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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?
  • Bslf advisory presentation

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

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