Teaching Learning Leading K-12
William Manzanares IV discusses his book - “I Can’t Read” - 270

William Manzanares IV discusses his book - “I Can’t Read” - 270

November 21, 2019

William_Manzanares_IV_576.jpg I_Cant_Read_bookcover_624.jpg Willtalksbiz_logo_211.jpg

If not being able to read was a disease, it would be an epidemic.

Millions of Americans can’t read but illiteracy often goes unacknowledged or unnoticed. If you are the parent or teacher of a child who struggles with reading, you know the painful way that illiteracy steals their confidence and robs them of the joy that comes from learning.

William Manzanares IV – a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Washington state – wrote
I Can’t Read: A Guide to Success Through Failure (2019) to give the literacy conversation a much-needed jumpstart.

William, who grew up unable to read and later learned he had dyslexia, overcame these obstacles and transformed himself into a successful serial entrepreneur. In this inspirational story, William shares strategic superpowers that worked for him in the hopes it will improve literacy for those who can’t read. The book includes personal anecdotes to inspire kids everywhere – especially young Native Americans – to pursue their dreams.
He is a serial entrepreneur, having owned and operated successful businesses since 2005.
William is passionate about helping small business owners as well as struggling readers. To that end, he spends much of his time speaking with students about career planning and goal setting.

Thanks for listening.

Please share and subscribe.



Connect with William and Find Out More:







Get I Can’t Read on Amazon



Length - 45:24

David Miletto: Italian Heritage, Family Stories, Chicago, Life, & Art - 269

David Miletto: Italian Heritage, Family Stories, Chicago, Life, & Art - 269

November 15, 2019

 David_Miletto_341.jpg David_Miletto_532.jpg


David Miletto is an artist. He has an amazing talent for bringing ideas to life. This is episode 269 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 and the first part of a multi-part interview with David as we talk about Italian heritage, family stories, Chicago, life in the 50's-60's-70's, and art. 

He also is one of my favorite uncles.

He has an incredible sense of humor. He is an amazing cook who makes his own pasta and I swear I can sense when he is cooking...awesome aromas!

And I always remember him having an interesting comment or two that would make me think…
“Like in the 80s when he asked me which of my music groups I think will still be relevant in 20 years.”

Or him practicing his spoken Italian and talking about the family history...
You have never lived until you have experienced him driving through the toll booths of Chicago!
He also is an avid baseball and Whitesox fan…

This interview is focused on David as a primary source of information. He lived through some amazing aspects of our country. This will be a multipart show.

In the first episode, we will share some family history and then talk about being a child in the 50s and early 60s.

As a classroom teacher, my hope is that you will be able to use some of his thoughts and comments about life in the past as a way of getting your students to hear the thoughts of someone who was there...Chicagoland area in the 50s and 60s…(by the way the journey will also take us to Texas, Florida, maybe Las Vegas, and Italy...even Wisconsin)...part two and three will bring us through the turbulent teenage years and the late 60s, and then into some events in later years of his life.

Remember David is an artist and at the end of each episode, we will journey into some of his work and a special request for assistance with a project that he is trying to take to the next level and complete.

Thanks for listening.

Please subscribe and share.


Connect with David:



 Length - 1:32:59

Daniel H. Shapiro: The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor - 268

Daniel H. Shapiro: The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor - 268

November 7, 2019

 Caring-Mentor-Square-2019-399.jpg D_-Shapiro-Photo-500.jpg

Dr. Daniel H. Shapiro has served for over twenty years as a teacher, school counselor, mentor, and district leader in the Broward County Public Schools in Florida. This is episode 268 of Teaching Learning Leading K12.

He received National Board Teacher Certification in early adolescence/English language arts in 2006, earned his master’s degree in school counseling in 2009, and received his doctoral degree in education with a specialization in instructional leadership in 2012. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “An Exploration of the Role of Caring in Teacher Mentoring Relationships.”

During his career, Dr. Shapiro received the Florida Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teaching. He was named a Broward County Public Schools 2014 Caliber Award winner and the 2015 Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) Elementary School Counselor of the Year. 

He is now a school counseling specialist and provides mentoring and professional development to school counselors within the Broward County School District. He also serves as an adjunct professor of school counseling at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Shapiro is the author of The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor: Strengthening the Mentoring Relationship from the Inside Out. He offers workshops on a variety of topics, is a keynote speaker and provides individual mentoring sessions. 

Dr. Shapiro lives with his wife and two children in South Florida.


Connect with Daniel:







Length - 54:24