Pirate Treasure Map Feature
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Roadmap

Spring Update: Highlights of all our news, works-in-progress and hints about what’s coming soon.

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Dream Workshop University of Cincinnati Facilitators
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Impact and feasibility of the Dream Workshop

A summary of a research study conducted by the University of Cincinnati to test the efficacy of a Dream Workshop and whether it improved children’s self-confidence as measure of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

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An example of how to make a wish list. A miniature, silver sleigh filled with cards to write your wish on and mail them to Santa.
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How to make a wish list

A wish list is a bunch of dreams that you want to come true. Here are three, easy steps for how to make a wish list. And our top 10 wish list items.

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Make your own dreamcatchers. Five examples using arts and crafts materials: paper plates, yarn, paint, feathers, beads, stickers, markers.
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How to make a dreamcatcher

A fun arts & crafts project for schools, families and friends. Follow the steps to create your own dreamcatcher to capture your dream before it gets away.

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OPA Review Book Review of DreamIt!
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Book Review by the Ohio Psychological Association

Dream It! A book review by the Ohio Psychological Association. Dreams, inspiration, creativity, passion, and imagination. In a fast-paced world where children face the pressures of standardized tests, lack downtime due to full schedules, and swap quiet time with technology, are these lost concepts?

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About 500 children standing the shape of a bicycle as soon from the top of the gym roof.
Stories

Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life

This is the true story about a man who bicycles around the world questing for the secret of life. His journey is full of many wonders, but he eventually returns home discouraged—only then does he discover the secret in the last place left to look.

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Dream Team at Parker Woods Montessori Elementary. The authors and University of Cincinnati facilitators.
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Improving social and emotional awareness using the Dream It! Playbook

Student’s using the workbook “Dream It!” had a scientifically proven, evidence-based improvement in optimistic thinking and perseverance (along with improvements in hope, growth-mindset and overall school climate) among elementary school students. Highlights from our most-important study to date, including lots of pictures and graphs.

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Focus group on community learning centers with the Northside Education Committee and Cincinnati Public Schools
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Learning how the education system works

If you’ve been reading our website, you’ve learned that we spent a great deal of effort learning educational theory, cognitive development and psychological theory, and combining it all with our own life experiences to form a comprehensive, evidence-based process for learning how to dream and turn those dreams into reality. However, one aspect of the book that is not apparent by reading it is all the work we’ve done learning how to work within the bureaucracy of the school system, connecting with community leaders and implementing educational programs.

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Mama Bunny gives Fluffy a very important letter to mail.
Stories

Fluffy Bunny

Read the original, award-winning story by our co-author, Sara, that she wrote when she was in the 4th grade. Reprinted here with an alternative ending and new illustrations by Scott.

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How to dream in 3 easy steps. Step 1) Fill your bucket. Step 2) Sort your treasure. Step 3) Build a dream.
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How to Teach Kids to Dream in 3 Steps

Wow! What another big honor. We got a story in the preeminent blog for psychologists. This article gives a great breakdown of the dream process and all the concepts are highlighted, so you can really dig deep. You also learn more about our philosophy that drove the creation of the book. Yay! Below is an excerpt.

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Doctor Sara Williams at the American Psychological Association's annual conference
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Improving Children’s Optimistic Thinking by Teaching them to Dream about Life Goals

We were honored to attend the American Psychological Associations 2018 annual conference to present the results of our study. This is a new analysis of our data that, essentially, says that young students perform better when they are taught the basics of socioemotional skills, like passion and goal setting, first before more academic subjects, such as reading, writing and arithmetic.

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