On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). NCLB mandates that states create their own standards for what students should know, test student progress toward those standards, and have all students performing at a proficient level within twelve years. To do this, highly-qualified teachers are necessary. According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, such a teacher knows what to teach, how to teach, and has command of the subject matter being taught. Accountability for results is stressed under NCLB and is shared throughout the education system. ULM formed DREAM to provide services to and develop partnerships with fellow members of this system so that it contributes to the goals of NCLB in as many ways as possible.
The Delta Regional Educator's Academy (DREAM) was established to help provide quality professional development for pre-K through 12th grade educators in Northeast Louisiana. Its goal is to foster the development of highly-qualified educators by the pedagogically-appropriate delivery of content-rich professional development programs designed to meet the needs of individual systems or schools.
2012 and Beyond
Under the direction of Dr. Lynn Clark, DREAM's home at the College of Education and Human Development brings about exciting new developments and opportunities.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has one of the most diverse student populations in the state and is rapidly gaining a reputation as a university with strong and caring support for international students.
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) proudly announces the home of a new space on campus, the CEHD Culture Connection to be used by all ULM students and faculty.
Supported by a Board of Regents Enhancement grant, the Culture Connection is located on the first floor of Strauss Hall in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) on the University of Louisiana campus.
CEHD Culture Connection consists of a social space for international students
and culture-related events (I-Space), a satellite of the main ULM Library
devoted to PK-16+ multicultural literature and resources (Multicultural
Library), and a Video Production Studio to capture personal narratives and
Our New Name
Developing Rigorous Experiential Academic Models (DREAM)
Our New Vision
DREAM develops rigorous, academic models that provide direct experience in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the Humanities, Literacy and the Arts. Through needs-based programs that seek to both leverage and develop community resources, PK-16+ students and educators engage in direct observation of, and participation in, real-world activities and locales. Working as the fiscal agent for large-scale grants and contracts, DREAM offers systemic programming that is externally funded and free to all participants.
Our New Goals
1. Promote internal and external relationships
a. Cultivate a stronger presence in the community
b. Work collaboratively with school districts to meet their needs through program planning and special events
c. Continue and expand Professional Development School collaborative efforts
2. Focus on external funding/development
a. Grants and contracts
b. Increase donor support