DREAM A WORLD EDUCATION, INC.

Teaching Children the Art of Living

Beverly Hills, CA   |  www.dreamaworldedu.org

Mission

Our Mission Dream A World Education provides social-emotional learning and an understanding of cultural diversity through an early childhood, arts-based education. Our Vision We envision a world where every child discovers the power of their own creativity, and understands how we are connected as a human family.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder/Executive Director

Ms. Bunny Hull

President of the Board of Directors

Mrs. Diane K. Kabat

Main address

256 So. Robertson Blvd. Suite 2288

Beverly Hills, CA 90211 USA

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EIN

27-0686657

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Title I schools, where the majority of students qualify for the Federal free or reduced lunch program, offer minimal, if any, primary grade arts programming. There is a need for programs that not only offer creative experiences for the youngest students, but also deliver programming that promotes students’ well-being and a culture of continuous learning and connectivity within the school. DAWE’s objective is to deliver primary grade arts learning experiences that are based upon on what experts in the fields of child development and education have consistently demonstrated: that the vast majority of intellectual development occurs early in life, as children absorb knowledge most effectively and efficiently before they turn six. By exposing students in underserved schools to the arts and social-emotional learning, we are increasing their potential to be successful both in and out of school. We teach them to think creatively, solve problems and envision their futures.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Secrets of the Heart™/Secrets of the Heart™ TV

Since 2008, Dream A World Education has offered Secrets of the Heart™ programs in Los Angeles County to provide arts, social-emotional learning, diversity, culture and language arts to children attending inner-city schools. Now it’s available wherever children are learning. Introduced in May, 2020, Secrets of the Heart™ TV standards-based virtual programming takes children on journey of self-discovery where they learn more about who they are and how we’re all connected. It is our goal to help parents and children “Dream A World” where the human family can live in harmony and peace.

In a new world of remote learning, Secrets of the Heart™ TV wrap-around program engages young students by inviting them into a learning environment that is interactive and fun and reminds them that they hold within them the power to navigate in a changing world.

This arts-based social emotional-learning (SEL) program is for children in their most formative learning years (ages 4 – 8). As they experience the richness of art forms that include music, dance, theatre, visual arts and puppetry, children learn about the universal values that join us as a human family. Year One workshops introduce kindness, courage, compassion, creativity and 20 other overarching themes we call “secrets.” In interactive video workshops, our Teaching Artists encourage children to appreciate the innate gifts with which they were born. The gifts, when used skillfully, give them the keys to live a full and happy life. Programming in Year Two focuses on Community and Family by introducing secrets such as determination, curiosity, awareness and identity.

The Secrets of the Heart™ TV curriculum is aligned with the California Arts Standards, National Core Arts Standards, Common Core Standards for language, CASEL Core Competencies and Social Justice Anti-Bias Standards. Our resources, the Young Masters Little Wisdom® books and music, on which the program is built, are used in Los Angeles County Public Schools and in Montessori Schools around the world.

Our Teaching Artists inspire children to learn at a critical time in their early years. As they learn how to work together, play together, respect each other and solve problems, they also learn about the diverse world in which they live. We inspire learners of all levels to become academically, socially and personally successful by exploring their aspirations and dreams for the future. Programs are designed to have a positive impact on the entire school community and maximize learning whether children are on or off campus. purpose.

PROGRAM ELEMENTS:

Orientation for teachers — to bring teachers together as active and supportive participants beginning with an arts experience and an orientation explaining how the program works.

Orientation for parents/guardians — to learn what children will experience in Secrets of the Heart™ TV and about the opportunities for family involvement during the workshops. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in a family art project—creating a vision-board collage that reflects the family’s future hopes and dreams. It’s a good reminder for everyone to acknowledge that we all have gifts to share, and when we use our gifts, we make the world a better place.

Six to twenty-four weekly programs (depending on program length selected) --- to blend the arts and academics and engage teachers and students in all of the activities. The curriculum guide and weekly lesson plans (available in English and Spanish) link the arts experience to critical thinking skills in Language Arts, Listening/Speaking, History, Social Studies, and the development of interpersonal skills. Each lesson introduces American Sign Language and includes an enduring understanding, i.e. Being Thankful, Kindness, Courage and Imagination, among others.

Final culmination — a culminating event for students, families, teachers and all participating classrooms as everyone joins together to share their dreams and celebrate what children have learned.

