Dear Educators and Administrators,
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is excited to continue to navigate the virtual learning landscape in collaboration with you and our members of the arts and cultural institutions. Over the course of the fall, we have taken note of the challenges in our current model and have adjusted based on feedback from our members, teachers, and large stakeholders. We would like to first appreciate everyone for being nimble, flexible, and understanding through challenging times.
To better serve DC students and teachers in this climate of distance/ hybrid learning, the DC Collaborative is making further changes to better accommodate educator needs as well as the needs of our Providers. The DC Collaborative Team is issuing a new iteration of the AHFES program for the Winter Lottery in response to educator and DCPS central office feedback.
Please note that all Winter 2021 programs marketed, coordinated and hosted by the DC Collaborative’s AHFES program will be virtual and asynchronous only. Several organizations also offer synchronous engagement associated with their asynchronous resources upon request. In addition, all programs offered are FREE and at no cost to schools.
We are making these changes for key reasons:
- Ever changing learning landscape. The pressures of the changing learning environment in the DC public education system leaves teachers in a difficult position. Since changes to the school schedule seem to occur frequently, it has been extremely difficult to confirm a schedule for synchronous virtual events.
- Give more students access to programs. We were not able to serve as many people as we could have in the fall due to scheduling challenges (mentioned above) and the individual program capacity. Asynchronous virtual experiences will reach more students with flexible schedules.
So… How Does the NEW, Virtual AHFES Work?
Once you submit a program request to us, you will receive a link to a program that includes content and resources. You will then engage in this experience with your students on your own, on a date and time that works best for you and your students.
*Asynchronous programs may have a synchronous workshop component, to be scheduled by the AHFES Provider. The DC Collaborative will provide AHFES Providers with access to a school interest list which will automatically update.
With these new changes, there is no longer a lottery week for submission. The new virtual AHFES request form opens December 14th, 2020 and will close on March 1st, 2020. However, please remember to submit at least 2 weeks in advance of scheduling for usage. If you would like to request additional programs, you may fill out the same form again!
Watch this video which guides you through the submission process.
The following are simple steps to request and receive programs in the new virtual AHFES:
Visit our website and browse AHFES Online Catalogue for Schools for programs that you would like to engage with your students.
Click the “Request Program”button, which will take you to the DC Collaborative Winter Programs Access Form that you can fill out to request programs. (*Please read the complete School Partnership Expectations document: https://bit.ly/2LzhpBc)
Once submitted, DC Collaborative will email you with links to the programs that you requested on the date that you requested to receive them.
If any changes are made after you receive links from us, ex) change in numbers of student participants or the timeframe in which you will utilize the resource, please email and let us know.
On January 7th, 4pm, there will be a Q&A session on any questions that you may have.
Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding your program offerings or the AHFES program in general.
The DC Collaborative Team