Future Jobs
Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skill Criss
Publisher: Praeger/ABC-CLIO
Winning the Global Talent Showdown
Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses & Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline.
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
The 2010 Meltdown
The 2010 Meltdown
Featured in the Sunday New York Times!
Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO/ Greenwood
Skill Wars
Skill Wars, Winning the Battle for Productivity and Profit.
National Best Seller!
Publisher: Butterworth/Heinemann
FutureWork, the Revolution Reshaping American Business
by Edward E. Gordon, Judith A. Ponticell, & Ronald R. Morgan
Publisher: Praeger/Greenwood
iteracy in America
Literacy in America: Historic Journey and Contemporary Solutions
by Edward E. Gordon and Elaine H. Gordon. Foreword by Gerald Gutek.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood
The Tutoring Revolution
The Tutoring Revolution: Applying Research for Best Practices, Policy Implications, and Student Achievement
by Edward E. Gordon, Ronald R. Morgan, Charles J. O'Malley, & Judith Ponticell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006
Peer Tutoring
Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Resource Guide
by Edward E. Gordon, Ph.D.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education
Centuries of Tutoring
Centuries of Tutoring: A History of Alternative Education in American and Europe
by Edward E. Gordon and Elaine H. Gordon. Foreword by Gerald Gutek.
Publisher: University Press of America
Enhancing Learning
Enhancing Learning
by Ronald R. Morgan, Judith A. Ponticell, & Edward E. Gordon
Publisher: Praeger/Greenwood

Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis

Future Jobs: Solving the Emplyment and Skills Crisis

2015 Independent Publisher Award Winner!

Bronze Medalist in Business/Career/Sales Books

Future Jobs:
Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis
Publisher: Praeger/ABC-CLIO

  • Focuses on the mismatch between the skills required in 21st-century workplaces and the current talent pool
  • Identifies the "hot jobs" of the current decade
  • Provides examples of regional cross-sector partnerships that point to solutions for solving the jobs and skills disconnect

A pervasive disconnect exists between the job/career culture and the present economic reality in America. Edward E. Gordon offers powerful strategies for stemming the employment crisis and proposes comprehensive solutions for businesses, government, and job seekers alike. The U.S. job market has stalled because our nation is failing to produce workers with the right skills, not because we cannot create enough jobs for the workers.

Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis offers an up-to-date practical perspective on the evolution of jobs and careers, explains how technology has permanently altered the U.S. job/labor market, and provides useful information for businesses seeking qualified workers, educators preparing students for careers, unemployed or underemployed individuals, and those interested in changing careers.

This book examines the problem of the mismatch between individual's skills and employer's job needs from the perspectives of both employers and employees or prospective employees, offering comprehensive regional solutions to the issues each faces. The author reveals the most promising jobs and careers of the next decade for early-career job seekers and workers with established careers looking to change their path. He provides potential solutions to the jobs and skills disconnect in America, including education reform, business and government policy changes, and regional public-private partnerships, for which he has coined the term RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks).


"Edward Gordon brings a good deal of data, insight and clarity to a hotly debated topic: the skills required by the workers of the Postindustrial Age. . . Future Jobs maps out the dimensions of an underappreciated crisis confronting not only the United States, as well as many of the world's developed and emerging economies: the rapidly growing shortage of adults who possess the basic skills to qualify for high growth, information-intensive jobs of what the author calls the age of "cyber-mental work." . . . Future Jobs makes a convincing case that there is an urgent need to provide tens of millions of U.S. workers - both the unemplyed and employed - with advanced cognitive skills. . . He concludes that  the only effective means by which America can timely address its workplace skills crisis is through local initiatives: employers collaborating with educators, government, and civic leadership to provide millions of individuals with the specific skills required to perform the jobs of our Cyber-Mental Age.

-David Pearce Synder
The Futurist

"Ed Gordon, a business consultant, examines how the United States can reduce skill shortages by offering comprehensive regional solutions.. . .Recommended"

-Choice, February 2014

"In Future Jobs, Dr. Gordon presents well-documented information about the mismatch of needed and available job skills and proposes workable solutions to the education-to-employment dilemma."

-Pat Nellor Wickwire
Career Convergence Web Magazine
National Career Development Association

What Readers Are Saying

"Edward Gordon's new book Future Jobs: Solving the Unemployment and Skills Crisis has brought a number of disciplines to the top macroeconomic problem of our day. His analysis provides a proper perspective of structural unemployment and the many avenues to address this problem. Gordon's book is a must read for any serious policy maker and students looking at today's labor market."

