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“How’s your program doing?”: A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 28, 2017 4919

by Jean Rhodes Mentors sometimes struggle to connect with their mentees and programs play a vital role in supporting the match. In a recent study, we found that, when mentors feel a lack of support, they are more likely to terminate the relationships early (Burton, Rapsoa, and & Rhodes, 2017). Yet mentoring programs often struggle […]


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Registration now open: Mentoring short course in the Netherlands!

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 24, 2017 4710

Two new and exciting events are now open for registration 1) Short Course on evaluation and monitoring lead by Prof. Jean Rhodes May 10-11, 2017, a Short Course is being offered to practitioners and researchers. This Short Course will be led by Prof. Jean Rhodes, Editor of the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, and includes best […]


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Watchworthy Wednesday: Meet 10 Women Championing Connected Learning

DML Central - March 22, 2017 4649

.broken_link, a.broken_link { text-decoration: line-through; } Toggle navigation Search Watchworthy Wednesday: Meet 10 Women Championing Connected Learning Wednesday, March 22, 2017 As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let’s turn our attention to 10 women scholars making their mark as champions of . (Connected learning calls for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven and oriented toward educational, economic or political opportunity. It is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support.

What a wildly improbable movie can teach us about mentoring

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 14, 2017 4330

by Jean Rhodes In the comedy, Role Models, two self-absorbed salesmen, Danny and Wheeler, are arrested following a road rage incident and elect to perform community service hours over going to jail. They are assigned to work at a mentoring program where Danny is paired with a nerdy role-playing game enthusiast while Wheeler finds himself […]


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White House budget puts funds for mentoring in danger

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 16, 2017 4270

by David Shapiro You’ve probably heard about the White House budget proposal to Congress recommending significant cuts to federal domestic programs, including those affecting young people. During a cable news interview, Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney specifically referenced cuts to grants at the Department of Justice (the federal agency that hosts the OJJDP youth […]


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Creating the future of digital learning in the US

Parenting for Digital Fututre - March 15, 2017 4222

Creating the future of digital learning in the US The has just been released in the US, and reviews some key ideas from it, discussing how it aligns with digital and media literacy education. Renee is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the , , University of Rhode Island, USA. [Header image credit: B. Flickinger, CC BY 2.0] I’ll be the first to admit that I have not been a fan of the US federal government’s approach to educational technology, which is showcased every five years in an important and widely distributed report.

New research takes an ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 14, 2017 4221

Suffrin, R., Todd, N. & Sanchez, B. (2016). An ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction with their youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(5), 553-568. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21785 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Previous mentoring research has shown that youth mentoring can serve as an important intervention for promoting positive youth outcomes across a variety of […]


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Stay Attuned: Mentorship can Bridge the Nation’s Divides

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 15, 2017 4208

by Julia Pryce The slogan, “America First,” championed by President Donald Trump and echoed in many of his administration’s recent policies, is an inherently divisive statement. It infers the exceptionality of Americans above and beyond citizens of the rest of the world. It energizes a cycle of separation, disconnection, and fear. The Southern Poverty Law […]


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New Research investigates impacts of vocational peer mentors on emerging adults with mental illness

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 14, 2017 4179

Klodnick, V. V., Sabrella, K., Brenner, C. J., Krzos, I. M., Ellison, M. L., Kaiser, S. M., Davis, M. & Fagan, M. A. (2015). Perspectives of young emerging adults with serious mental health conditions on vocational peer mentors. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 23(4), 226-237. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1063426614565052 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Emerging […]


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Activity tied to greater happiness: Implications for mentoring relationships

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 14, 2017 4165

By Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. […]


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The Big Three … Constructivism, Constructionism and Connectivism | Gee Dee Perspicacity

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - March 28, 2017 4110

We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future … FDR 1933 Search Menu Main menu Post navigation The Big Three … Constructivism, Constructionism and Connectivism Posted on by The Big Three … Constructivism, Constructionism and Connectivism These three theories have had a profound effect on Education and will continue to do so long into the 21st Century. They are learner focused and provide timeless concepts and understandings about the nature of learning and learners.

