The Teaching Artists Fellowship

Increasing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion competencies for practitioners

2022 Program Overview

The theme for the 2022 Teaching Artist Fellowship was Social and Emotional Learning in the context of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in practice. Teaching artist participants were divided into 3 cohorts facilitated by a Lead Teaching Artist, and focused on a specific grade band (early childhood-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-12th).

Main Goals of the DC Collaborative Fellowship Program

  • Foster a community of Teaching Artist/ Practitioners where collaboration and program feedback is encouraged.

  • Provide Teaching Artists/ Practitioners with concrete methods to make their programming more relevant to the classroom by increasing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and examining SEL to unpack inherent biases.

  • Develop a framework for evaluating the quality of teaching artist programs, inclusive of SEL and DEI, and relevance to the classroom curricula.

  • Cohort/ DC Collaborative Product- Develop an executive summary regarding findings for public consumption.


  • Fellowship Kickoff Meeting: 

    • Members of DCPS Central Office and DCPCS administrative staff and classroom teachers participate in a facilitated discussion with members of the Fellowship program and Master Teaching Artists.

    • Operate with Intentionality to listen to school-based educators about what they need in the classroom (virtual or otherwise) to promote a safe space.

  • Cohort-based convenings: 

    • Workshop 1 - an introduction utilizing the Arts to advance DEI through SEL

    • Workshop 2 - analysis of master teaching artists lessons and techniques in DEI/SEL

    • Workshop 3 - participants develop teaching techniques and activities utilizing SEL competencies 

    • Workshop 4 - Teaching Artists breakout into small groups with school-based educators for an interactive activity exchange workshop to hone SEL techniques

  • Cohorts will meet monthly as a large group to participate in Virtual Teaching Artist/ Practitioner Program Critiques and Open Forums. These are opportunities to collaborate cross-cohort and participate in connecting to curriculum workshops and other convenings with DCPS Central Office Staff, (including DCPS Arts and Mental Health teams).

Teaching Artists Fellowship Graduates

2021 Fellowship Graduates

Lead Teaching Artists

  • Sylvia Zwi
  • Regie Cabico
  • Karen O. Brown

2021 Fellows

  • Jeffrey Banks
  • Art Brown
  • Kevin Brown
  • Lionel Daniels
  • Ines Dominguez Del Corral
  • Magdalena Flamenco
  • Morgan Charéce Hall
  • Eric Hilliard
  • Katie Macyshyn
  • Michael Merritt
  • Karen Morales-Chacana
  • Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu
  • Lauren Ellis Scott
  • Melissa Strova Valencia

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The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of 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.