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Creating an Advisory Program that Works

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Teacher and students

Presented by Matt Pearsall, Senior Program Developer, Committee for Children (Creators of the Second Step Program)
Sponsored by The Second Step Program

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How do you create a successful advisory program? Research suggests customizing a program for your school is key, but who has the time and resources to do that? You do! With thoughtful planning, any school can develop an advisory program that meets its particular needs.

Advisory programs are built around regular meetings between adult advisors and groups of students to provide academic and social-emotional mentorship and support, to create personalization within the school, and to facilitate a small peer community of learners. They are a key element of a successful middle school; however, many schools often struggle to establish successful programs. Research suggests that the key to establishing a successful, sustainable advisory program is careful upfront planning that customizes the program to meet the unique needs of an individual school.

In this edWebinar, watch Matt Pearsall, Senior Program Developer for Committee for Children, creators of the Second Step Program, to learn how to:

  • Recognize roadblocks to developing a successful advisory program
  • Identify some common building blocks of advisory programs
  • Explore strategies for building a custom advisory program

District- and school-level administrators for grades 6-8, advisory coordinators, and school counselors will benefit from watching this recorded session. Learn how to create an advisory program that works for your students!


Matt PearsallAbout the Presenter

Matt Pearsall is a senior program developer for Committee for Children, where he designs research-based social-emotional learning curriculum for the Second Step Program. Previously, he taught language arts and social studies at a very diverse, low-SES high school outside Seattle, WA. Previous to that, he performed interactive sword-fighting/medieval history shows in middle schools throughout the Chicago area. He graduated from Seattle University with an MAT in secondary education.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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