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Hit book and game for teens now a digital learning lab

A decade ago, teen leadership coach/speaker Jill Esplin teamed up with learning designer Sue Baechler to author the successful Dream Leader book and game to help teens learn to lead their dreams for life. Career educator Shirley Ball and Sue Baechler are expanding the franchise with Dream Leader Lab, a dozen, 30-minute self leadership lessons experienced in an interactive environment on digital devices.

The Dream Leader book and board game have been endorsed by youth leadership organizations, teachers, principals, parents and teens in the U.S. and Canada. The book and game are affiliated with Disney’s Youth Education Series, the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) store in 50 states, PTA’s at Newsweek’s Top 100 High Schools, YPO’s youth leadership program, Herff Jones’ Believe-in-U leadership program and applauded by a Huff Post article Investing in Teen Futures.

After developing and testing the new Dream Leader Lab product, co authors Shirley Ball and Sue Baechler were introduced to Nearpod via game maker and learning guru Dr. Michael Carter. Inspired by the Nearpod purpose, platform and people, the authors adapted their analog lab to Nearpod’s digital learning platform. They plan to make Dream Leader Lab for Nearpod available in 2020 to students worldwide.

For questions, contact co creators Sue Baechler | or Shirley Ball |



Teens say Dream Leader Lab life-changing

Dream Leader Lab aligned with life success skills

Dream Leader Lab accomplishes what teens need, teachers and parents want, and career and life success requires – self leaders who activate their interests, goals and dreams for life. The Dream Leader Lab 12 Self Leadership Actions align with 21st century skills and habits of mindDLL Self Leadership Chart 1 copy



For questions, contact co creators Sue Baechler | or Shirley Ball |

Teens learn self leadership in Dream Leader Lab

Everyone who cares about teens is looking for programs that inspire their aspirations, achievements and future success. Here’s one that works – and teens love! Dream Leader Lab!

In Dream Leader Lab, teens practice 12 Self Leadership Actions through a peer learning environment.

Teens work individually and in groups to put the  12 Self Leadership Actions to work in their lives. They learn to define self leadership and its importance, identify the characteristics of a dream leader, activate their interests, goals and dreams, understand how to build a team around their dreams, and use self leadership now, to lead their dreams for life.

For more information, contact co creators Sue Baechler  | or Shirley Ball  |

Teens activate goals, interests, dreams – for life

It’s time to help teens activate what researchers say is the best motivator of all – themselves – through internally generated goals, interests and dreams. Journalist and author Joe Robinson, Investing in the Teen Futures Market. Dream Leader Lab provokes thoughtful conversations, revelations, self leadership skill practice and evolving perspectives that leave young dream leaders feeling capable of leading their dreams every day – for lifeDream Leader Lab is based on the hit Dream Leader® book and game and co-imagined with teen founders of The Invention Lab (below).

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Dream Leader Lab accomplishes what teens need, parents and teachers want, and career and life success requires – self leaders who activate their interests, goals and dreams for life. Teen dream leaders get focused, extended self leadership practice and peer support to build teams around their dreams. Parents, schools, communities and businesses get self leaders who can imagine and reimagine positive futures, set their own goals, and help build teams around other’s dreams.

For questions, contact co creators Sue Baechler | or Shirley Ball |


Dream Leader Lab: A better way to better teen’s lives

“I really like how everyone talks about their dreams and what it takes to lead yourself.” “It gives me kind of ‘secret’ insights into how to handle real life things that I’m going through and get different perspectives on what to do.”

“I want a job that helps others.” “I want to do something I really like and don’t care what people say.”

I want to travel.” “I want to run a gluten-free restaurant.”

The dreams tumble out, one after another. The prefrontal lobes have been activated. So has a conversation that could make a big difference in how engaged teens are in school and disengaged from impulsive behaviors that can short circuit lives before they begin. Joe Robinson at a Dream Leader® event in Santa Monica, CA.

For questions, contact co creators Sue Baechler | or Shirley Ball |