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Education begins when you finish school ... "Reach - Then Teach" offers host Derrick Brown's wisdom earned through lessons learned about mentoring, mediation, and problem solving. The show uses "standup storytelling" (commentary, teaching, spoken word (poetry), rap, and song) to deliver compelling, thematic, personal narratives about love, change, equality, power, (self-)control, and purpose. Popular segments include "Dear Hannah (Letters To My Daughter)", "Fight The Good Fight", "LEarning", and "The BIG Picture." Visit to join our mailing list and sponsor our work!






Dear Hannah: LEarning (Writing Your First Business Plan (WYFBP))

Dear Hannah, "LEarning (Writing Your First Business Plan (WYFBP))" By Derrick Brown 8-10-2017 Many years ago, I developed a six-week class called "Writing Your First Business Plan". The purpose of the class was to help entrepreneurs with GOoD ideas (good ideas from God) "wrap their minds" around their vision, mission, and steps - in a way that established and built positive momentum. Vision describes what your efforts will produce / create - it describes your "end". Mission describes the...

Duration: 00:15:38

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Reach - Then Teach (Small-Group Discipling Fellowship))

Dear Hannah, I host a six-week class called "Reach - Then Teach". The class goal is to help parents, mentors and teachers build stronger relationships with students. Part of my role is to introduce 6 key projects (one per class) that I use to both facilitate and actively participate in relationships. The larger part of my mission, though, is to create and nurture a small-group, "discipling" fellowship. A "discipling" fellowship is one where participants equip each other to equip others. This...

Duration: 00:03:15

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Do You Hear What I Hear (Thoughts On Listening To Advice)))

Dear Hannah, So how do you deal with the frustration that accompanies feeling like you are not being heard? I have no answers. I do have an approach that I am still LEarning. First step ... remember what frustration is, Derrick. Frustration is an emotional response to a lack of control ... of people, circumstances, outcomes, etc. I am not in control of anything but me. That establishes a clear boundary for giving and taking advice. I am never in a position to tell someone else what to do....

Duration: 00:07:15

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Groundhog Day)

Dear Hannah, The movie "Groundhog Day" starred Bill Murray as a weatherman caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. His experiences led him to re-examine his life and priorities. When it was released in 1993, "Groundhog Day" was a modest success. Since then, it has become more popular, and is now considered one of the best comedy films ever. It is now ingrained in the public consciousness - the term "Groundhog Day" can represent a situation that seems to occur...

Duration: 00:11:37

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Talk To Me (A Game That Teaches The Language of ANY Subject))

Dear Hannah, LEarn to do math, then learn what math does. I developed the game Talk To Me to support this LEarning journey. Love, Daddy "LEarning (Talk To Me (A Game That Teaches The Language of ANY Subject))" By Derrick Brown 6-25-2017 Language and discourse are more important than vocabulary. Vocabulary is knowledge of words. If you say "Chuck D's stentorian cadence commands his audience's attention" - you probably have a large vocabulary. Language is the means by which we use words,...

Duration: 00:14:52

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Friends & Influence)

Dear Hannah, Your friends will be the people who accept and affirm you, hold you accountable, and present you with authority that you respect. You and your friends will exert powerful influence over each other. Your charisma will give you powerful influence in the world, too. Everybody you influence will not become your friend - and that is OK. The most powerful influence, though, is exerted via self-control. Love, Daddy I read books and articles to weigh and consider - even to "wrestle"...

Duration: 00:17:56

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Got Floppies? (Thoughts On Healing & Stewardship))

Dear Hannah, You have been given relationships, possessions, talents, a mind, a body, and time. Take care of what you have been given. Love, Daddy ---------- For years, I have repaired, recycled, and redistributed broken / obsolete laptop & desktop computers. It began as a hobby. When I was young, my Dad fixed large and small electronics to make our living. I soon noticed that we never bought stereos, radios, TVs, refrigerators, washers & dryers - never. I liked that. I did not quite...

