Adolescents stand at a crucial intersection in their social, emotional, and academic development, and they greatly benefit from coaching and support to navigate the complexities of school and life.
Advisory Plus students develop valuable academic behaviors, strategies, mindsets, and social skills. Each advisor provides a structured, safe place where a small group of students develops the skills they need to set goals, manage tasks, organize time and materials, work collaboratively with others, advocate for themselves, and communicate effectively. Advisory Plus also includes significant opportunities for academic advising.
Engaging Schools collaborates with schools and districts to develop an effective and sustainable Advisory Plus program that is integrated into the life of the school.
After implementing Advisory Plus, schools report improved attendance rates as well as increases in self- and social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Schools also report an improved school climate and lower rates of late arrivals and absenteeism.
For Advisory Plus, Engaging Schools offers:
“Published research on advisory … is generally optimistic and indicates that the program leads to the kind of positive outcomes — such as increased attendance — that correlate with improved academic outcomes.”
R. Makkonen, Advisory program research and evaluation
“In the student focus groups, 98% of students responded affirmatively when asked, ‘Do you think advisory helps you academically?’ Students noted that their advisories helped them focus on their studies, receive critical academic support, strategize about classes and teachers, set academic goals, and belong to a group of peers striving for success.”
S.B. Shulkind, S.B. and J. Foote, Creating a culture of connectedness through middle school advisory programs