Today’s Homework: December 3, 2017

1.  Read pages 61 through 67 in the “Brand” textbook, the ‘Story of Cesar Chavez’.

2.  Let’s use our imagination.   Make believe you have the opportunity to have dinner with Cesar Chavez at a restaurant called Forbes Mill Steakhouse at 206 North Santa Cruz Highway in Los Gatos, California.     You and Mr Chavez are seated when the waitress approaches you.  You notice her name tag says – Tara Cronin, Providence, Rhode Island.    Hmmmm…..Your mind starts wondering.  Could she be…..?   Please share with me one question you will ask Mr Chavez during dinner.   Then, please tell me something you will say to the waitress other than ‘how is the Australian Coldwater Lobster at this restaurant?’.    Please send your well written answers with perfect spelling and well constructed, short sentences to my email address by Sunday, November 12th before midnight!  Thank you.  I look forward to reading your responses.

3.  Today’s guest, Nan Quinlin, encouraged all of us to

set up our profile on LinkedIn,

a popular, employment networking web site (  LinkedIn is used mainly for career networking;  i.e. (that is) people looking for jobs and companies looking for good job candidates.  LinkedIn will be another tactic for building your network of successful people who may one day help you get an internship, job or maybe acceptance into the University or College of your choice.

LinkedIn_Logo_2013.svgGo to the LinkedIn web site to set up your profile.   Check out my profile on LinkedIn.  You can also

check out the LinkedIn profiles of Hope Life Skills graduates Hafzat Akanni, Marta Aparicio, or Johnny Montanez.

Once you’ve finished setting up your profile,

connect with me on LinkedIn.

You can find my LinkedIn profile by  putting my name, Stephen Cronin, in the inquiry bar at the top of the site.  Make sure you read the Stephen Cronin profile to make sure it’s me.  There are many Stephen Cronins on LinkedIn.

Once my profile appears, click on the connect button.

This will send a message to me asking if I will connect with you which I will.   I look forward to connecting with you on linkedin.  Please do this as soon as possible.

4. What do you think about a “Meet Mr Cronin” night at Hope High School?    I would ask you to bring one or both of your parents to meet me.   I will have dinner for everyone;  we can talk about the menu during one of our classes.  We’ll start about 6:30pm.  I will have a few of my friends, like George Ortiz and Marta Aparicio, come to meet your parents too.  I will tell parents about what we’re doing and planning to do in the Hope Life Skills program.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?   WILL YOUR PARENTS BE INTERESTED AND ABLE TO COME?

Today’s Homework: October 27, 2017

1.  Read the Brand textbook entitled “The Development of the American Brand in the 20th Century posted on this web site.  Read pages 3 through 20.

2.  Then, complete the activity on page 21 by answering these two questions –

a) please describe how other people perceive your brand today.  In other words, please tell me what your teachers and other students who observe you in school say what kind of student and person you are today.  For example – will they say you are reliable or unreliable?  Respectful all the time or disrespectful some time?   Will they say you always work hard or just some of the time?  Honest or not?  On time all the time or sometimes late or absent?  Neat or not?  Prepared or unprepared for class, the team you play on or work?  will they say you are curious – always trying to learn new things to get better or you prefer to stay as you are now with no interest in changing?  Shy and introverted or someone who pushes out of their comfort zone to meet new people and try new things?   Hang around with a diverse group of people with different interests than yours or do you only hang around with people who are like you and have the same interests as you?  Do you ALWAYS hang around with people of good character – respectful, always reliable, and working hard people?    Please send the description of how people perceive your brand to my email address in a well written statement with good grammar, SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling and punctuation before 11:59pm, Tuesday night, October 31.

b)  please describe how you would like people to eventually perceive your brand later in your life.  Please tell me what you hope people you go to college with or work with at a job or work for you at your company will ultimately say about what kind of person and worker you are.   Please send the description of how you hope people will ultimately perceive your brand to my email address in a well written statement with good grammar, SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling and punctuation before 11:59pm, Tuesday night, October 31.


Today’s Homework: October 13, 2017

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Here’s a photo of the first page of the article I distributed in class today. My question asks you to reflect on a comment I wrote on page 3 of this article.

1.  After finishing the article I distributed in class today, reflect on a reference I made on page 3.  I wrote several comments on the side of the page made by Google‘s former Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, about several important skills for lifetime success.    Please indicate which one of these skills you feel you are best at and why.  As always, please send your well written, grammatically correct statement with perfect spelling and good sentence structure to my email address by Tuesday, October 17, before midnight.  Thank you. I look forward to reading your response.

