School Year 20-21 Key Dates
Winter Lottery: Opens week of December 7, 2020
Spring Lottery: Opens week of March 1, 2021

*All Lottery assignments will be sent out within one to two weeks after the lottery cycle ends.
School Partnership Expectations Document
Reminder: The School Partnership Expectations document is due prior to each school's first AHFES Experience!

The DC Collaborative requires that all schools return a School Partnership Expectations document prior to their first AHFES experience. This document outlines all of the AHFES policies and procedures! Please review this document carefully, as it is newly adapted for virtual experiences.
Teacher PD Opportunities
The DC Collaborative announces new Professional Development (PD) experiences from our partner organizations. PD opportunities are open to all educators in the DC public education system. Please peruse to view experiences from our members.
The Kennedy Center
In these uncertain times, the Kennedy Center remains deeply committed to providing educational resources and opportunities to teachers, students, and families. As such, Kennedy Center Education’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program has reimagined its professional learning opportunities by transforming traditionally in-person workshops to those that can be held online in order to provide resources that support teachers in both in-person and virtual classrooms. These workshops provide educators with arts learning and arts integration strategies that give students an engaging way to experience active, joyful learning—no matter the classroom setting!
CETA is pleased to offer four virtual professional development workshops in Fall 2020. More opportunities for Winter/Spring 2021 will be announced in the coming months!
For questions about registration, please contact
Teacher Fellowship Opportunity
The Mundo Verde Fellowship

Be a member of the next generation of great bilingual educators! After 5 months in a strategic and supportive professional learning community, you'll be ready to take on the bilingual classroom and better serve language learners with:

  • Foundational knowledge of bilingual instruction
  • A toolkit of best practices
  • A compendium of your practice and equity-rooted mindset in action

See for more details:

Application Deadline is December 10th

Come Work with Us!
NEW! School Partnerships Manager vacancy
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?

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:

Distance Learning Resource Database
View Our Distance Learning Resource Database
On the DC Collaborative's Distance Learning Resource Database, you will find a compilation of online and printable arts and humanities learning resources for students, teachers and families. It is our hope that materials on this database will be used to equitably enhance arts and humanities education, equitably, inside or outside of the classroom.

The database will be continuously updated with curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students’ at-home learning experiences as well as Professional Development for educators. These resources are free and accessible anytime.

Follow us @DCCollaborative on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see featured listings!
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.