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Meaningful Advisory Time: Building Programs for Student Success
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By fostering meaningful relationships and stimulating student motivation, advisory time can help maximize student success. This engaging workshop will help participants get the most out of advisory time, whether you are starting a new program or fine-tuning an existing one.

11/6/2015 to 11/7/2015
When: November 6-7, 2015
Friday, 3:30-9pm & Saturday, 8:30am-4pm
Where: The Episcopal School of Dallas
4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas  75229
Presenter: Barb Ackerman and Joan Mudge


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Registration:

CSEE Member Schools: $225
Non-Members: $375

About This Event:

By fostering meaningful relationships and stimulating student motivation, advisory time can help maximize student success. This engaging workshop will help participants get the most out of advisory time, whether you are starting a new program or fine-tuning an existing one.  

Esteemed presenters Barb Ackerman and Joan Mudge will cover all aspects of advisory, share both meaningful activities for advisory time and best-practices, and will trouble shoot with participants. The weekend will culminate in participants creating their own action plans for immediate and long-range goals. The "advisory period" will also be put into the broader context of a school's mission for social, moral and academic development, and will offer tools to translate this mission into day-to-day advisory activities. Advisors will leave with materials, insights, contacts and methods to be successful.

This two-day workshop will explore:

  • Why make time for advisory? How do we fit advising into busy school days and a full school calendar?
  • The importance of the advisor/advisee relationship
  • How to prepare advisors to fulfill their significant role in students' lives, and how to help resistant / reluctant advisors to feel more comfortable
  • How an active advising program can help a school to achieve its stated mission

 

Participants can expect to come away with:

  • A free copy of CSEE's Advisory Handbook and other resources
  • Knowledge of advising practices and procedures at a variety of schools from across the country
  • Strategies for working with individual advisees
  • Ideas for school-wide advising events
  • An action plan consisting of immediate improvements as well as long-range goals

 

Participants are encouraged to bring relevant curricula and activities to share with others. 

About the Presenters
Barbara Dixon Ackerman is co-author of CSEE's Need a Hand with Advising? Here's a Handbook! and has led CSEE's Advisory Workshop for several years. She teaches Upper School English at Garrison Forest School, where she reinvented the advisory program, and is currently an academic coach.

Joan Mudge has taught at Garrison Forest School for nearly 40 years in several capacities: as a history teacher, advisor, College Counselor, and Dean of Faculty. This is her 8th year co-facilitating this workshop with Barb Ackerman.

What past participants are saying about this event

"This was the most useful educational conference that I have ever attended. Thank you for thinking of everything we might need." - 2014 Participant

"It was wonderful to be able to share ideas with other people involved with advisory. The collaboration was incredibly valuable." - 2014 Participant 

"I got A LOT of ideas! I have things I will take back to the administrators as well as advisory teams." - 2012 Participant

"Inspiring would be an understatement for this conference. If you need a positive life force infusion for your advisory program, this is the conference to attend!" - 2012 Participant

"Excellent! Well designed, well presented, great group of attendees. Worth every second. The handbook is great!" - 2011 Participant

"This conference provided an excellent framework for re-vitalizing our Advisory program, through sharing of best practices and best efforts with honest reflection on how to do it better." - 2011 Participant

Accommodations

There are several inexpensive hotels in a 4 mile radius from the school. Here are two options:

Courtyard Marriott, LBJ
(3.8 miles away, ~$90 per night)

Hampton Inn
(3.7 miles away, ~$90 per night)

 



 

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