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Join us November 3-4, 2017 in Chicago: Click here for details and to register.

Or February 23-24, 2018 in Honolulu: click here for details and to register.

About this Event  

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 9th 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."


Past Events


  • November 4-5, 2016  -  New Jersey
  • November 6-7, 2015  -  Dallas, TX
  • November 14-15, 2014  -  Owings Mills, MD



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