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ERIC Number: EJ767027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Doing Advisories
Champeau, Ryan
Principal Leadership, v6 n7 p22-26 Mar 2006
Waukesha North High School in Wisconsin is perhaps much like most schools in the United States. It was considered by the community to be a good school, one that always generated above-average scores on state assessments, graduation rates, and attendance averages. Its students drew community recognition for their service and for their performances in the arts. With all this contentment and political satisfaction, however, the school thought of changing its practices. The school staff were concerned that the daily returns on their efforts in their classrooms and in the school were shrinking. Their state test score trend was flat for four years in a row, their attendance rates slipped by 2% yearly, and the frequency and the severity of their disciplinary referrals were increasing. For example, the number of expulsion reviews almost tripled, and the administrative team noted--with confirmation from the faculty--that there was a growing increase in teacher isolation and fatigue and student disengagement. As part of their schoolwide reform effort, an advisory program was put in place to ensure ongoing school improvement. In this article, the author describes how the advisory program was introduced into their school culture, and the ensuing positive effects of the advisory program on the school's goals of engaging its students and ensuring their success. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Wisconsin