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.
“Your Dream Path SEL program is truly astounding. It’s like a manual for growing thoughtful, tolerant, moral adults who embrace differences and have the capacity to resolve conflicts.”
Dear Fellow Educator
The quote above is what one experienced elementary and middle school teacher wrote about the Dream Path SEL program we released on February 1st. I hope you’ll take a look.
If I wanted to check out a new program, I’d want to get the key facts right away. So here they are:
What’s it about? Dream Path SEL curriculum meets the unique needs of our time by enhancing belonging, empathy, agency, and voice – all while building critical Social-Emotional Learning skills and fostering community. more here
Who is it for? Vocabulary and activities are created for ages 8 to 14 and are easily adaptable for older or younger students.
How long does it take? The program is designed for ten approximately 60-minute sessions or twenty 30 to 45-minute sessions. For instance, using one or two classes each week, you could do it in March and April this year or in September and October next year.
Where does it fit? The program is designed for integration in classes such as ELA, Art, or Social Studies as well as in programs for Advisory/Homeroom, Counseling, After School, and Camps.
What about assessment? We have two 10 minute online questionnaires that students take before and after. The questions, developed in collaboration with Penn State researchers, measure group changes in empathy, belonging, agency, and altruism or prosocial behavior. more here
Why now? I’m overwhelmed. Everyone is overwhelmed. Two reasons. One is that Dreamline brings hope. It is an “elixir” for the hopelessness and fatigue that surrounds us. The other is the program is so teacher-friendly that it lightens the load, as opposed to adding to it. But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself.
What’s the cost? It’s an annual subscription per teacher or adult leader to use with any number of students for access to the 50+ page teacher guide (for in person and virtual), student facing graphic lesson presentations with over 20 embedded vides of Dreamline Youth Mentors leading the program, and a 20-page student Dream Path Journal. All digital and also available in print. more here
That’s it. I think the other thing I would tell you is that it’s not just a great program for developing all the qualities mentioned above, it is quintessentially Dreamline, which means it’s about connection and community. It brings students into direct contact with each others’ dreams in a deep and transforming way. If you like, listen to Dreamline Youth Mentor Camille talking about that here or Ahmed talking about it here.
Please be in touch. I’d love to talk with you about bringing this program to your school or organization this year or next.
As emails and Zoom calls zip back and forth to finalize the web site, sign off on video edits, and make the Dream Path SEL experience the most teacher-friendly and transformative program we can imagine, Serita Lewis, a friend and Dreamline Board Member sent me this video clip.
He nailed it. You can hear Steve Harvey’s story about following his dream in the clip below. For me the center of it is this: “If you write it down and envision it, anything you see in your mind you can hold in your hand.” That’s the gift his father gave him.
And that’s the gift we want to give to students everywhere, not just those lucky enough to have a father like Steve Harvey’s.
Check out the video and take a sneak-peek at our new site below. Please join us in our mission to make real what we can imagine by sharing this program with others or signing up to learn more.
As I presented to more than 100 School District of Philadelphia teachers yesterday and as I head to the Future of Education Technology conference in January where I’ve been invited to talk about the importance of Social-Emotional Learning, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the groundswell of support for our new Dream Path SEL program.
Please take a look below and click to hear the voices of Dreamline Youth Mentors Ahmed, Camille, and Jade–a few of the more than 20 videos from them in the curriculum we are releasing 45 days from now.
Please help bring Dream Path SEL to public schools in 2022 by making an end-of-year donation or by sharing our program with an educator. Listen to Ahmed, Camille, and Jade first.
May the coming year bring us all greater peace and health.