Montgomery County Public Schools, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Washington National Opera are pleased to announce a new opportunity for professional development for classroom teachers wishing to implement authentic, project-based learning.  Building on years of successful use and development in a handful of MCPS classrooms, this approach to the standard MCPS curriculum emphasizes student engagement—which is linked to positive academic and behavioral outcomes—and utilizes key practices for developing SEL skills, addressing the achievement and opportunity gaps, and developing skills necessary for the 21st-century workplace.

To learn more about this program and its impact, please watch our video here.


Kids Create Opera: A Vehicle for Learning —Professional Development

Who can participate?  No previous background in opera, music, or theater is necessary.  The program is designed for K-5 classroom teachers or equal partnerships between classroom and arts teachers.  However, the professional development seminar is open to all:  classroom teachers, special area teachers, special education and ESOL teachers, principals, staff, volunteers--anyone who may assist in the implementation of the project.  

If you are not currently working with a classroom, please contact staff at akday@kennedy-center.org or (202) 416-8846 before applying to discuss your interest.  We welcome you to apply and to participate.  However, in the unlikely instance that we cannot accommodate all applicants, preference will be given to those who are most likely to implement the program in the classroom in the 17-18 school year.

While the program will be tailored to the MCPS curriculum, teachers from around the greater Washington, DC area are welcome to participate.  In the unlikely instance that we cannot accommodate all applicants, MCPS teachers will be given preference.

Program Description

In this program, classrooms form an opera company in which students write, compose, produce, and perform their own original opera over the course of a full academic year.  This project becomes the authentic vehicle through which the standard MCPS curriculum is learned.  In a process-driven, student-directed project, students take on jobs parallel to those in professional opera companies such as the Washington National Opera (WNO):  composers, writers, PR representatives, set designers, electricians, costume and make-up designers, and performers.  Each student becomes an expert and a valuable, necessary contributor to the company.  The opera is based on a socio-emotional and/or cultural theme, determined by the students and  derived from issues that are important to the class as a whole:  past themes include barriers, failure, longing, empathy, and judgement.  These themes allow students to develop SEL skills as well as to become agents of change and voice in their communities—both of which are vital to growth and engagement.  The program is incorporated into all subject areas.

To help tie student work to the real world beyond the classroom, the Kennedy Center and the WNO provide insight into the work of students’ professional counterparts in opera production through opportunities such as classroom visits from WNO professionals, backstage tours of the Opera House, and tours of the WNO rehearsal and costume studios.

What is being offered?

The Kennedy Center, WNO, and MCPS are offering training and ongoing support to K-5 classroom teachers who are interested in implementing opera creation curricula in their classrooms. 

Kids Create Opera:  A Vehicle for Learning—Professional Learning

  • 8-day intensive session in August 
  • Monthly support meetings for participating classrooms

Kids Create Opera Partnership

A limited number of schools fully implementing opera creation curricula will be eligible to receive the following from the Kennedy Center and WNO:

  • Classroom visits from WNO professionals
  • Backstage tours of the Kennedy Center’s Opera House
  • Tours of the WNO rehearsal and costume studios
  • Dress rehearsal passes for participating teachers
  • Preferential registration for age-appropriate Opera Look-Ins and WNO Dress Rehearsals

Registration

Please use the following form to request to be registered for Kids Create Opera: A Vehicle for Learning professional development offered by the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Education.  In order for us to adequately prepare for the program, all participants (teachers, volunteers, staff, etc.) must submit an online registration form.  Your answers will help us understand your current goals, concerns, and experiences as an educator.

Dates:  
August 7-12 and 14-15, 2017
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Location:
WNO Rehearsal Studios in Takoma Park
6925 Willow St NW
Third Floor
Washington, DC 20012


Materials:
All materials are provided.

Requirements:
Participation at all sessions is required; participants must commit to attending each day for the full time period.  
During the training, participants will go through a parallel process similar to that which students will experience in the classroom.  Participants must commit to participating fully in all activities.  

