Online Course

Finding the Entrepreneurial Spirit Through Literature

Take the Words Off the Page and Bring Them to Life for Your Students

Join us June 19, 20 and 21st in Fort Worth, TX! 

Are you interested in helping your students develop critical thinking skills so they can analyze society and learn to affect positive change? If so, you’ll appreciate Finding the Entrepreneurial Spirit Through Literature a professional development Workshop that provides a solid grounding in the social, economic, and philosophical principles that shape our world. Using modern and relevant dystopian literature, you’ll create powerful, classroom-ready instructional units allowing you to immediately enrich your students’ classroom learning by exploring how the themes relate to the real world and to their own lives.

During the ETL course you’ll learn to help your students:

  • Analyze & Innovatively Problem Solve
  • Gain a Better Understanding of Society
  • Collaborate Towards Shared Goals
  • Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Plus, you’ll receive these great benefits:

  • Ability to Work With and Learn from Top Peers in Your Field
  • A Curricula You Can Use to Teach Any Dystopian Literature
  • A Certificate and Three Continuing Education Credits from the University of Maryland, College Park*


Sign-up now to empower yourself to start shaping your students’ entrepreneurial spirit. 


Questions about this exciting opportunity? Contact our program manager Marilee Dahl at

What participants are saying about ETL:

The main reason to take this course is because, unlike so many other professional development courses, it is NOT a waste of time. Yes, it requires effort and attention, but it pays off dividends in the classroom.…When a teacher gets a chance to use their mind, among other teachers who also appreciate intelligent productivity and conversation, it is fun and rewarding.

  • Tim Becker, English Literature Instructor

The ETL course has inspired me both individually and professionally to expand my horizons on teaching English in new ways, making the content more relevant in a philosophical and entrepreneurial sense. …I found the course helpful in challenging my own personal growth and in meeting students’ needs in ways that went beyond dystopian fiction..

  • Gina Licciardi, Educator, Archimedean Academy

Course Overview:

Join us for one of our upcoming sessions:

June 19-21, 2018 in Fort Worth, TX


  • Synchronous Session: Course Expectations,

Recommended Reading, Schedule Review, Q&A

  • Framing Elements of Philosophy Video & Questions

WORKSHOP DAY 1 (8.5 hours)

8:30-9:00 Welcome

9:00-9:30 Review: The Framing Elements of Philosophy

9:30-10:20 Connecting Philosophy to Literature

10:30-11:00 “Philosophy: Who Needs It?”

11:00-12:00 Philosophy Applications

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:30 Defining Your Strategic Direction

2:40-3:30 Trader Sudoku

3:30-4:30 Entrepreneurial Applications

4:30-5:00 Closing Remarks & Homework

WORKSHOP DAY 2 (8.5 hours)

8:30-9:00 Review: The Individual & the State

9:00-10:30 Dystopian Simulation

10:40-11:00 Gallery Walk of Simulation & debrief

11:00-12:00 Political Applications

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:00 Competition vs. Collaboration

2:00-3:00 Ability vs. Need

3:00-4:00 Purpose vs. Profit

4:00-4:30 Conflict Applications

4:30-5:00 Closing Remarks & Homework

WORKSHOP DAY 3 (5 hours)

8:30-9:00: Classroom Applications

9:00-9:30 Teacher of Note Classroom Applications

9:30-10:00 Brainstorming Activity

10:00-12:00 Lesson Plan Workshop

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-1:45 Presentations of Lessons

1:45-3: Closing reception

After workshop: Follow-up meeting online