DKN april

unnamedThis Dream Keeper News explains what we are offering for our schools that are dealing with a whole new world and to our students who are at home. It has some of the details of what has come out of many hours of group Zoom calls, simulating student experiences with focus groups of both seasoned educators and community members relatively new to our program.

The result is something that will serve us well–now and in years to come. We are creating access for everyone–or as many people as we possibly can–and that has ALWAYS been the goal of Dreamline. Nothing new there. But the urgency of creating all phone-friendly materials that really work is right now, and we’ve got it.

Below is an outline of how our Dreamline Abundance Program works, followed by our schedule of required information calls for participation with a group, and the rollout timeframe.

Very Briefly in other news, our Home Depot Mexico fundraiser continues to break giving records week after week, our Abundance Mask Sales program (link at the bottom) is off and running with our first large order of 200 just in to serve a homeless shelter, and we are working weekly to stay on track of a June 7 ALL DIGITAL Dream Philly Festival.

Below is the real news, and it’s news I want you to share.

If you want to participate with students, you need to sign up for an information and training Zoom call. Max 25 participants per call.
Thursday April 16
1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Tuesday, April 21 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Thursday April 23 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
 SIGN UP  bit.ly/abundancetrain

PROGRAM MATERIALS WILL BE SENT TO TRAINING CALL PARTICIPANTS BY MAY 1.
WE ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS COMPLETE THE PROGRAM BY JUNE 1 TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR JUNE 7 ONLINE DREAM FESTIVAL.


Traditionally, students create cloth Dream Banners in school or other groups. Now they can have the same group experience with a smartphone, three pieces of paper, and something to write with.

The ABUNDANCE program has four segments. Each can be done with live Zoom or asynchronously with students doing activities and reporting back to their teacher.
LIVE ZOOM
Large group presentation to start, then discussIon and activities in breakout rooms. 40-minute lessons.
ASYNCHRONOUS
Watch phone formatted video that simulates live version, allowing students to pause video to follow activity directions and to email work to teacher.  Self-paced.

We begin with a Dreamline program introduction by me, explaining that Dreamline helps us focus on purpose for eduction and our lives–a perspective that helps us in this time of individual isolation AND global connection.

Students are then led through an exploration of a set of six Dream Banners in phone format. For live video sessions, this is in small group  discussion. All students do the YOU/NEW activity using one side of the first sheet of paper.

In the example below from Veracruz, Mexico, students will  also see a translation to English and the play button for a recording of the student speaking their dreams in Spanish.
Different Banner Collections are used for different age groups of students so they are age and language appropriate. 

In the “Inside-Selfie” lesson, students do the reflection and rough draft work to create a Dreamline Banner that’s

  1. grounded in personal values
  2. looks to the future, and
  3. is connected to others with hashtags.

Students see examples of values written by second graders in West Philadelphia and 9th graders in Haiti, then write their own. They use the other side of the first sheet of paper.

Next for the Inside Selfie is a look at dreams for the future, preceded by a quick introduction to US Poet Langston Hughes and followed by prompts for imagining a change to make your world a better place in 20 years from now.
For this activity they use one side of their second sheet of paper.

The last part of the “Inside-Selfie” is a connection of our dreams to others’ dreams through hashtags. Students brainstorm hashtags they know that fit their dream and also learn about and use the UN Global Goal (or SDG) hashtags for the Dreamline program. These make the dream topics searchable in our online Gallery of thousands.
For this activity, students use the other side of their second sheet of paper.

“Dream Keeper” is an OFFLINE activity which will take up to 90 minutes.
Students create their final Dream Banner on paper including Values, Dreams–in art and words–and Hashtags. It is done on the third sheet of paper, following prompts students receive after completing the activities above.

When their Dream Banner is complete, students use a phone or tablet to photograph their Dream Banner and then make an audio recording of themselves speaking the words on it. Then, according to our arrangements with the teachers, students upload the photo and audio file or email it directly to their teacher.

After teachers approve the content, it is uploaded to the Dreamline Gallery by the teacher or authorized adult using the Dreamline Mobile app for iPhone or Android.

In some settings, teachers or other authorized adults will receive the digital files and create offline fabric Dream Banners and Dreamlines using an Abundance Materials Kit.

In a final session, students with access to Zoom meet in breakouts to share individual work. Students who are participating asynchronously complete an activity to examine and respond to their classmates’ Dream Banners posted on the Dreamline Gallery.

