Each advisory follows its own script, weaving together time for students to review their agendas with their advisors or reflect in their advisory journals; to discuss a common reading or debate current events; to plan a special event or project for the school and/or community; and to share high and low points with the group, or give or receive feedback on work in progress. Advisories give CSD students a place to practice newly learned skills and develop their identities with a safety net. Students should be able to rely on their advisor to help learn from their experiences, comprehend social changes and changing relations with family and peers, act on their behalf to access resources needed for he/she to succeed.
Some highlights are as follows:
Each advisory loops together for all three years of middle school.
Not a program add-on, but connected to teaming, curriculum selection, classroom management, and community service
Meets twice a week during lunch and during selected Seminar events.
Advisors are authentic leaders. With these aims in mind, they have substantial freedom in selecting and scheduling activities in order to meet these goals and the needs and interests of their advisees.
A core of recognizable aims listed below guides all advisory tasks.
- One advisor is assigned to approximately 12 students to form an advisory.
Building Community/Social Relations
Birthdays and Celebrations
Self-Discovery and Career Planning
Goal Setting/Decision Making
Organization and Academic Planning
Developing a Portfolio/Public Speaking/Conferencing Skills
Community Connections/Service Learning
Health and Wellness
Substance Abuse Prevention/Media Awareness
Stress Management/Coping Skills
Consumer Economics/Financial Literacy