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Summer 2020 eNews
Summer 2020 - Issue 191
On-Line Learning Resources:
For youth, parents, teachers, volunteers.
As spring turns to summer and we soon will be sending kids back to school, and to non-school tutor and mentor programs, the nation faces great uncertainty. Will learning be on-line? How will volunteer tutors and mentors connect with students and provide extra support?

This uncertainty is compounded by poverty, racial and economic inequalities, the global climate crisis and an upcoming national election.

While you can do a web search to learn more about any of these issues, I've been aggregating links in a web library that is free to all.
The ideas and resources shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by youth organization leaders, resource providers, political leaders, universities, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed, and to help understand and respond to these over-riding challenges.

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What's Working? What Challenges? Join this GrowthWorks Conversation.

Read this blog article to see the scope and purpose and volunteer to be interviewed.

I've connected to many former volunteers through social media. One is Phil Roos, who leads the GrowthWorks consulting firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since April Phil's company has been holding consumer conversations to learn how people are dealing with Covid19. These are shared on their website.

Now the team is interested in talking with leaders of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, Detroit and other places.

If you'd like to be interviewed, please contact GrowthWorks directly (using email in the blog article) or email Dan Bassill at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Web library updated.

I finished updating the Tutor/Mentor web library in mid June.

Since then I've updated links in all of my concept maps (see cMap library). I've also updated links in this blog article, which I created several years ago to serve as a resource anyone can use to find links I point to regularly, as well as links to every sub section in the library.

Part of that article, shown at the left, includes links to the list of Chicago area youth tutor and/or mentor programs that I've hosted since 1993.

As school starts use this to identify and connect with programs in different parts of the Chicago region.


Preparing for new school year

It looks like most schools will offer a combination of in-school, face-to-face teaching and on-line learning. Much has been learned since everyone turned to on-line learning in March, and much more needs to be learned to make this effective for every student, especially those in high poverty areas where access to digital learning resources is one of the major barriers. Here are three sections of the Tutor/Mentor library with resources for you.

# Homework help library - click here
# Educator blogs and conversations about learning - click here
# Digital Divide links - click here
Connect and Learn from others using Twitter #Hashtags

The graphic at the left shows one section of a concept map I've used for a few years to keep track of Twitter conversations that I value. This section points to discussions among educators.

Since on-line learning is new to many, and not so new to some, being able to join these conversations and draw ideas that you can apply to your own eLearning, tutoring & teaching is a way to dramatically expand your tool kit. Spend some time getting to know these groups then pick a few to visit once or twice a week.

I'm on Twitter@tutormentorteam. I look forward to connecting with you.
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
Recent Tutor/Mentor blog articles:

* Birth-to-Work - what's needed? - click here

* Dig Deeper into Social Capital Thinking - click here

* Examples of remote learning - click here

* Creating Economic Justice - Opportunity for All - click here

* Helping Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs Grow - click here

* Time Right for Greater Business Involvement? - click here

* Navigating Through Information Libraries - click here

* Where I've been connecting with others - click here

* Strategy PDFs by Tutor/Mentor - click here

* Concept Map library - click here

* Mapping for Justice blog - click here

* Hashtags I follow on Twitter. Use to expand your own network - click here

* Blogs I follow using Inoreader - click here
* National Mentoring Resource Center - Covid-19 resources - click here

* MyChiMyFuture - City of Chicago - click here

* Strengthening Chicago Youth web site, click here; blog - click here

* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here

* To & Through Project web site - click here

* Incarceration Reform Digital Resource Center - click here

* City of Chicago, CPS, links - click here

* Chicago Public School Locator - click here

* Healthy Chicago 2.0 - click here

* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here

* ChiHackNight - remote civic technology meet-up; every Tuesday in Chicago - see agenda
(view video of Cook County Public Defender from 8-11-2020)

*Chicago Youth Serving Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here

Please help update this cMap and the links in the Tutor/Mentor web library. Just email me with additions or changes.
About this newsletter.
While I try to send this only once a month, I write blog articles weekly. Throughout the newsletter I post links to a few of the articles published in the past month or earlier.I encourage you to spend a little time each week reading these articles and following the links. Use the ideas and presentations in group discussions with other people who are concerned about the same issues.

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