Groups that have had fabric banners created from digital files can display them in food stores or other public places to inspire and connect. Each Banner is QR coded to connect to the online version with any phone so our dreams for a better tomorrow spread far, fast, and safely.

If you want to participate with students, you need to sign up for an information and training Zoom call. Max 25 participants per call.

Thursday April 16 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Tuesday, April 21 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
Thursday April 23 1:00pm (13:00) & 8:00 pm (20:00) EDT (UTC-4)
SIGN UP  bit.ly/abundancetrain

PROGRAM MATERIALS WILL BE SEND TO TRAINING CALL PARTICIPANTS BY MAY 1.
WE ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS COMPLETE THE PROGRAM BY JUNE 1 TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR JUNE 7 ONLINE DREAM FESTIVAL.

 

ABUNDANCE MASKS–Customizable, Water Resistant & Dream Building!

ABUNDANCE MASKS – Customizable, Water Resistant & Dream Building
$2.50

These are masks we make from repurposed Dream Banner material and ribbon and ship to you. You can write or draw on the nonwoven fabric to make your mask send positive messages to all you meet. Proceeds help fund our Abundance Program. 

 

DKN march

unnamedOut an abundance of dreams, we are creating something together that transcends fear, and taps into creative connections everywhere. Times like these are when we need that connection more than ever.

This March Dreamkeeper News introduces our Out of an ABUNDANCE OF DREAMS Program for schools not in session.  We also celebrate a community outpouring of support and creative design in the Not Only From Olney, first-ever Dreamline art gallery installation.

And this past month more than 250 images from students at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Delphi programs went online through Dreamline World to accompany their installation at Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House (where each banner is phone readable!) – and just in time. We’ll also highlight a new Banner Samples page you’ll love and give a quick update on June 7.

To follow on the February news for our Home Depot in Mexico program, Eduardo, Celina, and Amanda had a fantastically successful Dreamline Mexico Road Trip in February, bussing for four days across Veracruz and creating a wave of support from Home Depot employees. Enjoy all 29 photos in our FB album HERE.  


OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF DREAMS

CREATING AND ASSEMBLING DREAMLINES REMOTELY AND SAFELY

When Marzieh Abedi from Iran and Vivian Sun from San Francisco got in touch with me, we got to work. Both had the same concern. Marzieh’s students at Farzanegan 1 High School were signed up to participate in Dreamline but were not in session (weeks ago), and Vivian’s volunteers from Salesforce Corporation wanted to support Dreamline–without physically going to schools. What we came up with is the Dream Abundance Program where any group of students with access to a device for video and audio–phone, tablet, or computer–and a piece of paper can have the full Dreamline experience. The end result is a physical Dreamline of safe digitally interactive Banners for public display and a global digital Dreamline of humanly interactive hope!

OUR STUDENTS NEED YOUR HELP as a volunteer or donor to this program to keep their dreams alive now, when the connection matters most!
If you’re a student group leader, you can apply now to participate and bring Dreamline to your students while they’re at home.
Click the logo or link to get started.

Out of an ABUNDANCE OF DREAMS

JUST IN TIME DREAMS

INSTALLATION OF MUSEUM DREAMS AT RMH PHILADELPHIA BEFORE THE DOOR SHUT

This past week, I got an email from Erin Sullivan at Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House. It was to tell me that outside visitors would be strictly limited to protect the ill children and their families who stay there. But it was NOT before the installation of more than 120 beautifully crafted Dreamline Banners, created by students in the Delphi Program of the Philadelphia Museum of Art! That installation had gone in days before and will remain to inspire the house residents in the challenging times ahead. Many thanks to Joseph Iocona at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for making this happen, and just in time. Going forward, Ronald McDonald House is exploring Dreamline programming at this facility and others.
Installation Photos on Facebook

LIGHT, SPACE, DREAMS, AND CARE 

FIRST EVER GALLERY INSTALLATION SETS A HIGH BAR

From February 9 to March 1 for eight hours every weekend, people walked off the busy sidewalk near Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square to find moments of quiet, to slow down their day, reflect on the dreams of a child, and on their own dreams. This magical transformation happened because of the outpouring of community spirit, especially from Wendy Born (co-owner of the Metropolitan Bakery) and Joy Waldinger (art teacher at Olney Charter.) The result was our Not Only from Olney installation at Metropolitan Gallery 250 in Philadelphia. On the opening day, the gallery was filled with proud students, their families and their teachers from Olney Charter High School in North Philadelphia. They made the long trip to Center City to celebrate. You can feel the energy in the pictures linked below and walk through the gallery in our video interview. Our dream is that this is the first of many installations to come. It set an appropriately high bar for supercharging our students’ dreams.
Facebook Album
3-minute Video Interview & Gallery Tour

