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  • Questions to find out who’s in the room: Who is a teacher? Who is an administrator? Who’s an academy coordinator or director? Who’s a business partner? Who’s a student? Who works for NAF? Who is an advisor? Who has an advisory program at their school? Who is trying to start an advisory program?


  • 1. Building a Successful Advisory Program Bronx School of Law and Finance July 10 th , 2008
  • 2. Agenda
    • Who are we?
    • Icebreaker
    • Overview of our school
    • Defining Advisory
    • Overview of our advisory
    • Challenges
    • Benefits
    • Lessons learned
    • Future goals
    • Your best practices
    • Questions
  • 3. Who are we?
    • Dr. Jessica Goring, Assistant Principal, Founding Member of the School
    • Xiomara Gonzalez, Math Teacher
    • Lena Borst, Academy of Finance Coordinator
    • Who’s in the Room? (Icebreaker)
  • 4. The Bronx School of Law and Finance
    • Located in the Bronx, New York City
    • Opened five years ago
    • Approximately 400 Students
    • Small themed high school
      • Law Academy
      • Academy of Finance
    • Title I school with many students entering below grade level
  • 5. A better view of who we are…
    • The Pearson Foundation created a video demonstrating personalization within our school.
  • 6. What is advisory?
    • Please take this time to define advisory at your table (two minute brainstorm)
    • Share as a group
    • Watch our students define our advisory
  • 7. The History and Goals of Advisory at BSLF
    • Not creating a small-sized large school
    • Established as part of the mission of our school to create a small, personal learning environment
    • Attended workshops
    • Hired advisory consultant
    • Created intense PD for new teachers
    • Expect the unexpected
  • 8. Structure
    • 30 minutes EVERY DAY
    • Advisor and group of advisees stay together for FOUR years
    • Advisory considered a teacher prep/assignment
    • Advisor becomes primary contact with student’s home
    • Advisor is liaison between student and content teachers
      • Advisor meets with content teachers weekly and then conferences with students individually
  • 9. Structure continued…
    • Letter writing
    • Non-traditional classroom set-up
    • What happens in advisory stays in advisory
    • Teacher freedom
  • 10. 30 minutes: Oh the possibilities…
    • What happens in advisory:
    • Freshmen – Personal/Group Development, Buy-in, Acclimation to High School
    • Sophomore – Health, Personal/Group Development
    • Junior- SAT Prep, Academic Emphasis, Professionalism, College Process
    • Senior – College Applications, Preparing for Life Beyond High School
  • 11. Advisory Activities that Work
    • Banner competition
    • Ice Breakers
    • Games focused on group bonding
    • Group Circle Discussions (Reflection, Response to Articles)
    • Update Days
    • Positive Reward/Award Days (Trips/Parties)
    • Music based activities
  • 12. Challenges
    • Buy-in by teachers and students
    • Standardized curriculum
    • Common and consistent vision of advisory among faculty and students
    • Adjusting advisory to a growing school
    • Inner-advisory conflict
    • It’s emotional!!!!!!!!
    • Teacher vs. Social Worker (“I wasn’t trained for this.”)
      • Knowing your limits
  • 13. Benefits of having an advisory
    • Personal Pride
    • Daily Sense of Community
    • Social Responsibility and Academic Accountability
    • Stronger Parent Communication with School
    • Development of Inter-Personal Skills
  • 14. Lessons Learned
    • Necessity of a common vision and understanding of advisory
    • Necessity of meeting daily and staying together throughout high school
    • Maximum of 40 minutes
    • Solid advisory lesson plans/curriculum
    • Private environment
  • 15. More Lessons Learned
    • Take the time to develop the advisors and ensure buy-in of faculty
    • Allow a full prep for advisory (this creates budget issues – but pick priorities)
    • Include advisory as part of your teacher selection process
    • Reflect on and change advisory as school evolves
  • 16. Future Goals
    • Place a STRONG EMPHASIS on developing and maintaining common vision
      • Develop a standard curriculum
    • Ensure all new staff are fully acclimated and trained to be an advisor
    • Continue to improve communication and daily meetings between advisors, parents, students, and teachers
  • 17. Other Ideas
    • What are some best practices for advisory at your school?
  • 18. Questions