Profiles in Mentoring

The many mentors of Steve Carell
By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The many mentors of Steve Carell

  My second-grade teacher was named Mr. Blackman, and he pretty much sent me on my way as an actor. I remember we were doing the Indians and the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. I was a Native American in a canoe, and I was rowing. It was all mime. And I remember rowing and then switching […]

Meet Professor Richard Lerner, positive youth development pioneer
By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Meet Professor Richard Lerner, positive youth development pioneer

Tufts University developmental scientist challenges the myth of the troubled adolescent in book, “The Good Teen” How did teenagers get such a bad rap? You can go back to the time of the Greeks and find teenagers causing problems. The scientific study of adolescence began in 1904, with G. Stanley Hall, one of the leading […]

Meet mentoring researcher Simon Larose

Meet mentoring researcher Simon Larose

We are thrilled to feature Professor Simon Larose, whose work has deepened our understanding of the role of attachment relationships in mentoring. Simon is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Laval. He has been a steady contributor to the field of youth mentoring and has published over 60 scientific articles, book chapters, […]

Meet positive youth develop expert Reed Larson

Meet positive youth develop expert Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development, and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His work explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and Community […]

Meet “grit” psychologist Angela Duckworth

Meet “grit” psychologist Angela Duckworth

by Max Nesterak (excerpted from The Psych Report) MN: You say in your TED Talk that we need to be grittier about making our kids grittier. Now that you’ve already said you don’t know, could you point to any leads that you have that you possibly think could make us grittier? AD: When I did […]

Meet Carol S. Dweck, whose research has implications for mentoring for STEM

Meet Carol S. Dweck, whose research has implications for mentoring for STEM

Carol S. Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, has done extensive research on why women tend to avoid careers in math and science. Her work has shown that women and girls who think that science and math ability are innate tend to perform worse and have less interest in those fields than females who believe […]

Meet Lisa Bottomley, Mentoring Specialist with MSU Extension

Meet Lisa Bottomley, Mentoring Specialist with MSU Extension

I am a Senior Specialist with a focus on youth mentoring at Michigan State University Extension in the Children & Youth Institute.  I have been with MSU Extension since July 2000.   I completed my undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and  I earned my Master of […]

Rising Star: Meet Dr. Lindsey Weiler

Rising Star: Meet Dr. Lindsey Weiler

Editors Note: We are pleased to introduce mentoring researcher, Lindsey Weiler. Lindsey is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of  Dr. Heather Taussig. In this segment, UMass Boston doctoral student Stella Kanchewa (SK) delves deeper into Lindsey’s (LW’s) work with Mentor Families and more  SK Your research has focused on vulnerable youth […]

Pedro Noguera: Why students need more than ‘grit’

Pedro Noguera: Why students need more than ‘grit’

By Pedro A. Noguera and Anindya Kundu Recently, “grit” has received growing attention from educators and others as the critical ingredient to academic success. Given our nation’s admiration for the rugged individual, it is understandable why we choose to glorify guts and grit. However, it is less clear why the idea has become such a […]

An interview with Professors Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane

An interview with Professors Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane

Editor’s note: If you are interested in how poverty affects young people and their educational opportunities, I’d like recommend  Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Outcomes, edited by Greg Duncan (U.C.-Irvine) and Richard Murnane (Harvard University). This volume explores how rising inequality is compromising the capacity of public schools to provide our nation’s youth with opportunities for […]