Today’s Homework: October 19, 2018

  1.  Please begin reading “The Futurebook.  In preparation for the FUTURE FORUM on December 5th, we will have a class discussion on Friday, December 1st, about this book.  Your impressions of what you read in “The Futurebook will be discussed during this class.  Please be prepared; we may have guests from another school at this class.

    The Future” book. If you don’t have a hard copy of this book, click on the book’s cover image on our Hope Life Skills web site –


  2. Please complete your personal resume, print a copy and bring it to our next class.   Please remember:  use a “professional looking” email address; use key words in your SUMMARY, if possible, like “creative“, “dependable“, “hard working“, “responsible“, “focused“, and “leader“.   Furthermore, try to show in the experiences you list where you have been ‘responsible’, ‘creative’, ‘focused’ and a ‘leader’.  Thank you.   



Today’s Class: October 19, 2018

Today’s guest was Ray Nunez, the Program Coordinator at Leadership Rhode Island.

Christian Hernandez welcomes Ray Nunez to Hope High School today.

Leadership RI is a non-profit organization which brings people together, like a networking community, to maximize each person’s potential and, in the process, the companies and organizations they are part of.

Ray Nunez joined our class today

to administer the Clifton Strengths Assessment, an online personal survey that identifies each user’s strengths.

Mr Cronin’s Strengths Assessment

The authors of the survey believe they can identify what people are good at.   Ray Nunez explained “the survey creators believe in focusing on people’s strengths, what we’re good at, rather than what we’re not good at. 

By focusing on our strengths, we will be more successful

in our jobs and relationships.  We’ll feel fulfilled.  And, the companies and organizations we work for will benefit as well.

Today’s survey will identify your strengths so you can focus on potential jobs and relationships which take advantage of those strengths” 

Today’s Homework: October 12, 2018

1. Start creating your resume.  Nan will return on October 29th for a class on job interviewing skills.  Please try to have your resume done for this class.  Please be prepared to give me a hard copy (on paper) of your resume at our October 29th class.  I look forward to reading it.  Thank you.

2.  December 5th is The FUTURE FORUM.  PLEASE start reading “THE FUTUREbook I passed out in class today.  If you were not given The Future” book today, please catch up on your homework assignments so I can give you the book next class.   The Life Skills homework assignments prepare you for the significant amount of work you will be expected to do in college as well as the skills needed for successful jobs and careers.   THE  FUTURE” book will ALSO prepare for the FUTURE FORUM.  Please remember, over 20 corporate futurists from all over the world and the United States as well as students from LaSalle Academy and one other private school will attend the Forum.   “The FUTURE book will inspire you to think creatively.  Seguro!  As a result, you will have great ideas to share in the workshop sessions of the FORUM where you will collaborate with corporate futurists to imagine careers, jobs, even companies you can start in YOUR FUTURE.   Knowing all of you as I do, I know you will find the workshops fun.  I am also confident you will amaze yourself with the creative, innovative, imaginative ideas you will come up with during the Forum workshops.  Seguro!  Keep working hard.  I’m proud of you.

3.   For those who don’t have your profile on LINKEDIN, please create one by going to   All of you, please ask Marta Aparicio, a graduate student at Columbia University studying International Relations, to “connect” with you through LINKEDIN.  Marta is studying to be a United States ambassador representing America at a United States embassy in a foreign country.  Marta is a 2o10 graduate of Hope High and our Life Skills class.    She is amazing!  You will meet her on January 4th!

The 2018 FUTURE FORUM at Hope High School will take place on December 5th. You will have fun. You will also be amazed at how creative you will be thinking during the event. Yes, you will!  And, you’ll have a great lunch too.


LinkedIn is a social media site for professional people. Companies use LinkedIn to find job candidates for their companies by searching LinkedIn profiles.

Today’s Class: October 12, 2018

Today’s guest was Nan Quinlan.

Nan is a well respected business consultant who advises companies and individuals about maximizing career, job and business opportunities.

