Shaping Educational Trends
An Achievable Dream staff members frequently participate in the nationwide discussion on best practices in education. Founder Walter Segaloff has received numerous awards and recognition from educational leaders across the nation for his dedication and tenacity for improving the future for our youth. Former Executive Director Richard Coleman is a frequent guest speaker at various educational conferences and seminars. In 2007, Coleman was invited and spoke in front of a Congressional committee dealing with No Child Left Behind legislation.
AAD as a Model for Students of Poverty
Educators are in a constant search for education tactics that make a difference in the lives of children. The special situations that confront students of poverty often require different techniques than those that are used with with more affluent students.
An Achievable Dream has successfully raised test scores and closed the achievement gap for minority students. We have become a known leader in poverty-stricken education, and have risen as a model for longer school days, uniforms, year round schooling and character education.
An Achievable Dream is host to more than 100 visitors a year at our schools. Many community leaders, politicians, city officials, donors, college and national athletes, visiting school systems and others take a few hours out of the beginning of their day to shake hands and visit An Achievable Dream.
An Achievable Dream has a robust Speaker Series for both the Academy and the Middle & High Schools. For students in kindergarten through second grade, adult speakers and community leaders are invited to spend time reading to the students. If you would like to participate as a speaker, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Leadership and Learning Center
In 1995, An Achievable Dream assisted in the creation of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC). ULLC is a organization focused on the dissemination of the education and social model used at An Achievable Dream. The Social, Academic and Moral Education (S.A.M.E) curriculum is in place in each of An Achievable Dream's facilities and serves as a reliable and strong predictor of student success. Best practices and techniques from S.A.M.E have been successfully implemented in schools systems across the nation with ULLC support.
ULLC currently works in partnership with An Achievable Dream to spread the word about the 'Dream' and S.A.M.E in Virginia, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina and many other states.