Blue School, a school that balances academic mastery, creative thinking and self and social intelligence.

TED Talk: The Search for “aha!” Moments

1988, Matt Goldman and a few friends created Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create “aha moments” — moments of surprise, learning and exuberance — frequent and intentional rather than random and occasional. Now Goldman is working to apply the lessons learned from Blue Man Group to education, creating Blue School, a school that balances academic mastery, creative thinking and self and social intelligence. “We need to cultivate safe and conducive conditions for new and innovative ideas to evolve and thrive,” conditions for new and innovative ideas to evolve and thrive,” Goldman says.

Matt Goldman: The Search for “aha!” Moments | TED Talk | TED.com.  This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by TED editors on the home page.

Finding Success, One Step at a Time


Michel LoustaunauThroughout this journey called life, I have learned that it is only through hard work and dedication that one’s goals can be achieved. My name is Michel Loustaunau, and I am from Chihuahua, Mexico, a beautiful city with a rich culture and history. I lived there for the first thirteen years of my life. After I obtained my permanent residence, I immigrated to the U.S. and started school. With that first step, many opportunities became available for me.


When I was a senior in high school I remember thinking, What am I going to do during the summer with no work experience? I really wanted a job, but I had no skills; I didn’t even know how to write a resume or fill out a job application.

My second step came after I saw a pamphlet that was promoting a summer program that would help youth 16 to 24 get a job. All I needed to do was show up and be willing to learn, which I did. In 2009 I became part of the youth program which helps young adults gain training, work experience, and skills (among many other things) providing a pathway for self-sufficiency. The case workers at Workforce Solutions Borderplex were extremely kind to me. After asking about my interests and learning that I was majoring in psychology, they prepared me for my first job.

After a couple of years of guidance and support from my family, friends, and my youth case manager, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. This step was a big accomplishment for me and my family, since I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I continued taking advantage of the educational opportunities available to me and started pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and will graduate in the Spring of 2018.

Professionally, I was hired on a permanent basis as a youth case manager after I was no longer part of the program. Today, I continue to work in the youth program as a lead case manager and work with my mentor and friend, who was once my own youth case manager. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities the workforce system has provided me, including giving me the chance to fulfill my dream of working with those in need. Now I’m able to help youth reach their own dreams no matter how big they are.

Success only takes effort, serenity, responsibility and a positive attitude. In life no matter how difficult a situation might seem nothing is impossible if you got the courage to fight for what you want. And remember to take that first step.

Human Resource Services Series


As a Workforce Development Professional, what do you think about when you see the term human resource services?

Did you know that one of the many functions of your job is to work with your region’s business customers?

The Dynamic Works’ Human Resource Services Series provides you with information on how you can help businesses improve their competitiveness and profitability through human resource management. You will learn about techniques to hire, train, and retain workers; provide expertise to businesses; and link businesses to available resources.

This training will present you with both necessary information and real-life experiences on how providing human resource services is an integral part of your role as a Workforce Development Professional.

Contact us today to learn more at gleisten@dwfs.us!

TED Talk: A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety

When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read “Want a job,” he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep — and the results were incredible. Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque’s model with this frank and optimistic talk.

Richard J. Berry: A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | TED Talk | TED.com.  This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, an independent event.

10 Classic Interview Questions and the Best Responses

In a tight job market, where a day’s delay can mean the difference between hiring a great candidate and missing out, it can be tempting to pursue applicants primarily because they look promising on paper.

In fact, harried recruiters admit that they often cut their part of the interview process short to move potential employees along faster to frustrated hiring managers. Trying to fill positions that may have remained open for many months, managers then whiz through interviews, allowing those with strong resumes who can talk a good game to step into the empty seats. Unfortunately, such haste often leads to costly hiring mistakes when it becomes clear that the new employees lack critical skills or are a poor fit.

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Tony Lee (2017, November 27). Article: 10 Classic Interview Questions and the Best Responses. Retrieved from shrm.org

10 Facts About American Women in the Workforce

Women’s labor force participation has increased substantially in the U.S. over the second half of the 20th century, yet this growth has stagnated and reversed since 2000. Today, large gaps remain between men and women in employment rates, the jobs they hold, the wages they earn, and their overall economic security.

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Alison Burke (2017, December 5). Article: 10 Facts About American Women in the Workforce. Retrieved from brookings.edu

8 Ways A Microlearning Online Training Library Benefits Your Organization

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Have you ever heard of Microlearning? This new and innovative way to deliver impactful, straight to the point development training could be your organization’s ticket to success! Check out this article to see the benefits of incorporating microlearning content into your corporate eLearning program.

Wondering about the use of a Microlearning Online Training Library? Check 8 reasons a Microlearning Online Training Library benefits your organization.  Click here for the full article.

Johnson, A. R. (2017, October 4). Article:  8 Ways A Microlearning Online Training Library Benefits Your Organization. Retrieved from elearningindustry.com