Private Tour to Greece – summer of 2018

I am organizing my 13th or 14th international tour. If you are interested in coming along, please email me at The dates are July 22nd to August 5th, 2018 with the trip starting in Athens and ending in Santorini. Teachers get CEU credit at no charge. Graduate credit available for a fee. A lesson plan is provided for you at the end of the tour so you can do a presentation for faculty or students. Since this is a private tour, you need to talk to me first so I can alert the travel company.

Here is the trip website:

Patient Education Video – CASTING CALL

sickleThe audience of this finished product will be other kids and adults with the disease who are considering participating in medical studies or clinical trials.  It pays $1,000 if selected to shoot the video. If the child is selected, both child and guardian/parent will be in the video together.
This project will be filming on Saturday 9/19 in Hartford, CT. 

Gender: Males and Females: Male or Female

Ethnicity: African-American (only)

Age: Children age 10 and older; Adults any age

Now seeking African-American children and adults diagnosed with sickle cell disease who have previously participated in a clinical study or medical trial.

Must be prepared to discuss your experience of participating in a clinical study direct to camera, in the form of a “patient interview”. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; guardian may also be required to contribute to interview.

If after a casting pre-interview, you are hired for this project, you will need to be available for a full day of filming.

For those hired after the pre-interview process, we are offering as compensation for your time a one-time, all-inclusive fee of $1,000.00 per patient.

**Please do NOT submit an application if you do not have sickle cell disease or have not participated in a clinical study before.**

Usage:  This short video will be utilized to educate other sickle cell patients about the process of going through a clinical trial. You will be expected to discuss your experiences both with the disease itself, and the clinical trial process you underwent. Finished video will be aired on a public-facing clinical study website, in offices of doctors, and possibly on YouTube as a public video.



(310) 428-9380 c.

What Are You Worth?

How much are you worth?  The question of fees as a consultant often comes up.

I am reminded of an old story about how a huge factory ground to a halt when a key piece of machinery stopped working. No one knew how to fix it and the company was losing money and at risk of going out of business. Finally someone thought to bring back an old retiree who used to work on the machine to see if he could fix it. When the gray-haired senior citizen arrived at the factory he quickly examined the machine. When asked if he could fix it the old-timer said yes, for $15,010. Desperate the owners told him to go ahead. The old man calmly put his ear to the side of the machine, listen for a minute and then took a hammer and banged on it once. The machine instantly hummed back to life. Factory engineers and workers were amazed. “That’s it?” the owner screamed. ” You charged me $15,010 just to hit it with a hammer!!” “No,” the old timer said ” $10 was for hitting it with the hammer, $15,000 was for knowing WHERE to hit it.”

Moral of the story – you are not just paying a consultant for an hour of their time, you are paying for priceless knowledge and skills earned over a lifetime.

600 postings to date – message from the moderator

On Nov. 28, 2007 I started this blog as a virtual file cabinet – a place to store articles of interest to me in multicultural education. Prior to that it seemed that I was constantly looking through file folders for articles or emailing copies of articles to colleagues and students. This blog was a way of not having to file (hate it) but also a way of sharing articles. I hope you have found this blog helpful. If you run across articles or videos online that you would like to share, send the link to me at and I would be glad to add it to the “file cabinet.”

………… Bill Howe