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The College Board Schools Advisory Session Guides, developed in collaboration with Educators for Social Responsibility, help school staff facilitate an advisory program that personalizes student learning and leads students on the pathway to success in college and career.

Each Advisory Session Guide contains at least 36 session plans, so it can be used as a core resource for advisory groups that meet once a week during the school year. Schools that offer advisory more often will need to supplement the session plans with additional resources.

The advisory sessions focus on student learning outcomes aligned to four goals:
1. To help advisees reflect upon and monitor their academic progress through a formal conferencing structure
2. To develop and maintain relationships between and among advisees and the adviser
3. To help advisees identify and develop the necessary attitudes, behaviors and skills to succeed in school, college and life
4. To provide advisees with the resources and information necessary to make thoughtful decisions about the future

The term “session” highlights the emphasis on group facilitation and the development of relationships through the use of a structured session format. Each advisory session is designed to last approximately 45 minutes and includes the following components:

• Gathering: A short exercise that brings everyone together at the beginning of the session and provides a structure for listening and speaking in ways that demonstrate and offer practice in respect, understanding and empathy.

• Activity: Activities are at the heart of the session plan and range from whole-group discussions, interactive exercises, small-group activities and role-playing to Internet research on colleges or careers. Each activity is aligned to a session goal, as well as to an overarching advisory goal.

• Debriefing: A debriefing follows the activity and is an opportunity for students to reflect on the experience.

• Closing: The closing provides a process to conclude the time the group has spent together. Like gatherings, closings create opportunities for every student to be heard as they give feedback on what they’ve experienced, communicate what they’ve learned, and assess their progress and development.

Additional resources provided in the back of each Advisory Session Guide include a glossary of teaching and learning strategies, an appendix of gatherings and closings, an advisory supply list and references. Additional advisory publications and resources are also available through Educators for Social Responsibility.

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