May 2004 econference

Thank you to all who attended the May and November Tutor/Mentor eConference! Shown below are workshops presented during the first Tutor/Mentor eConference Overlay.   Visit to view workshops presented in the November eConference.

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The next eConference will be held in May 2005.  For details click here

Registration form
for May 12/13, 2005 Conference

Presenter & Description 

Friday, May 14
9:00 am - 9:30 am CST

Daniel F. Bassill & Andrew Pincon

View WELCOME PowerPoint Presentation


Friday, May 14
9:30 am - 11:00 am CST

Intro to the use of the eConference workshop and chat features
Andrew Pincon, Digital Workforce Education Society
The Digital Workforce Education Society, (DWES) is an International non-profit society that provides the digital infrastructure, training and curriculum development designed for distance education and the training of a global digital workforce. DWES maintains internet servers located in cybercenters for the express purpose of delivering reliable online content and collaboration tools to remote users throughout the world. DWES' collaboration tools includes voice over IP webcast portals and online collaboration portals.


Friday, May 14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST

Developing and Understanding Personal Networks
Learn about why personal networks are important in all aspects of life and how you can expand and use your network more effectively. We will be working in the WebIQ web-based collaborative environment to develop and document certain elements of our personal networks.

To participate in this workshop you will need to phone in and log in, using these instructions for participating in this workshop. 
Paul Collins, Jordan-Webb, Inc 

LOG IN HERE to view the Tutor/Mentor Survey:


Friday, May 14
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Using online tools to improve your social network and to further your cause
Bernie Leung,  
This session will focus on online tools for managing your personal life and improving your social networks. These on line tools can be used to create and improve circles of influence which can lead to higher level of contribution from individuals to an organization. This session is recommended for people seeking to extend their reach of fellow volunteers and potential donors.



Friday, May 14
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

Social Network Analysis: Applied to formation of 
Tutor/Mentor Learning and Action Networks
Maryann Durland, Durland Consulting,

This session will explore the methodology of Social Network Analysis with examples of a variety of applications and a discussion of how the methodology could be applied to the formation of Tutor/Mentor Learning and Action Networks.

SNA Overview (Power Point)
PT3 Project Jericho: Measuring, Comparing, and Understanding Online, Offline, and Long-term Collaborations between K-12 Teachers and University Faculties

Maryann Durland, Ph.D. is owner of Durland Consulting and is a program evaluator and researcher.  She works with schools, community organizations and businesses to evaluate their initiatives and programs and/or to provide diagnostic information to inform planning and implementation of initiatives, training and programs.  She helps organizations use the data they have better.  She also specializes in social network analysis.


Saturday, Sunday

Conference Space is open (update profile, email people you'd like to meet when you come to Chicago, review schedule and archive)

Tapped In Web Heads discussion 
Webheads is a robust community of ESL students and teachers who meet each Sunday in spontaneous, informal weekly online chat events since 1998. Chat logs are posted on the Internet to assist language learners with comprehension of conversations and to strengthen sense of community. All are welcome to join in, but participation in activities implies participant approval of recording interactions in this manner.

Webheads are organizing presentations for the two weekend days of the Tutor/Mentor Leadership eConference.  

The list of Webheads Presentations can be found at this location:

Visit  for more information about community members and interests and for more information on the various technologies we use click here . Most Webheads discussions begin in Tapped In Reception .


Monday, May 17. Workshops and networking will be available via the e-conference overlay to those attending the conference at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, as well as to those who attend via the Internet only.

Monday, May 17
9:30 am - 11am CST

Tapping into Federal Dollars for After School Tutoring
Sridhar V. Iyer, Ph.D
While federal funding is available for after-school tutoring programs, several excellent mentoring programs often lack qualified instructors to offer rigorous academic tutoring programs. On-line tutoring can help overcome such problems and transform good mentoring programs into highly effective and academically rigorous tutoring programs.  This workshop is intended for leaders currently involved in mentoring/tutoring programs near schools marked as failing to make adequate progress,. It will enable such leaders to offer federally funded tutoring programs through their existing mentoring programs.  It will outline the requirements of the supplemental educational services program mandated by NCLB and how community organizations can offer highly effective and academically challenging tutoring programs by utilizing e-tutoring options.  E-tutors can bring a highly qualified tutor to community mentoring sites through an internet connected computer.  The workshop will detail NCLB requirements with respect to student progress, reporting and monitoring.