John E. Silvia
Chief Economist
Wells Fargo

"Ed Gordon has effectively described the perfect storm - the Talent Cliff - as well as our safe harbor - RETAINs. In the United States we face an absolute crisis in education and training that can be absolutely flipped into the foundation for a truly sustainable society. His prescription for RETAINs gives us the kind of independent public-private partnership that's essential for success and overcoming the public and private sector silos that have prevented breakthroughs in education and workforce development. Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis is an essential resource for community, educational, labor, governmental and business leaders throughout the country."

Dan Swinney
Executive Director
Manufacturing Renaissance

"Skill mismatches create opportunities to raise the skills, employment and earnings of American workers, but only by developing new policies that change the nation's thinking to attach more importance to occupational and employability skills. Edward Gordon's distinctive contribution points the way to this new thinking and, more importantly, offers constructive proposals for substantially improving the match between employer demand and worker skills."

Robert I. Lerman
Professor of Economics, American University
Institute Fellow, Urban Institute

"Edward Gordon's latest book is a stimulating read for all who care about jobs and skills. Ed's analysis impels his readers to consider a fresh take on the changing nature of work, the rising global demand for talent, and how we can make sense of the sometimes contradictory signals from labor market data, employers and our education and training system. Most importantly, Future Jobs presents tangible solutions to the jobs challenge that offer real benefits to employers and workers alike."

Michael R. Bloom
Vice-President, Organizational Effectiveness & Learning
The Conference Board of Canada

"Future Jobs is a wonderful resource for students to determine the most promising career paths. Gordon reminds us of the significant mismatch between the skills needed for careers and the content of much of our education. He provides a fine overview of employer needs in our rapidly changing competitive landscape."

Lewis Collens
President Emeritus
Illinois Institute of Technology

"Future Jobs lays out a roadmap to the best jobs and careers in America in the coming years. By also explaining the gaps between our educational system's current outputs and the different skill sets employers are increasingly seeking, Ed Gordon has done a service not just for students, their parents and educators, but most importantly, for the executives now losing the global talent search competition. Finally, by cataloging working examples of regional workforce development partnerships, Gordon shows there are solutions here today that can help deliver the technical training so key to our country's future prosperity."

William J. Bowe
Retired Executive Vice President
Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

"Future Jobs is the clearest, most incisive assessment of our job crisis I've seen. It's unique in getting beyond hand-wringing to real life solutions - an invaluable resource for individuals and communities."

Morris R. Beschloss
Global Economist & Analyst
Business News Publishing

."Everybody talks about the growing shortage of skilled workers, but nobody has done anything about it . . .until now. In Future Jobs, Ed Gordon documents the widening gap between the skills required by the 21st century workplace and the skills by the graduates of our 20th century schools. He also reports on the growing number of successful local initiatives to close the skills gap and accelerate economic growth. An open invitation to local activism! Just add leadership and stir!"

David Pearce Snyder
Consulting Futurist

Dr. Gordon's book is a wake-up call to the world. The demographic and economic changes that have taken place in recent years not only in the US, but globally have changed things forever. The mismatch between the education our schools provide and the skills businesses need has never been greater. . . . His research and insights on the concept of Regional Talent Innovation Networks (RETAINs) may be the only way to re-sync our society and bring back the competitive advantage we have been known for.

George Vukotich, Ph.D.

"If you care about the future of our economy for the next generation, read this book. Gordon delivers a wake-up call and it's time for us to wake up. Future Jobs provides all you need to know to get engaged - really engaged - in the single most important challenge we face as a nation: transforming our economy by investing in people and skills. With each of us taking small steps, our nation can make a huge leap. That's how it's done. That's how it's always been done."

Ed Morrison
Regional Economic Development Advisor
Purdue University

"A clear, forceful, persuasive and ultimately very helpful look at the critical issue of our time: what to do about the increasing requirements for future jobs and the inadequate skills and training of today's workers."

Arnold Brown
Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc.

"Ed Gordon has written a blockbuster book, Future Jobs, on the major challenge facing not only the USA but also the countries of the rest of the world. . . In a fact-filled review, he cites the shortage of talent in almost all countries in the world, followed by a stunning data filled expose of why the USA has fallen from a leadership position in almost all fields to a position behind others in the world basically because of a failed education system. He ends with a solution being driven by collaboration between industry, that is short of this talent, and the community governments in creating Regional Talent Innovation Networks (RETAINs). . . . Although RETAINs are not the full answer to future excellence, they are the most practical solution given the present societal deficiencies.

