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Why it’s so important to consider youth’s capacity for connection

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - August 08, 2017 4879

by Jean Rhodes In a study of successful, long-term mentoring relationships, Renee Spencer discovered the turning point in a relationship between 14 year old Alana and Alana’s diehard mentor, Stacy (Spencer, Levine, & Rhodes, 2017). Early mistreatment had shattered Alana’s capacity to forge trusting bonds, and she’d grown adept at forcing relationships to their breaking […]


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Pilot program in Baltimore uses mentoring to open up job opportunities

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - August 09, 2017 4430

Written by Jayne Miller, WBAL-TV11 Baltimore is struggling to deal with crime committed by youth. Advocates said one answer is to get more young people engaged through jobs and mentoring. But is it easier said than done? For the first time, 16-year-old Kendrick Senior had a job this summer. It was nothing glamorous — he […]


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What keeps a mentor engaged? New research sheds some light.

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - August 09, 2017 4430

Larsson, M., Pettersson, C., Eriksson, C., & Skoog, T. (2016). Initial motives and organizational context enabling female mentors’ engagement in formal mentoring–A qualitative study from the mentors’ perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 17-26. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction Youth have a strong need to develop close relationships with those around them to succeed developmentally. […]


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Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Tom Rosenberg of the American Camp Association

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - August 09, 2017 4430

Written by Rachel Rubin Tom Rosenberg is the President/CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), a community of summer camp professionals working to promote youth development through the preservation, promotion, and improvement of the camp experience. In addition to his variety of volunteer roles in ACA (e.g., treasurer, board member), Tom has worked in the […]


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Reshaping Student Networks in K-20 Education

Educause Review - August 02, 2017 4184

Search Advertisement Reshaping Student Networks in K-20 Education Authors: by Julia Freeland Fisher Published: Thursday, August 3, 2017 Columns: Earlier posts in the series include: Oftentimes education reformers try their best to imagine how a coherent, high-quality K-20 system could arm more students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to succeed in the 21st century. We debate which institutions, standards, tests, cost structures, and pedagogies can support learning to new heights. We measure so-called 'college and career readiness' in terms of grades, academic mastery, and habits of success.

New research demonstrates impact of sports mentoring on life skills development

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 26, 2017 3705

Choi, E., Park, J. J., Jo, K., & Lee, O. (2015). The influence of a sports mentoring program on children’s life skills development. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 15(2), 264. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize youth development, moving from a […]


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STUDENT VOICE: Black in Baltimore, and finding a language to express ideas about ethnicity, religion and morality

Hechinger Report - July 26, 2017 3695

When we are born, we are taught that there is truth and untruth, but as we mature we learn that truth is a matter of perspective. I was born into a Christian family, and for a long time, I never questioned what that meant. To be Christian was to be right. At the same time, […]


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Recent NY Times piece highlights importance of mentoring youth with disabilities

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 26, 2017 3680

Written by Justin Preston A new piece in the New York Times highlights the importance of caring adults providing support for youths living with disability. The author, Alaina Leary, describes her mother’s role not just as a caregiver, but also as a model for being an adult with a disability. Once Leary began exhibiting symptoms […]


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Youths’ belief in upward mobility challenged: New research and what mentors and programs can do

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 26, 2017 3663

Posted by Hilary Hurd Anyaso, Futurity.org New research suggests high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds have less drive to overcome academic hardships when they harbor doubts about the odds of people with similar backgrounds achieving upward economic mobility. Three new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see […]


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Connected Learning in Teacher Education: Come Make With Us

DML Central - July 24, 2017 3502

.broken_link, a.broken_link { text-decoration: line-through; } Toggle navigation Search Connected Learning in Teacher Education: Come Make With Us Monday, July 24, 2017 A couple of years ago, I worked in the summer to build with some amazing colleagues. I dabbled in the work of prior to this invitation, but this was my first real attempt to put the principles into practice. Our goal with Connected Courses was, and remains, to support faculty who are “developing online, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the .