2.  Next, please indicate one of these skills you need to improve upon.  As always, please send your well written, grammatically correct statement with perfect spelling and good sentence structure to my email address by Tuesday, October 17, before midnight.  Thank you. I look forward to reading your response.

Today’s Homework: September 29, 2017

1. Read pages 1 through 49 in “The Future” book posted on this web site.   Take special note and review of the photos and the captions beneath each throughout this book.  This assignment will be relevant to many of our activities and classes in the Hope Life Skills class as we introduce and develop skills and behaviors for future success.  Part of your life’s challenge will be to identify careers and opportunities for your success.  We will have many class activities and conversations about ‘the future’ this year in Hope Life Skills.  The reading of this book is our first step to inspire you to think about artificial intelligence’s effect on future career and entrepreneurial opportunities.


2.   After reading “The Future” book, please send me  a well written statement identifying a career interest you might pursue as of June 2023.   Next, please explain why you are interested in this opportunity and why you feel this is a realistic opportunity in an age of increasing artificial intelligence (robots, smart devices, algorithms, computer programs, etc.).  Rest assured, there is no correct answer.  I’m interested in you telling me what you think is possible and might enjoy doing at the same time.  Please make sure your statement has perfect spelling and punctuation, good grammar, and NO RUN ON SENTENCES.   Please make sure you send your answer to my email address NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, October 8th.  Thank you.

3. If you have any questions about this assignment, feel free to email me your questions.   I look forward to reading your answers.

4.  Our next class will meet in Room 117 NOT 112!

5.  For those students who did not complete our  last homework assignment listed below on this web site – Today’s Homework, September 15th –  it’s not too late.  Please send me your late homework assignment(s) to my email address as soon as possible.  Thank you.

6.  Here’s a video to inspire your creative thinking for the career interest in the year 2023 you’ll be sharing with me as part of the homework assignment listed above in #2.  This video is one person’s perspective on the future.   My hope is this video will inspire you to think creatively, innovatively, of something you’d like to do in your future, possibly creating your own company with a unique idea or product or possibly working for an existing company to provide new ideas for its future success.  I look forward to your answer to your career interest in the year 2023.   Rest assured, there is no correct answer.  It is what you think is possible and might enjoy doing at the same time.

Today’s Class: September 29, 2017

Today’s class became the latest installment of

a Sherlock Holmes like mystery – “The Case of The Homework Abductions”.

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The Hope Life Skills Weekly Compliance Report: attendance, i.e. who’s here, who’s not, who’s late and not, as well as homework status

8 student homework assignments from the September 15th class were delivered to Mr Cronin’s email address.

“Only 8!

a perplexed Mr Cronin exclaimed in class.  23 homework assignments were missing!   The knee jerk assumption was ‘hackers!!’.   Could this be the work of those same dastardly, cyber disrupters who infiltrated the Home Depot and Target web sites last year?  “Is nothing safe on the internet today?” a frustrated Mr Cronin sighed.

What to do?

Only one way to proceed -

ask the question

‘why’.  And, what better

 way than the time-tested index card exercise!

Homework and Opening Day Notes – September 8th, 2017

The first day of Hope Life Skills 2017 was about introductions;

class goals, Hope student expectations of Mr Cronin and his class, Mr Cronin’s expectations of the students and stories about his wife’s cooking and his 3 children’s quest for success.   Mr Cronin identified the following Hope Life Skills objectives:

  1.  build student confidence and self esteem;
  2.  introduce and develop Skills for life time success:
    • personal brand development
    • networking
    • written, verbal and body language communication
    • collaboration
    • creativity

Mr Cronin also instructed students to

check out the homework assignment at the end of this blog.

Finally, Mr Cronin extended

invitations to BIF 2017 at the Trinity Theatre in Providence

this Wednesday (September 13) and Thursday (September 14) starting each day at 7:30am with breakfast and lunch provided and dismissal around 4:30pm.  First 2o Hope Life Skills students who request attendance at BIF 2017 will be accepted.  Students are asked to pick one of the days (Wednesday or Thursday) to attend.


One of the 12 daily story tellers sharing their personal story of challenges and success to the Trinity Theatre audience at BIF

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Hope Life Skills students ‘networking’ at BIF during lunch

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Hope Life Skills students Fernando Garcia (right) and Gisabel Salcedo (left) with one of the BIF storytellers during lunch.



