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Appreciative Advising:
Connections, Community
and Student Success
Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries
King’s University College at ...
Presentation Outline
 Introduction
 Appreciative Advising Approach
 Appreciative Advising in Action
 Group Discussion ...
Presentation Guidelines
 Ask questions!
 Please share, but be respectful of others
 You are the expert on your own scho...
Your Presenter
 Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries
 @Natasha_Bd
 4th Year Honors Specialization
in Childhood and Social
Institu...
King’s University College
 London, ON
 Catholic liberal arts college affiliated
With Western University
 3500 undergrad...
What is Appreciative Advising?
 Academic advising framework developed by Jennifer Bloom
 The Appreciative Advising Revol...
Why Appreciative Advising?
Student-centered
Emphasizes advisor-student relationship
and advisor personal development
En...
Framework
Principles of Appreciative Advising
1. Every post-secondary student has the potential for academic
success.
2. Each post-s...
6. Advisors play an important role in every post-secondary
student’s journey to optimize his/her educational experiences
a...
Appreciative Advising Mindset
 Caring about and believing in the potential of each
student
 Attitude of gratefulness
 T...
Phases of Appreciative
Advising
Make a positive first impression
with the student, build rapport,
and create a safe, welcoming
space.
Ask positive open-ended
questions that help advisers
learn about students' strengths,
skills, and abilities.
Inquire about students' hopes
and dreams for their futures.
Co-create a plan for making
their dreams a reality.
The student delivers on the plan
created during the Design phase and
the adviser is available to encourage
and support stu...
Advisers and students alike need to
set their own internal bars of
expectations high
Appreciative Advising In
Action
 Engage in the Appreciative Advising Mindset and
Principles
 Incorporate the Phases of A...
Commitment to Learning
September
 Get to Know Each Other
 Initial Transition
 Academics
Support/Connectedness
November
 Relationships
 Roommates
 Family
Positive Identity
January
 Reflect on First Semester
 Where They’re At
 Looking to Next Year
Social Competencies/Wrap Up
March
 Celebrate success
 Look to future
 Thanks
GROUP WORK
 How could you use Appreciative Advising in different
contexts? What other strategies do you use to connect
wi...
Experiences as a Staff
Member/Advisor
 Establishes your room as a safe place and you as a safe
person
 Opportunity for i...
Experiences as a Student
 Chance for reflection
 Opportunity to talk about non-issues
 Knew my RA cared
Summary
 Student-centered and flexible approach recognizing
the importance of the advisor-student relationship
 Stronger...
“In learning you
will teach, and in
teaching you will
learn.”
-Disney’s Tarzan/Phil Collins
Feel free to
contact me!
@Natasha_Bd nburtens@uwo.ca
THANK YOU FOR COMING!
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My presentation for a concurrent session at the OACUHO Residence Life Conference 2015 at the University of Guelph in January 2015.
While Appreciative Advising was developed and is becoming increasingly popular as a framework for academic advising, we have adapted it for use in our residence life program.

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Appreciative Advising: Connections, Community and Student Success

  1. 1. Appreciative Advising: Connections, Community and Student Success Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries King’s University College at Western University Residence Life Conference 2015 Concurrent Session 2.6 Saturday January 24, 2015
  2. 2. Presentation Outline  Introduction  Appreciative Advising Approach  Appreciative Advising in Action  Group Discussion and Brainstorming  Experiences
  3. 3. Presentation Guidelines  Ask questions!  Please share, but be respectful of others  You are the expert on your own school
  4. 4. Your Presenter  Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries  @Natasha_Bd  4th Year Honors Specialization in Childhood and Social Institutions  Certificate in Child Advocacy  3rd year working in Residence Life  1 year as Residence Assistant  2 years as Head Residence Assistant
  5. 5. King’s University College  London, ON  Catholic liberal arts college affiliated With Western University  3500 undergraduate students  350 Residence Students  25% international students  Single gender units of 15-35 people  Residence Life Team  3 professional staff (live off-site)  20 student staff  2 Head Residence Assistants  17 Residence Assistants  1 International House Coordinator
  6. 6. What is Appreciative Advising?  Academic advising framework developed by Jennifer Bloom  The Appreciative Advising Revolution (Bloom, Hutson and He, 2008) “Appreciative Advising is the intentional, collaborative practice of asking positive, open- ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals and potentials.”
  7. 7. Why Appreciative Advising? Student-centered Emphasizes advisor-student relationship and advisor personal development Enhances existing programming Staff Benefits  Framework for supporting residents  Meaningful Relationships  Play a part in a student’s success story  Personal growth Student Benefits  Academic Excellence  Sense of Belonging, Community, Support  Better Personal Relationships  Support in setting and reaching goals
  8. 8. Framework
  9. 9. Principles of Appreciative Advising 1. Every post-secondary student has the potential for academic success. 2. Each post-secondary student possesses unique strengths. 3. Through explorations of their backgrounds, past experiences, present status and relationships, and future goals and dreams, students can identify sources of their own strengths. 4. In their quest to be academically successful, students must identify and build upon their strengths. 5. Not all post-secondary students have identified their strengths or the strategies necessary to utilize and develop these strengths.
  10. 10. 6. Advisors play an important role in every post-secondary student’s journey to optimize his/her educational experiences and enhance his/her self-knowledge. 7. The interactions between advisors and students will impact both the advisors’ and the students’ thoughts, viewpoints, and behaviours. 8. Advisors must be aware of how their own perspectives, attitudes, and language impact the advisor-student relationship. Principles of Appreciative Advising
  11. 11. Appreciative Advising Mindset  Caring about and believing in the potential of each student  Attitude of gratefulness  The advisor can always be better  Be mindful of the power that you have  Cultural awareness and responsiveness
  12. 12. Phases of Appreciative Advising
  13. 13. Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe, welcoming space.
  14. 14. Ask positive open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students' strengths, skills, and abilities.
  15. 15. Inquire about students' hopes and dreams for their futures.
  16. 16. Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.
  17. 17. The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.
  18. 18. Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high
  19. 19. Appreciative Advising In Action  Engage in the Appreciative Advising Mindset and Principles  Incorporate the Phases of Appreciative into programming  Appreciative Advising Inventory  Appreciative Advising Meetings  4 individual meetings
  20. 20. Commitment to Learning September  Get to Know Each Other  Initial Transition  Academics
  21. 21. Support/Connectedness November  Relationships  Roommates  Family
  22. 22. Positive Identity January  Reflect on First Semester  Where They’re At  Looking to Next Year
  23. 23. Social Competencies/Wrap Up March  Celebrate success  Look to future  Thanks
  24. 24. GROUP WORK  How could you use Appreciative Advising in different contexts? What other strategies do you use to connect with students, support them in reaching their goals, and building community?  How will you overcome challenges at your home institution?  Greater Number of Residents  Suite-Style Residences  Upper Year Students  Outside of Individual Conversation
  25. 25. Experiences as a Staff Member/Advisor  Establishes your room as a safe place and you as a safe person  Opportunity for intentional conversation  Personal or confidential matters  Make sure you’re up to speed with your floor!  Greater personal connection
  26. 26. Experiences as a Student  Chance for reflection  Opportunity to talk about non-issues  Knew my RA cared
  27. 27. Summary  Student-centered and flexible approach recognizing the importance of the advisor-student relationship  Stronger personal connections=stronger communities  Stronger and more connected communities=greater student success
  28. 28. “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” -Disney’s Tarzan/Phil Collins
  29. 29. Feel free to contact me! @Natasha_Bd nburtens@uwo.ca THANK YOU FOR COMING!

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