I’m excited to be going for three days of Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs Facilitator Training this week. So what’s that, you ask?

Okay, for starters: entrepreneurship, noun: the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit: the new business opportunities have encouraged entrepreneurship on a grand scale.

But, this program is educating teachers to work with students not to just start up and own businesses, though that too, where feasible, but to own their own lives–as students, writers, thinkers, voters, community members, etc., etc., and so forth.

I’ll be taking this approach in teaching Preparatory English, Eng. 79, at Delta College this spring. We will be using lots of resources including the amazing book WHO OWNS THE ICEHOUSE, a series of stories about one man’s experiences learning from his hard-working and practical uncle who owned… what else? an icehouse in the days when ice was an essential for beating the hot summer days in the South.

As the book is described on Amazon:

In the late 1950s, Glen Allan, Mississippi, was a poor cotton community. For many, it was a time and place where opportunities were limited by social and legal constraints that were beyond their control. It was a time and place where few dared to dream. Based on his own life experience, Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert has teamed up with entrepreneur thought leader Gary Schoeniger to create a powerful and compelling story that captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Drawing on the entrepreneurial life lessons Taulbert learned from his Uncle Cleve, Who Owns the Ice house? chronicles Taulbert’s journey from life in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation to being recognized by Time magazine as “one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs.” Who Owns The Ice House? reaches into the past to remind us of the timeless and universal principles that can empower anyone to succeed.

So, stay tuned! I’ll be posting highlights of what I learn about this new approach to education!