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

December Advisor of the month

Ms. Sabina

In the month of December it was noted that Ms. Sabina gave almost 60 positive referrals to students who were practicing our school values. In addition, the SEL team also observed some really awesome things such as:

  • Having her student do daily turn and talk 

  • Having a daily agenda posted and reviewing students' daily schedules

  • Explicitly teaching of School Connect lessons and the strategies that go along with them

  • Speaking to her students using positive language and encouraging them to do the same

  • Spontaneously dancing in order to help her kids engage  

  • Directly addressing and speaking to the developmental needs of her 6th grade students

  • Being involved in her students' social development beyond just their time in advisory

  • Sitting in on behavior meetings, interventions, and volunteering to run mediations

  • Creating a welcoming culture and atmosphere in her advisory

When asked what they wanted others to know about Ms. Sabina and what they learn in advisory, some of her students said the following:

  • "Ms. Sabina is a really nice person and she teaches us how to get to our life goals" -Joshua

  • "Ms. Sabina is always positive and tries to get other people to be positive too"- Iziah

  • "She always tells us 'Be curious, not judgmental and she's always happy" -Aida

  • "We learn how to use the SOLVE strategy to stop conflicts from happening" -Kevin