How do I choose which books to present at the First Friday Book Synopsis? – (How do you choose which books you read?)

I want the book to either teach something new, remind us of something important, or be especially useful. Randy Mayeux, First Friday Book Synopsis ——————— You, and I, only have so much time we can devote to reading books. How do we choose wisely? Here’s how I approach this task. In my work in preparing and Read More

Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy by Derek W. Black – Here are my five lessons and takeaways

• Geographically, education was to be at the physical center of all future development. Financially, education would be inviolably supported by the nation’s public resources. Governmentally, education would be a central function that states and localities must carry out. Symbolically, public education would be the foundation of “good government and the happiness of mankind.” • Read More

The Training Formula:  START WITH WHY, then WHAT, then HOW – (with appreciation to Simon Sinek, Start with Why)

Recently, I was talking to an HR Director of a large organization about their training needs.  She made this observation:  “we don’t need to hear some training that people hear once, and then promptly forget.”  Yep…  That is a problem!  Basically, anything we hear once will not register deeply enough to make a difference. There Read More

My synopsis of Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy by Derek W. Black is Today, Thursday, September 16, 12:30 pm, over Zoom – Come Join Us – (And, here is the synopsis handout)

If you have an open lunch time window Today, Thursday, September 16, 12:30 pm (CST), I am presenting my synopsis of Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy by Derek W. Black, Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 12:30 (CST) for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare, on Zoom. This is an important book; substantive.  You Read More