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Slow ideas and the power of mentoring

Slow ideas and the power of mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In a recent New Yorker article, “Slow Ideas,” science writer Atul Gawande laments the resistance amongst medical professionals and others to adopt innovation. He describes how, despite evidence, physicians were slow to warm up to Joseph Lister’s simple methods of sterilization. And, in a recent visit to a hospital in northern India, Gawande described […]

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

by Jean E Rhodes In his excellent new book, “Helping Children Succeed,” author Paul Tough notes that a caring connection is a prerequisite for learning. Teachers who create warm, empathic classroom environments can, as David Brooks, recently noted in his discussion of the book, “guide [students] back toward calmness,…teachers who motivate their students to show up […]

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Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Written by Matt Swayne The online world is full of risky situations for teens, but allowing them to gradually build their own coping strategies may be a better parental strategy than forbidding internet use, according to a team of researchers. The researchers, who monitored web-based diaries of a group of 68 teen internet users during […]

In praise of mentors: Miss Blanchard, Mr. P, and the many caring adults who change our lives

In praise of mentors: Miss Blanchard, Mr. P, and the many caring adults who change our lives

I bid farewell to my dad on a brisk November morning in 1979. After our hugs, I climbed onto my new yellow moped, sped down our steep driveway, and headed toward school. It seemed odd to be arriving at school so early on a Saturday morning, but I was joined by other seniors who were also taking the […]

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The Next Generation of Evidence-Based Policy

The Next Generation of Evidence-Based Policy

By Vivian Tseng When we began this blog series, we posited that evidence-based policymaking was at a crossroads. In the past six months—despite rancorous partisan debates and a fierce presidential primary season—Congress surprised everyone and passed the long overdue re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with strong support from both parties. The Every […]

Big Mentoring News from Europe

Big Mentoring News from Europe

By Jean Rhodes Last Thursday 3/17, the first European Mentoring Summit was held in the Netherlands. Officials from the European Union as well as researchers and mentoring practitioners from over 15 countries across Europe and the UK attended and shared ideas. It was truly amazing to learn about all the variations of innovative mentoring approaches that are […]

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7 reasons why some mentoring relationships “click” and others fail
By February 18, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

7 reasons why some mentoring relationships “click” and others fail

by Jean Rhodes We all know that mentoring relationships affect different youth in different ways. Even the most caring, consistent mentors may struggle to connect with certain youth, while other matches click from the start. Researchers have found that the quality of adult-youth relationships is conditioned by a wide range of individual, family, and contextual […]

Can you trust the latest findings? It depends….
By February 10, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Can you trust the latest findings? It depends….

In a recent review of meta-analyses, researchers Alan Cheung and Robert Slavin found that certain types of evaluations yielded larger effect sizes than others. Larger effects emerged in studies where the researchers created their own questionnaires, instead of relying on well-validated questionnaires. Homegrown questionnaires might include items that are very specific to the knowledge and behaviors that are […]

What we talk about when we talk about evidence
By January 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

What we talk about when we talk about evidence

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”  Ann Landers The summit is upon us, and many of us will optimistic tagline is “Mentoring Works.” Despite this assertion, the researchers in attendance will, no doubt, be wringing our collective hands about the relatively small effect sizes that have emerged in recent […]

What are “common factors” and how can they improve the practice of mentoring?

What are “common factors” and how can they improve the practice of mentoring?

There are certain “common factors” cutting across all helping relationships that seem to account for most of the improvements. These common factors include such things as: a close relationship with a therapist who is warm and respectful; high expectations for client success; opportunities for self-expression; opportunities to learn and practice new skills and behaviors. Others have […]