Location: Philadelphia, PA
Create and implement a thriving advisory program to support your middle and upper school students. Explore core concepts, design models, and recommended strategies for building an advisory program that reflects and supports the mission of your school.
A thriving advisory program is a difference-maker for middle and upper school students. How does yours rate? In this highly interactive workshop, educators explore core concepts for focusing, enhancing, and building (or rebuilding) the advisory program so that it reflects and supports the mission of the school.
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, and activities—as well as an action plan to make it happen.
- Draft a mission statement for the advisory program that connects to your school’s mission.
- Explore design models with which to frame the advisory program.
- Learn and share techniques for engaging students in individual and group advising with an emphasis on the difference between academic and personal guidance.
- Be able to share “yellow light” and “red light” issues with colleagues at your school.
- Develop advisory themes and activities to support students in both academic success and personal development.
- Create strategies to bolster faculty buy-in and professional development as they work with today’s adolescents and their families.
- Explore strategies to assess your program’s strengths and needs.
- Draft an action plan with short- and long-term goals.
- Establish relationships with colleagues to share and exchange ideas.
Who Should Attend:
Middle and upper school educators who are new to advisory, as well as those who want to revamp their advisory programs should attend.
ISM Summer Institute Faculty | Head of Upper School at McDonogh School
Merritt lends her expertise in leading advisory programs at the middle and upper school levels, helping educators focus their programs to reflect the mission of their school.
As Head of Upper School at McDonogh School, MD, Merritt leads her school, working with administrators, faculty, and staff to support their students and the community at large.
A McDonogh alumna, she was previously a Dean of Students and Associate Head in the middle school from 2004 to 2014. In this role, she oversaw the advisory program and served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She provided in-depth knowledge of K-12 curricular issues and facilitated conversations between divisions and departments to realize emerging goals.
Merritt began her career teaching middle school in a public school system outside of Washington, DC. She also served as an instructional technology coordinator for more than a dozen K-12 public schools. In addition to working with schools as they developed and implemented their technology plans, Merritt coordinated various professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.
For several years, Merritt served as an Executive Board Member and President of MICCA (Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators Association), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership for advancing meaningful uses of technology in the educational communities of Maryland.
Merritt has presented at the annual conferences of MICCA and AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland Schools). She has also shared her ideas at several national forums, including the National Council for the Social Studies and the National School Boards Association Technology + Learning Conference.
Merritt earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD, and a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University, MD.
Workshop Schedule (subject to adjustment)
(Continental breakfast is available starting at 7:00 a.m. and breaks are at 10:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.)
7:00 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 10:15 Session One
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:15 Session Two
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15 – 3:00 Session Three
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Session Four
5:00 – 5:30 General Session
5:30-6:00 Reception with ISM
6:00 Dinner with ISM
8:30–10:15 Session Five
10:30-12:15 Session Six
12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15-3:00 Session Seven
3:15-5:00 Session Eight
5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM
8:30–10:15 Session Nine
10:30-12:15 Session Ten
12:15-1:15 Lunch with ISM
1:15-3:00 Session Eleven
3:15-5:00 Session Twelve
5:00–6:00 Reception with ISM
8:30-10:15 Session Thirteen
10:30-12:00 Session Fourteen/Action Planning
Hilton Penns Landing
201 South Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Hilton Penns Landing is on the Delaware River, adjacent to the Independence Seaport Museum and summer activities along the river. It is within walking distance to historic Old City Philadelphia.
A group hotel reservation rate of $219 is available until June 15, 2020. Subject to availability. Please wait until the workshop status is 'confirmed' before making your travel and hotel arrangements.
Make your hotel reservations by:
- Reserving your room online
- Calling 215-521-6500 and let then know you are with ISM or Independent School Management Summer Institute
The Hilton Penns Landing is pet-friendly. Please contact the hotel for details.
Getting there from Philadelphia International Airport
DIRECTIONS: Follow the signs to merge onto I-95 N. Take exit 20 for Columbus Blvd. Turn left onto S Columbus Blvd. Hotel will be on the right.
Distance from Hotel: 11.7 miles
Drive time: 15 minutes
How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?
It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:
You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.
What does my registration fee include?
All workshop materials, breakfasts, lunch or dinner daily, and social hours are included.
What is not included in my registration fee?
Hotel accommodations and travel expenses, other meals not noted.
What should I wear?
Meetings rooms are generally cold, as temperature control in meeting spaces and large convention centers is difficult. Please bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt.
Summer temperatures average mid-80s to a low of 65. It can get quite hot—into the 90s—and humid. The classrooms and guest rooms are usually comfortable, but you may want to dress in layers in case the rooms are too warm or too cool for you. Dress is casual. Wear whatever is comfortable—jeans, sweat shirts, sweaters, etc. For current weather conditions, we recommend checking weather.com.
What should I bring?
You’ll receive a letter from your workshop instructor letting you know what to bring. However, please bring a laptop or tablet for online access.
Where can I work out?
The Hilton Penns Landing offers a fitness center and a pool, as well as bicycle rentals. Since the hotel is located on the river, you have easy access to walking in Old City, as well as on the riverfront.
Can my special dietary requirements be met?
Absolutely. Just give the Workshops Department a call at 302-656-4944, and we'll make sure your needs are accommodated.
How much free time will I have?
There are periods before, between, and after workshop sessions for relaxation, recreation, and socializing.
Should I need medical or dental attention, where should I go?
Should you need medical attention in a non-emergency, notify ISM staff and the hotel staff. The hotel can recommend what facilities are available, and may be able to supply transportation. In an emergency, call 911.
Confirmation and Cancellation Policy
We will correspond with you through email as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its start date. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)
Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for In-Person, Group-based Programs
Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.
Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing email@example.com, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Professional Development Coordinator, ISM, 1316 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE, 19806.
- Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
- There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
- Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.
The Substitution Option and Wallet Option
Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations.
- The school may substitute another employee.
- The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.
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