Advisory at UA Unison

We are proud of having a strong Social Emotional Curriculum as a staple of the Unison day.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Students’ ability to learn well depends not just on instruction, but also on factors such as school climate, a sense of belonging with peers, positive relationships with educators, and the feedback they receive.

Our Advisory Program, in partnership with The Urban Assembly and The Resilient Scholars Program, provides daily instruction of Social-Emotional skills, as well as Restorative Practices, and Academic Advising.

Students practice active listening, building empathy with their peers and strategies for resolving conflicts as well as building healthy relationships.  Our students' social and emotional well-being is vital to their academic development and we are committed to supporting each and every student in whatever way they need to be happy, secure, connected and engaged. 

Another great example of how Unison C.A.R.E.S!

Together, we become more Collaborative, Appreciative, Responsible, Engaged, and Self- Determined.

People in a circle
Share stories, values, dreams
Create a unity
Of life ongoing
Universal wisdom
Wedded with hope
Of a world renewed
And no one left out
— -William Tweed Kennedy

Advisor of the month

Ms. Orengo

It was noted that Ms. O consistently logged positive referrals for students based on our Unison CARES values. In addition, the SEL team observed some great things throughout visits to her advisory and throughout the school day:

  • She is always willing to step in and do mediations for not only her advisees, but for other students as well

  • Speaking to her students and advisees in a calm and positive manner

  • Creating a culture of respect and welcoming in her advisory

  • Always discussing and reinforcing our school-wide values with students

  • Using the grade wide advisory pacing calendar and the School Connect lessons 

  • Consistently encouraging partner talk and engagement in her advisory

When asking students about Ms. O, they said the following:

  • "Ms. O is tough, but she never gives up on us." -Chance

  • "She really cares about her students." - Andrew

  • "She tells us that we have to appreciate others." -Oumou