BANNERS TO EXPLORE, INSPIRE & SHARE 

A NEW RESOURCE FOR FRIENDS OF DREAMLINE THAT TAKES YOU AROUND THE WORLD FROM YOUR COUCH

In the online gallery at dreamline.org, as of this writing you’ll find 2,403 Dream Banners posted by teachers around the world. It would take you a while to look through them all. So for the sake of simplicity, education, and enjoyment, we’ve created a BANNER SAMPLE page where you’ll find three banners each from: China, Haiti, Mexico, Morocco, Tanzania, UAE, Zambia, and the US states of Pennsylvania, Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, California, Texas, and Alaska. Links from each take you to voice recordings in multiple languages, transcripts and translations to English, Google Maps of where they’re from, and links to share. Hope when you need it.
Banner Samples

JUNE 7, 2020
10 am to 5 pm (UTC-4)

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We hope that by June 7 we will have the green light for gatherings and that we can join in force–both in person and remotely–to celebrate the power of aligned dreams. However, …

IF WE CAN NOT GATHER,
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE!
We are already reaching out to supporters of our program at Zoom to ask about a donated license that will allow up to 500 on a Zoom Call! Follow us on social media @globaldreamline for the latest updates.

One of the things we all need in order to learn is community. That is why having schools out of session is so challenging–not because of the logistics, or access to technology, or disruptions to schedule. Those are all extremely potent disruptions to learning. But the disruption of community is, in my view, the most powerful disruption because we all learn socially. My dream is that out of an Abundance of Dreams, we will find ways to forge an abundance of community because that’s where care–and caution– starts and ends. Please be in touch about participation in our Abundance program and any other ideas you have for our Dreamline community.

Yours in abundance,

–Jeffrey

DKN feb

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Hello,  Friend of Dreamline. Here is your February Dream Keeper News!

To follow a few things from the January news, hope is on the ground in Veracruz, Mexico where youth leaders Edwardo Salas and Celina Bautista are launching a first-ever Dreamline road trip to four cities next week.  They’ll be training Home Depot staff about Dreamline to support Home Depot’s Dreamline sponsor program! We’ll be posting on social media @globaldreamline as they go! Training Last Week

Another follow-up and cause for hope is that the Dream Keeper campaign we started in December has hit the ground running, already raising over $16,000 in contributions toward a goal of $35,000. I’ll be in touch with some of you directly about that.  Of course if you wish to give right now you can do it here.

Hope on the ground is the theme of this month’s update so here’s the news:

NOT ONLY FROM OLNEY

DONATED GALLERY SPACE PUTS HOPE IN THE CITY

In one of the most foot-friendly areas in any city in the US, Metropolitan Gallery 250 is donating their space in February for NOT ONLY FROM ONLY. Opening this Sunday, it will be an installation of digitally interactive Dreamline works on cloth created by high school students at Olney Charter High School, in one of Philadelphia’s most underserved neighborhoods. Also in the exhibit will be Dreamline Banners recently created in  Veracruz, Mexico along with others in our collection from across the country and around the world. Foot traffic and friends will find hope a few steps away from the sidewalk.
Not Only From Olney

WE ARE THE DREAM KEEPERS WEARABLE

WORK OF ART ON A SHIRT CREATED FOR DREAMLINE

You’ll be stunned by the beauty, simplicity, and hope you see in the newly created art that’s soon to be wearable on a soft cotton shirt from local Philadelphia artist and longtime Dreamline supporter Grace Bridy. It’s in our store for pre-orders. Don’t miss this.
We Are the Dream Keepers Tee

LEANING INTO HOPE AT LAWRENCE MIDDLE 

NEW JERSEY MIDDLE SCHOOL BRINGS HOPE INTO FOCUS FOR 330 STUDENTS IN TWO DAYS

In a whirlwind of impact, Dreamline co-presenter Dan Lai and I taught 330 middle schoolers about Dreamline, hope, and direction, working with fourteen sections of students in two days. Transforming their library space into a sea of Dreamline Banners from around the world, students found shared hope from places they might never have dreamed of. And then shared their own. Look for an upcoming blog on this. Sneak peek: the soccer metaphor that really worked. What is it that little kids, all crowded around the soccer ball, don’t yet get?
Lawrence Library Twitter Post

HOPE BEYOND THE HORIZON

IN DISTANT JUNE DREAMS WILL FLY

Though we’re having one grey rainy day in Philadelphia after another, the days ARE getting longer and the 2020 Dream Philly Festival–with all parts and partners of Dreamline involved–is starting to warm up. We’re on Eventbrite, and the wheels are starting to turn. Mark it and make it part of your commitment to hope in 2020.
Dream Philly Festival 2020 on Eventbrite

One of the things I  believe strongly about hope is that each and every child comes to school with it. Life experiences often erode it. But Dreamline does the opposite. The job of Dreamline is to nurture what’s already there, and help that hope grow into confidence and action.