From advising company leaders how to maximize their employee talents and developing strategies for successfully resolving challenging situations to helping individuals write ‘opportunity-creating’ resumes and preparing for ‘life changing’ job interviews, Nan has been sharing her expertise for the last 8 years with the Hope High School Life Skills class.

Today’s lesson was about creating an opportunity-creating resume!

Good resumes don’t guarantee a job. Good resumes help you differentiate yourself from the other applicants to get the opportunity to tell your compelling story in a job interview”  Nan said.  “Your ability to tell your convincing story, how you will add value to the company, takes place in your interview.  I’ll be back in two weeks to teach your some proven interview skills and strategies.   Today’s about your resume!!!!

Maricruz Flores welcomes Nan Quinlan to Hope High School prior to today’s class. Well done, Maricruz!

Maricruz introduces Nan to her classmates at the start of today’s class.

Alexander Reigosa welcomes Nan to the class following Maricruz’s introduction.

Today’s Homework: October 5, 2018

  1.  If you have not set up a LINKEDIN site, please do asap.  Then, ‘CONNECT‘ with me on LinkedIn.  Find ‘Stephen Cronin’.
  2.  Check the HOMEWORK REPORT I distributed in class today.  If you are missing any homework assignments or you have not sent me your business card information, please, send them to me before next class. Thank you.  If you have issues preventing you from doing any assignment, let me know at your earliest opportunity.
  3. I will be passing out the eyebrow raising, jaw dropping, mind boggling, “No Way!!!” declaring, curiosity igniting, imagination arousing, creativity inflaming, ‘aburrido’ extinguishing, jump up and down causing, collaboration rallying, confidence building,   THE FUTURE” book at our next class to those students who are committed to the Life Skills program.  THE FUTURE book is the start of our preparation for December 5th’s FUTURE FORUM AT HOPE HIGH SCHOOL where the Hope Life Skills class will be hosting 20 corporate guests from a variety of industries and countries as well as students from other schools in the state of Rhode Island for a conversation about ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE’S IMPACT ON FUTURE CAREERS.   This book is a ‘must read’ to properly prepare and get the most out of the Forum experience.  For a preview of the FUTURE BOOK, click on the book cover with the photo below on this web site.  For those students committed to this class, you’ll receive a hard copy of the book next class.

Today’ Class: October 5, 2018

Today’s guest was Anthony Muhammad,

one of the largest banks in the World,

Deutsche Bank.

The Hope Life Skills host for this day was David Narvaez (left in photo) seen here welcoming today’s guest, investment banker, Anthony Muhammad, to Hope High School.

David introduces Anthony Muhammad to his Life Skills classmates to start today’s class.

Today’s Homework: September 28, 2018

Please watch the rest of the interview of Malala Yousfazai by John Stewart on October 10, 2013.  Malala was 16 years old when John Stewart interviewed her. After watching the interview, describe your perception of  Malala’s brand.  Please send your well written answer with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and SHORT SENTENCES to my email address no later than Tuesday, October 2nd, before 11:59pm. Thank you.

Malala met with President Obama, his wife Michelle, and one of the President’s daughters, Malia, on October 11 of 2013.



Today’s Class: September 28, 2018

The topic of the day was


how we prepare to share our own story on a job resume, during a job interview, or at a networking event like BIF.  Our ability to tell our story creates


for fulfilling relationships, exciting jobs, careers, and internships which can lead to lifetime success.  The

flip side of telling a story is listening

to someone’s story, respectfully and artfully.  Listening is arguably more important than speaking.

Today’s class was

a dry run or, practice,

as we prepare everyone to welcome, speak with, ask questions of and listen to the many guests who will visit our class this year in the Life Skills class.  Next week’s class is Opening Day with a mystery guest from New York city.

After today’s practice, everyone understands and appreciates the importance and benefits of our class protocols.

Each class features a host who greets, welcomes and introduces the day’s guest to the rest of the Life Skills class. Today, David Narvaez acts as our host to greet, welcome and then introduce, me, to his classmates. Well done, David!