This book should be required reading and discussion for the grade school, high school, and college level, for all those in business and professional positions, for those out of work and those Boomers and above with skills learned in the growth phase of America, so that they all can enter or reenter the workforce in a productive capacity. There is a mismatch between job openings and those qualified to fill them not only in the USA but worldwide. . . . This is Gordon's best book and should be read by all. It is the key to the future for each person and for the USA, factually presented."

James I. Ausman, MD, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurosurgery, UCLA
Editor in Chief, Surgical Neurology International

"An amazing book that everyone needs to read! Dr. Gordon cites well-documented information about the mismatch of needed and available job skills, and he proposes solutions to the education-to employment dilemma. He notes the success of many Regional Talent Innovation Networks in creating talent to meet the employment and skills crisis."

Pat Nellor Wickwire, Ph.D.
American Association for Career Education

"Ed Gordon, an expert on jobs and the people who do them, has zeroed in on a jobs crisis that should keep all of us - employers, educators, especially tomorrow's workers - awake at night. There's a "new job era" Gordon says, with a workplace that demands technological skills and education that most Americans don't have, and that schools aren't teaching. Our economy and our standard of living depend on solving this problem. In Future Jobs, Gordon shows the way."

Richard C. Longworth
Senior Fellow
Chicago Council on Global Affairs

"Typical of Ed Gordon's in-your-face, call-to-arms style, Future Jobs does not disappoint. The book highlights contributions that education, government, business and American society have made to the talent crisis, as well as our collective responsibility for its resolution. Gordon provides well-researched, challenging perspectives and examples of real-life, real-time successes to spark much needed collective, cross-sector conversation. Unless we confront the mythologies we have created, identify the knowledge and best practices needed to revitalize our communities and their economies, provide freedom to public education to diversify, and sustain resources essential to supporting creativity and innovation, we will fail - again."

Judith A. Ponticell, Ph.D.
Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of South Florida

"Addressing the skills shortage is one of the largest challenges we have faced in many years in our rural area. In Future Jobs, Ed Gordon once again explains the true problems, identifies the roadblocks and then offers a blueprint for sustaining our human capital and preserving jobs for the future. Through Ed's RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks), we have a chance to once again be a viable region."

Art Borum
Executive Director
South Central Illinois Growth Alliance

"Changing how we think about workers and worker skills is critical to prospering in the new Information-Innovation-Intangible Economy. Ed Gordon's new book, Future Jobs, is a valuable addition to that effort. The book makes a strong case for treating workers as a key asset. More importantly, it goes on to show how our policies, including accounting, need to change to foster our human capital to compete in this new economy."

Kenan Patrick Jarboe
Senior Program Officer
National Academy of Engineering

"Having been an educator and an education entrepreneur on the local, state, federal and national level for over 50 years, and having the honor of working with Dr. Gordon in a number of areas, I am not surprised by the clear, cogent portrayal of the extremely serious worldwide socio-economic repercussions if we do not take decisive action soon.

The recommendations offered by Ed and the contributors to Future Work make good sense. The data is presented clearly, leading the reader to agreement with the proposed recommendations. It is a MUST-READ for policy makers."

Charles J. O'Malley, Ph.D.
Former Executive Assistant to the Secretary for Private Education
U.S. Department of Education

"The United States is in serious danger of losing the global enterprise war. Not only will Future Jobs help you to understand how we got here, but it also shows critical ways you can support responding to this dire situation. The very survival of our country depends on people at all levels waking up to the perilous position to which our mismanaged priorities have brought us. This valuable book is the wake-up call this country needs."

Joyce Gioia
The Herman Group

"Sustainable talent creation and attraction is the 'ground zero' of economic development. Talent-ready has superseded 'shovel ready.' There is no quick fix to the decades of public-private disconnect and myopic perspective that have lead us all to this talent crisis. Future Jobs is an insightful blueprint for effective and immediate collaboration and an action imperative for individual and community survival."

Vicki L. Haugen
President & CEO
Vermilion Advantage.

"Everything you need to know about America's "good jobs" crisis, the growing work-skills gap and what we can do to fix the education to employment system is in this book. Future Jobs is a no-holds-barred wake-up call that every business person, employee, educator, parent and policy maker should read. Our future really is at stake."

Lynn E. Gresham
Business Writer

"As a member of the post-baby boomer generation and a former state legislator, I am deeply concerned about the future of work and employment in America. Ed Gordon's research in Future Jobs is impeccable as always, and his policy and private-sector recommendations are actionable! Affecting change at local levels, through RETAINs, is a powerful workforce and economic development approach that is achievable in every community."

