Career Video Series Continues to Grow

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MARCH 2018


There are more than 7,200 project ideas available at your fingertips! Browse the National Student Project Database on the NatStuCo website for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects.

Leadership Workshop
Floyd E. Kellam High School, Virginia Beach, VA

Kellam student council’s leadership workshop included instructional skits about group dynamics and project planning, and classes in making good choices and conflict resolution. Their theme, Against the Grain, represented and embraced times in students’ lives when they may find themselves forging a new path.



Carnival of Character
Windsor High School, Imperial, MO

To teach younger kids what great character means, the Windsor student council invited fifth graders to spend a day at the high school. Led by council members, the carnival featured games with character lessons, such as behavior on social media and honesty. The carnival ended with a big dance party in the gym.


Top News


March is Middle Level Education Month

This is an excellent month for NatStuCo high school members to introduce and promote student council to middle level students. Here are two ideas: 1) Host a joint middle/high school council service project or 2) stage a leadership workshop for middle level student leaders.



Register Now and Save

Early-bird pricing is now in effect for the National Student Council Conference, June 25–27. Be part of Leadership MaNia by getting in on some savings MaNia through April 20! The keynoters—“The Voice” contestant Kat Perkins and Grammy winner and educator Monte Selby—are sure to be crowd pleasers.



Conference Presenters Sought

Advisers and students attending the National Student Council Conference can enrich their experience by leading a workshop or seminar. Topics of interest include running elections, onboarding new members, planning projects, developing skills for leaders, and communicating effectively. Apply online by April 30.



Prep Now for National Student Leadership Week

Win $250 for your council to “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” It’s this year’s theme for National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), celebrated April 15–21. Participate in NSLW’s #OurDream18 contest and pitch us your dream service project to win financial support for the project. Contest opens April 1.



Prudential State Honorees Named

The 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award state honorees have been announced. These 102 top volunteers representing students in grades 5–12 from each state and the District of Columbia will be recognized at an event in late April in Washington, D.C.


Trending in the Adviser Online Community

Students’ eating habits can have unintended consequences that may go undiagnosed. Visit this recent discussion in the Adviser Online Community about one issue a school is addressing.

“Like many schools around the country, we host multiple blood drives during the school year. Each unit of blood donated has the potential of saving three lives, so this is a project about which we are very passionate. Unfortunately, we were having way too many donors deferred from participating because of low iron levels. We felt we had to find a way to resolve this problem.”

Read how this council responded by linking to the discussion here.

Log in to join the conversations or post one of your own right now in the Adviser Online Community.

Student Council Tips and Tools

Career Video Series Continues to Grow

Have your students checked out the newest additions to NatStuCo’s online video series profiling student council alumni who have entered their professional careers? Those interviewed include an attorney, engineer, chamber of commerce president, photographer/entrepreneur, and business development analyst, among others. Students can hear how these alumni applied their leadership skills to their profession and their advice for college success. Log in to the Online Learning section of the Adviser Resource Center to give students access. New segments are being continually added, so check back often.

Important Dates
1–30 Renewal notices sent to advisers and principals
1–30 National Student Leadership Week contest open
9–13 National Assistant Principals Week
15 Kyker State Association Service Project Award program application deadline
15–21 National Student Leadership Week
20 National Student Council Conference early-bird registration deadline
Annual adviser survey open

In the Latest Advise
The cover feature of the February/March issue of Advise, “Amplifying Student Voice,” is particularly timely, given recent events that have prompted protests and other activities in which students are using their voices to propel change. Read it online here.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to [email protected].

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