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 22, 2017 3414

by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to school for a PhD in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, which she received in 2009. Dr. Greeson […]


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OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

Hechinger Report - July 19, 2017 3265

During the past 50 years, no segment of elementary education has prospered against the odds more than homeschooling. The movement has grown despite a lack of the resources available to public schools, without the air of exclusivity of private schools, and absent the brand of the college prep education of parochial schools. Homeschool advocates and […]


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TEACHER VOICE: It’s tough to prepare children for kindergarten if parents and teachers don’t collaborate

Hechinger Report - July 16, 2017 3138

When parents and teachers and parents work together, children arrive at school ready for kindergarten. I have spent the past ten years teaching at in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, in Boyle, Mississippi, the most recent four of those years teaching kindergarten for 5-year-olds at Bell Academy. Nearly one-third of the population of Boyle […]


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Mentoring helps youth plan for the future: New research

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 12, 2017 2874

Lau, W. S., Zhou, X. C., & Lai, S. M. (2017). The development of mentoring‐relationship quality, future‐planning style, and career goal setting among adolescents from a disadvantaged background. PsyCh Journal, 6(1), 76-82. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction Adolescents’ ability to plan for the future can be an important protective factor that increases life chances, promotes healthy […]


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Facing challenges, mentees can develop strengths too!

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 12, 2017 2874

Posted by University of Arizona Children who grow up in high-stress environments may be at higher risk for learning or behavioral trouble, but new research suggests that their skills warrant more attention. Stress-adapted youth may possess traits—such as heightened vigilance, attention shifting, and empathic accuracy—that traditional learning and testing situations don’t tap into. These skills […]


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New research: Mentors help steady the ship for adolescent girls

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 12, 2017 2874

Liang, B., Lund, T. J., Desilva Mousseau, A. M., & Spencer, R. (2016). The mediating role of engagement in mentoring relationships and self-esteem among affluent adolescent girls. Psychology in the Schools, 53(8), 848-860. DOI: 10.1002/pits.21949 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Affluent youth are typically considered to be “low-risk” when it comes to negative outcomes, […]


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Contextual Learning: Authentic Roles & Goals – Does It catch mice?

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - August 16, 2017 2544

How innovative schools can better prepare learners for tomorrow's world Posted on by Contextual Learning: Authentic Roles & Goals This on the simCEO blog. It is article 3 in a series of 5. At simCEO, we are educators at the core. We founded our company with the belief that learning in schools must to be naturally engaging and mirror the skills of the real-world to promote intrinsic student motivation. That belief has guided us in creating a learning experience with five unique features. Learning – for tomorrow – must address these elements.

Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - July 05, 2017 2487

Hurd, N. M., & Sellers, R. M. (2013). Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors: Associations with academic engagement via social and emotional development. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,19(1), 76-85. Background Natural mentors are caring and supportive adults that exist naturally in adolescents’ extended social networks, such as neighbors, coaches, aunts and uncles, and community members. […]


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VIDEO: The best ideas from last-chance high schools are reforming American education

Hechinger Report - July 04, 2017 2454

Alternative schools for at-risk students – the ones who have been expelled, have dropped out, or just can’t make it in a regular high school – used to operate at the margins. But now, educational experiments started in last-chance high schools are transforming mainstream schools. In this video, step inside a school for lost kids […]


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Promoting a Global Community of Educators

DML Central - July 03, 2017 2379

.broken_link, a.broken_link { text-decoration: line-through; } Toggle navigation Search Promoting a Global Community of Educators Monday, July 03, 2017 Wouldn’t it be great if someone could find, convene, and facilitate educators and futurists to , then grow a who could bring the ideals of that map into the realities of educational institutions? Someone already has started this process, and he is indeed both an educator and futurist — in Moscow. Pavel Luksha’s effort started in Russia and is now active on every continent except Antarctica.