cover-chairs-smallBook Description: How to Teach Adults covers everything an adult educator needs to know: from getting a job, to planning a course, to teaching a lesson, to growing as a professional. It’s a great resource for anyone who teaches adults. The book has already been used by an art instructor, a yoga teacher, and a “math as a second language” professor.

How to Teach Adults is available at as a free PDF, in a premium edition on and as a paper book in a limited print run.

Author Bio: Dan Spalding is a dynamic presenter with who loves speaking before groups. He has over a decade’s experience as an English as a Second Language instructor; he has also given “Know Your Rights” trainings to thousands of activists across the country. Dan has written curriculum around everything from communication styles to dealing with police. He lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with his fiance and Barlow the cat. How to Teach Adults is his first book. He can be reached at or; his Twitter handle is @teachrdan.



The reality is that if you’re doing almost anything worth doing it’s probably going to involve teaching adults. The good news is you don’t need to get a degree in teaching to figure out how to do it well. All you have to do is study Dan Spalding’s How to Teach Adults. Spalding has done the hard work of distilling the literature and most importantly harvesting the pearls of wisdom from his own extensive teaching experiences to make a one-of-kind resource. Whether you teach in the classroom, facilitate workshops, or are just trying to get in touch with your own inner educator this gem of a book has something for you. A must-read for everyone who cares about learning, change and their fellow human beings.”

-Patrick Reinsborough, co-founder, smartMeme/Center for Story-based Strategy

My math Ph.D. didn’t prepare me for teaching undergraduates. Dan Spalding’s book was my best source of advice – from reminding me to scope out out parking before the first day of class to pointing out the difference between stretching students beyond their comfort zones and pushing them into a useless panic. I recommend How to Teach Adults as a primer for those who haven’t started teaching and a reference for those who have.

-Lee Worden, visiting faculty, San Francisco Art Institute

Availability: The book can be downloaded as a free eBook at, in a premium edition (with a bonus chapter) at, and purchased as a print book from independent bookstores and .

Talking Points

Career Change – Interested in switching to a career in teaching? Dan Spalding can speak to a roomful of people in diverse professions on the prospects – and challenges – of teaching adults.

Technology & Education – Educational technology is like Facebook: We have to use it even though we mostly hate it. Dan can explain the difference between a CMS and an LMS and, more importantly, why you should (or shouldn’t) care.

Workshops 101 – Most professionals have to give workshops to the public, or their peers. Dan can quickly explain how to craft an engaging and effective workshop for any audience.

Teaching 202 – What can you do when an audience is hostile to your workshop, or when challenging students throw your class off track? Dan Spalding can use his experience to effectively and humorously advise on how to deal with difficult situations.

Winning at Kickstarter– After pitching his book to conventional publishers, Dan decided to use Kickstarter to raise funds to self-publish How to Teach Adults; he aimed for $6000 and ultimately raised over $9000. Dan can speak on the promise and pitfalls of Kickstarter.

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