Advisories Reboot #2 (3/10/20)

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March 10, 2020

Middle and High School Principals and Staff:

Below you will find more information intended to help in the ongoing school-based conversations about advisories.

What are the benefits of focusing advisories on students’ social emotional needs? What does the research say?

Here are 3 articles discussing the benefits of well-run advisories and how schools and districts have used them. They will give you ideas of how to structure a successful advisory.

·      “Advisory: 22 Ways to Build Relationships for Educational Success” highlights the efforts of a Nashville high school and offers just what its title proclaims.

·      “The Challenge of Advisory and Why It’s Worth the Effort” examines some of the obstacles to building a program and how they can be overcome through determination and innovation.

·      “Advisory Programs in High School Restructuring” delves into how advisories can meet the goals of developing interpersonal relationships among staff and students, providing academic support to students, and building a school culture. This article also delineates the need for schools to examine scheduling, scope and content, roles for staff, groupings of students, and structural and administrative support systems. It offers sample questions which may guide your Instructional Council’s conversation. It includes 2 case studies from high schools, an appendix with questions compiled, and a thorough bibliography.

We have attached a “Final Word Discussion Protocol” we recommend using to support discussion about the articles.

Links to the articles below:

High school:

George Lucas Foundation. “Advisory: 22 Ways to Build Relationships for Educational Success.” (2016). Retrieved from

Middle School:

Pearsall, Matt. “The Challenge of Advisory and Why It’s Worth the Effort.” (2017). Retrieved from

All levels:

Tocci, Charles; Hochman,Dalia & Allen, David. “Advisory Programs in High School Restructuring.” (2005). Retrieved from

How will having an advisory group affect Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, and other Essential & Related Services Educators (E &RSEs)?

It is very important that all of our educators participate in advisories. However, counselors, nurses, and social workers are sometimes called to work on emergency situations that arise. Administrators should assist in these situations as much as possible so that E&RSE personnel can work with their advisory.

As a back-up plan when support personnel are called to deal with an emergency we recommend they “buddy up” and combine their advisory groups if necessary.

If the E&RSE educator is part-time at a school, as is often the case with therapists, it may not be possible for them to conduct an advisory and that’s okay.