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Discussing, Understanding and responding to "Culture of Poverty"
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Carmichael Oct 22, 2010.

How Far Does Sympathy Go - another perspective
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Hitchcock May 21, 2010.

Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago...and On-Line
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Bassill Sep 15, 2009.


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Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
I led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program from 1974 to June 2011, connecting inner city kids in Chicago to volunteers who work in a variety of businesses and professional backgrounds. Based on this experience I started the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) in 1993, with a goal of helping every tutor/mentor program in the city get the resources each needs to be constantly improving. With the Internet. We now share ideas with people all over the world, and our goal of learning is not just to engage youth, but to engage adults, so adults do more of what is needed to help youth from poverty reach jobs and careers. In August 2011 I will launch Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC using ideas at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net. This will be a new structure intended to expand revenue to enable us to continue supporting Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago, while helping similar support intermediaries grow in other cities.
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You can read my linked in Profile at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/daniel/bassill and my blog at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com
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Service Learning Loop illustrates idea and ways to involve interns

This graphic is from a presentation we call the "service learning loop". In this blog post you can read how an intern from IIT in Chicago, via Korea, created a…


Posted on February 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Expanding the network of people working to help inner city kids

This is a screen shot from a video taken after one of last week's student and volunteer orientation sessions at Cabrini Connections. You can view the video at http://vimeo.com/14950784

When you look at the CC web site you…


Posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:35pm

Waiting for Superman documentary - See it. Talk about it.

Last night I was invited to view the new documentary titled Waiting for Superman. On the Take Action page, it says "the public education system is broken, but fixing it is possible". Suggestions and links are provided.

This is a documentary created by… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 3:09pm — 6 Comments

Northwestern University Public Interest Program Fellowship - Meet our Fellows

Our aim is to involve adults who don't live in poverty in tutoring/mentoring programs that focus on youth in poverty and to transform those volunteers into leaders who bring more people into this movement.

I'd like to introduce you to Bradley Troast, who just completed his one-year fellowship with Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection. His one-year reflection points to the person who preceded him in this… Continue

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Connecting people you know to places where these ideas are put to work

I have enjoyed the many discussions and exchanges of ideas that Fireside offers. There obviously are many people who care deeply about the educational inequity that separates rich and poor in many places of the world.

I created this chart for my own volunteers and board members. It's intended to help them build lists of people who they could reach out to, so that more people join…


Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:26am — 4 Comments

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At 11:39am on December 31, 2010, james bosco said…

Hi Dan....

Yep...the Kalamazoo Promise is a wonderful program.  I worked with it when it was getting started.  HOpe you have a great 2010.



At 8:45pm on June 27, 2010, Connie Weber said…
Ok, Daniel, lots to consider. I'll bring your suggestions to my colleagues at school for a starting point, and thank you so much.
At 10:23am on June 26, 2010, Connie Weber said…
Thank you infinitely for your participation on Fireside. Thanks for your recent reference to the Giraffe site--whew--very pertinent as I begin planning for my yearlong theme of heroes next year.
I would like you to talk to students/parents next year about what you're doing. Would you be willing? Let's figure out whether it should be via video-conferencing or face to face, or a combination. Do you know much about Ann Arbor and Detroit? We may be able to move some people to action here. I like the idea of using YOU as a real-life example of a hero.
At 5:51pm on February 19, 2010, Daniel Bassill said…
Thanks Connie, I have about a dozen books I'd like to find time to read, just based on the ones I've been introduced to on the Fireside site. I just need to find time to read them.
At 2:54pm on February 19, 2010, Connie Weber said…
Hi Daniel,
I know you're interested in motivation--since you and I enjoy sharing references on the topic. Have you read much of Robert Brooks? I know you'd like his stuff. Motivating Environments
At 3:08pm on January 14, 2010, Laura Gibbs said…
Hi Daniel, and happy new year! Connie sent me a note saying you were in search of a Powerpoint-to-Flash conversion program. That's not something I'm familiar with, and I searched the Ning here quickly and didn't find a reference to anything like that, but I bet if you start a discussion and explain what you want to do, you'll find a Powerpoint guru who can help you.

I use the little "Powerpoint-to-video" conversion option inside Microsoft Powerpoint which turns a Powerpoint file into a .mov video file - but that's not the same as a Flash application, which I'm guessing would have slide controls in addition to the animation. If there is a simple Powerpoint-to-Flash converter I'd love to know about it, too!

I hope your new year is off to a great start!


At 7:19am on September 14, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Daniel,
How about posting your upcoming conference (Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference) in Events, on Fireside? Let's get the word out as many ways as possible. Maybe also start a forum about it?
At 5:50pm on February 15, 2009, Daniel Bassill said…
I've updated the web site for the tutor/mentor program that I lead in Chicago. I hope you'll take a look at some of the videos and other information. By sharing as we do we hope others will borrow ideas from us to build their own programs. We also hope that some of our visitors will be donors who are shopping for places they want to support.
At 11:20pm on November 29, 2008, Daniel Bassill said…
I found a Pan-Canadian Literacy Forum on Ning that some of you might be interested in. Seems that they address similar issues.
At 9:35am on August 29, 2008, Daniel Bassill said…
Thanks Ian. As I watched Barack Obama give his speech at the Democratic convention last night, I wished that there were a section on his campaign web site pointing to maps and charts like these. This can be "world changing" but only if we increase the number of people in the world who see the information and adopt it to their own actions.

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