(Washington, DC)-The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative recently held a make-up Teacher Orientation event for nearly 70 teachers at Source Theatre, where the Collaborative is a resident organization.
Poet Patrick Washington, regular performer on HBO’s DefJam poetry program, opened the meeting with an inspiring spoken word performance, touching on the themes of resilience in the face of adversity. Mr. Washington, who provides in-school residencies through DC Collaborative member American Poetry Museum, described the art of poetry as taking a journey toward empowerment. ‘Poems give our students their voice,” he said.
The purpose of the event was to guide teachers in the process of participating in the DC Collaborative’s Arts for Every Student (AFES) program which provides free transportation and tickets to arts and humanities events for DC public and charter public schools. The DC Collaborative works with volunteer key communicators teaching in participating schools. The forum provided a session for experienced key communicators to preview upcoming trips and taught new key communicators how to register their schools for these trips offered by DC Collaborative member organizations.
Highlights of the event included a motivating talk by Principal Patrick Pope who encouraged teachers to make the most of arts in their schools to strengthen and invigorate their school communities, “You are the teacher leaders helping to advance the power of arts education in DC schools,” he said.
DC Collaborative members, including the Kreeger Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the American Poetry Museum presented their programs for the 2011-2012 school year.
“The DC Collaborative members are offering an incredibly varied set of quality cultural events again this year. Our 2011-12 catalogue is a snapshot of the rich set of arts and humanities opportunities available to teachers and students in DC,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the DC Collaborative.
DC Collaborative team members also reviewed the Arts for For Every Student program structure, as well as the registration process for student trips and for teacher professional development workshops.
Some key points from the orientation:
- The opening date for online student trip registration is Monday, September 12, 2011, which kicks off the same week as National Arts in Education Week
- A school’s Key Communicator for AFES trips may access the AFES Online Registration site at www.dccollaborative.org.
- As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions, 202-204-7750, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the DC Collaborative:
Nearly 70 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 for Every Student and the Arts Education Initiative.