View  PowerPoint Presentation


Monday, May 17
11:30 am - 1:00pm CST

Arts Across the Curriculum for At-Risk, Alternative, and Incarcerated Individuals
BJ Berquist
Tapped In's Arts in Corrections is a group that serves as an advocate for arts as both a literacy and a therapeutic tool. Join this discussion to learn about several of the many exciting programs that are available to enhance your students¹ writing and communication skills by  integrating the arts into your curriculum. This workshop looks at ways of addressing the multiple intelligences of at-risk, alternative and incarcerated individuals and using the arts to provide differentiated learning across the curriculum. 


Monday, May 17, 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST

On-Line Mentoring of the Disabled
Norm Coombs, George Buys & Marisol Miranda
Norm Coombs, Lake Forest, CA along with Marisol Miranda who is located in Queretaro, Mexico  George is planning on coming to the conference from northern Michigan. Norm and George are both blind and have extensive credentials and experience in overcoming their handicaps and being productive examples to others of how technology is a great equalizer for anyone motivated enough to move toward self sufficiency.


Monday, May 17
3:00pm - 4:30 pm CST

Raising the bar and expecting the best.
Presented by George Buys
George is President and CEO of Talking Communities, Ltd, a strategic partner of Alado Development, Ltd. in the development of online voice, text and desk top sharing applications with a customer base of hundreds of international clients, non profits and education institutions using the technology he and his collaboration partners develop. George is also blind and the team leader of a group of blind technology colleagues who provide help desk support to online users. The theme of George's presentation will be "Working out of the box to change perceptions that act as barriers to successful living".


Tuesday, May 18.  Workshops and networking will be continue via the e-conference overlay to those attending the conference at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, as well as to those who attend via the Internet only.

Tuesday, May 18
9:30 am - 11:00 am CST

Building Online Communities for Professional Development 
Vance Stevens, Webhead's Leader, Abu Dahbi, UAE and Teresa Almeida d'Eça, Lisbon, Portugal  

Vance's presentation link: 

Teresa's presentation:


Tuesday, May 18,
11:30am - 1:00 pm CST

Discussion of Tutor/Mentor Survey Data
Paul Collins, Jordan-Webb, Inc. 

Structured Networking vs. Generic (ppt presentation)

Results of Tutor/Mentor Survey: Most Important Needs
(this is a Power Point presentation)


Tuesday, May 18
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as part of a Public Awareness and Marketing Campaign that Draws Volunteers and Donors to Tutor/Mentor Programs
Daniel F. Bassill, President, Cabrini Connections Tutor/Mentor Connection

Strategies for using GIS - PowerPoint 1
Using GIS for Neighborhood Analysis - PowerPoint 2


Tuesday, May 18,
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CST

Tutoring Tips 
Keith Topping, Professor of Educational & Social Research
Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee
Gardyne Road, Dundee DD5 1NY, Scotland, UK
tel +44 (0)1382 464000, fax 464900

Dr. Topping will discuss materials already available on the web which are shown below

Topping, K. J. (2001). Tutoring by peers, family and volunteers. Geneva:
International Bureau of Education, United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
[Online] Available: 
[January 1] (Also in translation in Chinese and Spanish).
Scroll down the page and click on "Topping, Keith, Tutoring, Educational Practices Series, n° 5, 2000, 35 p." in whatever language you prefer. This offers practical evidence-based guidelines to effective tutoring in core skills areas.

Cooperative Learning Evaluation Form
This web-based self-assessment of transferable skills in tutoring and mentoring is relevant to both parties. Why not try it out and take a test? You will not be told your "score" - the idea is to sharpen your thinking about your interactions. It also offers an evaluation tool, for exploring
the effectiveness of peer learning interactions.

The live "presentation" will highlight the potential utility of these resources and how they might knit together.



Wednesday, May 19.  Final Workshops, Evaluation and Wrap-Up.  The Conference Space and chat portal will remain open until November 1, 2004, at which time the 2nd Tutor/Mentor eConference Overlay registration will begin. 

Wednesday, May 19
9:00 am - 10:30 am CST

Building stronger 2004-05 programs. Doing More by Working Together.
Daniel F.  Bassill
Next Steps for Aug/Sept. 2004 Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Read the 2003 CHICAGOLAND TUTOR/MENTOR VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN FINAL REPORT to learn more about this campaign. This is a model that could be duplicated in other cities.
Contact the T/MC if you or your organization would like to be involved.


Wednesday, May 19

Closure and continuity
Dan Bassill, Andrew Pincon, Paul Collins
Final Conference Survey and feedback

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