Middle School Advisory Programs : An Effective Anti Bullying Effort

1483 Words Jul 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Katherine Baker and Bhavna Narula (2012), The Connected Adolescent: transitioning to middle school state, “ that adolescents who feel connected to school perceive the adults there to be caring are more likely to be academically and socially engaged.” Adolescents, who feel connected to school, are more likely to be more academically successful (Baker & Narula, 2012). Baker and Narula (2012), Identified three focus area critical to fostering student connectedness to school: transitions to middle school, student support systems, and program elements that include an effective anti-bullying effort. The research is clear, the transition from elementary to middle school is the period of time students feel less attached to school, and their perception of caring adults drops significantly (Search Institute, 2006). One of the ways that students develop a connection to at least one adult, is through an advisory program. Middle school advisory programs connect a group of 15-20 students to one teacher, who plays the role of an advisor. The role of the advisor is to support and advocate as they navigate the unique demands of middle school, as well as work with teachers to support student success. In order for an advisory program to be effective, students have the same academic advisor through all of the grade levels (Baker & Narula, 2012). Activities conducted in the advisory period aim to address students’ concerns, strengthen the student-staff bond. The role of the advisor includes…

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