Online Course

Finding the Entrepreneurial Spirit Through Literature

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

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 course 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 Online at Your Own Pace
  • A Curricula You Can Use to Teach Any Dystopian Literature
  • Participation in Stimulating, Weekly Peer Group Discussions
  • A Certificate and Three Continuing Education Credits from the University of Maryland, College Park*


Register By December 20th and Receive our Early Bird Discount!

As a participant, you will work through the curriculum at your own pace each week, followed by a online group discussion with other teachers enrolled in the course. We have two sessions currently available:

  • Winter Session 1 runs from January 14th through February 24th.
  • Winter Session 2 runs from February 11th through March 30th.

When you register by January 15th, you’ll pay only $225, that’s a savings of $50! Scholarships available on a limited basis. 

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:

Module 1.0 – The Framing Elements of Philosophy: Learn about why it’s important to understand how differing philosophical ideas shape your world and the world in your novels.

Module 2.1 – The Individual and the State, Fostering Enterprise in the Individual: How does one establish the kinds of relationships that lead to individual success? How is this demonstrated in dystopian literature?

Module 2.2 – The Individual and the State, Institutional Systems of the State: Find out how the objectives of society impact the success of the individual. How is that reflected in your novel?

Module 3.0 – Dichotomies in Capitalism: Is economic competition at odds with collaboration? How is the central conflict in your book rooted in a disagreement between the philosophy and objectives of the society & the philosophy and objectives of the character?

Module 4.0 – Applications in the Classroom: We will demonstrate the application of our course content in the classroom.

Module 5.0 – Developing Lesson Plan: Create your own lesson plans for the novel of your choice.

*Upon successful completion of the course.