75 days until Feb. 1

Dear Dreamline friends,

I am so proud to announce the February 1, 2022 release of Dream Path SEL. It will radically alter Dreamline’s accessibility. It is the first turnkey solution for supporting a transformational Dreamline experience in any setting with any teacher. It is the work of a far ranging, devoted, and diverse team.

Also in this newsletter you’ll find highlights on how Dreamline’s work is getting recognized for its contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as Social-Emotional Learning in today’s schools.

You’ll read about how the Dreamline experience has started to serve adult populations in a corporate setting, cutting across the same kinds of boundaries as it does with youth, and inspiring positive change.

Finally, you’ll learn of a complementary program started by a friend of Dreamline.

I am humbled to work with the individuals who have both supported our work and lauded it. Our nonprofit has grown from the vision and work of one classroom teacher to a global movement because of the support of individuals like you.


–Dreamline Jeffrey

a vision for the future and the competencies to get there

4 Units
10 Lessons
20 Sessions
activity alignments to Social-Emotional Learning competency skills of the CASEL 21 Framework

Dreamline’s meticulously researched, planned and resourced, CASEL aligned curriculum and engaging lesson plans make both social and emotional learning and meaningful service and action within reach for any teacher or coach.”

–Dean Harris, Dean of Learning, DC International School, Washington, DC

“Dreamline is taking an innovative approach to increasing the reach and impact of SEL programs. They are now embedding direct measurement to assess student outcomes – which will allow them to establish impact at scale.”

–Dr. Meg Small, Penn State University, Director of Health and Human Development Design for Impact Lab

Our new Dream Path SEL Curriculum is the collective effort of

  • SEL expert curriculum designers from SEL Horizons in Texas
  • an expert in DEI training and curriculum in Philadelphia
  • a leading assessment researcher at Penn State University
  • Dreamline staff
  • Dreamline Youth Mentors from DC, Dallas, and Morocco
  • an Educator Advisory Board with expertise ranging from Program Director at the African American Museum in Philadelphia to a seasoned Philly School District elementary teacher to suburban district reading specialists to the head of programming at two major museums to leadership at a leading independent school in DC to the head of education for Zoom.

The funding for its development was made possible by two major donors at our 2021 Dream Forward Gala, a matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and our Patreon sponsors.

For more information about the Dream Path SEL contact info@dreamline.org or click here.

ISTE Live 21 & Zoomtopia!

Dreamline was invited to be part of important discussions on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion along with Social-Emotional Learning as part two global conferences in the past six months.

At the annual conference of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) last summer, Jeffrey Harlan shared the stage with other nonprofit leaders as well as the Chief Diversity Officer at Zoom and the Educational Equity Ambassador for McGraw Hill to discuss the impact and relevance of DEI in our schools right now.

This fall Jeffrey was invited to represent Dreamline and its new Dream Path SEL program in a discussion of how Social-Emotional Learning is especially relevant as students re-enter in-person learning environments. This panel was part of Zoomtopia!, Zoom’s best practice conference with over 33,000 attendees worldwide.

S2 Holding & Dreamline

To date, 150 employees of S2 Holding, a Brazilian clothing brand owner, have engaged in a five-hour Dreamline experience, uniting and connecting people from south to north, and from C-Suite to factory floor.

“Sharing our dreams made our employees more empathic and united as a team. It is very beautiful and important to see the company taking care of us in such difficult times, and also allowing people to stop for a while just to dream. The best surprise is that even at work, we are still able to chase and fight for our dreams and we can do it…”

Mariana Egert, Marketing Manager at Cantão and Redley (S2 Holding)

For more about the Dreamline experience for adult groups contact info@dreamline.org.

Improve the World!

Finally, just last week Rushton Hurley, Japanese language teacher, author of books on engaging education & technology, keynote speaker at conferences around the world, and head of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, reached out to Dreamline to tell us about their new and very complimentary program: Improve the World! Check it out…

imagination – awareness – community – change

UPSTANDING with Darnella Frazier

Given the enormity of the task, the world requires an army of upstanders compiled of unapologetic young heroes like Darnella, Malala, Marley, Robby and Mo’Ne who want to see change in their lifetimes.  Dreamline is and will remain devoted to the task of supporting them.

