Town Hall Recap: Support & Guidance

Key Points

  • Advisory systems offer a suite of functions, but truly robust systems have additional emphasis on social capital, mentorship and more.

  • Strong advisory systems start with love.

On this Getting Smart Town Hall, we took a look at our latest publication, Support & Guidance For All New Pathways Journeys and spoke with practitioners and policy experts to get an overview of the current state of advisory models in U.S. schools. Together, we highlighted some exemplars in the space and discuss how support, guidance and advisory systems are critical parts of building New Pathways that serve all learners. Be sure to check out some of the links that were shared in the deck and the chat at the button below:

Together, we also highlighted a few school networks that are best in class at embedding cultures of advisory and belonging into their schools and communities: Valor, EL Education and Big Picture. Sonn Sam, Director of Partnerships at Big Picture Learning shared that “Support and Guidance at its core is the formation high quality relationships with young people. It is creating cultures of belonging and systems that value relationship just as much as growth.”

“When they get through the doors, they should be met with all the love in the world.”

Sonn Sam

In the publication, we covered the five core functions of advisory, as well as other functions of robust support and guidance systems.

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