Sign-up Open! DREAM 3 day July 21-23

Posted: April 23, 2014 by merryl in Uncategorized

Don’t wait to sign up – and share with your friends ASAP!   This summer’s exciting DREAM  3 day institute will be for all teachers K-6 and focus attention on arts integration at the core:  Common Core, Title I and kids’ learning.  Special guests include Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, and children’s book author (and DREAM officiando) Sara Pennypacker!  here’s the link to the flyer (please share) and the actual sign-up.  Incentives given for schools with 4 or more teachers attending.

DREAM summer Institute July 2014

The DREAM summer institute is announced!  It will be July 21-23 2014 on the CSUSM campus and open to all grades (with a focus on elementary).  Among the guests slated to participate are Carol Dweck, author of Mindset,  Sara Pennypacker, children’s book author, and Pam Kragen, arts critic, UT San Diego.  DREAM Arts coaches will guide you through lots of hands-on activities focused on “arts integration at the core,” including attention to the role of arts integration in common core, Title I, and assesing students’ understandings through arts-based activities.  Per usual, this will be a livley and engaging 3 day experience to write home about!  Here’s the flyer with links to registration:

DREAM summer Institute July 2014

Why Teaching Art to our Children Matters

Posted: March 4, 2014 by merryl in Uncategorized

Why Teaching Art to our Children Matters

 corrected link!

here is a terrific editorial from the Sacramento Bee 3/2/14 written by Joe Landon, California Alliance for Arts Education, and being shared statewide by the California Arts Council:

Here’s a wonderful (and short) letter that says a lot!  Thanks to Diane Ravitch’s blog for this share:

“We hear widespread calls for “outcomes” we can measure and for education geared to specific employment needs, but many of today’s students will hold jobs that have not yet been invented, deploying skills not yet defined. We not only need to equip them with the ability to answer the questions relevant to the world we now inhabit; we must also enable them to ask the right questions to shape the world to come.

“We need education that nurtures judgment as well as mastery, ethics and values as well as analysis. We need learning that will enable students to interpret complexity, to adapt, and to make sense of lives they never anticipated. We need a way of teaching that encourages them to develop understanding of those different from themselves, enabling constructive collaborations across national and cultural origins and identities.

“In other words, we need learning that incorporates what the arts teach us.”


The National Title I Conference just concluded with a bang!  The conference featured several sessions on arts integration including a big one on DREAM.  At the conference, Dr. Monique Chism, Director for the Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) program in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department of Education, Washington D.C.) made it very clear that not only could districts use Title I funding for arts integration and PD for teachers, they should use it!

Here is a link to the DREAM presentation from the conference  including handouts and a powerpoint. And thanks so much to Brenda Hall, the glue behind DREAM and our biggest cheerleader!


DREAM Team featured in CTA magazine!

Posted: February 6, 2014 by merryl in Uncategorized

Congratulations to Foothill Oak Elementary Vista teachers, principal, and CSUSM leaders featured in February issue of the CTA magazine!  DREAM teacher Laura Guyse, and DREAM literacy coach Laurie Stowell (CSUSM) have great pics!   The story is on Lab Schools and skip ahead to page 26 for the feature!    Congrats team!!!!

DREAMS of Education

Posted: January 14, 2014 by merryl in Uncategorized

Check out my latest blog on the California Alliance for Arts Education website…it features DREAM in the context of how capable our students are – including college students – given the opportunity.