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Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference


Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference

Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC hosted Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago every six months from May 1994 to May 2015. Conferences have not been held since due to lack of financial support, but we continue to attempt to engage people in on-line networking and idea sharing using social media and forums like this.  

Website: http://www.tutormentorconference.org
Location: Chicago, IL
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Jun 28, 2016

Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago

This map outlines the information and ideas the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC have collected over the past 20 years. We have shared this via web sites, blogs and social media. In addition, every six months since May of 1994 we've hosted a conference in Chicago to invite people in our network and involved in building, operating, sustaining and participating in volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring programs to come together to share ideas, build relationships and innovate ways to draw resources to each of us so we can all do our work better each year. Visit the web site and see more about the conference. Join the discussion here and help shape what happens, and what you can get out of it.

While we hope to continue face-to-face events, more people can be connected to each other and these ideas via on-line networking and learning. I encourage you to embed this Debategraph into your own blog or web site. Encourage your students, volunteers, donors and leaders to add their own ideas. Then work with us to engage more people in using this information to help kids living in economically disadvantaged areas.

The most recent conference was May 8, 2015 at the Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago. There has not been a formal conference since then, due to lack of funds. However, with your help we can use this space to bring more people to these ideas and focus on actions that help tutor/mentor programs grow in the coming school year.

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Participation in past conferences, 1994 - 2014 1 Reply

Started by Daniel Bassill. Last reply by Daniel Bassill Jun 28, 2016.

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Comment by Karina Walker on April 20, 2011 at 12:06pm

Another workshop added to the agenda:


  • "Process for Transforming Performance," presented by Rose Mabwa of Mercy Housing Lakefront
Comment by Karina Walker on April 15, 2011 at 9:59am

We have more workshops confirmed! Visit the conference website to read workshop descriptions and speaker bios.

  • "Childhood Lead Poisoning: An Urgent Problem in Greater Englewood," presented by Jean Carter-Hill of Imagine Englewood if...
Comment by Karina Walker on April 13, 2011 at 3:06pm

I'm excited to announce some of the workshops and speakers that will be presenting at the May 19th-20th conference. We have a great list so far and will continue building the group of speakers in the coming weeks. Please visit the conference website to register or to submit your own worshop proposal for consideration.

Confirmed Speakers and Workshop Topics (see the conference website for more detailed information):

  • "E-mentoring: A Case Study in Innovative Recruitment & Retention," presented by Oliver Miller of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Building an Active Board of Directors, presented by Tekla Syers of Ideation First
  • Lessons in Social Networking, presented by Jacquita Smith of Camp of Dreams
  • "Reducing Barriers to Academic Success: Motivating Students to Learn," presented by Ylonda Ware of Naelewa Counseling Services
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, presented by Christy Beighe-Bryne of Chicago Youth Centers and Joel Newman of BBBS
Comment by Daniel Bassill on November 18, 2010 at 1:15pm
The Fall Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference is tomorrow in Chicago. Thank you to everyone who has helped organize this conference. Our goal is that some of the discussions that start at the conference can continue on-line in this space, or in other forums. Please help make this a reality.
Comment by Karina Walker on September 29, 2010 at 2:35pm
We have been looking into ways to find corporate sponsorships for the conferences. Here is a good article with suggestions on strategies for approaching potential event sponsors.

I hope other people in this group will also read these suggestions and think about how we can best secure funding to keep these conferences going!
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 31, 2010 at 2:48pm
Karina and Bradley met at our Chicago office yesterday with leaders of 8-10 other programs. The minutes of that meeting are posted on Karina's Blog.

I hope we can encourage leaders of other programs to join in this on-line forum, to help plan future events, and to create on-line events that draw monthly attention to tutor/mentor programs, while sharing ideas among them.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 24, 2010 at 1:02pm
This article has good ideas for integrating our Chicago face to face conferences with on-line forums such as this Ning site. Please read it and incorporate the thinking into our actions. http://www.intellitics.com/blog/2010/08/24/public-participation-ten...
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 18, 2010 at 11:41am
Here's a blog with recommendations for improving conference blogging. I hope you'll all take a look and see how we can apply this to the Tutor/Mentor Conference. Thanks to George Siemmens of eLearnSpace for the Tweet.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on May 25, 2010 at 11:52am

View this new conference video. View Conference AD and Press Release.

Please share these to help build support for future Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on November 23, 2009 at 5:15pm
The Chicago conference was attended by about 155 people. We'll archive speakers and workshops on the Tutor/Mentor Institute site so you can find them once we change the info on the conference site to reflect the May 2010 conference. If you attended the Chicago conference, I encourage you to post comments and feedback, and start follow up discussions, on this ning site.

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