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General Information

Name:  Edward E Gordon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 Evergreen Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Edward is a native Chicagoan. He received his B. A. in History and Education, from DePaul University, his M. A. in History,from DePaul University, and his Ph. D. in History/Psychology, from Loyola University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Edward E. Gordon is an internationally recognized writer, researcher, speaker, and consultant on the future of America’s and the world’s workforce, educational preparation for jobs and careers, and regional economic development. He is president of Imperial Consulting in Chicago and Palm Desert, California. Imperial has a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 companies and the Swiss government to the Federal Reserve Bank and professional associations, workforce/economic development boards, non-profit organizations in health care, K-12 and higher education, museums, and think-tanks. Among his many books Ed has written a broad range of business titles including Winning the Global Talent Showdown, The 2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis, Skills Wars, and FutureWork. His research on current business issues has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times as well as in the documentary film, “Waiting for Superman.” Gordon has authored numerous articles in such publications as Management Review, Human Resource Executive, Employment Relations Today, Employee Benefit News, Today’s Engineer, Training, Techniques (ACTE), Training & Development (ASTD), and Adult Learning (AAACE). He has appeared on the CBS network’s “The Early Show,” the PBS News Hour, CNN, NPR, and many other substantive discussion programs. Dr. Gordon received his Ph.D. in psychology and history from Loyola University, Chicago. For 20 years he taught in psychology, history, and business at three Chicago universities: DePaul, Loyola, and Northwestern. He has served on numerous professional civic, higher education and corporate boards. Gordon currently is a member of the Youth Council of the Chicago Workforce Board, the Executive Committee of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, Concordia University College of Business Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (Palm Springs, CA region).

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Titles At Your Library

Centuries of Tutoring: A History of Alternative Education in America and Western Europe
ISBN: 0819176419

University Press Of America. 1990

This book examines both the development of tutoring as a form of education and its influence on 'schooling.' It offers a review of what past educators wrote on their work, the lives of their students, and the wider socio-cultural ramifications during centuries of tutoring. The role of the tutor and the tutor-governess is reviewed as education at home and the corollary use of tutors in the school. The nineteenth century in Europe and America witnessed the widespread use of tutors, and the gradual adoption of mandatory tax-supported public schooling. The study concludes with a brief review of the contemporary uses of tutoring and an analysis of its historical contributions to Western education.

Closing the Literacy Gap in American Business: A Guide for Trainers and Human Resource Specialists
ISBN: 0899306217

Praeger. 1991

For the first time, a user-friendly handbook has been written on America's workplace literacy gap. Work Force Education has become the quintessential human resource issue of the 1990's. Its impact is now felt by more than 80 million adults, and carries an annual $300 billion price tag in lost employee productivity. This unique book offers readers a complete review of past, present, and future adult literacy programs. It provides essential context on how this training/educational issue suddenly appeared. Also considered are how current programs consistently fail to close an ever-widening workplace education gap. The book does not talk around potential solutions. Instead, it gives practical, real-life case study examples, from successful on-site company programs conducted by the authors. A blueprint is outlined on how to offer Work Force Education for any business large or small. This book will provide insights to senior executives, human resource/training and development managers, or adult educators. They will obtain a clear understanding of how to organize a multi-level, cost-justified Work Force Education program that meets America's 21st century international productivity requirements.

ISBN: 0275954501

Praeger. 1995

The authors offer proven skills, training, and educational applications that develop individual employee thinking for total quality management, ISO 9000, or other quality-team business programs. It develops the great potential of using cognitive-based learning to empower people for quality and workplace leadership, systems that move beyond traditional behavior-based training techniques. The authors explain what can and cannot be done to increase creative thinking, insight, and adult intelligence. They provide bottom-line measures for assessing the effectiveness of training procedures and show how a commitment to substantive life-long employee education can build a stronger business and corporate presence in the marketplace of the future.

Opportunities in Training & Development Careers
ISBN: 0844246441

Vgm Career Horizons. 1996

Discusses the training field and educational requirements

Enhancing Learning in Training and Adult Education
ISBN: 0275959112

Praeger. 1998

This book picks up where the well-received Futurework (1994) left off. It builds a strong case for workplace trainers treating their work as research. The nine chapters are designed to prepare readers to become workplace consultants. The authors present their workplace training program of research as well as a mastery learning model. By presenting ideas from instructional psychology, cognitive science, mastery learning, and performance based assessments, and then relating these findings to the workplace, the authors offer a new way to look at learning in the workplace. Considerable focus is given to the need to enhance diversity within workplace settings. Suggested readings are included with each chapter.

Skill Wars: Winning the Battle for Productivity and Profit
ISBN: 0750672072

Butterworth-Heinemann. 1999

Skill Wars shows how to increase productivity and profits by making investments in human capital development. It addresses the disparity between the available jobs and available workers. By education and training only 20% of all American workers can fit well into our demanding high-tech workplace. How do we train the 80%?

Skill Wars defines the race between advanced technology investment and human resources investment and shows managers how to measure that investment. It introduces a Human Capital Scoreboard of seven new business management/measurement tools including a more accurate calculation of ROI (Return on Investment) for employee performance improvement programs. It also provides case studies of how quality training can deliver on more problem-solving/thinking skills. It has a foreword by Joseph Boyett, author of The Guru Guide and Workplace 2000.

