Mission-Based Advisory: A Professional Development Manual (Third Edition)

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Set your school apart. Create and strengthen your advisory program.

Mission-Based Advisory is a comprehensive, how-to guide for enhancing your school's advisory program. Paying increasing and well-deserved attention to students’ social-emotional learning and general well-being is now essential.

The book focuses on the professional development of advisors, and answers key questions about mission, professionalism, and ethics. We explain the how, what, and why for optimal engagement of all students. With this book, you can develop an advisory program best suited for your particular school!

Workshop: Hands-on Advisory: Curriculum, Themes, and Activities
A thriving advisory program is a difference maker for middle and upper school students. How does yours rate?

In this highly interactive workshop, middle and upper school teachers learn core concepts for focusing and (re-)building the program. Exchange a wealth of ideas in small groups with colleagues from the same division. Leave with substantive recommendations for others back home, supported by a comprehensive outline of advisory practices, themes, activities, and with a plan to “make it happen.”

Bonus: Mission-Based Advisory: A Professional Development Manual (3rd Edition) is FREE when you attend this workshop.

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION 7

PART I: CONTEXT 11
Nomenclature 11
Introduction to the Third Edition 13
Exemplary Advisory Programs 16

PART II: PHILOSOPHY 23
The Professional Advisor 23

PART III: PRINCIPLES 45
Principles of Advisory 45
Advisory = (mission + relationships) – constraints 46

PART IV: FUNDAMENTAL PRACTICES 55
Introduction 55
Administrative Oversight 56
Advisory-Related Responsibilities of the Administrator 57
Advisory Program Committee 59
Defining Program Purpose 62
Program Design 71
Advisory Program Illustrations 78
Mission-Based Student Support Services 85
Programmatic Implications 88

PART V: INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP ADVISORY 97
Individual Advisory 97
Group Advisory 111
Group Advisory: Faculty Professional and Student Leadership Development 121
Constraints: Yellow- and Red-Light Issues 125

PART VI: HIRING PROCESS AND ORIENTATION 133
Advisory in the Hiring Process and Orienting Your New Advisors 133
Faculty Culture, Evaluation, Professional Development, and Compensation 138
Advisory Program Evaluation 144

PART VII: MARKETING—ADVISORY AS THE ADDED VALUE 159

PART VIII: ADVISORY IN BOARDING SCHOOLS 167

PART IX: CONCLUSION 173
The Win-Win of Advisory 173

PART X: APPENDICES & RESOURCES 177
Commentary: The Advisory Program in 21st Century Schools 177
Frequently Asked Questions 180
Example of Educator Code of Ethics 185
Advisory Case Studies 189
Tools for the Professional Advisor Practitioner 198
Resources 214

A comprehensive guide to creating and strengthening advisory—the why, the how, the keys to success, the pitfalls to avoid, and the ways advisory can enrich the culture of the school.

Robert Evans, Executive Director,
The Human Relations Service, MA

Mission-Based Advisory: A Professional Development Manual comprehensively frames the professional role of advisors and advisory programs and the meaningful relationships that develop between students and trusted adults in independent schools. More than ever, mission-driven independent schools are seeking ways to highlight the value added for students and families; implementation and application of an effective advisory program is a powerful example of value added and a distinctive quality of our schools. … This manual provides guidance for deans, counselors, administrators, and advisors to develop a new program or move an existing program to the next level.

Irene G. Mortensen, Director of Studies,
Gill St. Bernard’s School, NJ

Whether your school is implementing an advisory program or looking to renew one, this book provides workable strategies that are mission-driven. The suggested activities—for the advisory program and for advisor professional development—contribute to the development and sustainability of positive school culture and social-emotional learning for your students. I’m going to use this book with my Lead Advisory Group as we look to enhance our Middle School program.

Kathryn Christoph, Middle School Principal,
Dwight-Englewood School, NJ

A strong advising program is crucial in keeping a school’s mission alive and vibrant in the daily life of the school. Unfortunately, most schools provide little, if any, professional development for faculty to support this important role, creating an inconsistent experience for its students. Whether a school is looking to start an advisory program, rejuvenate one, or provide concrete professional development for its faculty, Roger Dillow’s Mission-Based Advisory: A Professional Development Manual is an important resource for all schools.

Douglas H. Lagarde, Head of School,
Severn School, MD
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