Presentation on theme: "Middle School Advisory Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Middle School Advisory Program Lindsay Boris and Daniela MaffeoArrupe Division Boston College High School
2 What is Advisory?Advisory programs play a critical role in a middle school’s overall academic and student support services planCreate a meaningful relationship with one adult in the school and a small peer groupConnection to school communityCura Personalis – care for the whole person
3 Characteristics of Effective Advisory Groups: Address issues of communityPromote open communicationDirectly improves academic performanceFunctions as a community of learnersThese suggestions have been adapted from “Creating a Culture of Connectedness Through Middle School Advisory Programs” (2009) by Sarah Brody Shulkind and Jack Foote.
4 Strong Advisors: Know and care about their advisees Closely supervise their advisees’ academic progressProblem solvers and advice givers
5 Arrupe Advisory GoalsStudents will grow and develop academically, emotionally, morally, and socially.Develop a personal relationship with an adult figure and become a member of a small peer group.Increase the sense of belonging and connectedness to the Arrupe Division.Discuss their own self-development as they strive to meet the standards of the Graduate at Graduation. Learn how to become active and responsible members of the BC High community. Promote coordination and communication between home and school.
6 Advisors vs. Guidance Counselors Advisors handle day-to-day issues for adviseesMonitor the students’ academic progress“Front line” of communication with parentsFacilitate meetings with Advisory groupGuidance Counselors work with all students on caseloadMeet individually with students/develop individual accommodation plans for studentsHandle more difficult situations (academic/social/emotional)Run Guidance GroupsOversee 7th and 8th grade Guidance Curriculum
7 What does Advisory look like in the Arrupe Division? All full time faculty members are Advisors12:1 teacher to student ratioMeet during Advisory period bi-weeklyParent communicationCommunity service experiences
8 Advisory Topics Goal Setting Expectations and “Nuts and Bolts” Team building & Ice breakersAcademic IntegrityRespect for others/Bullying awarenessFriendshipSelf-identityStress reliefAcademic motivationOrganizational skillsFun games and activities!
9 Tips for running an Advisory meeting: Common classroom rules should apply to the Advisory sessionsA commitment to the programClarification of expected behaviors, andInvolving the students themselves in discussions critiquing the programEach Advisory group will develop independently, and groups should not be compared with othersDeveloping trust and connectedness cannot be forced—it takes time
10 Parent CommunicationAdvisors are the primary contact for the parents of advisees.September phone callsOctober conferencesAdditional meetings/contact throughout the year as needed
11 How has Advisory impacted the students and the Advisors? Advisor surveysAcademic supportParent communicationIndividual experiencesConnectedness
12 Does Advisory work in high schools? Goals, topics, and themes need to be adjusted appropriately for developmental levelMontserrat Mentorship Program for 9th and 10th grade students will be introduced at BC High next year
13 Where to go from here? Assess your needs Get faculty on-board What are your school’s needs?What do your students need?Understanding strengths and challengesGet faculty on-boardCommunicating with parents to get their support