  1. each student to email Mr Cronin either asking for a ticket to either this Wednesday or Thursday at BIF 2017 at the Trinity Theatre in Providence OR informing Mr Cronin you are unable or not interested in attending BIF 2017. First to email Mr Cronin will be the first students to be given tickets to attend.  Please send your request to attend to Mr Cronin by Sunday, September 10 at 5pm.  On Monday, September 11th before 12pm, Mr Cronin will send an email to students interested in BIF 2017 the day they can attend.  Students should email Mr Cronin – – with any questions.
  2. each student to fill out their business card information on the sheet of paper distributed in class and hand in to Mr Cronin next class (September 15).
  3. Next week’s class will be in Room 112.



Today’ Homework: May 26th, 2017

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Manny Rivas during today’s Life Skills class

1.  Please be candid and honest with your response to this homework assignment:  please send your perception of the Manny Rivas brand in a well written statement to my email address by Thursday, June 1st before 11:59pm.  Please make sure your candid, honest description of Manny’s brand has good grammar, no spelling mistakes, short, well constructed sentences and good punctuation.   And, finally, tell me if you would hire the Manny Rivas for YOUR company and why.  Thank you.


Today’ Homework: April 28, 2017

1.  Part of our visit to CVS Health on May 5th will be small group meetings with employees in a variety of jobs.   Your meetings with CVS employees in different departments will be called “Department Immersions.   Department immersions will enable you to speak with CVS employees in a small group to find out what their job is like.   Here’s a list of Department Immersion choices:  Supply Chain Management; Graphic Design; Pharmacy; Promotional MarketingInformational Technology (IT); Email Marketing; Performance Analytics (measuring success); Financial Reporting.

  Please identify the department immersion you would like to participate in.   Please send your choice to my email address in a well written statement by Thursday, May 4th, 4am.  Thank you.


One Department Immersion opportunity from last year’s visit to CVS.   Fernando Perez ( in the brown suit) and Juan Corona (dark hoodie) listen to a CVS employee on CVS’ Information Technology (IT) team.

2. Here’s the full agenda for our visit to CVS Health on May 5th, 2017.

9:30 – 9:45                           Introductions and opening exercise
9:45 – 10:00                        About CVS Health
10:00 – 10:30                      Key note address
10:30 – 10:45                      Questions & Session Wrap-up                  
10:45 – 11:00                      Travel to departments
11:00 -12:30                        Department Immersion
12:45 – 1:45                        Lunch and review of opening exercise work
1:45 – 2:00                           Final Q & A and closing

3.  Finish last week’s assignment on the reading of “The Future” textbook.  This assignment is important because of May 17th’s Future Forum.  You will be involved in a collaborative activity with at least 2 LaSalle students and a corporate futurist trying to identify a career opportunity in this evolving age artificial intelligence.   The LaSalle students will be prepared from their reading of “The Future”.    To be a well prepared, responsible, contributing member of your collaborative group, you need to read “The Future“. Thank you.

Today’s Homework: April 7th, 2017

1.  Please indicate  one of the quotes appearing on page 4 through 9  of our “The Future” textbook that most resonates with you.   Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

2.   Please indicate something you read on one of the pages between 10 to 25 in your “The Future” textbook that surprised youpossibly something you never realized or did not think possible.  The information you reference could be in the text or a caption beneath a picture.  Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

3.  A ‘trend’ is a phenomenon or series of events that will continue to occur into the future.  After reading pages 29 through 45 in your “The Future” textbook, please identify a ‘trend’ which you believe will extend through your lifetime that you might exploit for a future career opportunity.  This career opportunity could either be in a job at an existing company for OR for your own entrepreneurial opportunity with your own company.  The information you base your ‘trend’ on could be found in the text of the textbook or found in a caption beneath a picture. Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

Today’s Homework: March 17, 2017

1.  Please send me a message through your LinkedIn site.  If you have trouble connecting with me on LinkedIn, please reach out to Mohamadou, Aimon, Felicia, Deyreni, Yael, Imani, Sara, Justin, or Jorge (and tell Jorge I miss him in class!!!) for advice.  They are very proficient on LinkedIn.  Please do so before Thursday, March 23rd, 11:59pm.

2.  Please read the story “9 Things Successful People Won’t Do!” I distributed in class today.    Which behavior of the 9 listed do you believe is most important?  And, please explain “why” you believe this behavior is so important.  Please send your well written statement with perfect spelling, good grammar and PUNCTUATION and SHORT SENTENCES to my email address no later than Thursday, March 23rd, at 11:59pm.   You all made me very proud today.  You all should be proud of yourself.  Your brands are getting stronger every day and your networking skills are impressive.    I feel you all can be very successful in life.  Stay focused!