Me2We Dec ’22

A GIFT OF HOPE AND CHANGE

Dreamline is celebrating the holidays and the power of a dream you can believe in by offering a FREE Dream Path SEL digital subscription to you and those you know using this code: DPSEL23.

FREE SUBSCRIPTION for TEACHERS/ LEADERS

Use code DPSEL23. This link is not on our main website. 

The offer is good until February 1, 2023, the birthday of Langston Hughes, and the launch date for the 2022-23 Dreamline season. Teachers who accept by February 1 will have full access to Dream Path SEL curriculum materials for the rest of the 2022-23 school year. We’ll conclude in June with a global celebration hosted in Philadelphia and including online participants from everywhere sharing the dreams they believe in. 

Dream Path SEL develops self and global awareness, visions of the future, and the Social-Emotional Learning skills to realize those visions.

Our Board of Directors authorized this because in the 2022-23 year they want every friend of Dreamline to be able to experience the flexible and transformative impact of this Dreamline curriculum – with its media-rich, authentic, activity-based approach to helping students reflect on themselves and the world, find a vision that compels them, and broaden their global perspective. 

Using art, writing, technology, and community-building, Dream Path SEL helps you find a dream you believe in because that changes everything

The offer also includes the assessment surveys built into the Dream Path SEL program that measure changes in empathy, agency, belonging, and pro-social behaviors.

Already, Cook-Wissahickon Middle School in Philadelphia, has started the 40 mini-lesson version of Dream Path SEL with 200 students in grades 5-8. 3rd and 4th graders at Howard Gardener School in Scranton, PA will start Dream Path SEL in January in a 5-session experience, and  9th – 12th graders at McDowell High School in Erie, PA are starting a teacher-customized Dream Path SEL program later this month. 

(Click the image for an interactive map to see where they all are.)

Happy Holidays for those who celebrate them. Please join in and pass this on.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DREAM PATH SEL

FREE SUBSCRIPTION for TEACHERS/ LEADERS

TIK TOK TUESDAY’S GETS OUT THE VOTE!

CHECK OUT this TikTok Tuesday that registered for more than 1,400 viewers back in November and hear what Dreamline Founder Jeffrey Harlan (and 4-year-old Sylvia) have to say about finding a place for your voice and making change in the world. 

COMMUNITY CORNER

A space for what’s going on with Dreamline community members.

Dreamline Art Teacher Forming Community  Around Her Work

Longtime Dreamline teacher Joy Waldinger has a newsletter you might want to check out. Here’s what she shared with us:

J. Eliza Wall (Joy Elisabeth Waldinger) is a Philadelphia artist, writer, filmmaker, and art educator. She believes that art is a powerful tool that can generate change and healing on a local and global level. Her short films have won awards in national and international film festivals and she has been published in a variety of literary magazines. In 2020, she published Like the Sun Holds the Moon: A Children’s Book, which addresses themes of separation and divorce, and for the May 2022 Lunar Eclipse, her book Like the Sun Holds the Moon: A Novel was published by Little Creek Press. Her newest children’s book (TRASH CRAB) will be coming out on Earth Day 2023! Sign up for her newsletter if you want a little more magic in your life to weave some order from the chaos. Her magic section is modeled after her Teaching Pedagogy. The Head, Heart, and Hands Pedagogy guides her art education practice since it integrates all three domains of learning: cognitive (head), affective (heart), and experiential (hands). Her previous collaboration with Dreamline has inspired her personal creative journey. 

Newsletter sign-up: https://mailchi.mp/eb615ebae200/j-eliza-wall-newsletter  

website: https://linktr.ee/j.elizawall

Me2We Nov ’22

THREE FOCUS FINDINGS

“Dream Path SEL had a remarkable effect on my students. As they progressed through the activities, they ALL became aware of an unspoken dream deep within themselves. Their Dream Banners are the outward representation of the confidence to finally speak those hidden dreams in a safe and respected way.”

THOSE WORDS are from Kathy Bosiak, one of the five dedicated teachers who gave us 90 minutes of their time on October 24th for a Dream Path SEL Focus Group. The group received Dream Path materials in the mail and then settled back to be students as we guided them through one of of the many activities in our media-rich, relevant Dream Path SEL curriculum. Then we listened to their feedback.

Here’s who was in the room:

  • Kathy Bosiak from Lincolnton High School in Lincolnton, North Carolina (population 11,000)
  • Christina Kimmel from Cook-Wissahickon School (PK-8) in the School District of Philadelphia
  • Randi Egeley from Mountain View Elementary in Mountain View, Wyoming (population 1,300)
  • Sabra Shafi from Shawmont Elementary in the School District of Philadelphia
  • Katrina Rachubinsky from Wissahickon Middle School in Ambler, PA (population 6,500 suburban Philadelphia)

We had viewpoints from high school, middle school, and elementary and from rural to inner city. 

