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Hey Hey Student…

In a previous From the Archives, I shared information on the National Conference on Student Activities (NCSA) sponsored by the National Association of Workshop Directors (NAWD.) Over the three day weekend of December 4th-6th, I was able to join 316 student activity advocates from across the country and take part in this inspirational event. 

NEW year means NEW possibilities (& how to balance)

The year that we just endured is one that we can all collaboratively agree has changed our lives drastically. In a world where so many external factors remain uncertain, it is important to keep yourself motivated and on track towards a prosperous future.

For many of us (whether in high school or in college), we have struggled to find a way to accomplish all of the goals that we had set for ourselves this past year. For me personally, what this has taught me is that in order to…

For most, this year has been a boiling pot of overwhelming emotions. used to wake up with so much heaviness on my heart and tell myself: I hope the pain of this past year is not wasted.

Then I would drag myself out of bed and look in the mirror. But first, always, my eye catches the small obituary card of my grandfather that passed away from COVID in April. Again, I think: How tragic it would be to suffer so much and gain so little. What I’ve come to learn is there is purpose for the season you’re in.

Like the seasons, life has radiant, sunshiny days where you feel as…

It certainly has been an interesting week following the election.  My father-in-law has moved in with Sue and I for a few months and is a CNN junkie.  There has been no shortage of news watching in our house.  Many times as I watched I saw potential leadership lessons that could be shared with students on both what leadership is and what leadership isn’t.  One of my favorite commentator/consultants is John Meacham.  He is a highly respected writer, presidential historian and biographer.  He shared the following observation from research on his books on the day after Election Day  – “…

I have always been a proponent of writing letters. I write letters to my sisters accompanied by scribbled-on sticky notes and stickers that I think that they would enjoy. I write letters to my friends filled with inside jokes and disbelief on the times we have spent together. I write letters to my…

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…

Hello student leaders!

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…

Perspective

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…