Dear Friends,
 Welcome back to school! As you get settled in to the new school year, check out what the Collaborative has in store for this month. In this newsletter you will find:
  • Fall Lottery Opens Next Week
  • AHFES Orientation Webinar Recording Link
  • Early Registration Field Trips
  • Trauma Informed Learning Professional Development Institute
  • InterAct Story Theatre Field Trip Opportunity
  • Gandhi Memorial Center Field Trip Opportunity
  • Cherry Blossom Student Art Contest Survey

We are so excited for the 2019-2020 school year and the opportunities we have in store for our school partners. We look forward to working with each and every one of you again. 


With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team   
Fall Lottery Opens Next Week
The Fall lottery will open on Monday, September 9th until Sunday, September 15th.  Teachers will be able to register for trips occurring during the months of October through December at this time. If you have not done so already, please fill out our School Partnership Agreement and send the completed form back  to In the meantime, feel free to look through our AHFES Catalogue to learn more about our field trip offerings.
AHFES Orientation Webinar Recording Link
Last week, we held a makeup orientation webinar where we went over AHFES policies and our new registration process.  If you were not able to attend our webinar or our in-person orientation in August, please access the recording   here. S chools are required to participate in orientation prior to registering for field trips in the online lottery.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to
Early Registration Field Trips
The following field trips are being offered on a  first come first served basis!  Please sign up using the registration link below. Transportation will be covered for both trips. If you have been awarded this trip, you should expect to receive a confirmation email within the next week.
Thinking Routine Thursdays
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
These age-specific tours, led by museum educators at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use Harvard Project Zero's Thinking Routines to engage students in an active process of learning about art from the 16th century to today. Students look closely at three to five developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, respond in writing, and make connections between visual art and their world. 
These tours are designed to improve students' vocabulary; observation and inference skills; and their ability to identify various artistic techniques and media. 
Dates: 9/23/19
Time: 10:00 AM 
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 20 per date
Duke Ellington's Neighborhood
Presented by: The In Series
Come groove along with the Duke's jazz piano! Take your kids on an interactive journey through Duke Ellington's DC and discover how a local hero championed African-American musicians, influenced the Harlem Renaissance and became an international star.
Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 45 min
Location: Source Theatre, 1835 14th St NW, Washington DC 20009
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Diversity
Medium: Music, Theater
Grades: 3rd-5th
Ticket capacity: 100

Trauma Informed Professional Development Institute

Professional Development Institute: Unpacking a Safe Space
The DC Collaborative and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities are co-presenting a special Professional Development Institute this fall. The theme of this PD Institute is "Unpacking a Safe Space". Ensuring students are developing their socio-emotional quotients is a necessary precursor to building a solid foundation for academic success. Join teaching artists as they share practices for the creation of physically and emotionally safe spaces through trauma-informed processes where risk-taking is encouraged and student voice and agency are promoted. More information about sessions will be provided in the upcoming weeks. We will confirm your reservation and breakout session workshops by September 16.

The PD Institute is valued at a cost of $150 per person, but tickets will be offered to DC teachers at no cost! Registration is inclusive of all institute's activities including a light breakfast and lunch, as well as the opportunity to win raffle prizes. This is a very special opportunity with limited space. Participants will also be provided with a participation certificate for 5.5 contact hours to turn in for relicensure credits.

Don't miss your chance to join us for this amazing PD event! For more information, please fill out an interest form linked below.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Friendship Collegiate Academy, 4095 Minnesota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Interact Story Theatre Field Trip Opportunity

Presented by: Interact Story Theatre
Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey's Tail Tale is an interactive play where children explore how we can apply elements of Character Education and Social Emotional Learning in the way we treat others...even when we are feeling sad, angry, or misunderstood.  Bob the Monkey is the smartest monkey in the land, and they want everyone to know it! Bob the Monkey wants what they want, and they should be able to get it! But why is everyone mad at Bob? Why is everyone so mean? Bob didn't do anything! In this interactive theatre forum, children follow Bob's misadventures and help Bob figure out where they went wrong, and how they could turn things around by showing caring, fairness, and respect. Led by InterAct's Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, audience members make suggestions about how Bob could do things differently, and watch Bob roleplay out their suggestions to see if Bob can make things better by making better choices. Does it work? What happens next?
Dates: September 20, 2019 & September 27, 2019
Times: 11AM & 1PM
Location: Montgomery Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The first 30 tickets for your school group are FREE. Additional tickets available at $2 each. This offer is available while supplies last. Please mention Offer Code COLLAB30 when ordering tickets. Please note that transportation has to be arranged by the school. Please email to reserve your tickets!
Gandhi Memorial Center Field Trip Opportunity
Presented by: Gandhi Memorial Center
Join Chitra and Lavanya on an exciting journey to India through the South Indian Classical dance form Kuchipudi. They introduce students to the different elements of technical and expressive dance, and show them how to tell stories using hand gestures, body movement, and facial expressions. Students get to see an Indian fable come to life through dance in this fun and interactive assembly.
DateNovember 8, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Duration: 1 hour
LocationGandhi Memorial Center;4748 Western Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816
Grades: 1st-3rd

If you are interested in attending this field trip, please email Srimati Karuna at 
Cherry Blossom Student Art Contest Survey
Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival holds a Student Art Contest. The NCBF is asking past participants to complete a feedback survey. Your thoughts and suggestions are highly valued and we appreciate your participation in this contest.
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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