Practice

The Future of Evidence-based Policy

By Vivian Tseng First published on the WT Grant blog As a lifelong science geek, I’ve always thought research was fascinating, but I never thought it would inspire much political interest. Current events suggest that I may have been wrong. Research evidence is increasingly at the center of political and policy debates, and much of the […]

Mentors: The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education

by Brandon Busteed Story Highlights Feeling supported in college helps grads in their careers Technology is significant, but human fundamentals matter too Effective mentoring is critical to a graduate’s success Students Need Support — and Experiential and Deep Learning Gallup — in partnership with Purdue University — recently completed a representative study of college graduates, […]

The Narrative of Privilege

By Atif Kukaswadia, PhD Posted: August 24, 2015 Public Health Perspectives ‘Miss,’ she said, as I bit my tongue. I was choking on the worst insult a female junior doctor can bear, ‘I know that crystal meth is really my problem. I’m going to quit the meth.’ ‘Love,’ I started, a reflex term of endearment for […]

What is the state of mentoring in the U.S. today? MENTOR CEO David Shapiro explains

What is the state of mentoring in the U.S. today? What does the landscape look like? What are one or two of the important trends driving mentoring right now? And what can you, the listener, do to impact mentoring for the better? David Shapiro is uniquely qualified to answer these and many more pressing questions about […]

The Detrimental Effects of Poverty on the Developing Brain

http://neurosciencenews.com/child-poverty-brain-changes-2274/    An alarming 22 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on brain development, emotional health and academic achievement. A new study, published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics, provides even more compelling evidence that growing up in poverty has detrimental effects on the brain. In an accompanying editorial, […]

Cultivating a willingness to try, fail, and try again in youth

by Junlei Li  (The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media) I am anxious and frustrated.  My palm is sweating, my face red with indignation.  Next to me sits my bemused family pal, less than half my age, watching me stumble on the way to inevitable demise.  We are playing his game, and he […]

Let’s build partnerships to improve evidence uptake

Post by Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation.  Follow her on Twitter @VivianT88. From Psychology Today. In 2006, Professor Paul Cobb of Vanderbilt University approached Michael Sorum—then the chief academic officer of Fort Worth Independent School District—to participate in a study. Sorum declined. His office was inundated with requests from […]

Racial discrimination and ethnic identity in Latina/o youth

by Bernadette Sanchez Ali Mroczkowski, my student, and I recently published a study on the roles of adult racial discrimination and ethnic identity in Latina/o youth’s perception of the economic value of education (Mroczkowski & Sánchez, 2015). The youth in our study were high school students who were mostly from ethnically homogenous communities and schools. […]

Peeling the onion: How many matches survive to the completion of programs?

by David L. DuBois  Here’s a good question from Nina Jonson, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Director of Training and Outreach:  I am very new to the field of mentoring and am still plowing through research.  I got a question from a program wondering what is the average rate of success for matches (basically, what percentage […]

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?  

When I train mentors, especially those with considerable life and work experience, or when I discuss training with mentoring professionals who provide training to such mentors in their programs, I try to make clear my belief that mentors need to know that a youth mentor’s job is not to “talk at” or “inform” the mentee […]