Jana M. Kemp
Meeting & Management Essentials, Founder & Owner

"Retired professional often unduly disparage the drastically shifting brainpower and demanding skills imposed upon the new generation of trainees, as they struggle to prepare for their future vocations. The diverse fast-changing challenges confront the emerging generation of job seekers, at a digital pace and complexity.
Obviously these dynamics may be overwhelming. This book is a must read for students and teachers alike.

Isaac Eliachar, M.D.
Retired Surgeon

"Dr. Ed Gordon, PhD continues to be the leading voice in an increasingly complex set of circumstances that is beginning to limit our nation's ability to compete. As a workforce professional for over ten years, I appreciate Ed's insights and the quality data he presents in this book. As we move forward, I believe that the RETAIN's and their partners will begin to have the necessary positive impact on the many systems that influence workforce development these days. It is time for innovative approaches to education that create a new and more engaging model for the future."

Jim McShane
Chief Executive Officer
CareerSource Capital Region
Tallahassee, FL

"In Future Jobs, Dr. Gordon's grasp of history, economics, education, and workforce development does for an understanding of our current education to employment system what Carl Sagan did for the public's understanding of science with his "Cosmos" series. . . . His book confronts the ideas and attitudes about employment and education prevalent in business, education and the general public today as based on myth and wishful thinking, and calls for change in the culture that supports our misguided thinking. However, Dr. Gordon does more than just point out our failures - he provides the global context for a re-boot of our education to employment system utilizing a solution in the form of RETAINs (Regional Talent Innovation Networks), His examples of communities that have followed this prescription show that a rising tide of talents and skills in the workforce truly does lift all economically. Heartily recommended.

Jim Rieboldt
Workforce Development Executive

"I have really enjoyed reading Ed's latest book as it has been most helpful in trying to keep jobs and draw businesses to our region. Business has to bring business and Future Jobs will be a wonderful help to me. This man does great research and is most insightful. Keep those books coming!"

George Darte
Ontario, Canada
Past President
International Society of the Golden Rule

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Winning the Global Talent Showdown

Winning the Global Talent Showdown

Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses & Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline.
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler

  • Exposes the root causes of the coming talent crisis facing the Americas, Asia, and Europe
  • Shows how we can prevent the crisis by reinventing the education-to-employment system
  • Includes dozens of examples of how this is already being done across America and around the world

See Winning the Global Talent Showdown excerpts on Amazon

Winning the Global Talent Showdown surveys the sorry state of the world talent pipeline. Demographic trends in America, Europe, Russia, and Japan are reducing the pool of new workers. As the global need for talent grows, China and India's educational systems won't be able to produce enough qualified graduates for themselves, let alone the rest of the world. But the heart of the problem is that education-to-employment system worldwide is badly outmoded. We're not producing graduates with the kinds of technical, communications, and thinking skills needed in the 21st century.

But this is fundamentally a book about solutions. It argues that we need to completely reinvent our talent-creation system — and some pioneering efforts are already underway. It describes dozens of "gateways to the future", innovative partnerships in which local governments, schools, businesses, labor unions, parents, training organizations, community activists, and others are collaborating to develop completely new approaches to education. Gordon himself is actively involved in some of these initiatives. 

Reviews of Winning the Global Talent Showdown:

"Winning the Global Talent Showdown is recommended for business, education, and community leaders interested in growing a workforce to fit the business world's changing needs."


"I highly recommend the prophetic, yet highly practical Winning the Global Talent Showdown  . . . to anyone seeking to understand the real underlying causes of the global talent shortage. Cutting through the myths, half baked populist slogans, and misinformation, the author not only describes the problems, but also offers cooperative, workable, and effective solutions."   For complete review, click here

—Wayne Hurlbert
Blog Business World

"How can learning professionals engage in efforts to rebuild the jobs pipeline? Gordon provides answers to these questions in examining the current state and potential future of the global talent pool. . . . He includes inspirational stories from programs around the world that are creating sustainable talent pools."

American Society for
Training & Development

"Effectively highlights the different challenges of North America, Asia, and Europe . . . pinpointing the causes of the 'global talent crunch'.  Winning the Global Talent Showdown . . . is definitely engaging. . . and reading it will give you a better understanding on how to recreate the talent system."

—Human Resources (Singapore)

"Winning the Global Talent Showdown offers prescient and futuristic information and thinking about education, work and employment, and careers. [It is] powerful, erudite, purposeful, inspiring! "

  —Pat Nellor Wickwire, Ph.D. President
                     American Association for Career Education

"This 188 page thought-provoking book should be read by anyone interested in helping state organizations or their local community and its education system system to be successful. Read it; share it with others; discuss its content with your colleagues. I agree with the author when he says the time to act is now."