Exactly two weeks ago today a jury in Minneapolis found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. The world breathed a sigh of relief, and then took a breath in to make the much needed statements about what must come next. Our inboxes were filled with articles and statements in response to the guilty verdict. They resonated with our own thoughts and feelings, and especially one from the Head of the Bishop Walker School for Boys in Washington, DC.

Mr. Molena focused on the momentous work that lies ahead for all of us AND on the spark that led us to this historic moment–the video shared around the world by Darnella Frazier. She is the teenager who, in Mr. Molena’s words, had the “awareness and courage” to take and share the video that made justice possible. And justice for George Floyd is justice for humanity.

Daniella’s awareness and courage resonate in these dreams from young people… just a few of the many many examples we have the privilege to amplify through Dreamline.

“…there will be justice for 400 years of racism.”

–a fifteen-year-old in our Martin Luther King Day program with the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
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“Every Body is Equal.”

–an eleven-year old from Prince George, Virginia.

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“… #RIP George Floyd.”

–a fourteen-year-old from Cairo, Egypt.
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“…I make a world where cops actually give blacks their respect. Where I stood up to a police officer for being racist and where the world is a better place because I did that.”

–a ten-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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In our best iteration of Dreamline, we support students, like Darnella Frazier, to be upstanders not bystanders, in the world they live in. We are here to help them make a systemic change in the world, addressing not only body-wide law enforcement injustice but the overwhelming disparities in common areas of life such as inequities of education, economy, and access to healthcare.

Given the enormity of this task, the world requires an army of upstanders compiled of unapologetic young heroes like Darnella, Malala, Marley, Robby and Mo’Ne who want to see change in their lifetimes.  Dreamline is and will remain devoted to the task of supporting them and adding to their numbers.

If we are to empower and help amplify the voices of our youth, we must extend to them every resource available to us. We must help them to trust in their own power and encourage them to embrace the role of lifelong upstanders who will, in time, overturn the tide of systemic injustices plaguing us all. 


Jeffrey Harlan, Dreamline Founder & Serita Lewis, Dreamline Board of Directors

Me to We: A Strategic Plan for Dreamline

Here is what we’ve been waiting to share with you–the just-completed Strategic Plan for Dreamline, our declaration of values, purpose, direction, and implementation.  It is our dream to share with the world, and how we will realize it.

This plan is ambitious and broad. It never could have taken shape without the tireless collaboration of our Planning Group, especially the direction and leadership of Bill Adair, former Program Director at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and Vivian Sun, Global Giving and Philanthropy Program Manager at Salesforce.

“The result of the six-month strategic planning process is a plan to create a transition from Dreamline’s current small scale operation and financial position to an organization that will serve thousands more young people and build a secure financial future for its operation. ” –p. 2

When I started my work with students and dreams as a classroom teacher, I could have dreamed of part of this, but certainly not all of it–and never how to make it happen. That takes a group effort. It’s a powerful example of how when we connect our dreams, greater things happen–what Dreamline is all about.  

Please take time enjoy the 9 pages of text, graphics, and photographs. We were fortunate to receive donated graphic design from GHI Design, one of Philadelphia’s top design firms, so it’s both informative and beautiful. Use the button below.

At this time of year, when gifts are the order of the day and when we are still struggling to create the moments of connection that make our holidays meaningful, it is with tremendous gratitude that I can offer this to you and that, collectively, we will offer it to the world. 

May the weeks ahead bring you increasing light, hope, and a growing conviction that we can and will move from me to we in the months and years to come.

DKN june


I am so excited to introduce this amazing group of youth leaders who are ready to roll with our next session of Hope Rising, our global online Dream Camp for kids age 9-14

Camille, our Summer Program Manager, and I just had a fantastic week of training with our Team Leaders. It was so inspiring to learn from and with this exceptional group of young people. Joining us from Morocco to LA, they truly exemplify the diversity, compassion, and deep devotion to making the world a better place that is central to Dreamline.Hope Rising is a fun, thoughtful, creative, and inspiring way to enrich the summer of all children ages 9-14.

Please share this with the families you know. Many parents are looking for but can’t find engaging activities available for their children this summer. With this team in place, we definitely can help and are excited to foster incredible cross country connections that can only grow over time. And of course, local friend groups can participate together too.Check it out, pass it on, and spread the word. Together, hope IS rising!


Jeffrey Harlan
Dreamline Founder

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