New paper applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 01, 2017 3440

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University of California, Irvine.   Summarized by Justin Preston In a paper presented in the Fall […]


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NPR: Thoughts on mentoring needs from youths in the juvenile justice system

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 01, 2017 3438

Written by Cheryl Corley, NPR In Chicago, where the number of shootings last year soared, it’s often young people who become both perpetrators and victims. The Cook County Juvenile Justice Center holds about 200 to 300 young residents awaiting trial at the Temporary Detention Center. Among these residents are Leonard and Nigel, both 17 years […]


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New research explores impacts of inconsistent support on youth transitions

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 01, 2017 3438

Fitzpatrick, J. P. (2015). Supporting young people in transition: Findings from a research study in Scotland. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 28(1), 31-36.   Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Children who are involved with social support services (i.e. the Department of Youth and Families in the United States) are vulnerable because they often […]


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APA’s new survey on stress and technology use has implications for mentoring

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - March 01, 2017 3438

Written by Justin Preston Last week the American Psychological Association (APA) released the second part of their findings from their 1oth annual Stress in America survey. While the first part of the findings dealt with changing national politics, the economy, and other topics (see below for a link to the report on these findings), we […]


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Quick Start Guide to Place-Based Professional Learning | Getting Smart

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - March 26, 2017 3288

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Good news!: The “Elements” lead to effective practice

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - February 22, 2017 3061

by Jean Rhodes Attention all mentoring programs! If you haven’t been using MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice (EEPM) you’re missing a golden opportunity to improve relationship length and strength. Of course, many mentoring practitioners know the EEPM well—in fact some have even witnessed its evolution from a somewhat unwieldy grab bag of ideas to a more […]


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New webinar 2/24: Ten Ways to Win the OJJDP Mentoring Grant

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - February 22, 2017 3048

From MentoringCentral.net OJJDP mentoring grant proposals are due in less than a month – March 13th. A couple of points on your proposal can be the difference between $5 million and nothing. We can help you win those crucial couple of extra points. Our experts at Mentoring Central will offer a free webinar showing you […]


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New research demonstrates connection between mentoring benefits and relationship stage

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - February 15, 2017 2686

DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S. & Lipman, E. (2016). The role of program-supported relationships in promoting youth mental health, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Prevention Science, 17, 646-657. DOI 10.1007/s11121-016-0663-2 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction Recent meta-analyses of mentoring research have found that youth paired with a caring, non-parental adult experience a […]


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Here’s my prediction: Mentoring programs can and must evolve

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - February 14, 2017 2624

by Jean Rhodes Here’s my prediction. In the coming decades, formal mentoring will become more targeted, evidence-based, and professionalized in its approach. This is because our field’s two most important barometers of the success—the number of adults willing to serve as volunteer mentors and the effectiveness of these efforts—have not changed in the past decade. Indeed, […]


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Predicting the future of mentoring programs

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - February 14, 2017 2624

by Jean Rhodes Here’s my prediction. In the coming decades, formal mentoring programs will become more targeted, evidence-based, and professionalized. This is because our field’s two most important barometers of success—the number of adults willing to serve as volunteer mentors and the effectiveness of these efforts—have not changed in the past decade. Indeed, despite the […]


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mLearning Is Not eLearning on A Mobile Device (Part Deux) | Float

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - March 26, 2017 2576

, , • In April of 2010, Float published its first monthly newsletter, in which I proclaimed that . The topic arose as a response to many who primarily – and in our view, simplistically – considered mobile learning a new delivery method for eLearning, or simply “teaching an old dog new tricks.” Over the course of the last three years, this piece has consistently been one of Float’s most read and most commented posts. In recognition of this, we decided that we would post an update to this topic and highlight how the thinking related to eLearning and mobile learning has evolved over the past three years.