---Peter Gamache
HR Exchange (New Hampshire)

"Gordon gives well supported evidence for the upcoming global worker shortage and practical solutions for alleviating the problem."

---Office Pro

"Gordon provides a compelling road map for the future."

---Engineering News-Record

"Immensely readable."

—Jana Kemp
Idaho Press Tribune

Comments on Winning the Global Talent Showdown:

"Winning the Global Talent Showdown goes way beyond a mere brace of suggestions. Ed Gordon's insightful analyses of the continuing and projected workforce skill deficits are complemented by many practical and common-sense solutions."

—Kevin Hollenbeck,
Assistant Executive Director and Senior Economist
Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

"In the best analysis of its kind, Ed Gordon cogently defines the demographic and econmic forces presenting us with unprecedented challenges in creating the workforce we need. He proposes clear, workable solutions for addressing the education, training, and community development systems we require."

—Henry J. Lindborg,
Professor, Marian University

"Gordon's passion for his subject, command of the literature, expert integration of complex issues, and informal style of communicating lure the reader chapter by chapter through a thorough exposition of global workforce conditions, prescriptions for change, and a report on organizations productively preparing for their future."

—Paul Hettich, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, DePaul University

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The 2010 Meltdown

The 2010 MeldtownFeatured in the Sunday New York Times!
The 2010 Meltdown:
Solving the Impending
Jobs Crisis.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood

The 2010 Meltdown issues a wake-up call to overcome the twin economic shocks of baby-boomer retirements and too few younger well-educated people. It details how these trends are creating a labor vacuum in a rising tide of high-skill, technology-related jobs.
  • Offers companies outsourcing alternatives
  • Spells out solutions to filling high-tech jobs
  • Provides answers for finding tomorrow's high-wage careers

The 2010 Meltdown marshals vast amounts of data to illustrate the potentially disastrous consequences of these issues for economic competitiveness and individual opportunity.

The 2010 Meltdown reveals that while parents and students are obsessed with technology, millions of high-paying jobs in engineering, computing, and health care are going unfilled.

The 2010 Meltdown challenges Wall Street's cultural obsession with short-term returns that results in cost-cutting rather than long-term training and education.

The 2010 Meltdown details solutions in community development, training, and education from around the world as models for positive action.

See The 2010 Meltdown excerpts on Amazon


"Gordon, business and education consultant, challenges policy makers to address the anticipated shortage of highly educated and technically trained workers.... He describes a cultural lag that has led to "techno-peasants" who drop out of high school, have outdated career skills, and seem destined for low-paying jobs, and a business environment that focuses too much on short-term profits, outsourcing, and importing temporary workers. To produce a more educated and technically skilled workforce, he recommends a cultural change in which parents are more involved in their children's education. He also discusses how community involvement in education can be enhanced with the development of NGOs that involve businesses in local community organizations such as chambers of commerce and service clubs to guide students to new careers... The 2010 Meltdown is especially useful for business professionals, policy makers, and educators. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections."

Choice, March 2006

"Ed Gordon, a business author whose books are filled with examples, illustrations, and explanations that flow from extensive research, has done it again. In this thought-provoking book, Gordon lays out the critical situation employers will face - do face - in finding and holding employees who have the education and training to get the job done.... You can open this book to practically any page and be instantly drawn into the story.... Gordon brings this issue to life. Recommended for business leaders, educators, human resource professionals, politicians, and enlightened citizens who are dedicated to making a difference for the generations that will follow us."   

 — Library Bookwatch/Midwest Book Review

"You can benefit from reading The 2010 Meltdown by Edward Gordon if you:
Recruit and manage employees.
Care about your child's career preparation.
Are an educator or policy-maker concerned about our country's economic future.
Want to counter the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots.

... "Despite some of the bleak findings and comments, Gordon's book is hopeful. He calls for action to avoid a major meltdown in our work force and describes model programs involving partnerships between educators, employers and community organizations that pave the way for others who want to work for change."

—Margo Frey
Milwaukee Sentinel

"Ed Gordon's latest book, The 2010 Meltdown, builds off his earlier success, Skill Wars, and makes a convincing case that organizations failing to be proactive to help create a skilled labor pool may very well face their own demise in the long term."

—Richard Melson
Chambridge Forecast Group

"Whether you work in a business, service sector, non-profit organization, governmental agency, or school setting, Gordon's book prompts critical thinking about where we are headed and what we need to be both discussing and taking action upon in order to prevent a 2010 meltdown of our workforce and our economy.

