Tutor Mentor Connection Blog

Dan Bassill over at Cabrini Connections has a blog up with some very useful information and ideas about linking tutors and mentors to Chicago kids.  Many of you will already know his work, but even if so it's worth checking out.

Link: Tutor Mentor Connection: Ten Things You Really Need To Learn.

Dan's main point seems to be the importance of learning supports in addition to strong curriculum, teaching, etc.  I especially like the idea of getting men -- fathers, grandfathers, mentors, whatever -- to walk kids to school the first day.  I'm going to try and see if I can get involved.  If anyone's had any experiences, pro or con, with this type of program, feel free to chime in. 

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  • Thanks for introducing the Tutor/Mentor Connection to the CPS blog's readers. I focus primarily on kids living in high poverty neighborhoods, where the isolation and segregation of poverty mean kids come to school with fewer life experiences and a different range of mentors and career aspirations than do kids who come from more economically diverse neighborhoods.

    I also focus on programs where volunteers build multi year connections with kids, and where the program itself serves as a consistent source of suupport for many years, no matter what school or neighborhood a youth may move to.

    Youth who are able to participate in comprehensive, volunteer based tutor/mentor programs are linked to an expanded network of adults, who not only can model different life expectations, but who can also help create learning and career opportunities.

    I write about this on my blog and use the Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org to draw volunteers and donors to various tutor/mentor programs operating in different zip codes of Chicago.

    I hope some of you will visit and encourage others to help us build a better distribution of tutor/mentor programs in all of the neighborhoods with high poverty, and/or high concentrations of schools that are performing lower than state expectations.

  • I'm not sure the folks at the ULCA Center for Mental Health in Schools would agree with Ms. Spellings. At http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2006/07/learning-supports-needed-to-make-nclb.html I provide a link to a recent policy paper that suggests that NCLB will result in little gain unless there is a more consistent focus on learning supports.

    The folks at UCLA have launched a national initiative behind this thinking.

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