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Become a DreamEducator

DreamWakers enables 4th- to 12th-grade educators to bring industry leaders into their classroom to broaden students’ perspectives and enhance class lesson plans with real-world examples. DreamWakers provides services free of charge to educators in rural districts or schools where 50% or more of the student body is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

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Introduce Career Role Models

DreamWakers’ volunteer speakers represent not only varied career paths but also diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as gender identities. We are able to connect students with vetted role models that are inspiring and relatable, helping students to SEE what they can BE.


Enhance Critical Thinking + Comprehension

Effective engagement encourages students to discern a speaker’s key points, consider the speaker’s assumptions, ask relevant questions, articulate their own ideas, and build upon the ideas of others. Additionally, the speaker highlights how they employ a variety of subjects to be professionally effective.


Eliminate Barriers to Access

In pursuit of equity of access to career role models and inspiration, we are dedicated to working with teachers and students in under-resourced communities. DreamWakers is committed to providing our services free of charge to schools where at least 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.


Connect Curriculum To Career

Speaking directly with professionals from a wide variety of industries enables students to understand the real-world applicability of classroom curriculum and increases interest in subject matter. Check out our Curriculum to Career Catalog to see all of the career industries our speakers represent and the major areas of study that relate to each industry.

DreamWakers Resources for Educators

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Though we do not provide a full list of the 1,200+ career professionals in our speaker network, we do have a Curriculum to Career Catalog: a summary of all of the career industries our speakers represent and the major areas of study that relate to each industry. In this Catalog, you’ll find an illustrative list of speakers in each industry to give you a taste of the vast variety of careers our speakers represent!

A: Whether your school is fully virtual, hybrid, or together in person, we are able to coordinate flashchats! DreamWakers can accommodate any platform you prefer or are required to use. Our flashchats are successful on any conferencing platform (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and more).

In the classroom, we ask that you have a large screen and audio speakers so students can see and hear their guest, in addition to a “hot seat” where students will sit to ask questions directly in front of the webcam and microphone. We will work with you and your guest speaker to make sure the technology is ready to go.

A: Our goal is to make the flashchat process as seamless and easy as it can be. Our Flashchat Request Form (which you will be able to access after filling out the Educator Interest Form), captures the important information about your class. We do all the work of matching you with a great speaker! We provide you with their bio and a list of sample questions (linked above) to get students curious and encourage you to spend some time preparing unique questions for your speaker. From there, it is as easy as clicking the video chat link and facilitating student participation!

A: Educator word of mouth is one of the most consistent ways that we grow. Thank you for your excitement about bringing in your fantastic fellow educators! They can fill out our Educator Interest Form and we’ll be in touch. You can also share this one-pager with more context about DreamWakers.
A: Welcome back! Fill out the Flashchat Request Form any time you’d like a new flashchat and provide us with information about your class and your availability. We’ll begin matching you with a fantastic DreamSpeaker and be in touch via email. Fill out this request form as often as you’d like.

Welcome to DreamWakers: A Video Series

New to DreamWakers? Check out these tutorials for educators below that walk you through how to sign up and request your first flashchat as a DreamEducator!

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