—Jana Kemp
Idaho Press-Tribune

Comments on The 2010 Meltdown:

"A realistic and optimistic view of the demand for/supply of talent....This book is loaded with facts and insights."

Yvette Borcia & Gerry Sterns
Sterns & Associates 

"The 2010 Meltdown strikes a much needed chord for a culture change in schools and the way we value young people. Schools must become responsive to the real world. There is time to accomplish change, but is there the political will?"

Joan M. Klaus
Illinois College Access Network

"As always, you are right on the money. There is much to learn from every page."

Robert B. Zettler
Vice President
Workforce & Community Development
North Central State College
Mansfield, Ohio

"The 2010 Meltdown predicts that a major business culture shift is underway to balance short-term profit taking with long-term human capital development. Gordon suggests how to measure ROI on human capital investments and why employee training, development and education at all levels will be essential for business innovation and, therefore, business survival."

Peggy Luce
Retired Vice President
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

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Skill Wars

Skill WarsNational Best Seller!
Skill Wars, Winning the Battle
for Productivity and Profit.

Publisher: Butterworth/Heinemann

Skill Wars clearly explains  the interrelationship between investing in technology and investing in people. It shows how to increase productivity and profit through human capital development.
Skill Wars shows how to accurately measure training's ROI (Return-on-Investment) by introducing a Nine-Step ROI Worksheet.
(Click here for the Worksheet.)
This title provides business case studies that show how quality training can deliver better skills and foster the development of employee critical competencies. From across America and the world Skill Wars gathers examples of realistic career-education programs based on business-education cooperation that are preparing the next generation of workers.

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What The Critics Are Saying About Skill Wars!

"Gordon has done an excellent job of putting the problems together.... Unlike many books ... that just identify problems, this one goes further by giving examples of ... what systems worked." 

-Robert Howell
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education

"A vital book for our times....You will bob your head up and down in agreement as you read this book. You'll also shake your head in disbelief and amazement as you realize how far behind we are - how much remains to be done. Gordon cites the numbers, concentrating on the ROI: the Return-on-Investment in building skills and capacity....The pages are packed with information....More people need to read this book. Now."

-Roger Herman, author
Impending Crisis,

"If you are a member of upper management, we predict you will find Ed's insight and precise methodology enormously enlightening."

-Joseph H. Boyett & Jimmie T. Boyett, co-authors
The Guru Guide,

"This is the book every employee would love to have his/her employer read. Just as important, virtually every worker, regardless of profession, would love to see concepts from this tome implemented at the workplace....A powerful, surprisingly easy-to-read book that's simply a must for anyone in business today."

Harvey Star

"Hailed by business leaders and forward-looking educators alike, this provocative new book addresses the disparity between available jobs and trained workers -- concluding that our college-at all costs mentality gravely threatens our economy and cheats our students. The solution? Redoubled emphasis on career and technical education, curriculum integration, computer literacy and teacher technology education."

-Association for Career & Technical Education

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FutureWork, the Revolution Reshaping American Business

by Edward E. Gordon, Judith A. Ponticell, & Ronald R. Morgan
Publisher: Praeger/Greenwood

Future Work

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. FutureWork 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.


"The book FutureWork is a terrific example of how research can be complied so that training and development practitioners can put it to use immediately."

-Training & Development

"What separates this book from others that promote management and employee training efforts is that it is well-informed, well-written, well-researched, clearly illustrated, and chock-full of case studies and examples. Several features of this book are particularly outstanding. First is the authors' genuine understanding of the deep educational needs of American workers, Second, the authors emphasize a cognitive information process over behavioral approaches to worker training and education. Finally, unlike many "how-to" books, this book actually tells one "how to." I recommend this book to those involved in adult business education."

-Personnel Psychology

"This thoughtful and provocative presentation of the role of business in preparing its human resources for the 21st century is written to enable trainers to increase the power and scope of educational programs for the workforce. It is equally relevant to the academic community in structuring business curricula to prepare students to think critically and creatively, to solve problems, to exercise judgment, and to learn new skill and knowledge throughout a lifetime.... Each chapter is well researched and clearly written, and contains an extensive list of references. Pertinent to business faculties as well as to those responsible for continuing education programs."


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Literacy in America: Historic Journey and Contemporary Solutions

by Edward E. Gordon and Elaine H. Gordon. Foreword by Gerald Gutek.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood

Literacy in America

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.


