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:
Optionally, teachers may choose to take this course for graduate credit from Trinity University.  Additional fees and registration processes will apply.  The cost is as follows:
Non-credit:  $0
3 credits:  $375
6 credits:  $750 (additional course requirements apply)
(Note:  Once a credit option is selected, it cannot be changed)
If you are interested in taking the course for credit, check the corresponding box on this online registration form to receive additional instructions.

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
Call for Academic Papers addressing the Arts and Special Education
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education
Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series: Volume 4
VSA Intersections is a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking academic papers addressing critical issues of research, practice, and policy in the arts and special education for publication in Volume 4 of the Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series. This series spans a wide spectrum of art forms, age groups, and learner profiles to contribute to the body of literature that informs the emerging field of the arts and special education.

Through the annual VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and published professional development resources, the Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility aims to achieve ambitious goals that support powerful arts education for students with disabilities. This summer, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center’s Department of Research & Evaluation—and with the support and advice of academics, researchers, and practitioners—The Kennedy Center will publish a 5-year plan for advancing the field through rigorous research around questions of Access and Equity, Instructional Design and Practice Innovation, and Efficacy and Effectiveness.

With that bold agenda in mind, Volume 4 of the Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series will further the offerings of the first three volumes, available at: http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/edu_parents.cfm. Edited and published in collaboration with the Division of Visual and Performing Arts (DARTS) at the Council for Exceptional Children, Volume 4 will further lay the groundwork for the field’s first peer-reviewed journal, slated to debut in 2019.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017. Authors will be notified of their status by October 1 and provided with feedback from the editorial team. Final drafts of selected submissions will be due by November 15. The volume will be published in early 2018.

The strongest submissions will:
  • Be written in clear, grammatically correct English, using the academic, third person point of view. Citations will be provided in APA format. Maximum length is 15 pages, inclusive of references, tables, and figures.
  • Include a succinct abstract that makes clear the goal and audience for the paper. The paper itself will support these choices.
  • Address content that sits squarely at the juncture of arts education and special education:
    • Papers must address at least one art form (or art broadly) and describe the arts in an educational context, whether school- or community-based.
    • Papers must also address the specific educational experiences of students with disabilities or educators working with students with disabilities, and successfully integrate the above discussion of the arts with discussion of special education practices, policies or research.
  • Align with one of 3 identified priority areas:
    • Access and Equity addresses questions of fair and impartial distribution of arts learning opportunities for students with disabilities.
    • Instructional Design and Innovation encompasses instructional strategies and curricular approaches in arts learning for students with disabilities.
    • Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Scale-Up builds on innovations in instructional strategies to influence best practice on a large scale.
  • Integrate research where applicable, and provide evidence to support claims made about teachers, students, disability and/or instructional practice.
  • Integrate research where applicable, and provide evidence to support claims made about teachers, students, disability and/or instructional practice:
    • Case studies presented should be analyzed with an eye towards scalability of practice and/or directions for future research,
    • Best practices of exemplar programs should be highlighted and explained in ways that are understandable and replicable, and/or
    • Research studies should be placed in the context of the larger library of literature, with a discussion of where studies build on existing research and where studies lay groundwork for future research.
Our goal is to publish a volume of academic papers that represent the wide scope of players at work in this field today, with an eye towards shaping the practices, policy, and research of tomorrow. In addition to the qualities above, papers will be screened for their relationship to each other and the role they could fill in a collection of diverse works.

For questions, please contact Jenna Gabriel, Manager of Special Education, at JGabriel@Kennedy-Center.org.

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.

VSA Affiliation is established through the submission and approval of a signed VSA Affiliation Agreement and a completed Organization Profile Form.  VSA Affiliation is subject to review and approval by the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center awards VSA Affiliation status at its sole discretion. To better understand your organization and its programming, please complete this 2017 VSA Affiliate Organization Profile Form before March 1, 2017.

Afiliación a VSA se establece a través de la presentación y aprobación de un acuerdo firmado de afiliación y un formulario de perfil de organización completado. Afiliación a VSA está sujeta a revisión y aprobación por el Kennedy Center. El Kennedy Center da Afiliación a VSA a la entera discreción. Para entender mejor su organización y su programación, por favor llene este formulario de perfil de organización de 2017 antes del 1 de marzo de 2017.

L’affiliation à VSA est établie par la présentation et l'approbation d'un accord d’affiliation signé et d’un formulaire de profil d'organisation dûment rempli. L’affiliation à VSA est soumise à l'examen et à l'approbation par le Kennedy Center. Affiliation à VSA est donnée à la discrétion du Kennedy Center. Pour mieux comprendre votre organisation et sa programmation, veuillez remplir ce formulaire de profil d'organisation de 2017 avant le 1 mars 2017.

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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 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.

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.