Yours in hope,

–Jeffrey

DKN jan

unnamedHey there, Friend of Dreamline! Here is your monthly Dream Keeper News! Our goal is to create something that’s quick to read and easy to dig into.

As promised in our inaugural letter, this month’s news has a more readable 5 item format (not 16!)

To me, January is Dream Commitment Month, a time to commit to our dreams in the coming year. I’ll be in touch with more about that soon.

Now here’s the news:

BUILDING A BETTER WORLD IN MEXICO
HOME DEPOT COMMITS TO 4-STORE FUNDRAISER 

From February 15 to April 15, every Home Depot customer who checks out at Veracruz, Poza Rica, Cordoba, and Xalapa will learn how to help students at 4 campuses of the University of Veracruz build a better world for all of us, starting with Dreamline! Through “Round-Up Register” funds and materials will support training of local graduates to carry the program to other campuses and get it going. It’s already on fire at Huasteca Campus, thanks to leadership from Dreambassador Amanda Earl! Check out this banner with student recording in NAHUATL, one of several indigenous languages spoken by students there–also with English translation.
Huasteca Banner in Nahuatl

DALLAS DREAMERS COMMIT
FIRST WEEKS IN MAY, VENUE IN PLAY

The DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) Dreambassador Planning Team is hot on the trail of a fantastic venue (African American Museum of Dallas we hope) and a time that works to host a regional (and their second) Dreamline Festival that will best last year’s by light years (even though last year’s was awesome.) With some strong support at the DISD (Dallas District) level, this project looks to be a trailblazer for other groups around the country. Keep your hats on!
Last Year’s DFW Dreamline Festival

KING DAY COMMITMENT TO DREAMS
DREAMLINE WORLD OUTFITTERS FEATURES KING DAY KITS AND MORE

One of the latest offerings of Dreamline World Outfitters, our new online store, is a complete curriculum kit for community groups to use on King Day to create a Dreamline walk-up activity table or in depth workshop. Our commitment through our store offerings is to focus on timely events where dreams connect and to support Dreamline leaders in work with lasting impact.
King Day Kit

ON THE GROUND COMMITMENT IN WEST AFRICA
NAMIBIAN PEACE CORPS TEACHERS TAKE DREAMLINE TO VILLAGES

With the help of WhatsApp low bandwidth video, ten teachers and I talked about dreams at the village level last week. This group of teachers-in-training are about to start their assignments and many will be packing Dreamline materials with them! Led by Dreambassador Sarah Kinder, they will connect across the country. Can’t wait to see the results!
Training in Namibia

COMMITTED PARTNERS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
MURAL ARTS PARTNERS FOR ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE PROGRAM IN PHILLY

In December, Mural Arts Philadelphia called a meeting with individuals from Dreamline, their Restorative Justice Program, their Mural Project Program, Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention, Mothers United by Angels, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Program, the Bianca Nikol Roberson Memorial Foundation, and Community Representatives from the Logan neighborhood.

We were there to strategize and plan “In Search of the Mustard Seed: Combating Gun Violence,” a program initiated by Mural Arts to use art and community action in an effort to raise community awareness and provide direct services to areas hit hardest by gun violence in Philadelphia.

At this stage of planning, it looks like there will be neighborhood outreach and programming, resulting in the creation of Dream Banners and mobile Dream Booths which will circulate around the city and be the inspiration for a mural project to be completed in fall of 2020. We’ll keep you posted as we work with this group, arguably the most successful nonprofit to create public art for public good in the country.
Mural by Planning Group Member Felix St. Fort


It is so inspiring to me to see the actions that committed groups are taking. In each and every case, it starts with one individual who then connects to others. That is what Dreamline is about, and we want to teach that skill to our children at the youngest age possible, then reinforce it over and over again.

In this time of fractious division in our world, we need programs that bring us together. We need commitment to those efforts.

I’ll be in touch soon.

Yours,

–Jeffrey

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