STUDY GROUP FUNDING END OF THE YEAR REPORT*
Due: June 30, 2010
Title of Study Group: Developing a Middle School Advisory Curriculum
Contact Person including email: Doris Piekarski email@example.com
School/District: Parkway Southwest Middle School
Classroom/building/district issue, topic or question: Advisory Curriculum
Explain why you wanted to do this project: As a part of our efforts to become an exemplary middle school based on
the suggestions of the National Middle School Association, Southwest Middle School voted last year to implement a
school-wide advisory system. We learned through reading about advisory programs that curriculum for advisory is
more effective if it is written specifically for the students at that school. Therefore, the Southwest Middle staff decided
to create and write our own curriculum.
List who was involved (include staff members, students, parents): Sixteen staff members participated in the writing
of the curriculum. All staff members and all students participated in the lessons through advisory.
What were the results of your actions: We were able to complete writing advisory lessons for the 2009-2010 school
year. We will use that curriculum again in 6th grade for next year. We also have written half of the lessons we will need
for grades 7 and 8 written for the 2010-2011 school year.
Please provide a narrative reflection including what suggestions or advice you can make to another partner
school/district: Writing curriculum for advisory is a big project. I suggest being very organized, having a template to
follow so that the lessons all look similar, and having an organized person in charge of the project. It is also important
to have a year-long unit plan so that the lessons have continuity. In addition, teachers who volunteered to be out of
their classrooms to write for a day had to leave sub plans, which is additional work for them. I think that it might have
been easier to use more of the money for stipends so that teachers could write on their own time, evenings or weekends,
and be paid for doing so.
Summary of final expenditures:
-13 subs @ $102.26 per day $1329.38
-stipends @ $12.50/hour for three teachers (four hours each) $ 150.00
$1479.38 Total Expended
How will you disseminate your results to other partner schools/districts? (Place an “X” in front of all that apply.)