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Did you enjoy last weekend? 

I traveled to St.Louis during the Memorial Day weekend, there is a huge arch. It's big enough to give me amazement.


Last week, I made some illustrations to help people understand easier.

I will also continue to illustrate or made animation in reference to Daniel's articles.



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I made some newsletters based on T/MC and Cabrini Connection web site.

I will work on those things on this week, too.

And I just made a newsletter of this week.

I think from now on, I have to do some graphic works with Sam.

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Process maps - apply to your work

These I-Open process maps provided by Betsey Merkel are very good. I'd like to hear from any members of this forum who are finding ways to integrate them in their efforts to build and sustain high quality tutor/mentor programs in one, or more locations.


Here is the process of ...culture building, one aspect of the I-Open Civic Forum Process os/iopen/4788169291/in/set -72157624482024386#/photos /iopen/4788169291/in/set-72157624482024386/lightbox/


Here is the timeline and repeating activities


Where are the philanthropic investors who would provide the money/manpower/talent for us to integrate some of these ideas in the Tutor/Mentor Connection?

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I'm Sam Lee and have worked at Tutor/Mentor Connection for 6 weeks.

I made the file intro.pdf which introduce myself briefly, so update right now. 

I'm so glad that I work with you :)






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Hi, my name is Minsub Lee. I am working at Cabrini Connection as a intern until the end of July. Through the intern, I want to learn about lots of things such as social skills, English and working experience. Thanks.

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Information Hosting

While waiting for call backs from various individuals, I did some research regarding tutor/mentor programs, fundraising, and volunteer training/retention methods that may have a proven track record.  Through my searches, I recalled a website that I was introduced to in my Community Psych class, and within it, there is a host of information regarding any and all community related topics.  While reading through much of it, I was reminded as to how important it is for websites such as this one and the tutor/mentor website are to community advocacy and improvement work, as these ideas need to be shared with as many people as possible.  Websites that host tons of information save a lot of time and hassle for individuals looking to make a change, as there is no need to "reinvent the wheel", since there is information available that shows what others have done and what was successful.  The next step to collecting all of this information is to put it to practical use, such as this tool demonstrates.  Sharing ideas and helping each other through guidance and resource sharing between programs is key for second-order change to occur in a societal system that has been fundamentally flawed for a long time.
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Need for Outside Assistance

The other night I came across a link to this article from the Opinion Page of the New York Times.  In the article, Dave Eggers compares the way policies address the educational system and the way in which we address the military, with the teachers being equated to the soldiers on the front line.  He writes that if a military operation is not going as efficiently as hoped, that the soldiers are never blamed, but the strategy, the coordinators, and the planners are blamed for it, however in the educational system, if a school is not performing as well as hoped, than the teachers are blamed for the failure, and not the system that they are involved in.  As a result, those teachers are almost disciplined by having their resources lessened and are still expected to out-perform their previous years' scores.  Comparing this to the army once again, that would mean that if an operation failed, than the soldiers would then be blamed and have some of their resources stripped away, and then get sent back into the exact same conflict using the exact same strategy and expected to overcome...


To me that doesn't make sense, and I applaud Dave Eggers for this comparison, but I challenge him to take it a step further.


If a military operation fails, then the strategy and coordinators are blamed, not the soldiers.  In other words, the larger system that the soldiers are involved in is modified to increase their performance.  In his article, Dave Eggers is calling for an adjustment to the salaries of teachers, as if handing the soldiers larger guns will increase their likelihood for success if their strategy is flawed.  I say that the system that the teachers are working within should be addressed, and that perhaps outside assistance should be considered for those teachers in the form outside of the classroom assistance such as tutor/mentor programs  If the soldiers on the front line are struggling in the face of opposition, it is very beneficial for them to call in outside assistance in the form of an air strike or satellite imagery, but in the conversation of addressing the struggles that our educational system is facing, why is the topic of tutor/mentor programs not being brought to the table as a viable form of assistance for teachers and schools who are victims of a larger system that is setting them up for failure?

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