Role of the Advisory Council
Generally, the Advisory Council provides support and advice
to the champions as needed. More specifically, the Advisory
Council provides the following functions:
• Curriculum review
• Project suggestions
• Funding and in-kind donations
• Materials for student projects
• Feedback and problem-solving
• Volunteer for class demonstrations and on-site work
The role may change over time depending on the stage of the effort and the
needs of a particular program. Group actions can be complemented with
support and advice from individuals.
A friend of one of the teachers wanted to help and heard that
transportation was one of our issues so he went out and bought
a van. It was like an ‘angel investor’ coming out of nowhere and
making the program possible.
Later on, we were having trouble getting an inspection on one
of our projects and we weren’t able to proceed. An advisory
council member used his contacts to get the bureaucratic impasse
Roddy Rivers, Instructor, Randolph Career and Technical Center
When should the Advisory Group be formed?
The Advisory Group should convene very early in the process—as soon as the
partnership between the champion and the core partners is formed and the
initial approval is received from school administration. This early formation
helps to expand the partnership, which creates more networking and resource
opportunities and helps to create the external support needed to convince
reluctant administrators of the value of the effort. It also can help to expose early
potential detractors so that a strategy for overcoming their lack of enthusiasm can
be developed before too much time has elapsed.
Advisory Groups will need to meet often in the early stages and then less
frequently after the program is successfully launched.
At the Randolph School, the Advisory Group met monthly during the startup and now meets twice a year.
Jim Sweeney, Instructor, Randolph CTC
STEP 11. Make the case
The CTC school principal must give the go-ahead—
typically as a result of a presentation or proposal by
the champion and the advisory group. Make sure that
you have a valid case statement. The better organized
you are (and the more issues that you have considered
beforehand), the easier it will be to make your case.
In order to show support for the program, we brought all of the New York preservation organizations to the Department of Education to show the broad level of support the program enjoyed.
Kate Burns Ottavino, Preservation Program Coordinator,
Brooklyn School of the Arts