Monthly Archives: April 2010

Social enterprise: empowering students all over the world to succeed!

The Social Enterprise Alliance is holding its Summit in San Francisco this week, from April 28-30.  I am so fired up for it!

Business leaders from all over the world who work for social change are coming together and the sparks will fly!  (talk about Spark Avenue!)

My intention is to partner with non-profits to get The Workbook for Test Success into the hands of under-served students, teachers and parents who could really use it but can’t afford it to buy it. We will find corporate and philanthropic sponsors to make a donation, in the form of seriously discounted books, so the non-profits can give them away and also retain a fiscal sponsor fee.

The book came out in October and is already well into its second printing. The Los Angeles Public Library just bought 498 books, most to give away to students in motivational events.  The letter of recommendation from the Senior Librarian couldn’t be better.

There is also a great opportunity for kids to sell the book: they will get trained in the model for test success, turn on other kids around the country and the world, and make money doing it. It’s a big win-win-win-win for everyone.

The reviews on Amazon are glowing.  Check them out.

This has been a dream-in-the-making for many years, now being launched!  I’m thrilled about the Summit and looking forward to meeting and working with anyone who want to empower kids to succeed.  If you’re attending the Summit and want to get together contact me.

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"It shouldn't be so hard!"

“It shouldn’t be so hard!”

How often I hear this from students, teachers and parents.  And how often I think this myself!

From students it’s about homework, assignments, tests, keeping up with the schedule, all those after school and extra curricular activities. Pile it on!   Parents and teachers have their own litanies.

I get the feeling pretty often that most of us are stressed out most of the time! Or, to be more exact…

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Los Angeles Senior Librarian highly recommends The Workbook

Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch

Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch

Albert Johnson, Senior Librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library, spearheaded the purchase of 498 copies of The Workbook for Test Success, for the LA Library system. 73 copies went to the different branches, and 425 were given away to middle school students at motivational events hosted by the library.  Mr. Johnson wrote a glowing letter of recommendation to other librarians

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Veering towards the negative: what’s that all about?

Why are we stuck listening to the negative voice?

Why are we stuck listening to the negative voice?

A student I am working with has a problem. Here’s what she says about it:  “Every time on a test when I’m not sure if my answer is right, I immediately have negative thoughts, ‘You’re not going to get this right,’ ‘You don’t know the material,” ‘You can’t figure this out.’ Why do I always think these negative thoughts?”

This is a great question and something I’ve wondered about for a long time. It’s a very common situation: in a difficult or doubtful situation most of us usually veer towards the negative. What’s going on?  In a series of posts I’m going to address this issue. Today we’ll look at one cause  and one method of dealing with it.

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