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Goals and Outcomes

Setting Purpose and Goals Into Your School

Adapted from Changing Systems to Personalize Learning: Discover the Power of Advisories, Osofsky, Sinner & Wolk, The Education Alliance at Brown University, 2002.

Grade-Level Goal Graphic Organizer

Overall Considerations

When considering goals and outcomes for your advisement program, first consider your school's mission. Might advisory be a format that can promote and extend your school's mission? Perhaps character traits, Habits of Mind, preparation for a specific career field, or building skills for democracy could help to extend your school's mission.

Consider also your student population and the issues and influencing factors that are present at each grade level. What might the advisement program at each grade level do to address those factors?

Some ideas for goals include:

Sense of Connection

  • Advisees will be known and feel known consistently by one adult
  • Advisors will get to know advisees well as learners and as people
  • Advisees will feel a sense of belonging to a peer group

Academic Advising and Coaching

  • Advisees will have easy and regular access to academic advising from an advisor who actively monitors their progress
  • Advisees will engage regularly in goal-setting and self-assessment
  • Advisees will develop study and organizational skills that will support academic success
  • Advisors will provide oversight of and coaching around major projects and portfolios
  • Advisees will learn to advocate for themselves and deal effectively with adults
  • Advisors will help advisees see the connection between success in school and options in the future

Adjustment to New Grade Levels and Academic Work

  • Advisees will adjust more effectively to high school or middle school, and to new grade levels. They will adjust to the schedule, to special benchmark projects, and to the rules and expectations
  • Advisory groups will provide advisees with opportunities to learn about, and encouragement to participate in, extra-curricular activities
  • Development of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills
  • Advisees will learn to be more self-aware, self-managed, and self-directed
  • Advisees will develop cooperation and teamwork skills
  • Advisees will contribute in a positive way to a school's climate
  • Advisees will develop constructive peer relationships
  • Advisor groups will be a means for participating in school decisions (student government, use of common spaces, organizing school events, and celebrations)

Parent/Guardian Contact

  • Advisors will be the primary and consistent contact for parents and guardians, so that parents can easily access holistic information about, and be more supportive of, their child
  • The advisory program will strengthen parents and guardians' awareness of, involvement in, and support of the school
  • Advisors will develop partnership with parents and guardians to encourage their child's progress