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.

Happy (almost) New Year to all DREAMers!
Just in time for the new year, the National PTA has released their latest “Our Children” magazine featuring the role of arts education in children’s lives! Here is the link to the magazine:

Bonus: I happen to have a small feature in the magazine on STEM to STEAM (see page 18).

Great news: Sara Pennypacker features DREAM on her website, and she wrote a lovely blog about us. Here’s the homepage:

click here: sara’s homepage to get to her homepage and then click on the education tab…follow to DREAM and enjoy!

Children and parents from Maryland Elementary in Vista talk about the importance of the arts! View this wonderful short produced by Sun and Moon Vision productions with Center ARTES!

Video  —  Posted: October 30, 2013 by merryl in Uncategorized

theater for your school from CSUSM!!!!

Posted: October 24, 2013 by merryl in Uncategorized

Hi all,

Judy’s students are amazing and they’re adding shows.  Please see below and e-mail her directly to sign up your school.  

Dear teachers and school administrators:

Due to the fantastic response by kids and teachers alike, we’ve added dates to our elementary school tour of Captain Becca: the Feared Buccanner! Captain Becca, a play that explores bullying, is geared toward children K-4th grade and can be performed in a classroom or large auditorium. The show is FREE.

If you are interested please contact Judy Bauerlein at

Available dates:

October 29

November 5th , 7th, 12th , 14th, 19th and 21st


**All shows should be scheduled between 9 and 10:30. The performance lasts 20 minutes.


Becca is brand new at Apollo Elementary School, and she gets off on the wrong foot with her classmates when she shares with them her ability to transform the world around her. But will Becca go too far when the teasing gets out of hand? CAPTAIN BECCA, THE FEARED BUCCANEER is a swashbuckling adventure story about bullying, gender, and pirates.