Skill Wars is a "basic workplace performance primer" that presents complex issues in a simple language and format that will move both business leaders and the American public to give their popular support. There are few viable alternatives. Gordon believes that, "Only at great peril can Americans continue to largely ignore the workplace as an important arena that helps structure learning for life."

Addresses the 'hot' topic of increasing worker skill shortages in American business
Offers a Human Capital Scorecard of seven new business management/measurement tools
Very important ROI (return on investment) chapter

Tutor Quest: Finding Effective Education for Children and Adults
ISBN: 0873678400

Phi Delta Kappa Intl Inc. 2002

Tutor Quest is a practical handbook for individuals looking for learning assistance, whether for themselves or their children. Not only does Dr. Gordon provide expert background information on tutoring, but he also includes a handy checklist to make evaluating the tutoring market easier and more effective.

Included in the book are the National Better Business Bureau Trade Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines for Educational Tutoring. James E. Baumhart, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, provides the foreword.

School administrators and teachers also will find this guide valuable when extra assistance is needed to help struggling learners.

Literacy in America: Historic Journey and Contemporary Solutions
ISBN: 0275978648

Praeger. 2002

This book is the first comprehensive history of how the American people achieved varying degrees of literacy from early colonial times to the modern era. The authors demonstrate that literacy education is not synonymous with schooling. By focusing on people rather than statistics, including literacy among women and minority groups, they explore the literacy agents, methods, and materials used at different times and places throughout the history of the country.

The authors define literacy as the degree of interaction with written text that enables individuals to be productive members of their societies. Family literacy is essential to awakening the personal responsibility and motivation necessary for children to develop a love of reading. This effort requires more intensive collaboration procedures between the home and the school, some of which are detailed here. Based largely on primary materials, this historical survey reveals important lessons from the past that can be applied to achieve higher levels of 21st- century literacy.

The 2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis
ISBN: 0275984362

Praeger. 2005

Ed Gordon marshals a vast amount of data to illustrate how various trends are converging to create a labor vacuum―with potentially disastrous consequences for economic competitiveness and individual opportunity. He sounds a wake-up call to business leaders, policymakers, educators, and concerned citizens, employees, and parents―anyone with a stake in our economic future. Moreover, he highlights innovative initiatives in training, education, and community development in the United States and around the world that can serve as models for positive action. Ultimately, The 2010 Meltdown is an optimistic book about social change, setting an agenda for reforms in education, policy, and business investment that will promote economic freedom, renewal, and prosperity.

It's the economy, stupid, is a refrain the United States will never live down, and not without reason. The relentless march of technological development and globalization continues to put pressure on all national economies, providing opportunity for some and marginalization for others. Around the world, nations will need to overcome twin economic shocks: a wave of baby boomers will retire and leave the workforce, while too few young, well-educated people will be available to fill a rising tide of high-skill, technology-related jobs. Ed Gordon marshals vast amounts of data to illustrate how these trends are quickly converging, creating a labor vacuum―with potentially disastrous consequences for economic competitiveness and individual opportunity. In the United States, for example, major studies agree that the majority of the jobs now being created require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce meanwhile, a large pool of under-trained workers are seeing their jobs exported to developing countries, automated, or outsourced, while millions of high-paying jobs, in such fields as engineering, computing, and health care are going unfilled.

In The 2010 Meltdown, Gordon sounds a wake-up call to business leaders, policymakers, educators, and concerned citizens, employees, and parents―anyone with a stake in our economic future. Beyond the demographic issues, he notes that such cultural factors as Wall Street's obsession with short-term results (which favors cost-cutting over long-term training) and neglect of math and science skills at school are contributing to a fundamental mismatch between labor supply and demand. But the news is not all grim. Gordon highlights innovative initiatives in training, education, and community development in the United States and around the world that can serve as models for positive action, and he outlines a plan for reversing the destructive trends before we reach a crucial crossroad by the year 2010. Ultimately, The 2010 Meltdown is an optimistic book about social change, setting an agenda for reforms in education, policy, and business investment that will promote economic freedom, renewal, and prosperity.

Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Resource Guide
ISBN: 157886173X

104. 2005

This guide gives teachers specific instructional methods to help students raise their skills and critical thinking abilities and provides stepbystep guidance in designing a tutoring program, training the tutors, and conducting meaningful assessment and evaluation.

The Tutoring Revolution: Applying Research for Best Practices, Policy Implications, and Student Achievement
ISBN: 1578865328

R&L Education. 2006

The Tutoring Revolution presents a comprehensive research-driven perspective on what we know and don't know about tutoring. The authors link theories, research, and practice together in a coherent, consistent manner to form a new foundation of specific recommendations and strategies to help improve tutoring across America. The book includes practical guidelines for selecting a tutor and proposes ethical and regulatory tutoring standards for use by tutors and state agencies. It will be useful to educators, researchers, and parents. If a true tutoring revolution is to benefit American education, their participation will be essential to further research on effective tutoring and improve consumer safeguards.

Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline
ISBN: 1576756165

Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 2009

A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll taken on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, or numb or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other living things, and the planet itself. In Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way—to keep from becoming overwhelmed by developing a quality of mindful presence. Joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices that will allow us to remake ourselves—and ultimately the world.


Winning the Global Talent Showdown was an American Society for Training & Development Book Club selection. The Association for Career & Technical Education selected Winning the Global Talent Showdown and The 2010 Meltdown

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Contact: Edward E. Gordon 220 E. Walton Place #8E Chicago, IL 60611 Tel (312)