I was teaching at a variety of schools in New York City when I caught wind of an interesting opportunity called DREAM SCHOOL that seemed exciting in a number of ways.
Welcome parents, friends and students to the graduation of the DREAM SCHOOL Class of 2014!
The end is always sweet when you can see the change — when you can feel it. The kind of holistic experience DREAM SCHOOL offers works in mysterious ways.
Perception. Often how people see things when not given the full picture is a skewed reality that they can either run with or investigate more.
This is one of the best Ssäm Bar dishes — a staple there since the late-night days and a fine way to dispatch Brussels sprouts in season.
Your judgment can change when you have a month instead of a week to make a difference.
We asked Nicole Winhoffer, Madonna’s personal trainer and a former Broadway dancer with credits like “42nd Street,” “Bombay Dreams” and “Wicked” to her name, to pick some of the best dance scenes ever captured on film. Here’s what she said…
When you can’t get away from the cube (hello, endless conference calls and sad desk lunches), a good adventure movie will have to do.
Chuck D (Public Enemy) introduced the students of DREAM SCHOOL: NYC to Urban Word to open up their eyes to the power of finding their own voice. Scout was particularly moved by the assignment, and the result landed her a performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City’s East Village. Read the poem from her performance and watch the clip below.
The tardy issue that seemed to start with Camille eventually trickled down to a good deal of the students. I bring this up because this would start to cause division among them as students, as well as the staff. It also points to the process and how the students adapted to it.
The true moment DREAM SCHOOL: NYC started, in retrospect, is quite easy to pin down. When the students were gathered in a circle, sitting on the floor, with Chuck D and myself facilitating, they began to open up and share a deeper part of themselves. There was emotion, truth, pain and the beginnings of an initial trust that they could share things with each other. To reach deeper meaning and understanding, that wall of protection and distance needs to come down. For this group it happened rather quickly, which would eventually prove to be a positive and a negative.
Screenwriter Cliff Dorfman (Warrior, Entourage) returns in the premiere for season two of DREAM SCHOOL as the NYC students’ English teacher. Dorfman talked to us about what made him come back, his own bad school behavior, and which celebrity he’d want as his own mentor.
This past May, we checked in with the male students of DREAM SCHOOL Season 1 to see where they ended up. Here’s what they were doing at that time.
This past May, we checked in with the female students of DREAM SCHOOL Season 1 to see where they ended up. Here’s what they were doing at that time.
Get a glimpse of at the chefs who have inspired Ludo Lefebvre throughout his career!
SundanceTV’s DREAM SCHOOL: NYC premiering Wed., Oct. 1 at 10/9c takes on a new class of students who have dropped out or been expelled from the conventional school system and offers them a real chance to graduate.
Last season on DREAM SCHOOL, celebrity chef and food truck aficionado Roy Choi cooked up a delicious summer meal with the students. Check out his very own take on salsa verde below, and add it to Roy Choi’s Blackjack Quesadilla for the perfect summer dish.
Last season on DREAM SCHOOL, celebrity chef and food truck aficionado Roy Choi dropped by to dish out tasty inspiration by teaching the students how to cook his infamous Blackjack Quesadilla. Now, you can make the food yourself by using the recipe below at your next summer barbecue. Enjoy!
Ditching school. Cutting class. Playing hooky. If you’re gonna do it, make sure you have a darned good reason and a damned good excuse. In honor of the announcement for season 2 of DREAM SCHOOL, here are some favorites.
1. We were forced to do drugs – 21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as Schmidt and Jenko
The key to being a good narc—which these two bozos are not—is actually attending class. But when duty calls, the fellas skip out to meet their drug connection in the yearbook office, sample the goods and hustle to the bathroom to “help” each other try to puke. Maybe cutting class isn’t such a good idea.
SundanceTV announced today the greenlight of season two of the original non-fiction series DREAM SCHOOL. Multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will executive produce along with one of hip-hop’s most influential and positive voices Chuck D. The series format was created by campaigning chef and global food entrepreneur Jamie Oliver who will also executive produce under his Fresh One shingle. DREAM SCHOOL is an ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids that have been falling through the cracks. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President. The six-episode hour long series is slated to premiere in fall 2014.
Article: Bring That Moment
It’s Graduation! Or at least the run-up to it. I watched this episode with mixed emotions. I was frustrated that Kyle and Tyla weren’t there – especially when Kyle admitted he wished he’d stayed.
Article: Another One Bites the Dust
Watching this episode was the most frustrating, sad experience for me. Right from the start is bad news: Kyle’s dad confirms he won’t be coming back – and the attention shifts to Tylai.
Tylai’s case is maddening to me. Throughout the episode (and previous ones) you pick up certain clues: she’s 17. She’s about to have a baby, she’s been couch surfing at friend’s houses, her mom lets her do what she wants, she has anger issues… Okay. Fine. But she also used to be a straight A student. She used to be a cheerleader. She used to love school. So what went wrong?
Article: Will They Stay or Will They Go?
It was a hell of a week on Dream School. When this whole project started, I wondered if all the kids would stick with it – or what would happen if things hit the skids. And this week, we found out. Kyle opted to leave in the most infuriating, sad way – walking out because he didn’t want to deal with his self-admitted anger management issue. But what killed me was his Dad let him. The dad – a former Marine – is so wracked with guilt over the issues Kyle and his brother Sean have due to their parents’ divorce, he kowtows to Kyle… when what Kyle really needs is a good kick in the pants. Or an actual Marine.
Article: An Ode to Mary
After watching this episode, I felt like I just needed to take a hot second and love on Mary. While I like all the kids, Mary I love.
For the past three episodes we’ve seen someone like Kyle – who got kicked out of several schools, the last of which for punching a principal – give up at the drop of a hat. In this episode he comes to school hungover and admits to smoking something, which I suspect is weed. He fools around in class, doesn’t pay attention, and then blows up if anyone objects. As the head teacher, Scott, notes: Kyle is his own problem.
Article: The Power of Failure
This episode starts on a low note. The grades are posted from the students’ first test – and almost everyone’s failed.
A moment later, Ellie says, “People said I was stupid… I started believing it. I started becoming it.”
In Episode One, almost every kid in the school said they didn’t study or that they didn’t care – in effect striving for failure… to be the person that they think everyone thinks they are.
They were reaffirming themselves as stereotypical dropouts. Ironic as Soledad O’Brien, their teacher this week, immediately digs into the question of, what do people assume about you when they look at you? And then she asks, “who are you really?” – and the answers are diametrically different from the previous ones.