Public Action: Students Who Are Known Well & Ready for the Future

A big shout out to our Burlington Parents and Youth for Change leaders on a successful Public Action to seek a strong and effective advisory program at BHS!  Thank you to our our presenters: Madina Arbow, Jennifer Ploof, Meg Cline, Troy, Duncan, Yusuf, Fabiola, Christa White, Aden, Miranda Parenteau, Hemant Tamang Ghising, Matt Crain & Jess Atwood, behind-the-scenes group participants: Fardowsa, Elias, Kima, Debbie, Christa, Dylan, Marcella, Jeetan & Pam!

What Was this Public Action All About?

photo (3)Our group is convinced that students will be more likely to succeed if they have one teacher advisor for their four years of high school who knows them well and can help them develop a personal learning plan. The concept is simple: students who have a relationship throughout their high school years with an adult who really gets to know them, holds them accountable, and helps them make decisions about classes and activities are better equipped to make the most of their high school experience and go on to the college and/or the career that best suits them. Small advisory groups with more individualized attention and a long-term relationship ensure that no student “falls through the cracks” and that all students are challenged to reach high expectations. On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at College Street Congregational Church, we presented our research.  BHS Principal Amy Mellencamp and Partnership for Change Director Hal Colston committed to working to establish such an advisory system at BHS.

View our Summary Handout

View our Full Research Report

Hear Jenny give our Credential:

Watch a clip from Christa’s Story

…and a clip from Aden’s Story

Don’t miss Miranda asking Principal Mellencamp to commit to creating an advisory design team and an implementation timeline

–and asking Partnership for Change Director Hal Colston for support

Hear Hemant sum up the evening


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Great pic of Matt delivering our Charge to the Audience  “We want our youth to have the skills to reach their goals for college, careers, and life.  A strong and effective advisory system will help ensure our youth are prepared for the future.  Our children, our students, our parents, our teachers, our community and our future!!  Make some noise if YOU can commit to supporting our work with the schools.  Can we count on you?”  

More to come — we are working on gathering and editing video highlights from Madina, Duncan, Yusuf and Fabiola and Matt.

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