Edward and Elaine Gordon are back with a highly readable monograph/textbook hybrid...[H]ow the Gordons illuminate specifics, and how they compare and contrast places and trends, gives their text an edge in reader–friendliness without sacrificing scholarly rigor. The index and standard bibliography are both thorough... The Gordons really know how to tell stories. Readers will appreciate how they reconstruct the lives of teachers over two centuries, largely in settings outside formal schooling. Scholars and students of the roles of women in the history of education will find a wonderful archive of material.... In their areas of emphasis, and in the book's readability, scholarship, and ease of use as a reference tool, the Gordons succeeded admirably."

–History of Education Quarterly

"A major contribution to the history of literacy with appeal well beyond the scholarly audience. Every teacher of literacy would be enriched by reading it. A strength of the book is its careful attention to regional differences. Throughout, the authors detail how literacy experiences were mediated by geography, religion, race and ethnicity, social class and gender.... The book is rich in gripping anecdotes."

–Journal of American History

 Gordons and Gordon's deft use of documentation, thorough and exhaustive research, skillful prose, and sense of purpose ensure that all readers, regardless of their familiarity with the topic, will come away with some new knowledge and insight. Literacy in America is a pleasurable, informative account of literacy's historic journey.

–The Social Science Journal

"This well–researched history of literacy in the US extends from Colonial New England to the 21st century.... Scholarly historical treatment of a critically important and contemporary topic. Highly recommended. All levels."


"The strength of this book is in its variety of first person sources.... These stories and others of approaches to literacy education add color and credibility to more standard histories of education in the United States."

–American Historical Review

"As a wonderful collection of stories from 300 years' worth of American social and educational history it is a compelling and readable 'historic journey'."

–Paedagogica Historica

"Literacy in America provides a well–documented account of the variety of ways people learned to read and write throughout America's history.... By emphasizing the particular experiences of readers and teachers over more comprehensive discussions of literacy levels, the Gordons stress the various 'journeys' to literacy traversed in different periods of American history and the ways in which these were reinforced by the support of family, religious groups, and the workplace, as well as in the schoolroom. The models they find in the historical patterns of individualized instruction and the responsibility for literacy education shared by many social groups offer intriguing models for addressing the pressing need for more sophisticated and widespread literacy in today's population."

–Anthropology & Education Quarterly

"An extensive, meticulously researched, and superbly organized and presented historical survey of literacy in America.... No definite Education History or American History reference collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of Literacy in America."

–Midwest Book Review

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

by Edward E. Gordon, Ronald R. Morgan, Charles J. O'Malley, & Judith Ponticell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006

Tutoring Literacy Resources

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.

The Tutoring Revolution includes:

  • Research based best practices for better student achievement
  • Consumer guidelines to identify highly qualified tutors
  • Ethical standards and regulatory guidelines for tutoring programs
  • Concepts drawn from educational psychology that better support and inform the tutoring process

About the Authors

Tutoring Literacy Resources

E. Gordon, R.Morgan & J. Ponticell

Edward E. Gordon, Ph.D. is an international expert on tutoring, individualized education, and literacy issues. He is the author of Centuries of Tutoring (1990), Tutor Quest (2002), and Peer Tutoring (2005). Gordon is the founder and principal of the research firm Imperial Consulting Corporation in Chicago and previously taught at DePaul, Loyola, and Northwestern universities in Chicago.

Ronald R. Morgan, Ph.D. is an expert in the psychology of learning and instruction. He is a professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Psychology at Loyola University, Chicago.

Judith Ponticell, Ph.D. is associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of educational leadership at the University of South Florida, Lakeland. She previously worked as an accreditation, program, and grant evaluator in Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida. She served as a consultant to schools, school districts, state departments, and businesses at local, state, and national levels.

Tutoring Literacy Resources

Charles J. O'Malley, Ph.D. is an independent education consultant specializing in public policy–related issues and provides policy development assistance to national, state and local organizations. He has served as executive assistant for Private Education to three U.S. secretaries of education (Ted Bell, Bill Bennett, and Lauro Cavazos), and recently returned to the U.S. Department of Education as a policy consultant to the deputy secretary of education.


"This is critical information . . . outlining key components that support high-quality tutoring. . . . [T]hese research-driven perspectives are necessary to make specific recommendations for the best use of NCLB funding. Summing Up: Recommended. Research and professional collections."


"[The] co-authors . . . present a comprehensive reivew of current research about tutoring as it relates to how students learn. . . . The final sections of the book deal with the ethics and future of tutoring. With sample contracts and commentary on what companies typically include in their programs, these sections serve as an important quality-control tool for anyone who is responsible for making the slection of a tutoring program for the school district."

