TEACHER DEVELOPMENT & COACHING2019-03-29T13:16:50+00:00


Our team takes great pride in our ability to educate, coach, equip and inspire teachers. Our team leads with authentic perspectives combined with research and years of experience to create a transformative difference in the lives of teachers.


Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Equitable School Practices

As educators we must understand the systematic marginalization that has explicitly targeted specific ethnic groups, and how viewing students through these types of lenses have shaped our equitable outlook. Equitable practices are analyzed through the;

  • Teacher perspective
  • The student perspective
  • The administrative perspective

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is a revolutionary program based on respect, responsibility, relationship-building, and relationship-repairing. It focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment. It aims to keep students in school and to create a safe environment where learning can flourish. These types of reflective practices appears to be working incredibly well.

It’s all about people repairing the relationship, owning the harm and the responsibility to lift the student back up.

To facilitate the process, the teacher or mediator asks non-judgmental, restorative questions like, “What happened? How did it happen? What can we do to make it right?” Through their discussions, they all gain a better understanding of what happened, why it happened, and how the damage can be fixed.

Educational leaders can create spaces that facilitate restorative conversations so the offender and the offended can communicate with each other in a healthy way. It’s powerful when teachers and students express, “I forgive you.” At its essence it drives all parties to become culturally competent and gain the knowledge to break down social and emotional barriers.

Goals for Schools of Restorative Justice

Personal Accountability

Restorative justice strategies provide opportunities for wrongdoers to be accountable to those they have harmed as well as enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible. In our society these practices are a missing piece to the puzzle called LIFE. Reconciliation is a learned behavior and should be modeled and coached in all of life’s social communities (school, home, extracurricular activities, etc.). All parties bear the RESPONSIBILITY to employ these ideals.

Student and Community Safety

Restorative justice recognizes the need to keep the community safe through strategies that build relationships and empower the community to take responsibility for the well-being of its members.

Student Development

Restorative justice seeks to increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying factors that lead youth to engage in delinquent behavior, and build on strengths in each young person.

Relationship Reconciliation Modeling

In schools today students must know that when conflict arises there is reconciliation in the restorative process—the realization that the teacher and them or peer can communicate, forgive, and restore each other. Teacher culture and student culture run congruently and rival each other. Teacher culture is often mediated through the frustration of the break room and student culture is mediated through the restroom and social media. Without relationship reconciliation modeling, all parties lose because students’ perceptions undermine teachers’ efforts and students teacher perceptions undermine students’ efforts. Dream Building Coaches Provide:

Tools that provide students with confidence, assurance, problem solving skills, anger management techniques, and improved personal outlook.

The Critical Classroom Connection

In schools nationwide teachers are struggling to make the connection with students.  We have listened and assessed this problem.  Through evidenced-based practices, our team of practitioners and researchers have pointed us in the direction of a cycle of various interventions and supports for teachers working together. This is what we call the Critical Classroom Connection. The Critical Classroom connection that is deep-rooted in understanding skills, influence, combined with an equitable heart that brings it to life.

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning is the capacity of an individual to function on a daily basis through integrating skills, behaviors, and attitudes collectively to make ethical decisions. SEL supports individuals as they build relationships by creating self efficacy through its five competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Self Management, and Social Awareness. This can accomplished through building…

  • SEL Foundations
  • SEL the Skill
  • SEL and Pedagogy
  • SEL and Andragogy
  • SEL Curriculum Implementation
  • SEL for PBIS
  • SEL and Anti Bullying Efforts

Cultural Competency

Bridging the cultural gap from home to classroom can be extremely challenging. Cultural competence is a salient concern in American public education today. Dream Builders offers cultural relevant pedagogy supporting the application of theories which guides cultural competent schools and classroom practices. We reference research that encompasses cross-cultural behaviors, linguistics, social norms and family dynamics to create an environment of respect and reciprocity of ideas.

Leadership vs Management

This module equips educators to become masterful influencers of culture. Teachers will learn the five levels of leadership by John Maxwell and how to scaffold up the influence levels for maximum impact of the learning community.

  • Self-Leadership
  • Management
  • The Five Levels of Leadership
  • Earning Influence

Coaching for Personal and Professional Growth

Our Dream Builders visit classrooms, conducting observations to provide targeted feedback and coaching conversations. These collaborative sessions are also opportunities to integrate other components of The Critical Classroom Connection. Our Teacher Development/Coaching services can be tailored to fit your individual school’s or district’s needs. From stand-alone Professional Empowerment Sessions to small group meetings and individual coaching, we are here to optimize your school’s culture through life-transforming, evidence-based interventions, and services.