Start planning projects and fun ways to celebrate student leadership this spring.
Spotlight on Projects of Excellence
The National Student Project Database contains more than 3,800 projects, many of which include related links, photos, and documents. NASC council leaders looking for new project ideas have a valuable resource just a click away. Highlighted this month are projects that celebrate a special week at school.
Bonanza High School, Las Vegas, NV
The student council put on a spirit week that was all about promoting kindness in their school. Their goal was to make each and every person on campus feel as if they are part of the Bonanza family. Each day had a theme, ranging from high-five day to hug it out day. READ MORE
Colonial High School, Orlando, FL
In February 2015, Colonial High School’s student council began a project that they now do every year called “ICan Week.” During this week, they set a theme that will motivate students to do something. Last year’s theme was ICan Accomplish. READ MORE
News and Announcements
National Council of Excellence Awards: Deadline Extended
The NASC National Council of Excellence (NCOE) awards application deadline is now February 29. If your council has not yet started an application, you can visit the NCOE application page for details. The awards seek to recognize student councils that consistently provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities. We hope your council will take advantage of the extended deadline and apply! LEARN MORE
NASC National Conference Update
Preparations continue for the 2016 NASC National Conference at Century High School in Portland, OR, June 24–26. To increase your participation in this year’s conference, we invite advisers and student leaders to share their best practices and ideas with delegates by applying to present workshops and seminars. Student workshops at NASC are student-led, while seminars for students and advisers are presented by adults. We hope you join us this June to “Explore Your Leadership Potential!” LEARN MORE
Plan to Celebrate Middle Level Education Month
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the parent organization of NASC, has joined with several organizations to declare March the official month to celebrate middle level education. The celebration is an excellent opportunity for NASC members to showcase and raise awareness of the value and importance of fostering the development of student council leaders in middle level schools. Here are a few ideas to recognize the month:
- Do a presentation about middle level leadership to the elementary PTA groups.
- Invite high school leaders to be guest speakers during middle level student council meetings.
- Host middle level leaders at a high school student council meeting.
- Sponsor a joint middle level and high school student service project.
Start planning your Middle Level Education Month celebrations today. LEARN MORE
National Student Leadership Week 2016: Right Here, Right Now
Have you started making plans to celebrate National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) yet? Held April 17–23, the goal of NSLW is to recognize the student leaders in your school. This year’s theme, “Right Here, Right Now,” acknowledges student leaders’ efforts and dedication to helping to create a positive school climate. Whether it’s giving students a voice, engaging peers in activities and events, or reaching out to serve the community, student leaders are making a difference right here, right now.
This year, in particular, remind your student leaders, school, and community about the value of paying it forward. Participants are encouraged to share updates, videos, and links on social media using #NSLW16 showing how they are making a difference. LEARN MORE
Student Council Tips and Tools
Conference and Workshop Fundraising
Securing financial support to attend student council conferences and training events is a challenge that many NASC advisers face each year. Common costs for student travel include the obvious—transportation, lodging and food, and event registrations. How the adviser and student members approach fundraising efforts can be the difference in reaching financial goals.
NASSP student programs provide a fundraising guide to assist members raising funds to attend the NASC National Conference or one of the LEAD Conferences. Check out the LEAD Conference Guide and see how it can help your council leaders enhance their fundraising efforts.
Dates & Deadlines
29: Deadline for 2016 National Council of Excellence Awards applications
In This Month’s Advise
Helping to make student dreams a reality is just one of the great rewards of your work as an adviser. In the February/March issue of Advise, discover some tips on how you can support your students’ college preparation in today’s competitive educational environment.
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