Get Connected—Feb 2015 Dream Flag Teacher Workshops
Published on Feb 19 2015
Get connected with other Dream Flag teachers, new ideas, and your own inspiration by joining one or more of these free one-hour online workshops this year on Wednedsays in February.
Thanks to technology provided by our institutional partner, The National Constitution Center, we're able to offer online workshops from a variety of topics presented by volunteer Dream Flags teachers from around the US and abroad. You'll see and hear them on your computer along with the slide presentations they have, and you'll be able to text in questions and comments along the way. Last year's workshops in this format were great, and this year's will be better.
Check out the link below if you want to view video and resources from the 2014 Workshops last year.
2014 February Workshop Video and Resources
The workshops are free, but we do need you to sign up in advance to help our presenters.
#1 INTRODUCTION AND ART IDEAS
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 5:00 pm USA Eastern Time (GMT-5)
Veteran Dream Flag teachers Shelley Espozito, Ashley Kaufmann, and Trish Siembora from The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania will give an overview of The Dream Flag Project, highlighting approaches they have used with the second graders they've taught. Trish, an experienced art teacher across grade levels will give tips and directions on effective approaches to the making of the flags. Here's a sample of Trish's handout material from last year.
#2 DREAM FLAGS WITH BEGINNING READERS AND ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 5:00 pm USA Eastern Time (GMT-5)
One of our presenters for this is not able to present. The other (from Shanghai) will join in on workshop #4 on Feb. 25 so please tune in then.
#3 HOW TO BRING OUT THE DREAMER IN EVERYONE--DREAM FLAG POETRY
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5:00 pm USA Eastern Time (GMT-5)
In this session Dream Flag Co-Founder and Director Jeff Harlan will share approaches and specific techniques for eliciting the kind of honesty and openness that makes a powerful poem of any kind, and certainly a powerful Dream Flag Poem. His passion for poetry spans several decades; he has worked with Dream Flag students of all ages and supported Dream Flag teachers around the world; and he's had the privalege of hearing many Dream Flag teacher stories to share. Here is a sample of some of his lesson ideas for working with poetry of Langston Hughes.
#4 BUILDING COMMUNITY AND INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS WITH DREAM FLAGS
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:00 pm Easter Time (GMT-5)
In this panel discusson of teachers in Philadelphia, Alaska, France, and England, four master teachers will reflect on how The Dream Flag Project has worked in their settings to powerfully strengthen community and to build international ties.
Brandon Lee, a Philadelphia charter school community leader who now works for Legacy School Services will speak to his whole school's engagemtn in The Dream Flag Project over two years and the goals it helped him reach. (Video of Mr. Lee and students explaning the project.)
Laura Climmer (tentative) can reflect on effect makingDream Flags had on her multinational students at the International School of Paris.(Video of her students reading Dream Flags.)
Sheri Skelton will connect from the remote village of White Mountain, Alaska to talk about how The Dream Flag Project has served important needs for her community. (Article written by Sheri including Dream Flags.)
Jessica Brookes, an international traveller who brought Dream Flags to an orphanage in Columbia, will join in from England to share the power of Dream Flags in that setting. (Photos of Dream Flags in Colombia.)