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February 2014 Online Workshop Resources

Downloads and recordings of a series of on-line workshops presented by and for Dream Flag Project teachers in February 2014.

Notes on session video recordings: You will be able to see and hear presenters as well as their visual presentations and to see texting of the attendees.  (May require free download to play.)

There is sometimes 5-10 minutes of technical orientation at the beginning of the video.  It's the "I can hear you. Can you hear me?" part of it. You can move past this using the slide at the bottom of the screen.


When Brandon Lee, Community Leader at the Memphis Street Charter School organized The Dream Flag Project for all 700 middle schoolers on his site last year, he commented that Dream Flags naturally created “self-expression, vulnerability, and community,” realizing some of his primary goals as a community organizer. After learning about The Dream Flag Project, literacy coordinator Mary Pat Mcfarland in the Lower Montgomery School District, helped organize district-wide participation within three years. Hear these two accomplished organizers talk about ways The Dream Flag Project can bring your community together and some of the nuts-and-bolts of how to make that happen.

Presented on Feb. 5, 2014 by:

Bandon Lee -- Memphis Street Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, PA USA
Mary Pat Mcfarland -- Lower Merion School District, Western Philadelphia Suburbs, PA USA

Video of  one-hour session from Adobe Connect. -- will be posted when available. 
Brandon Lee's 9-minute video presentation including comments from his students. 
Mary Pat Mcfarland's Slides


Led by second grade teachers Shelley Esposito and Ashley Kaufmann from The Agnes Irwin School, this workshop focuses on appropriate readings and activities for students who are developing readers and writers. Emphasis is on literacy activities and framing The Dream Flag Project for this age group

Presented on Feb. 11, 2014 by:

Shelley Esposito -- Second Grade Teacher at The Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, PA USA
Ashley Kaufmann -- Second Grade Teacher at The Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, PA USA

Video of  25-minute session from Adobe Connect. 

Slides form Joint Presentation -- will be posted when available. 



International Connections and Dream Flags
The Dream Flag Project connects across borders. To learn more about how this happens and the wonderful benefits to students, view this workshop..

Presented on Feb. 12, 2014 by:

Dawn Flowers in Belize
Jessican Brookes in Columbia
Marie Odille-Savan in Philadelphia Area (Dream Flags in Zambia)

Video of  one-hour session from Adobe Connect. 
This one really starts after the first 12 minutes, so just move it ahead (unless you like the "Can you hear me?" part.

Dawn's Slides from Belize

Jessica's Slides from Colombia

Marie's Slides from Zambia

This workshop was led by long-time Kindergarten/1st grade teacher Jane Laties from Project Learn School in Philadelphia. She has helped her students create inspiring Dream Flags for more than ten years and has loads of books and curriculum ideas to share.

Presented on Feb. 18, 2014 by:

Jane Laties -- Kindergarten Teacher at Project Learn School, Philadelphia, PA USA

Video of  35-minute session from Adobe Connect. 

Book Project Created By Jane's Students

Dream Flag Poems by Jane's Students

List of Resources from Jane


Jeff Harlan, co-founder of The Dream Flag Project and lover of poetry lead this session, focusing on many approaches to poetry with different ages. There is a special focus on the poetry of Langston Hughes, how to help students interact and learn from the work of Hughes, and many prompts and approaches to getting student to write their own Dream Flag poems. This workshop also includes  Jessica Brookes co-presenting her Dream Board lesson plan as well.

Presented on February 19, 2014 by:

Jeff Harlan -- Sixth Grade English Teacher and Director of The Dream Flag Project, The Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, PA USA
Jessica Brookes -- Poet, Photographer, and Traveller, The Shanti Space

Video of Jessican presenting Dream Board Lesson (2:30)

Poems used by Jeff in discussion

Poetry Prompts Recommended by Jeff

  • Other prompt described by Jeff: 1) Write place in the world or person you're with or thing you're doing when you feel totally yourself. Happy, balanced, content. Two to three worlds. 2) 60 seconds free write description of the last time you were there or with that person. 3) Think about how you would blast that feeling out to the world. Now write a dream poem. 


With dozens of examples of Dream Flags and years of experience in fabric work, an experienced art teacher and Dream Flag supporter provides numerous approaches to creating the art for Dream Flags with your students. They cover techniques that range from the simplest materials to the more developed projects that have been part of the thousands of student-created Dream Flags from around the US and the world.

Presented on February 25, 2014 by:

Trish Siembora -- Lower School Art Teacher, The Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, PA USA

Trish's Detailed Printed Directions for Art Options

Slides of Sample Dream Flags and Approaches to Flag Art