Creating an Advisory Program that Works
Presenter: Matt Pearsall, Kate Tovias

Webinar slides
Advisory program planning worksheet

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 webinar, watch Matt Pearsall, Senior Educational Designer for Committee for Children, creators of the Second Step social-emotional learning 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 Pearsall
Matt Pearsall is a Senior Educational Designer for Committee for Children, where he designs research-based Second Step social-emotional learning curricula. 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.
Kate Tovias
As territory manager for Committee for Children, Kate spends much of her time at schools and districts across the country, helping them bring the benefits of social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and child sexual abuse prevention programs to their students.

Committee for Children and Second Step
Committee for Children is on a mission to ensure children everywhere can thrive. Since 1979, we've championed the cause of educating the whole child through advocacy, leadership in the field, and social-emotional learning (SEL) and child safety programs. Today, our programs reach over 14 million children in more than 70 countries worldwide. Our flagship Second Step program is rooted in social-emotional learning and helps transform schools into supportive and successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step takes a holistic approach to creating a more empathetic society by providing parents, education professionals, and the larger community with tools to help them take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today's youth. The results are real and palpable. It's a difference you can feel the moment you walk through the doors of a Second Step school—a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community. Learn more at SecondStep.org.