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This engaging workshop helps educators get the most out of advisory time, whether starting a new program or fine-tuning an existing structure.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/3/2017 to 11/4/2017
When: November 3-4, 2017
Friday, 4-8:30pm; Saturday, 8am-3pm
Where: The Latin School of Chicago
1531 N Dearborn Pkwy
Chicago, Illinois  60610
United States

Online registration is available until: 10/30/2017
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This event is also taking place February 23-24, 2018 in Honolulu, HI.


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Early Bird, CSEE Member Schools: $225
Early Bird, Non-Members: $375

After October 27, registration will be $250 for members and $400 for non-members.



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

Esteemed presenters Barb Ackerman and Joan Mudge cover all aspects of advisory, share both meaningful activities for advisory time and best-practices, and troubleshoot with participants. The weekend culminates in participants creating their own action plans for immediate and long-range goals. The "advisory period" is also put into the broader context of a school's mission for social, moral and academic development. Presenters offer tools to translate this mission into day-to-day advisory activities. Advisors will leave with materials, insights, 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 CSEE 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 10th year co-facilitating this workshop with Barb Ackerman.



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

"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!" 

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

"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."



Friday, 4pm-8:30pm; Saturday, 8:00am-3:00pm

Please check back closer to the event date for a detailed agenda.


Meals Provided

Registration for this event includes dinner Friday, coffee and light fare Saturday morning, and lunch Saturday afternoon.


Travel / Accommodations

The Latin School of Chicago is located 16 miles from O'Hare International Airport and 14 miles from Midway International. We encourage participants to take public transportation, as parking is limited in the area.

Participants flying into O'Hare can take the Blue Line Train and transfer at Clark/Lake to the Brown Line, exiting at Sedgwick. Total train time is around one hour, seven minutes.

Participants flying into Midway can take the Orange Line Train and transfer at Clark/Lake to the Brown Line, exiting at Sedgwick. Total train time is around an hour.



There are several hotels in the area to choose from. CSEE has a group rate for Friday night at Hotel Indigo, just a five-block walk from the school, and our rate for Friday night is $189. To make a reservation on our block, please call and say you are with CSEE, or reserve online using this link. Reservations are available at this rate until October 13th, or until rooms are filled.


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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