NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
New NASC Programs and Services Coming Your Way
NASC wants to ensure that student council advisers and student leaders are getting the most from its programs and services. Following extensive research, we are excited to announce that new programs and enhanced services will be coming to NASC-affiliated schools in the 2017–18 academic year, with no increase in annual fees. Beginning in the fall, you will have access to a more robust online Adviser Resource Center, a streamlined National Student Project Database, and leadership series for advisers and students. New advisers can jump-start their councils with a toolkit crafted specifically for them. And that’s just the beginning! Be on the lookout this month for NASC renewal email notices and encourage your principal to renew promptly so you don’t miss a beat. Online renewal is encouraged. Learn more here. Stay tuned for new announcements in the months ahead.
Want to See Your Projects Highlighted?
We are always on the lookout for projects in the National Student Project Database to share in this newsletter and Advise magazine. To make your projects stand out and possibly be featured:
1. Compose a well-written and detailed project summary. Include your council’s goals; why the project was selected; and any statistics, such as volunteer hours, total collections, students involved, people/families helped. The summary can also describe how the project was planned and run, as well as any highlights or “aha” moments.
2. Include photos of the project’s planning and as the project took place, if you have them.
3. Upload any project documents. Examples might be a promotional flyer, ticket samples, or other forms used with the project.
Visit the National Student Project Database and start sharing.
Are You Planning Your National Student Leadership Week Celebration?
Join NASC members across the country April 16-22 to celebrate National Student Leadership Week (NSLW). This special week recognizes the dedication of student leaders in taking positive action. This year’s theme is “Making a World of Difference,” amplifying a two-year student leadership initiative focusing on global citizenship. To make that theme come to life, we’re inviting councils to participate in our “Tasty-style” Video Challenge. Council members are invited to create a video in the style of one of those mouth-watering “Tasty” videos showing how members are making global change and post it on social media. Be sure to use #NSLW17 and #MakingGlobalChange and tag @NASC_ on Twitter or @nasc4leaders on Instagram. Also, visit www.nasc.us/nslw for more ideas and resources.
The Countdown Has Started!
Before you know it, it will be time for the 2017 NASC National Conference. Students and advisers are in for an “Out of This World Leadership” experience, June 26-28. Blasting off in partnership with Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH, the sky’s the limit this year as the conference introduces informative and inspiring new features. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind national event designed just for student council leaders and advisers! New information is being added frequently to the conference website. Register soon for the NASC National Conference.
Let’s Create More Leaders
“Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters
Advisers and student delegates attending the NASC Conference can contribute in a way that reflects Tom Peters’ quote—as a workshop or seminar presenter. It’s an opportunity to share the things your council does to be successful, whether it is how your meetings are run, election strategies, onboarding new members, and other topics of interest to NASC members. The online application has strategic categories listed that will help you choose a workshop topic. Applications due by March 31. Don’t delay! Apply to be an NASC Conference presenter!
Student Volunteers Honored by National Program
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards named the top youth volunteers of 2017 in every state and the District of Columbia. There are more than 100 student council members among them. In May, two top honorees from each state will join other top youth volunteers from across the U.S. and several other countries for four days of special recognition events in Washington, D.C. During that time, 10 honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017. See each honoree’s name and story of service here.
National Assistant Principals Week Coming Next Month
Start thinking now about how you can celebrate the important work of your assistant principal(s). April 10–14 is National Assistant Principals Week. It’s a time to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools. Get more information and ideas for celebrating the assistant principals at your school here.
STUDENT COUNCIL TIPS AND TOOLS
Recognizing Your Top Leaders
Student council members regularly go “above and beyond” in the time they give to council responsibilities and activities throughout the school year. Tracking those hours is an effective strategy that accomplishes several goals for advisers. It helps members learn to be accountable to fulfill their commitments to the council and creates a data-driven record of the contributions students make as council members. Advisers can also use the tracked hours to establish a minimum number of hours that students need to earn special recognition. Consider giving such students an NASC Certificate of Service, available on the Special Downloads webpage under Adviser Resources on the NASC website.