-The School Administrator

Comments on The Tutoring Revolution:

"As both government–financed and privately–paid tutoring explode on the periphery of K–12 education this perceptive guidebook is welcome indeed, the more so because it examines what works, not just what's happening."

Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

"The Tutoring Revolution provides . . . very useful perspectives on . . . research–based best practices, student achievement outcomes, and policy development. The four authors . . . blended expertise . . . provide an academic treatment of tutoring. The extensive bibliography is especially useful for those who would like to pursue research and teaching in tutoring."

Eunice N. Askov, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education
Penn State University
Co–Director Emerita
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy

"[The Tutoring Revolution was] a text that for me was easy to understand (not a bunch of educationese) and was truly enjoyable to read. I know there are 'how to' tutoring books out there, but this book is a research–based 'how to think about' tutoring book, and I really appreciated the difference. I especially liked the discussions of the education theories that support and inform the tutoring process."

Dianna Baycich
Literacy Projects Coordinator
Ohio Literacy Resource Center
Kent State University

"The Tutoring Revolution presents a fair and unbiased look at he successful world of private tutoring. . . Parents as well as educators in private practice will find the book a useful tool. It is a succinct guide for parents attempting to choose the most appropriate tutor for their child, and it is a masterful piece of research for educators wishing to improve their tutoring practices."

Jim Giovannini, Founder
Academic Tutoring Centers
Park Ridge, Illinois

"The Tutoring Revolution is a great asset. . . The authors explain No Child Left Behind (Supplemental Services) so that people can realize the implications to all tutorials. . . "The Tutoring Revolution can help identify a framework to facilitate good tutoring practice. . . These authors act as an agent to change schools and to revolutionize tutoring."

Mike Zenanko, Director
Instructional Services Unit
Jacksonville State University

"The Tutoring Revolution [indicates] that tutoring done by well–trained professional can have a significant impact on learning outcomes . . . [and] that the nation would be well–served if there were undergraduate and graduate courses on tutoring . . . methods, curriculum, and research methodology."

Daniel F. Bassill, President
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Chicago, Illinois

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Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Resource Guide

by Edward E. Gordon, Ph.D.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education

Peer Tutoring

In this era of high stakes testing, teachers across America are struggling with the demands of raising student achievement. Tutoring programs can become important learning strategies that will assist students in learning to solve problems, collaborate with others, and think creatively.

Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Resource Guide gives teachers specific instructional methods to help students raise their skills and critical thinking abilities. It provides step–by–step guidance on:

  • Designing a tutoring program
  • Training tutors
  • Conducting meaningful assessment and evaluation

This guide offers a wide variety of success stories drawn from published research that describes how ordinary teachers have effectively used peer and cross–age tutoring in a wide variety of elementary, high school, and college applications. Sample forms are also included that teachers can adapt for their needs.

View The High School Reform Strategy Toolkit's "Peer Tutoring Best Practices" pages which cite key points from Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Guide and encourage teachers to consult it for further guidance.


"With decades of experience, Edward E. Gordon is a reliable source for strategies regarding the design and implementation of peer and cross-age tutoring. In Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Resource Guide he explores what makes tutoring an effective tool, and which students are likely to benefit. The book features practical approaches for elementary, high school, and college level programs, including tips for training tutors, and sample program assessment forms. He also traces success stories from real research."

-NEA Today

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Centuries of Tutoring: A History of Alternative Education in American and Europe

by Edward E. Gordon and Elaine H. Gordon. Foreword by Gerald Gutek.
Publisher: University Press of America

Centuries of Tutoring

The book examines both the development of tutoring as a form of education and its influences on "schooling," early childhood education and women's issues. 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 in education at home as well as 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 review of the contemporary uses of tutoring and an analysis of its historical contributions to Western education.


"... a book not likely to duplicate any others on one's shelf, and one that suggests a variety of productive applications in research and teaching."

–History of Education Quarterly

"... a fascinating good read, well–researched and documented, scholarly but hardly dry and never boring or tedious. Moreover, it is an essential and significant addition to feminist history and politics."

–Educational Studies

"Historians of education often observe that there are far more to the history of learning than the history of schooling, and it is to Gordon's credit that he has attempted to document this important point."

–The American Historical Review

"In an attempt to 'investigate tutoring's widespread applications throughout the history of childhood in the Western world,' the Gordons make excellent use of historical insight and primary sources to produce a very readable history and an interesting perspective on the development of schooling in general. The emphasis on the one–to–one nature of early education is enlightening, especially the account of how the act of tutoring others helped shape the educational philosophy of some of history's greatest thinkers.... Well–written text and superb reference material in the appendixes and source list."


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