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2/7/2020 to 2/8/2020
When: February 7-8, 2020
Friday, 4pm-9pm; Saturday, 8:30am-3:00pm
Where: Viewpoint School
23620 Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, California  91302
United States

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Early Bird Registration!  Register before January 20th and receive $25 off.

First registrant: $275
Additional registrants from same school: $250

First registrant: $450
Additional registrants from same school: $425


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 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 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."



Day 1 – Friday, February 7th
4:00 – 8:45pm

4:00 Introductions and conference logistics

Session #1: Getting Advice the Old-fashioned Way - Personal Reminiscences
Session #2: Participant Questionnaire and Goal-Setting for Conference
Session #3: Revising Advisory Programs - Making Changes to Meet Needs

6:00-7:00 Dinner

Session #4: Mission Statements and Core Values
Session #5: What’s Out There? Characteristics of Programs - Exploring Opportunities and Obstacles (Middle and Upper School Break-out Groups)
Session #6: Sharing of Resources - Show and/or Tell

8:30-8:45 Evening wrap-up

Day 2 – Saturday, February 8th
8:30am – 3:00pm

8:00-8:30 Coffee and Light Breakfast

Session #7: The Selection and Preparation of Advisors
Session #8: Putting the Advising Program on the Calendar - Creative Tinkering
Session #9: Strategies for Working with Individual Students

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

Session #10: Strategies for Working with Advisor Groups
Session #11: Action Planning and Reporting

3:00 Conference wrap-up and Evaluation


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


Travel / Accommodations

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Calabasas for $179.00/night. To make reservations, call the hotel at 818-449-5183 and use the code "CSEE Meaningful Advisory February 2020". The room block ends on January 17, 2020. 

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



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