Materials — Curriculum guide, downloadable worksheets each week for students and parents in English and Spanish, and six award-winning Young Master Little Wisdom® audio e-books with MP3s for each student. Teachers also receive individual Visual Arts supply kits, one for each student per classroom.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Social and economic status

Our teaching artists, all highly regarded professional artists who have previously worked with children, participate in professional development to prepare them to work with children ages 4-8. Their training has included sessions on working with differently abled students, understanding characteristics of particular age groups, enhancing artistic skills, and learning ASL sign language.

The Secrets of the Heart™ arts curriculum is reviewed and retooled with our artists, assuring competency of our approach and that the artists are working together in shared projects to maintain consistency and continuity.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Social Justice and the Arts Teacher Training Clinics (August/September 2021)

Dream A World Education sponsors clinics and webinars to support development of classroom teachers (gradesTK-2) in Social Justice and the Arts.

The clinic model supports a place to “try on or practice” specific and useful skills that teachers would learn to support teaching children mindfulness, social emotional skills and promote an understanding of identity, diversity, justice, and how to encourage action.

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Artists and performers
Students

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are committed to ensuring the availability of arts education in grades K-3 and to delivering arts programs that promote students' well being and a culture of continuous learning in schools. Continuing expansion into Los Angeles area elementary schools where primary arts education has little or no presence is a primary goal. We are dedicated to helping teachers, students and the school community work together to provide the best possible learning environment for children. Dream A World Education's long-term goal is to become a nationally replicable model of a primary-grade arts enrichment programming that integrates social-emotional and cultural diversity learning components.

Through our student-centered residency programs, professional development for teachers and parent workshops, we have designed our arts experiences to focus on helping children develop a feeling of self-worth, of belonging and purpose. Our curriculum is based upon the Visual And Performing Arts standards for the State of California and is aligned with the Common Core Standards for language. Dream A World Education believes in the importance of arts experiences for children in grades K-3. Our music, dance, theatre arts and visual arts workshops teach students how to work together, play together, respect each other and solve problems as they learn about the diverse world in which they live. We inspire learners of all levels to become academically, socially and personally successful by exploring their aspirations and their dreams for the future. Programs are designed to have a positive impact on the entire school community and maximize learning throughout the school.

We have successfully accomplished our goals in each year of service delivery. Dream A World Education's board members and Teaching Artists are dedicated to fulfilling the goals of our strategic plan and to continuing our expansion into Los Angeles area schools. Our Teaching Artists, some of whom have been with us since the program's 2008 inception, are passionate about their work and have themselves experienced the value of the lessons they teach. Our founder, Bunny Hull, who is Dream A World's Education's Executive Director, wrote the program curriculum and also the books and music we use in our residencies and workshops. With the support, collaboration, and participation of students' families and the staff of our partner schools, we integrate workshops into the school day. Through multi-disciplinary arts experiences, we guide children in learning about the importance of imagination, creativity and connection. Children understand why they need to read and learn to relate to history and geography in a new way. Our programs connect the dots to their everyday lives, to critical thinking and social skills, literacy and core subjects.

Since our inception, we have served over 15,000 children, parents and teachers. The number continues to grow each year. We continue to seek funding opportunities that will allow us to increase our capacity to serve schools in underserved areas that lack arts education programming.

To accomplish our long-term goals, we are currently identifying organizations in key cities with which we can collaborate, deliver professional development and provide a tool-kit which include resources and curriculum.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    A poll of teachers who use our programming in their classroomsThe curr resulted in the the incorporation of the Social Justice Standards of the Southern Poverty Law Center into our curriculum and creation of Teacher Training clinics and workshops focusing on Social Justice and the Arts.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The curriculum expansion gives teachers and administrators tools to teach skills that empower children, strengthen their relationships with one another and provide emotional support as they navigate the challenges of learning and creating community in a changing world.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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DREAM A WORLD EDUCATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Diane Kabat

Dream A World Education, Inc.

Term: 2011 - 2026


Board co-chair

Ms. Bunny Hull

Dream A World Education, Inc.

Term: 2009 - 2026

Irene Ayala

Bunny Hull

Sheila Hughes

Kay Dennis

Cora Muirfield

Diane Kabat

Maria Rojas

Crist Malekyan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability