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In three weeks, the voting in the 2020 Presidential Election will be over.  Hopefully, a winner will have been declared and we can move forward for the next four years.  This may be wishful thinking, but I truly hope we can move past rhetoric and divisiveness to address how to get our country and our schools back on track.

NAWD (National Association of Workshop Directors) sponsored a Zoom sharing session on Sept 15th on the topic – Connections, Community Building and School Spirit.  Ashlee Vaness from Liberty High School in Nevada opened the session with an outstanding presentation…

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In July, the NAWD Board of Directors made the decision to make the 2020 National Conference on Student Activities a virtual event rather than meeting in person in Boston.  In the eight weeks since the decision, the NAWD Board has met virtually to plan the conference. Planned Focus Groups such as: Activities after Covid-19 - Finding Our New Normal; Virtual Learning: Tips and Tricks; Adapting Traditions for 2020 & Beyond; Importance of Grit and Resilience; Constructive Guidance Regarding  Student-Led Social Movements and Building School Spirit and Culture in a Virtual World indicate how…


We all have stories of our lives. Every day, our rough drafts consist of countless events and moments. We write pages and pages for others to read but before it’s ultimately published, we edit. We revise plot points and take out details that we may not want the outside world to see. Because as attractive and exciting our stories may appear on the cover, we all have chapters we don’t read out loud. 

In addition to being the author of our own stories, we also have the benefit of being the main character. So we know everything…

As schools and advisers begin to sort through their “to-do” list on returning to action in the fall, many are looking at creative ways to process items from left from last spring. A common biggie from that list is holding officer elections for your 20-21 team. To aid in this process, Chris Burlingame (Adviser: Waterford Kettering High School) has shared their modified election process for officer candidacy, as well as supporting documentation for students to understand the timeline, submission and evaluation process. 

Summary of the Modified Election Process:


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