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Advisory Period
Advisory Period Goals
  To provide developmental guidance (both formal and

  To foster communication between the home and the

school and among members of the school community.

  To encourage supportive peer relationships and

practice conflict resolution.

  To promote an awareness of diversity and tolerance.

  To prepare students for life transitions, including

career exploration and considering postsecondary

  To promote character development and explore moral

Why Advisory—It is not a
new idea…

  “No educational program can be

successful without attending to the
personal learning needs of individual
students…Advisement is one of the key
components of personalized education
and understanding it involves sorting out
the various definitions of guidance and

(Keefe, J.W 1983 .Advisement--a helping role. The

Practitioner: NASSP).
Advisory—It’s a solid idea!

  Student advisory programs provide an

opportunity for middle level schools to
introduce an adult advocate into the life
of every student in the school. Many
young adolescents suffer from feelings of
isolation and loneliness, and advisory
activities allow them to connect with
caring adults and other students to help
them through the rough spots during the
middle level years

(Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for

leading middle level reform, 2006)
Healthy Youth Survey
Healthy Youth Survey
Healthy Youth Survey
OSPI Survey

  11. Students feel free to express their ideas and opinions.

    Response Percent Response Count

  5 Agree Completely 15.6% 71

  4 Agree Mostly 24.9% 113

  3 Agree Moderately 28.4% 129

  2 Agree Slightly 17.6% 80

  1 Don't Agree at All 11.9% 54

  X Don't Know/Does Not Apply 1.5% 7

    answered question 454

What Research Indicates

  “When students make a lasting connection with at

least one caring adult, academic and personal
outcomes improve. A significant adult who
provides support and direction during difficult
times is an important factor in helping students
avoid academic failure and a variety of other
problems (Galassi, Gulledge, & Cox 1997, p.
What will Advisory Accomplish?

  Establish a an opportunity for small group

interactions and interpersonal relationships.
  Creates a structured program that allows
students to address issues of self-awareness,
interpersonal skills, decision making abilities,
and personal safety skills.
  Provide opportunities for students to lead
discussions about their own progress and
their accomplishments.
  Allocates times for students to research and
investigate high school and beyond
opportunities and career choices.
What advisory is not

 Homeroom
 Time to pass out paperwork or
time for school announcements
 Game time
 Movie time
 A counseling session

  All certificated staff at Port Susan Middle

  Substitute teachers when they are in
the building for an absent teacher.
  Counselors can run intervention or
other groups as needed.
  Administrators can substitute when

 One day a week for 30 minutes.

 Jeanne and Cindy will provide
materials, guidance, encouragement,
and expertise.
 It is its own period, so all teachers
will have an advisory class.
 This amounts to approximately 20
kids per advisory.
 Loop with students—eventually
teachers will have kids for all three of
their PSMS years.

  Jeanne and Cindy have researched

curriculum materials and recommend the
following because it is the best fit for our
needs at Port Susan Middle School.
  Second Step
  Navigation
  Guest Speakers
  Tim Livingston
  Keli Niegemann

 Because it is the
right thing to do
for our kids!
 It will improve
our school

  Consensogram Question:
  How committed are you to
implementing an Advisory Program at
Port Susan Middle School?

  Keep your answers between 0% and

100% and do not write negative
numbers of numbers over 100%

  Once you have written your response

on a sticky paper, give it to Keri or