After the host’s introduction, each student individually welcomes our guest to the Life Skills class.  The photo above shows Jason Sebastiao with a perfect greeting –  eye contact, firm handshake and a welcoming greeting, “nice to meet you Mr Cronin!

The photo above shows what follows the greeting – our guest, otherwise known as me today, answers student questions about career, mistakes and failures and lessons learned, and insights into the decisions made in between. I was impressed by the quality of today’s questions. Looking forward to next week’s real guest.





Today’s Homework: September 21, 2018

1.   Read page 1 through page 36 in the book entitled “The Importance and Value of Questions” distributed in class today OR available on this Hope Life Skills web site.

2.  Answer the following questions:

  • identify something you read in the ‘”The Importance and Value of Questions” book which made you think OR share with me something you thought about while you read the aforementioned pages in the ‘Questions’ book.   Send your well written answer with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and short sentences to my email address no later than Tuesday evening, September 25, 11:59pm.  Thank you.
  • please state the name of a person, ALIVE or DEAD, you would like to ask a questionSend your well written answer with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and short sentences to my email address no later than Tuesday evening, September 25, 11:59pm.  Thank you.
  • please state the question you would ask this person.  Send your well written answer with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and short sentences to my email address no later than Tuesday evening, September 25, 11:59pm.  Thank you.

3.  The purpose of a business card is to provide a person in your network with information about you.  For example, by providing your email or mobile number, you enable the person you have given your business card to the information to continue communicating with you.  Send me the information you want to appear on your business card to my email address, please, by October 2nd

  • your name
  • your “professional” email address (most professionals use email for business or academic communication today.  As a result, once you start building your network of successful, professionals like business men and women or even your school professors, you should check your email regularly and respond as soon as possible.)
  • your mobile phone #  (if you have a mobile device and comfortable with a person having the number.  As you know, many people seem to prefer contact through texting today.)
  • the job or career you aspire (you can list “undecided” if you don’t know).
  • a favorite or famous saying which inspires you (optional – people often list a saying as an “ice breaker” or a way to help start a conversation with whomever you give your card to. )

4.  Research me, Stephen Cronin, in order to prepare for your interview of me during our next class.  For example, you could Google “Stephen Cronin” and see what you find about me.  From the information you find, you could then formulate questions you want to ask me.  Please, rest assured, all your questions will be good questions.  If you want to know something, it’s a good question.

Field Trip: BIF – September 13 & 14, 2018

Same place.   Different people.  Same mission.

Same results – life changing.

‘Life changing’ is not an exaggeration.  Meeting smart, innovative, courageous, successful, and curious people has a way of influencing lives and perspectives of the future.   After attending BIF, the hope for our Life Skills students is not too different from all the Forum attendees, that is, to be inspired to reflect on our present lives and empowered to maximize our skills and opportunities for future success.

This has been the story of the Hope Life Skills student experience at the annual BIF summit at the Trinity Theatre in Providence for the last 8 years.   The mission for Hope students remains observe, listen, reflect and then, when feeling comfortable to push out of our comfort zone, engage other Forum attendees and the BIF story tellers appearing before them on the Trinity stage for conversation.  In the process, our questions get answered, our storytelling abilities get better and we build valuable networks of successful, good people.   I trust, for many if not all, it did.

The BIF stage prior to the start of the Forum.

Coach” Cronin sharing the game plan for BIF 2018 with the Hope Life Skills students upon their arrival under the theatre marquee.

As Mr Cronin presents a sample of the Hope Life Skills student business card to be issued in October, he encourages the students to ask for the business cards of the attendees and storytellers they meet.   “While you’re networking at the Forum, don’t hesitate to ask for business cards as you begin to build your network of successful, good people.  You’ll have your own cards soon.

Scientist Andrew Hessell on the BIF stage.  An expert in biotech, Andrew Hessel helps people better understand and use living systems to meet the needs of society. His latest work as CEO of Humane Geonomics, Inc. is developing virus-based therapies for cancer, starting with dogs

Hope Life Skills student, Selene Bun, takes the initiative to introduce herself to Andrew Hessell following his appearance on the BIF stage and ask a few questions.