Also last month, Dreamline was at the PAEA annual educator conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where we showed up with a nine-foot high Dream Booth filled with students dreams, our new Dream Path SEL materials, and had conversations with dozens and dozens of teachers at all levels. 

And here’s what we heard:

#1 GLOBAL OUTLOOK MATTERS

Teachers see students’ views narrowing in the current climate and coming out of COVID. They like the way Dreamline reaches across countries and US demographics, giving students unfiltered access to other students’ thoughts, ideas, and values. 

#2  FLEXIBILITY IS GOOD

Integrating new curriculum successfully takes balance and care. Teachers liked that Dream Path SEL resources are offered in a variety of configurations – 5, 10, 20, and 40 sessions of various lengths.

#3  SEL IN ACTION IS A RELIEF

From what we heard, a lot of SEL in schools is watch a video, then talk about it– again and again. Teachers were pleased to see an activity-based approach and an authentic context for integrated Social-Emotional Learning skills. 

TIK TOK TUESDAY’S BIG HIT

When Dreamline Founder Jeffrey Harlan started TikTok Tuesday, he was not sure who would watch or if anyone was really out there. But one recent post garnered more than 600 views (big in the Dreamline world) AND mega-TikTok educator Holly Clark (20K followers) just started following @DreamlineJeffrey! You can too. Here’s one of Holly’s favorites …

Our growing group of Dream Path SEL program subscribers!
(Click the image for an interactive map to see where they all are.)

OUR COMMUNITY GROWTH

COVID was tough on everyone, and especially communities of purpose. Educators were just getting by, and, while things are not “all normal” by any means, we are thrilled to start counting again. So far we’re up to eight school communities committed to connecting dreams. We’ll keep you posted as the growth continues and as we move toward an end-of-year gathering once again in June, connecting folks near and far to celebrate dreams we believe in. 

Me2We Oct ’22

Philadelphia’s EMIR Healing Center has been enabling healing from trauma and grief for more than 20 years. When they requested that Dreamline take an important role in their September 24 Day of Remembrance for families and loved ones of those lost to gun violence, we jumped at the chance – not only because of the impact and importance of this work but also because it was the first in-person workshop event we’ve done in three years. 

People of all ages sat to draw and write about a city free of gun violence or their dreams for the person they lost. You can see them on our gallery with Keyword search: EMIR. 

TIK TOK TUESDAYS!

Inspired by master educator and Tik Tok sensation Holly Clark,  Dreamline’s Founder and Director of Program Jeffrey Harlan dove into Tik Tok this month, launching a series of very short videos where he reflects on the role of dreams and values in our lives.
If you DO do Tik Tok you can follow @DreamlineJeffrey to see the latest. 
If you DO NOT do Tik Tok you can click below to see Tik Tok Tuesdays to date!

DREAM PHILLY FEST 2023 SET FOR JUNE 4!

Plans are underway for our 2023 year-end culminating Dreamline Event! We will once again bring together our entire Dreamline community celebrating the importance of dreams we believe in with a day-long program featuring thousands of Dreamline Banners, food, music, open Dream mic, dream-related activities and a keynote speaker to inspire us all.

Mark your calendars now whether you live near or far. The Pier’s 8×11 foot digital screen will bring in Dreamline voices from around the world to join the live community gathering. We can’t wait. 

Me2We Sept ’22

When fashion designer and social justice activist Zarinah Lomax, Dreamline Board Member Serita Lewis, and  Dreamline Founder Jeffrey Harlan met at the Cherry Street Pier last fall, they poured through hundreds of Dream Banners, noting ones that spoke powerfully about gun violence.  

That process culminated this summer with the installation of Zarinah Lomax’s “Apologues: We Are Here” in Philadelphia’s City Hall now through October. It was featured in this news story on one of Philly’s major networks.

Zarinah said the TV anchor cried when he read the closing Banner out loud. You can hear it in his voice. 

The installation is open to the public, and we encourage you to visit it if you are in Philadelphia. More information here. 

PROGRAM FOCUS GROUP

In the 2022-23 year we will are rolling out the Dream Path SEL curriculum program we created last year. To do that in the best way possible, we are inviting people to participate in a Focus Group where we will present the program and invite your opinions. The session will be held on a date in September. If you’re interested in more information and receiving an invite CLICK HERE.

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