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					    Guidance Expo 2010

  Developing, Organizing and
Maintaining High School Advisory
            Programs
      Workshop Session V
          1:15 – 2:10 p.m.
            Presenters


Arthur G. McCann, Ph.D.,
Chair of Graduate Counseling Department
Director of School Counseling Program at
  Mercy College
Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D.,
Associate Professor of Graduate
  Counseling Department at Mercy College
1.Warm up Activity



                     Presentation Objectives

      To review reasons for developing an Advisory Program
      To discuss the unexpected benefits of Advisory Programs
      To explain the components of Advisory Programs at two different
         schools, River Dell, NJ and Great Neck, NY
      To review the developmental history of the two programs
      To examine the impact of an Advisory Program on students
      To explore how the experiences of these two programs could
         suggest possibilities for other schools
    Why create an Advisory Program?
•   To personalize the high school
•   To create a safe space
•   To earn the trust of the community
•   To build in an advocate for every student
•   To develop positive student leadership
•   To encourage faculty to get to know a diverse group of students in
    ways they might not otherwise, even if they were in their
    class(es).
•   To encourage greater student involvement in the positive
    extracurricular life of the school.
•   To create a structure for the discussion of important school issues
•   To foster a healthy acclimation to school
•   To cultivate an atmosphere that supports academic achievement
•   To proactively identify and support positive school behavior.
Unexpected Benefits of an Advisory Program

• There was stronger bonding among students from
  all parts of the school community.
• The impact of he Advisory Program extended
  beyond the school to families and to the
  community.
   – There were three referrals of parents by students.
• The school and the peer leaders came to be seen as
  a “support system” (even by students who had
  previously had little use for school and felt isolated
  or ignored).
   Brief Outline of the Two Advisory
    Programs at Great Neck North
• There are two separate advisory programs at Great
  Neck North H.S., one serving the ninth grade and the
  other serving the tenth. Each grade is divided into
  twenty groups of approximately twelve students. Each
  group is lead by a team consisting of one faculty
  member and a pair of peer leaders. Peer leaders
  receive ongoing training in communication and group
  leadership skills and prepared for their weekly group
  sessions in a required class taught by members of the
  PPT and Health Department. At present there are 40
  faculty advisors, 100 peer leaders, and 7 peer
  leadership course instructors who are supporting two
  advisory programs that serve more than 450 students.
    History of the Development of the
     First Advisory Program at North
•   Establishing a faculty committee to spearhead efforts to get the program started

•   Designing a model that meets school community needs

•   Obtaining support from all constituencies/stakeholders

•   Responding to resistance

•   Obtaining Formal Approval and laying the groundwork for starting the first
    program.

•   Managing logistical challenges and coping with growing pains.

•   Responding to constructive criticism and program evaluation.
    The Decision about whether to
   expand the Advisory Program to
        include another grade
• Why create another advisory program?
•
•
• Pros and cons to consider.
•
•
            River Dell PLAN
   (Peer Leader Assistance Network)
• Peer advisory programs are intended to give
  students an active role in linking students with
  school support services when needed.
• The student leaders have defined roles in
  assisting students who are coping with individual
  crises, and in the overall crisis response plans of
  the school community.
• Peer leaders take part in three 5 hour training
  sessions and are provided with group “support”
  sessions on a regular basis
  Brief Outline of the Advisory Program
               at River Dell
• The advisory program at River Dell consists of one main group of peer leaders.
  Beginning with the first year of the program, there were 60 students
  (sophomores and juniors) who received training each year in a three year
  senior high school. Juniors were trained in the fall semester and sophomores
  in the spring. When the school changed to 4 years (grades 9-12) the number
  was increased to 80. That meant that the school community had about 20% of
  the student body trained and available for programs and service at any given
  time.
• Each group assigned a task is lead by a team consisting of between 5 and 10
  peer leaders with 1-2 faculty advisors.
• Peer leaders receive ongoing training in communication and group leadership
  skills with meetings every other week and a monthly training session (often
  with outside presenters).
• The program was developed by a team of three faculty members (the school
  psychologist, a school counselor and a faculty member.
• The Peer leaders “listen” student concerns and, then help the student to
  utilize support services. They also have become the presenters for most of the
  school suicide awareness/prevention program (known as ASAP).
  Unique features of these Advisory
             Programs
• Sharing of advisory group leadership
  responsibilities among a faculty member and
  two or more peer leaders
• Selection and training of peer leaders
  – Nomination by faculty, peers and self-nomination
• How advisory groups are composed
  – Created on an ad hoc basis with numbers
    determined based on the task
• Bonding of Peer Leaders/Listeners
Different focuses of the two programs
• Great Neck North
  – Ninth Grade Program
  – Tenth Grade Program
• River Dell
  – Focus first on students in grades 7 - 10
  – Assist students in grades 11 - 12
  – Take first position in running ASAP
    (Adolescent Suicide Awareness Program)
The advisory programs’ effects on the
           school culture.
Great Neck North and River Dell

• Where it used to be.
• Where it is now.
                          Results of Surveys
•   Have you developed a new friendship this year as a result of your advisory group?
•
•          Yes          No
•          54%          46%
•
•
•   Have you gotten involved in extracurricular activities?
•
•          Yes          No
•          90%          10%
•
•
•   Have you gotten involved in any extracurricular activities either as a result of the activity fair in
    September or as a result of a suggestion from your advisor or advisory group?
•
•          Yes          No
•          48%          52%
•
        Results of Surveys Continued
•
•   Has your advisor been able to offer suggestions on how to handle problems?
•
•          Yes        No         Sometimes
•          76%        23%        1%
•
•
•   How would you describe your relationship with your advisor?
•
•          5          4           3          2          1
•          Very Close        Satisfactory            Not Good At All
•          11%        40%         40%        7%         2%
•
•
•   When you or other members of the group talk, do others pay attention?
•
•          Yes        No         Sometimes
•          82%        14%        4%
•
         Results of Surveys Continued
•   Do you feel your peer leader(s) played a helpful role in your advisory group?
•
•          Yes         No          Unsure
•          85%         14%         1%
•
•
•   Did you have any contact with your peer leader outside of the advisory group?
•
•          Yes         No
•          64%         36%
•
•
•   Would you consider being a peer leader, when you are a senior?
•
•          Yes         No          Unsure
•          68%         30%         2%
•
      Results of Surveys Continued
• Overall, how would you evaluate your experience in advisory this year?
•
•      5        4        3       2       1
• Very Good         Satisfactory     Not Good At All
•      20%      33%      36%     8%      3%
•
•
• Do you think the advisory program should be continued for next year?
•
•      Yes      No       Maybe
•      84%      15%      1%
•
 Availability and discussion of complete
 syllabi for Great Neck North programs
• PEER LEADER MANUALS
Question and Answer Session
            and
 Concluding comments and
        suggestions
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