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Welcome to Encinal Advisory

What Is the Encinal Advisory?
Advisory is a sixty minute period once a week where groups of fourth and fifth graders engage in community building activities and student-led, problem-based learning projects aimed at improving Encinal School.

Why Was Advisory Created?
The concept for Advisory emerged from our strategic planning process. As we envisioned Encinal as a K-5 school, we made a commitment to providing an educational program that supports not only academic excellence, but also develops leadership skills and a sense of personal and social responsibility for our world.† We identified a set of skills for student success in the 21st Century and committed to developing students who:
  • Pursue learning with eagerness, independence and a spirit of inquiry
  • Recognize their individual learning styles, strengths and areas for growth
  • Master the core curriculum and excel beyond the basics to become critical thinkers and curious, innovative problem solvers
  • Develop a toolbox of strategies and skills to support their success now and into the future
  • Collaborate as active citizens who contribute positively to the school, community and world
Our world is changing at a remarkable pace and we are challenged to provide students with an education that will help them soar ahead as learners and leaders in an increasingly global society. Although our teachers integrate these skills into the curriculum in a variety of ways, Advisory is a place where we can ensure that all children have opportunities to make choices based on their own learning styles and interests, and engage in common experiences designed to develop 21st Century skills. With the thoughtfulness, dedication and collaboration of our teachers, Advisory was born!

How Are Advisory Learning Projects Identified?
Students complete interest surveys, indicate their top choices, and are assigned to groups. Previous options have included drama, Spanish, carpentry, health and fitness, dance, music, writing, sewing, technology and others.

How Does Advisory Run?
Sessions begin with team building activities designed to foster communication skills and a sense of community within each group. Next, students are challenged to research and define an area for improvement, create and implement an improvement plan utilizing the theme of the Advisory, and analyze their results. In the spring, each Advisory team develops a presentation and reports to their peers.

Why Is Advisory Important?
Advisory supports studentsí success by:
  • Developing community and fostering meaningful connections among students and staff members in our 4th and 5th grade complex.
  • Providing each child with an opportunity to feel a sense of purpose and empowerment, develop leadership skills, and engage in meaningful work to improve our community
  • Encouraging innovative, creative thinking and the development of problem solving skills in a motivating, authentic context
  • Giving students an opportunity to reflect on their learning and practice communication skills

Questions? Email Maggie Sanchez at msanchez@mpcsd.org

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