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Daniel Bassill commented on Daniel Bassill's group Action Research and Learning (OHATS) - archive
"The OHATS that was created in 2007 by volunteers from India has not been available since 2019. Archived versions are available, but do not provide enough information.Thus, I was pleased to find a 2001 archive this week that describes what OHATS…"
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Daniel Bassill commented on Song Mi Lee's blog post What I've been Doing for T/MC and What I've Learned from T/MC
"This graphic can be seen in this video. "
Jun 7, 2022
Daniel Bassill commented on ProjectEDUCATE's group Africa Tutor Mentor Connection
"Yesterday I was honored to speak about mentoring, mentoring programs and the Tutor/Mentor Connection with Aliyu B Solomon, who I first met in this Ning group in the late 2000s.  We've stayed connected since 2013, mostly on Twitter.  I…"
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Daniel Bassill commented on Eunjin Cho's group Interns, visualizations - Universities-T/MC
"The Tutor/Mentor Intern blog, started by Michael Tam in 2006, has been averaging more than 8600 visits per month for the past 6 months of 2021. I hope that leads to many universities wanting to create Tutor/Mentor Connection teams that do exactly…"
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Daniel Bassill commented on Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto's blog post VOLUNTEERISM AND CITIZENSHIP IN BRAZIL AND THE WORLD
"Good article Daniel.  Share it on your social media networks, like Twitter.  Tag me @tutormentorteam and I'll like & reTweet, hopefully to reach more people.  I hope some of your own connections help you spread this to people…"
Jan 31, 2022
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"I received your newsletter today showing the work done by the ButterflyProject in 2021.   You've accomplished much since you introduced yourself on this forum in 2011. Good luck to you in 2022.  "
Dec 26, 2021

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About Me:
I led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program for more than 35 years. I created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011 to share ideas, innovate and help tutor/mentor programs grow in Chicago and other cities. I use my blog and the http://www.tutormentorexchange.net web site to share what I and others know so that more and better tutor/mentor programs can grow in Chicago and other major cities.
What do you hope to learn, or share, on this forum?
My goal is to inspire members to use the ideas we share in their own daily actions so that we increase the reach and frequency of messages that mobilize volunteers and donors to support volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other cities where there are high concentrations of poverty.

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Facilitated meetings - much changed since 1990s

 In the early 1990s I became aware of something called Group Systems, which was a meeting facilitation aid, where everyone used computers to brainstorm ideas, then to organize and vote on them.  In this Feb 2020 blog article I include a quote from a 2000 article about group systems. 

Much has changed since the 1990s. Today I participated in a webinar…


Posted on July 8, 2021 at 2:45pm

Archive of Twitter posts using Wakelet

 I post messages daily intended to draw visitors to my blogs and use hashtags like #tutor #mentor #learning to narrow the focus.

This week I learned about Wakelet which is a platform to archive and share collections of Tweets, based on specific #hashtags.

This graphic shows five collections on my page that I created in just a few minutes. 

See this…


Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:41pm

Think of idea sharing as exploding fireworks

I started this forum in 2007 when platforms like Ning were a new way to meet, connect and share ideas.  While a few people still join every year the forum has not been very active for a few years.

However, I still use it to archive work done in the past and to maintain connections for those who did join.

I created this graphic recently to show how an idea…


Posted on September 22, 2017 at 1:36pm

Holiday Appeal from Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

I created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 as part of a non-profit organization that also was creating a site-based tutor/mentor program serving teens in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood of Chicago.  I created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011 to keep the T/MC strategy going in Chicago and share it with other cities after support for the strategy was discontinued in…


Posted on December 12, 2016 at 1:08pm

Are you using annotation to support student, volunteer and staff learning?

Here'sblog article showing three annotation tools.

In addition, here'sarticle I wrote in Jan 2016 to introduce annotation. In the comments section of the blog I've added updates. Are any of you using these tools?

If so, post a comment and link showing how you are using…


Posted on December 4, 2016 at 11:46am

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At 5:38pm on September 30, 2021, Minsub Lee said…

Hello Dan,

I hope you are doing great as well, especially under the current pandemic, and appreciate your warm welcoming! I've been very busy with life. But I've managed to find my post and work coincidentally from google search, so here I joined.

Right after my exchange student experience in Chicago, I transferred to Arizona State University and finished my degree there. Thankfully, I was able to get a job in Phoenix as a Software Engineer and now I'm settled down in Phoenix, AZ. 

would love to visit Chicago sometime soon and talk! 


At 4:15pm on August 5, 2017, Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto said…

Hello, Dan!

The article on Rio describes very well what is happening.

And your report is very important, also.

One of the worst obstacles to social justice in Brazil has been judicial inequality.

It would be worth trying to translate this short article from a known doctor who works in prisons in the city of São Paulo, here http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/drauziovarella/2017/08/1907201-desigualdade-judiciaria.shtml.

I appreciated very much the link for the CLMOOC and will participate.


At 7:04pm on February 10, 2016, Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto said…

Hi, Daniel

I've been reading your posts for one week (since you viewed my profile in Linkedin) and as I start to understand the TMC's principles, I become more and more interested. I work as a sociology teacher in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and I think the kind of approach you propose is totally original here, so I'm a begginer.


Daniel Delmanto

At 8:51pm on August 23, 2015, Travis Centers said…

Hi, Daniel. 

Thank you for the response! You do not need to worry about me, I'll play nice in the sandbox. I was invited by a friend of mine to join, so I am checking it out. I would love to grab coffee in the loop sometimes. Email me at travis@donorpath.org, and we'll find a time to connect. 



At 8:10pm on January 26, 2015, Maxine Williams said…

Hey Dan

I don't know if you remember me.  I spoke at the June 2013 conference and have attended earlier conferences.  I told you I would consider volunteering after I retired.  Can you use some help getting the next conference together?    Maxine

At 3:02pm on July 30, 2014, Ronda Howard said…


Today I shared information with two start-up organizations about your websites

and how it is the best resources for a new business.  We plan on working  together on your website.

Kind Regards

Ronda (BFJP)


At 5:25pm on February 12, 2014, Scott Staunton said…


Thank you for sharing this information.  I will be reviewing it.  Look forward to chatting down the road.

Kind regards,


At 5:24pm on February 12, 2014, Scott Staunton said…

Daniel, one of the reasons I was attracted to a conversation with you is that you had already posted the graphic on Mentoring Kids to Careers.  Thanks for sharing the link again.


At 2:48pm on February 9, 2014, Scott Staunton said…

Thanks for your note.  Could we chat sometime next Wednesday over the phone?  Kind regards, S

At 10:43am on November 22, 2013, Jay Rosenbloom said…


    Thank you for your help. We are a new group, having trouble finding volunteers. I will follow your advice and see what happen. If there is anything I can do to assist you, please let me know.




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