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DreamMakers-DreamBreakers Curriculum

The Boy who skipped school How one teacher, using ISP materials, helped a student turn his life around Luckson, a tech teacher in Harare, Zimbabwe, taught DreamMaker-DreamBreaker lessons on Friday afternoons to students. Luckson smiled as he described what happened after attending a DreamMaker Conference last year in Zimbabwe, his home country. In Harare, Luckson,

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Portrait of Merced who teaches English in Ecuador.

Locked Down but not Shut Down

Going Deeper Merced, a high school English teacher in Manta, Ecuador, has met weekly with Sherry, an ISP team member who works in Quito. Merced wanted to grow personally as well as learn more English. She began participating in mentoring conversations with Sherry. Now during their weekly Zoom meetings, Sherry coaches Merced in personal growth

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Back to school? What are schools doing around the world?

Schools look different wherever you Go With the COVID-19 crisis far from over, you might be curious to know what “back to school” looks like. What are schools doing around the world? In the Netherlands, some schools have installed plexiglass shields around students’ desks and had hand sanitizer dispensers readily available. In Australia, COVID-19 measures

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Back to school? 6 tips to help teachers and their students

Around the world in many countries, teachers are heading back to their classrooms this month. Here are several tips to help you navigate the “COVID-19 classroom.” Be flexible. What works for one school or one city may not work for you. You may still teach online for the first part of the school year, or

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How a mother learned to listen to her daughter

Masha, a teacher, established an indulgent parenting style with her daughter, Nadya, so they  could maintain a good relationship. She thought that by giving Nadya everything she wanted, she was being a good parent. But this parenting style produced the opposite effect.  When Masha tried to help her daughter with her homework, they clashed and

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Being a teacher can be lonely

“The first year, I cried a lot. I had big problems. For me, the first year was terrible.” Such was Lumturi’s experience at her new position at an Albanian school. Though a seasoned English teacher of 25 years, she faced challenges both at home and in the classroom. Lumturi is not alone. Bumps happen along

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Mongolian students learn that they need each other

Eighty teachers who came to the DreamMakers Conference also attended a one-day seminar for additional professional training. All of these teachers had five years or less of teaching experience. One of the elementary teachers enthusiastically shared she had already used lesson 10: “We Need Each Other” in her classroom. It is a lesson on teamwork

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Flabbergasted by Forgiveness

What did you teach my son? I can’t believe the difference in him. He has changed so much,“ the boy’s mother expressed in bewilderment. “The only thing I can attribute it to was that lesson on forgiveness,” the teacher said. Before the boy heard the lesson on forgiveness, he and his brother did not get along.

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Becoming a Good Teacher

“When I was a little kid, my teacher punched me many times. So I thought I want to be a teacher, but I don’t want to be a bad teacher like her. I want to be a good teacher,” says Norma. Norma teaches high school in Guatemala City and volunteers with ISP. Her dream to

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A Convocation Catalyst in Antigua

“This has changed my life.” “This curriculum is great, and we’re going to use it.” Such was the feedback from another successful ISP Convocation in Antigua, Guatemala, this past November. Of the 23 regions in Guatemala, ISP has held convocations in 21 of them. Most recently, teams traveled to Antigua and Xela, or Quetzaltenango. Skid,

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Fulfilling Dreams in the Coldest Capital City

Nara* brims with excitement as she holds a copy of the DreamMaker curriculum that she has taught during the last year. She was one of 220 Mongolian teachers who attended the DreamMakers-DreamBreakers conference over a year ago. For a November reunion in 2016, she brought a list of things she wanted to share. Although the

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On the Other Side of the World

Changing Lives in Ecuador “My job is to fix kids who are broken,” said a school psychologist who attended the first ISP conference in Ecuador. Over two hundred teachers attended the conference, representing at least 5,000 students plus their families. “We saw this (conference) as a way to multiply,” says Armando, a key organizer in

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