Teacher Advisory (TA)
The purpose of Teacher Advisories (TA) at Harwood Union High School is to build and promote relationships among students, teachers, and families. This will be accomplished through:
Academic Advising and Advocacy: The advisory is a place to monitor student’s academic progress in general and towards specific goals, to discuss and facilitate revisions to a student’s personalized learning plan and portfolio, and support students in building self-advocacy skills.
Community Conversations: The advisory is a vehicle for school-wide conversations that include, but are not limited to: announcements, opportunities, issues, and successes, that relate to Harwood and the greater community.
Recreation: The advisory is a place to have fun, relax, and feel supported while building a strong group relationship.
Grade 9 Advisory (TA): Students in grade 9 will participate in orientation activities designed to create community in the advisory group. The purpose of advisory time is to create an identity, learn about the Harwood community, become acclimated to the academic expectations for the year and to begin the process of developing the Personal Learning Plan (PLP). This solid foundation will continue to be built upon during the remainder of advisory meetings throughout the year.
Advisory also serves to support student development of their academic and personal goals, creation of their Harwood graduation portfolio, and preparing for student led goal setting conferences in the Fall and progress monitoring conferences in the Spring. This will be accomplished through a series of activities as well as individualized meetings with their advisor. TA teachers will work in collaboration with the Personal and Future Exploration (PFE) teacher and the 9th grade team teachers.
Grade 10 Advisory (TA): Students in grade 10 will participate in a series of activities as well as individualized meetings with their advisor throughout the year. Students will reflect upon and update their Personal Learning Plan during advisory. Previous goals will be reviewed for progress and students will determine if new goals should be established for the school year. Students will prepare for goal setting conferences in the Fall and progress monitoring conferences in the Spring. Students interested in pursuing a Flexible Pathway option also would discuss this in 10th grade with their advisors.