Expert Corner

Winner takes all?: Mentoring programs in the age of inequality

By Jean Rhodes In his recent best-selling book, Winner Takes All, writer Anand Giridharadas sheds light on the complexities and potentially self-serving nature of focusing on individual solutions and one-off opportunities in an unjust world. Through this lens, private solutions, including youth programs that promote skills, can be seen as a counteroffer to essentially public […]

Building Relationships with Diverse Learners

Meet Laura Tollis, an 8th-grade teacher who co-teaches math, social studies, language arts and whose primary focus is supporting students with special needs. She describes how she builds relationships with all the students in her class, and offers tips to connect better with those who have diverse needs and invisible disabilities: When I set out […]

On Methods: What’s a meta-analysis, anyways?

  by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Assistant Professor, University of Haifa There is often considerable fanfare when a new meta-analysis is published. What’s the excitement about anyways? Don’t most meta-analyses seem to be saying things we already know from previous research? This is somewhat true, as meta-analyses summarize previous research findings. However, in contrast to a review, […]

The youth mental health crisis is real, but teachers can’t solve it alone

By David B. Shapiro and Stephanie M. Jones, The Hill The U.S. surgeon general this month issued a stark warning about the state of mental health among America’s youth. Citing mounting evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to social isolation, feelings of hopelessness, and self-harm among adolescents, his public health advisory urged immediate action […]

The end of the Build Back Better is a gut punch to kids and poor familie

By Stephen Seligman (OpEd, reposted from the San Francisco Chronicle) On Sunday, Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would vote no on President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. The key holdout in a 50-50 Senate, Manchin’s lack of support, with no Republicans willing to break party lines, makes it all but impossible […]

When COVID robbed children of their friendships, learning suffered

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, The Harvard Gazette After the pandemic closed schools last year, hospitals saw a surge in mental health-related emergency visits among children 18 and under. The statistics have been grim enough that a large cohort of the nation’s top pediatricians recently declared a “national emergency” in child and adolescent mental health. COVID disrupted […]

Schrauth and Shapiro: Virtual Mentoring Was Invaluable During the Pandemic. Keeping It Going Can Close the Gap for the 1 in 3 Students Who Need a Mentor’s Help

By Kate Schrauth & David Shapiro, The 24 Early on, it seemed mentoring could be another casualty of the pandemic, the developmental relationships so many young people depended on for guidance and stability dissipating right when they were needed most. The COVID-19 crisis not only had the potential to disrupt learning, it threatened the ability […]

15 Strategies and Tips to Guide Youth in the Months Ahead

By Robin Cox, Mentoring Matters Recently I shared research on the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns on youth with some local mentors. While the impact will vary from country to country, there were some common themes which I will share in this blog, ending with some strategies and tips anyone guiding youth can adapt […]

When relationships come first in schools, success follows

By Jean Eddy and David Shapiro, Youth Today After more than a year of disrupted school for most of the country, we know that meaningful relationships are a powerful part of our young people’s lives. Based on our work and research, we also know they play a key role in helping kids explore and navigate […]

Scaling mentoring conversations to diversify talent pipelines: An interview with Mentor Spaces’ Chris Motley

By: Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute In the corporate world, online mentoring tools are not new. But what used to feel boutique is now increasingly going mainstream, with more companies exploring hybrid and virtual work options. In recent years, a few new companies have emerged that I’ve been watching for their potential to radically expand […]