Building Relationships to Support Learning
What is Advisory?
In advisory, grades 6-8, students meet in small groups for one period each week with an adult faculty member to engage in activities and reflections that support various initiatives including the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB/MYP), Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Advisory occurs every Wednesday and rotates through the periods.
Why Implement Advisory?
The purpose of advisory at George Washington Middle School is to create a climate that supports student achievement. By building relationships and a sense of shared community, we foster student engagement that leads to success.
Advisory also supports academic monitoring and provides explicit instruction in skills that promote learning, including "Approaches to Learning" (ATL) skills from IB; career and personal inventories through ICAP; and behavior expectations from PBIS.
How is Advisory Supported to Achieve Success?
Lessons and training are provided to teachers on a monthly basis. Teachers implement the lessons with fidelity to create shared expectations across the school community. A committee of administrators, school counselors, support staff, and teachers meet each month to ensure that program goals are met and the advisory curriculum is relevant and engaging.