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JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Dear Supporter, 

Happy New Year! We are thrilled to kick off 2017 with three big announcements. First, we are sincerely grateful to all who helped us exceed our Giving Tuesday fundraising goal! Second, we are announcing our inaugural class of #DreamTeacher Fellows, representing 10 incredible teacher-leaders from across the country. Finally, we are looking forward to kick-off our partnership later this month with the Virginia College Advising Corps. Scroll below for an exciting and brief overview of each of these announcements!
 
As always, if you know of a teacher working in a high-need school who may be interested in working with DreamWakers to virtually connect his or her class to an exceptional professional, please invite him or her to apply here or hit us up for more information!

With gratitude,
The DreamWakers Team

THANK YOU!

We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to all who helped us exceed our end of year fundraising goal of $10,000. Because of your generosity, DreamWakers brought in $11,310 between Giving Tuesday on November 29 and December 31, 2016! We are incredibly grateful for and encouraged by your continued support, which will help us immensely in our efforts to serve twice as many classrooms in 2017. Thanks again!
 

#DREAMTEACHER FELLOWS

We are thrilled to announce our inaugural class of #DreamTeacher Fellows. These ten extraordinary teacher-leaders come from nine states across the country and are true trailblazers in their schools and communities. The #DreamTeacher Fellows were selected based on their proven dedication to their students, willingness to embrace technology in the classroom, and overall ability to ignite passion and future vision in all students. Throughout the Spring 2017 semester, our #DreamTeachers will host a series of ten flashchats with top DreamWakers’ speakers, receive exclusive education news, and have first access to our brand new portfolio of DreamWakers lesson plans. We are honored to welcome the very first class of DreamTeachers!
 
2017 DreamWakers DreamTeacher Fellows

1. Adam Kohler: 6th grade World History; New Orleans, LA
2. Amanda Koonlaba: 4th grade Art; Tupelo, MS
3. Donald Saint-Germain: 10-12th grade Computer Science & English; Bronx, NY
4. Erik van Houten:  6th grade Big History; Las Vegas, NV
5. Fadesola Ojeikere:  6th grade History; Newark, NJ
6. Heather Shotke: 7th grade Leadership; Rosemead, CA
7. Joy Delgallego: 5th grade; El Cajon, CA
8. Nicholas Lundberg: 5th grade; Spokane, WA
9. Tiffany Rivera: 5th grade; Chicago, IL
10. Valencia Angles: 6-8th grade Gifted Students; Tazewell-area, VA

 

COMMONWEALTH CAREER SERIES

We are looking forward to the kick-off of our partnership later this month with the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC), called "Virginia is for Job Lovers: Virtual Commonwealth Career Series." When we begin, DreamWakers will host 20 flashchats in VCAC schools. The University of Virginia launched the VCAC in the fall of 2005 to address the widening gap in college access for low income, first generation, and under-represented students. The Corps places recent U.Va. graduates in high schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia to work alongside counselors and other college access organizations. Currently 19 VCAC advisers serve 23 high schools throughout Virginia. We can't wait to  work with them to serve new Commonwealth classrooms in the new year! 
 

5,000 THANKS

Thanks to all who helped us hit over 5,000 fans on both Facebook and Twitter!

ON THE HORIZON

January-June: Virginia is for Job Lovers: Virtual Commonwealth Career Series --- Stay tuned for updates on our partnership with the Virginia College Advising Corps.

January 16: YouTube Launch --- Mark your calendar for the official launch of our new YouTube YouDream channel, DreamWakers Flashchats. 

January 30: NY Innovation Institute --- We can't wait to spread the word about DreamWakers to 150+ NYC teachers at the the iZone/iLearnNYC event in Brooklyn. 

March 6-9: SXSWedu --- We'll be repping DreamWakers this year at SXSWedu in Austin, TX. Will you be there? Let us know if so! 

TEACHERS: HOST A CHAT

Whether you are a new or a returning teacher, click here to book a flashchat today or email us with questions about how to get started! 

FLASHCHAT VIDEO: GROWTH FROM CRITICISM

New York, NY  <>  New Bedford, MA
New York Chef Sam Crocker shares how criticism helps him grow. 

ORDER TODAY: 2017 CALENDAR!

We still have a few limited-edition DreamWakers desk calendars in stock! Yours with a donation of $25 or more, it will help us serve TWICE as many students in 2017. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Remember to add "calendar" and a mailing address under the donation notes so we know to send one your way.

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