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A Year of Impact: Our 2019-2020 Progress Report

The 2019-2020 school year was certainly one to remember. For our community, it was a year of overcoming immense unforeseen challenges, modeling resilience and grit for students across the country, and leaning on one another for support in the midst of it all. Despite the difficulties, the 2019-2020 school year filled us with renewed energy and vision for our mission: to connect systemically under-resourced communities with inspiring and knowledgable DreamSpeakers that can help students see what they can be. 

Check out our recently released 2019-2020 Progress Report or read highlights on our blog!

Educator Spotlight: Brittany Keesecker

DreamWakers has the privilege of working with a community of dedicated DreamEducators across the U.S. We are consistently reminded of their adaptability, passion, and resilience that supports students down the path of success. In a new feature, our Educator Spotlight, we are excited to highlight through Q&A the fabulous work of Mrs. Brittany Keesecker, a mathematics educator at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. 

Q: Why did you choose to be an educator?
My dad was an educator and basketball coach at the school district I attended. I was his biggest fan, at every game, front and center. The sense of "family" and authentic relationships that were built through school and basketball was what really inspired me to become an educator. 

Q: What has been the most fulfilling experience in your career thus far?
Watching my students grow, both academically and emotionally. Watching them become more compassionate, collaborative, curious, and positive throughout our time together is something that makes my heart happy. 

Q: If you could have a flashchat with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would love to have a flashchat with the late Kobe Bryant. His work ethic, drive, and perseverance were so empowering as I was growing up. I would love an opportunity to hear his perspective on ALL things (especially now that I am an adult), and use the "Mamba Mentality" to continue growing!

Q: What is your dream for the future?

Educators: Join DreamWakers Today!
New Year, Fresh Flashchat Offerings!
DreamWakers and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) are bringing the innovative Peace Trail on the National Mall into your classroom!

The virtual walking tour is anchored at the gorgeous USIP office building and traces a path through a dozen other key Washington, DC sites.The journey is told through a “peace lens,” elevating stories of key figures, institutions, and moments in history that demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to peace. 

Bring the National Mall into your classroom by signing up here.
Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. They say, ‘we make software for people who make things’ — things like buildings, movies, manufactured goods, and more.

For this series, 6th- through 10th-grade classrooms can engage in interactive, visually exciting, and inspirational flashchats featuring a diverse range of speakers from Autodesk. Flashchats are intended to spark interest in STEM themes and highlight diverse careers fields from robotics to finance to sustainability and much more.

Book your STEM flashchat here!
Financial literacy, often left out of formal classroom curriculum, is an integral part of students' future success — and a group of DreamSpeakers are here to ensure skills like budgeting and money management are at the forefront of conversation!

This series will feature finance all-stars, such as DreamSpeaker Audric Smith of The Siegfried Group, sharing about the importance of personal finance and strategies to build students' skillsets before they reach adulthood. 

Sign up here for a flashchat focused on financial literacy.

In addition to these exciting flashchat offerings, whether your school is fully virtual, hybrid, or back in the physical building, we are always here to match you with an exceptional speaker for a flashchat relevant to what your class is studying. Just let us know what you're looking for on the flashchat request form!


Believing kids can't be what they can't seeDreamWakers works to close the opportunity gap for students in under-resourced schools by providing them with the unique opportunity to meet professionals from diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives beyond their city limits. Through interactive virtual sessions via video chat, DreamWakers connects classrooms across the U.S. with dynamic role models in a wide array of professional sectors, shedding light on the real-world applicability of course lessons, while inspiring the next generation of leaders to envision and prepare for their own future.

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