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Written Works

Nancy Burkhalter always has so many ideas jostling for attention in their mind, which leads to some pretty remarkable literary works. Have a look at her collection of writings.


The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & La France

The year is 1850. Beaulieu Delhomme faces the guillotine for treason against the French government due to his part in the bloody worker uprisings in 1848.

Delhomme’s desire to marry and have a family sets the plot in motion. He eventually becomes a piano tuner but struggles to find work. Cash-strapped, he falls prey to the king’s canny spymaster, Vidocq, who offers him money if he will trade on his friendship with Paris’ much-vaunted Frédéric Chopin after becoming his piano tuner. Vidocq ultimately wants Delhomme to gain access to Chopin’s lover, George Sand, whose fiery rhetoric against the government’s oppressive laws threatens the king. Sand and Delhomme exchange barbs as they vie for Chopin’s attention.

The king’s henchmen capture Delhomme. There is a trial. He is sent to the brutal Conciergerie, where he awaits the gallows. How will he get out of this jam?

History Through Fiction

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Critical Thinking Now: Practical Teaching Methods for Classrooms Around the World

Today’s curricula can (and should) incorporate critical thinking methods because they teach people how to understand, learn, and retain higher-level concepts. Contrary to what many assume, teaching critical thinking is not achieved by shoveling facts at an audience through lecturing or multiple-choice testing. It requires sustained, finely tuned teaching and assessment methods. This book provides a blueprint to do just that. Specifically, it outlines the necessary components of a critical thinking classroom and provides assessment techniques and ample exercises adaptable to any student’s field, age, or level of education.

Often not considered are those learners schooled in a non-Western culture and not proficient in the presenter’s language. These audiences can create invisible barriers to instruction. Without understanding these pitfalls, trainers invite frustration and failure, and risk wasting everyone’s time and money because they were unaware any problem existed. The book addresses these linguistic, cultural, and cognitive obstacles and suggests several solutions, whether you teach these students on your home turf or theirs.

Rowman & Littlefield 2016


Nonprofit Leadership: How to be a Mother Teresa with an MBA

Nonprofit executive directors have fewer funds and resources, more regulatory demands, and longer hours than their for-profit brethren. So, what makes them get out of bed in the morning and do what they do? To get some answers, 15 Seattle-based nonprofit EDs from eight different sectors were interviewed about the fire in their belly. They discuss boards, racism, ageism, burnout, as well as the joys of working toward a mission they feel passionate about. This book is not a how-to about fundraising, grants, strategic planning, or board management, although many interviewees touch on those issues. Rather, the goal was to explore how to stay a nonprofit leader, not just be one. After all, what good is all that knowledge if burnout snuffs out their flame? Their insights are unvarnished and uncensored, and are a must-read for individuals interested in finding out if they have the right stuff to become a leader in one of the most important parts of our economy today.
CreateSpace 2015


Essentials of Reading

Books 1 and 2 and Teacher’s Manual

are three books in this series of literacy texts for low-reading adults. The books were configured to guide readers through various scenarios of a woman, her work, and family situations. It uses vocabulary and grammar structures that are in spoken English.


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