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    “Every Monday all students and staff engage in Coor.  Some like to call it Homeroom or Advisory, but that doesn’t do a good job describing the close bond that coordinatees (students) and coordinators (every staff member) develop over years of working together."
    --Debbie, Teacher and Coordinator

    "A coordinator is like an advisor who is also a teacher. A coordinator is your cheerleader throughout high school and will help you at anytime, anywhere and is always there to help you through the hardest parts of high school. At the beginning of your Nova career, these people are here to help you help you get the credits you need using a graduation spreadsheet, and to tell you about the classes that you need to graduate, and other job and service opportunities."
    --Student Recruitment Committee

    “All teachers are coordinators at Nova. It is much more than an advisory or homeroom at a traditional school. To be a coordinator is a swirl of teaching, listening, mentoring and advocating. Just a couple weeks ago, I had a 1.5-hour Coor conversation with a student in which we discussed their academic goals for the semester, their social relationships with fellow students, created a plan to find a new job, and established re-connection with mental health therapists we’ve partnered with. Coordinating is a big part of how we build these strong relationships over years.”
    --Akil, Teacher and Coordinator

    Every Nova student is assigned a Coordinator. Each coordinator has multiple coordinates / students that make up their Coor Group. The student-teacher ratio averages 24:1 and the advisory is multi-graded. Coordinators act as a resource and point-person for a student’s academic needs. The advisory group serves as the core area where students build a strong relationship with their teacher advisor. It serves as a mechanism and foundational structure within the school where all students can receive a personalized education. Using our internal ALE database -- where every student has a written student learning plan that is updated monthly, based on teacher reports on student progress in every class -- the coordinator helps students select classes that fit their interests and juggle schedules, all with graduation, college and future goals in mind.

    Monthly student/coordinator meetings, an ALE requirement, allow for ongoing discussion of student progress, challenges and success. After your student, your student’s coordinator is your key contact at Nova. Ask your student to set up a family conference or parent meeting that everyone attends. Of course, if you should have concerns about your student you may contact your student’s coordinator at any time during the school year, but student / parent / coordinator collaborations are always encouraged and preferred.

    Most students have the same coordinator thru graduation. However, it’s important that a student feels comfortable communicating openly and directly with their coordinator. Students who feel that they’d work better with someone different are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the prospective coordinator to discuss their compatibility and to confirm that the new coordinator can take another coordinate. It is up to the student and new coordinator to complete the change.