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When: November 5, 2020
Thursday, 9am - 3:00pm Eastern Time
Where: Online via Zoom
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/5/2020
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Note: Participants should have a copy of The CSEE Handbook for Advisors on hand for this event. If registrants already have a copy, there's no need to purchase another. If you don't have a copy, one can be purchased as an add-on to the registration at the member rate cost and without shipping charge.

First registrant: $200
Additional registrants from same school: $150
CSEE Handbook for Advisors: $45


First registrant: $400
Additional registrants from same school: $300
CSEE Handbook for Advisors: $45


Target Audience

This event is for anyone who is invested in the advising program at their school. This will be middle and upper school focused.


Event Description

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 presenter Barb Ackerman will cover all aspects of advisory, share both meaningful activities for advisory time and best-practices, and troubleshoot with participants. The "advisory period" is also put into the broader context of a school's mission for social, moral and academic development. Learn tools to translate this mission into day-to-day advisory activities. Advisors will leave with materials, insights, and methods to be successful.

We 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: 

  • 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 Presenter


Barbara Dixon Ackerman is co-author of CSEE's Handbook for Advisors 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.






"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."



This event will run 9am-3pm Eastern, with a break from noon-1pm Eastern. Please check back soon for specific details.

9am - 12  -  Morning Session

12 - 1pm  -  Lunch break (Barb will be "on" from 12:30pm-1pm for anyone who would like to ask questions)

1 - 3pm  -  Afternoon Session

3 - 3:30pm  -  Barb will be on if anyone would like to ask follow-up questions.


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