Fee:
Washington National Opera will cover the cost of participation for all attendees.

Credit:
If you would like to receive information about taking the course for credit from Trinity University, please check the appropriate box on this registration form.  Graduate credits will be available for a fee and will require separate registration steps.

Acceptance:
Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive notification of your acceptance into the workshop or if further information is required.  

Questions?
akday@kennedy-center.org
(202) 416-8846

Through innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive sessions, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and, ultimately, help to shape the best practices-improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts. 

The DC Educator Scholarship underscores the Kennedy Center’s commitment to increasing access and equity in arts education for students in DC. This opportunity, which provides five (5) DC-based educators or teaching artists with round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration expenses to attend the full VSA Intersections conference, is offered exclusively to educators at work in DC schools and the local community. 

The conference itself offers opportunities to attend experiential demonstrations, hands-on workshops, insightful lectures, and invigorating panel sessions to build your capacity to reach students with disabilities in and through the arts. Whether you are based in a special education classroom, support students and teachers as a contracted teaching artist, or work in any setting in between, you are sure to develop skills and forge new connections that will push your practice forward! Additionally, through partnerships with local education agencies, you will receive a letter certifying your completion of 15 professional development hours. 

Applicants will be notified of their status by June 9, 2017. Scholarship recipients must commit to registering for the conference by the early-bird deadline of June 30, 2017. Additionally, recipients must commit to participation in brief impact surveys at the completion and at one semester post-completion. Preference will be given to first-time Intersections attendees and to educators working with the Kennedy Center’s DC School and Community Initiatives. The VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference will be held at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX on August 6th and 7th, 2017.

The My Tix Community Group Program has been developed to provide access to Kennedy Center performances to those who otherwise may not be able to attend due to limited financial resources. Attendance is coordinated through organizations that provide direct service to the following priority groups: (1) persons with disabilities, (2) pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students, (3) current and/or former members of the armed forces (including veterans with and without disabilities), and (4) senior citizens.

Your school is invited to apply for participation in the Get on the Bus program, a DC School and Community Initiatives project inspired by America’s Promise Alliance.

Get on the Bus supports 
attendance of students from Title I schools to attend a Kennedy Center school day performance. The Get on the Bus program can provide support for a group of up to 50 (includes students and chaperones) to attend a Kennedy Center performance inclusive of costs for tickets and bus transportation or for a group of up to 100 (includes students and chaperones) to attend a Kennedy Center performance, inclusive of tickets only. If a group would like to purchase more tickets to serve its entirety, the Kennedy Center will reserve tickets on the group’s behalf and invoice the group for the extra tickets after the performance. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with support honored on a first-come, first served basis 
and until funding for the program is exhausted. We can only accept one application per school. 

Detailed information about eligible performances may be found in the 2016-2017 Kennedy Center Performances for School Groups brochure. You may also review the performances online by visiting www.kennedy-center.org/schoolbrochureOnce you have completed and submitted the following application, you will receive notification concerning the status of your request within three weeks after your submission. 

For questions pertaining to the Get on the Bus program, please contact Sirena Dib, Program 
Assistant, DC School and Community Initiatives, at (202) 416-8803.
All children with disabilities, grades PreK-12* (or equivalent), from around the world are eligible to submit artwork to this VSA International Art Program. Group projects are accepted so long as all artists are students with disabilities.

Only visual art will be accepted.

Art must be an original work that has been completed within the last year and attributable to the artist or artists.

