North High School holds an advisory period every Tuesday through Friday after first block. Their are a variety of goals for our advisory time:
- Create a positive adult-student relationship. Teachers and students are paired together for four years – from freshman year to senior year. This allows the group to get to know each other, support each other, and build positive relationships over time.
- Creates another layer of support for parents and students. With students and teachers paired for four years, the teacher and parents can also become closer. In large schools like ours, it’s important to have a variety of people to connect with about student success and struggles. Advisory teachers monitor their student progress and connect with parents as needed.
- Allows for whole school teaching of expectations and systems. Through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), students learn the expectations for success in a variety of areas. Teachers submit student behavior data to our PBIS Team who identify trends in our school that may need attention. For example, if our data shows students are not turning in homework as expected, we will review those expectations with all students. This allows students to hear the same message and know the expectation so that they can be successful.
- It protects instructional time. Schools are required to do a lot of things like surveys, speakers, assessments, and other items that are required for a school to run, but are not necessarily focused on student learning. Advisory time allows for us to complete those tasks outside of the instructional class period.