The DC Collaborative offers three ways for our members to engage with local schools through our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program: Field Trips, In-School Workshops, and Professional Development for Teachers.
Field Trips and In-School Workshops: Through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program, the DC Collaborative offers opportunities for all students in the DC Public Education system to take full advantage of the vast cultural resources available throughout the greater DC region. Students attended high-quality arts and humanities events an integral part of their education. Whether at cultural institutions or in-school, these stimulating programs entertain and inform students, while providing them with concrete, engaging learning experiences that bring standards and curriculum to life. Participating organizations supply teachers with preparatory materials, adding further incentive to integrate the arts into their daily lessons. This program continues to grow each year.
Professional Development Workshops: The DC Collaborative, in partnership with its members, offers Professional Development Workshops to all DC public and public charter school teachers, which focus on dance, visual arts, humanities, theater and music and how best to integrate these disciplines into their teaching practices. These workshops take place throughout the year at the hosting cultural organization and through DC Collaborative Professional Development series events. In addition to Professional Development Workshops offered by members, the DC Collaborative has hosted Professional Development Institutes which are day-long sessions focused on arts integration teaching techniques and cultural empathy/awareness.
Active dues-paying DC Collaborative Members and may submit programs to be offered in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program annually beginning in mid-May. Learn more about participating in AHFES as a member here.