Artwork Specifications
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2-D pieces only. Examples include: painting, drawing  (charcoal, pen & ink, graphite/ colored pencil, marker, etc.), oil or chalk pastel, mixed media/collage, photography (digital or darkroom)
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2-D photographs of 3-D work accepted

Artwork on must be one of the following standard sizes:
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8 in x 10 in (standard for: canvas, photographs)
- 9 in x 12 in (standard for: canvas, construction/drawing paper)
- 11 in x 14 in (standard for: canvas, photographs)
- 12 in x 18 in (standard for: construction/drawing paper)
- 18 in x 24 in (standard for: canvas, construction/drawing paper)

- Submitted paper-based artwork will be matted and framed by VSA
- Submitted canvases must be canvas board or stretched canvas, and may or may not be framed by VSA


Applicants must submit their artwork electronically. By submitting artwork, applicants acknowledge that their artwork may be displayed on an online gallery of artwork and may be selected to be part of the exhibition in Washington, D.C.  Any artwork selected for physical display shall become the property of VSA and the Kennedy Center, and may not be returned to the artist.

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call for entry. Photographs of three-dimensional works are permitted. Applicants must allow enough time to prepare their images to the specifications and finalize the electronic submission process prior to the midnight (EST) deadline of June 7, 2017.

VSA and the Kennedy Center are not responsible for submissions that are incomplete or that fail to upload.

Art selection will be at the discretion of VSA and based on their evaluation of the artwork submitted.

The artist's guardian agrees to allow VSA the right to use their submission for public relations purposes, including broadcast, print, and electronic media.

*Ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Kennedy Center Internships : Program Description

The Kennedy Center Internship Program is a holistic and rigorous professional development program designed to elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts, cultural, and non-profit fields. Kennedy Center Interns spend a significant amount of their time at the Kennedy Center in individual placements, gaining valuable work experience and technical skills in their chosen field. Additionally, Kennedy Center interns spend 5-10 hours each week participating in the various components of the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum in order to increase leadership potential and fluency in the non-profit and cultural sectors.

The Kennedy Center Internships: Placement

Each intern works in a specific placement that aligns with their academic and professional interests, under the supervision of a supervisor or team of supervisors in that department. Interns and supervisors work together to create goals and objectives that align with the projects in each internship, and will guide the intern through their time at the Kennedy Center. 

The Kennedy Center Internships:  Curriculum

Participation in the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum is required, and includes the following:

  • KC Class- Offered Wednesday afternoons for 2 hours, KC Classes are taught by Senior Leadership at the Kennedy Center. Interns participate in group discussion and case study analysis, complete readings, and collaborate on presentations with their fellow interns. The KC Class curriculum builds on the specific skills interns learn in their placements to begin to prepare the interns for leadership in the field.  Interns are required to attend KC Class every Wednesday. Up to 2 unexcused absences will be allowed. KC Class topics will include Strategic Planning; Gap Analyses; Components of Non-Profit Programming, Fundraising, and Budget; Community Engagement; and Measurement. KC Class will culminate in groups presenting a Final Project. 
  • Look-Ins- Offered once a week on varying days, Look-Ins are hosted by directors and managers from the many different departments at the Kennedy Center. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend a select number of Look-Ins.  

  • Professional Development Workshops- Workshops address critical skills that will help interns compete in today's selective job market. Current Professional Develop Workshops include interview skills, utilizing personal digital branding, networking and resume workshops, workplace habits and listening styles. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend Professional Development Workshops.

Are You Eligible for the Kennedy Center Internships?

Our program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students to experience a fast-paced, nationally-recognized performing arts institution,  and develop as leaders in their fields. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in an undergraduate program, have obtained their undergraduate degree within one year of the time of application, or be currently enrolled in a master's program. International applicants are encouraged to apply; however, the Kennedy Center does not sponsor visas. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be asked to provide proof of visa at the time of application.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 7, 2016.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

Due: Date on which 100% of deliverables have been completed, or by September 6, 2017.
  • Remember your login information once you’ve created a Submittable account. You can use it for any Kennedy Center application or form in the Submittable system.
  • Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab.
  • Click the Submit button when you are finished with your report. If you need to re-enter it at after submission, click the application number under Submissions in your account and click on Request Edits.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.