Duration: 00:11:20

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Happy Birthday (Thoughts On Growing Up - And Speaking Up))

Dear Hannah, Take stock of your life on every birthday. Assess your progress towards love, maturity, courage, freedom, and your life's mission and vision. Embrace the people who love and appreciate you, and take the time to tell you that you are important to them. Then reciprocate and exceed that love and reflection with intention and sincerity. Love, Daddy I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Birthdays are important milestones. They allow us to reflect on and appreciate life,...

Duration: 00:08:50

Dear Hannah: Fight The Good Fight (Truth, Grace & The School Board Race)

Dear Hannah, Truth without grace is mean. Grace without truth is meaningless. Love, Daddy

Duration: 00:47:19

The BIG Picture: The Equalizer

Equality requires both opportunity *and* circumstance. (to learn more, visit

Duration: 00:09:18

The BIG Picture: U Can't C Me (Ode To The Invisible)

(Buy poster at My life is but an instrument Singing songs in many keys Wisdom earned through lessons learned From mistakes of several degrees Do not mistake activity for achievement Arriving on time means you're late To be on time arrive early Fall seven times - get up eight One time is an accident Two times is a trend Three times might be a problem But forgiveness is your friend ...

Duration: 00:04:58

The BIG Picture: Johnny (Reach.Then.Teach)

(Buy poster at Why oh why can't Johnny READ? Probably because the brother's name is Khalid Yet the majority of so-called experts agreed On the cultural ideas they would force-feed ... Why oh why can't Johnny WRITE? 'Cause instead of him creating he just has to recite We offer him a perspective that he finds quite trite Then have the gall to try to label him as "not too bright" ...

Duration: 00:04:54

The BIG Picture: "Real" Power (Is Work Done Efficiently)

"Real" power is work done efficiently ... that is, with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise ...

Duration: 00:16:05

The BIG Picture: Commencement (Shortest.Graduation.Speech.EVER.)

We are proud to present a 180-Word commencement speech (buy poster at ... 1. Equality requires both opportunity and circumstance. 2. Education begins when you finish school. 3. Education requires learning, unlearning, and relearning ...

Duration: 00:03:42

Dear Hannah: Stand Your Ground (Remix) (Audio)

(Buy poster at ... Dear Hannah, Sometimes things happen that upset us. We have to feel what we feel, take the time to heal, remember what is real, and keep moving forward ... Love, Daddy

Duration: 00:01:51

Dear Hannah: Teach Students, Not Subjects (Johney) (Audio)

Dear Hannah, Teach students, not subjects. You will not know them on your first day together. You will not know them on your last day together. Never stop LEarning who they are, and you will never stop LEarning who you are. Love, Daddy

Duration: 00:01:22

Dear Hannah: Master Plan (REMIX) (Audio)

Dear Hannah, Stick to the Master Plan - even when current events make it feel like the world is out of control. Love, Daddy

Duration: 00:01:51

Dear Hannah: Quiet (But Not Silent)

Dear Hannah, education begins when you *finish* school. 'cause life gives you the test first ... - then you get the lesson ...

Duration: 00:04:31

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Quiet - But Not Silent)

Dear Hannah, I know that I do not know. So, I need to LEarn and teach. I cannot LEarn while talking. I LEarn by listening. I teach by LEarning. I teach by listening and talking. I create change through power and influence. I create power through efficient work. I do efficient work by LEarning. I influence by reaching - then teaching. See, I am quiet - but not silent. Here's what I am LEarning ...

Duration: 00:09:53

Dear Hannah: Fight The Good Fight (Life & Opportunities)

Dear Hannah, Life is a series of opportunities. Here's how I approach life ... I listen, because I don't listen well. I am quiet, because I am not quiet. I observe, because I can't see. I know, because I know that I don't know. I speak like no one else is ever going to speak for me. I do like no one is ever going to do for me ...

Duration: 00:06:03

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