For many reasons, some staff will resist implementing an advisement program:
- This too shall pass. Wait it out.
- Advisory is a waste of time.
- It takes time away from instruction and my curriculum.
- Advisory is way out of my comfort zone. I don’t do “touchy-feely”.
- I don’t do emotions. It is too personal.
- I’ve never done this before. This is not my job.
- Advisory is another prep. I already have too much to do.
- This is more work. There not enough time. Union issues.
Keep the following in mind!
- It is hard to build buy-in for a design that is over-reaching, not compelling, off target, or based on only one person’s vision, or for an implementation process that is unorganized, rushed, or fragmented.
- An effective design and implementation process is absolutely necessary, and is often not sufficient to build buy-in.
- Starting small and taking a long view on advisory program development might mean starting with one grade level and expanding to other grades later, starting with several repeating rituals and differentiating rituals for grades and times of year later, or starting with quarterly community-building half-days just to try on the advisor role.