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As we get back into the school season, it is easy to find ourselves falling into an aimless daily routine. Everything we are involved in may begin to pile up and it can seem that the only thing our life is made up of is homework, practice, studying, work, and not getting enough sleep. We can promote a grateful lifestyle by keeping a hopeful attitude that sees our challenges as opportunities rather than burdens to ignore.

A recent challenge I faced came at the end of my senior year. During one of the first games of the soccer season, I tore my ACL. I was devastated and angry. I…

All too often, the topics that make us yawn prove to contain the nuts and bolts that keep government machinery chugging along.  Changes to federal regulations have caused many administrators to question whether their approaches to school fundraising are in need of refinement.  We are, of course, referring to Statement No. 84 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, more commonly known as GASB 84.

Historically, school districts categorized many student activity group funds (SAFs), including funds generated via fundraisers, as “Agency Funds.”  Usually, SAFs were kept in a…

My first year as a Student Council Advisor was 1974.  In the forty-five that have followed, I have been fortunate to been involved with national, state and local organizations that promote involvement by students and the training of advisors.  The sharing of the “good stuff” between fellow advisors was a key to my professional growth.

My basement files are overflowing (honestly, ask my wife!) with conference handouts, journals and other publications.  Many of these are from a fifteen year time span from the mid eighties to early two thousands.  This was a golden era for…

Now that the beginning of the school year has rolled around, it is the perfect time to start reflecting on your personal goals. In a leadership setting, you will often hear the term “SMART goal”, a goal intended to focus attention and resources on what is most important so that you can be successful in achieving your priorities. To start a SMART goal you must have a specific task you are hoping to accomplish over a period of time. Let’s get into what SMART stands for…

Specific: What do you want to accomplish?
Measurable: What metrics or milestones are you going to use along…

It is difficult for me to begin to explain just another leadership camp, because it is so much more than that. The Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies has completely molded my life and I owe all the credit in the world to them in making me the woman I am today. It all starts at summer camp. An environment that is indescribably inclusive, energetic, empowering & for lack of a word better than this, magical.

For me, the month of February means three things: the Super Bowl, Valentines Day, and Regional Conferences. The first I watch for the commercials, the second I spend with my family, and the third I wait for all year round. Regional conferences are filled with networking, student presentations, and activities. They are the conferences that allow your hard work to be showcased and shared with the schools around you. They allow for reconnection with the friends you’ve made at camp, at LTI’s, at prior regional and state conferences. While the Regional Conference is something that I wait for…

With the holiday season upon us, it is time for leaders all around the world to emphasize the importance of service and giving. The idea of service and giving is thinking about everyone but yourself. We as people have so much to be thankful for, and having the awareness to know others are less fortunate is VERY important. Perspective is power, and as leaders we have an amazing opportunity to use it to our advantage.
 
How to serve others in 4 easy steps:
 
Having the perspective to know that others are in need is very important, and is also the first step. It  is a…

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the season for giving- the season for Servant Leadership. Servant Leadership is taking action to do things that will benefit others, without expecting anything back in return. It’s the most rewarding, yet the least recognized type of service, which can make it hard to stay motivated. When being a servant leader, you have to remember three important things: the WHO, the WHAT, and the WHY.

WHO are you affecting: A good way to stay driven is to think about who you're affecting. For some, the holidays can be the most difficult time of the…

The Tips, Tricks, and Treats of Leadership:
 
Of all the times I have gone trick-or-treating on Halloween, I have likely uttered some rendition of the words “trick-or-treat” over a thousand times. However, I have never actually been met with a trick. Leadership is very similar, while sometimes it might feel like you’re preparing yourself for a trick, the outcome is almost always a treat. In this spirit, I’ve prepared a list of some tips, tricks, and treats to inspire you on your path to leadership this fall season.

Tips: If you listen to any of the advice given to you…

Hurricane Relief: If your student group is looking for a quick, yet crucial service project, please consider donating to the Hurricane Michael Relief efforts. The Florida Student Council Association is ready to accept any and all donations to help families in need. The following is a short list of items they are requesting:

  • Propane tanks