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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…

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…

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:

MASC/MAHS

This is my third try at writing a “From the Archives”  for the August Leadlines.  Each time I read our local paper, there would be an article that shifted my thoughts and focus.  The most recent was one that shared the decision of the Lansing Public schools to go completely virtual and to cancel all athletics and…

SMHS

Our Student Mental Health Summit was amazing last year. Schools from all over Michigan brought teams inclusive of building administration, counselors, student leadership advisers and 6-12 grade STUDENTS! Teams heard from keynote speakers, completed a school self-assessment and learned about successful student mental health programming from colleagues. This year MASSP and MASC/MAHS planned to have a separate SMH…

As educators head into a MUCH deserved summer break, much remains unclear as to the state of instruction, operations or educational practice as a whole for that matter. Remote instruction? In-person? Blended learning? Rotating schedules? This will be a fast moving, often stress-inducing summer as schools across the state make plans to best serve their students, staff and community members. 

Much like the unknowns your school is currently contemplating, MASC/MASH is in a similar situation. As much as we want to get back to educating our student leaders and providing meaningful,…

This has certainly been an interesting close to the school year.  The last quarter has seen teachers adapting lessons to virtual formats and students watching computer/device screens instead of directly interacting with their teachers and classmates.  How far this current situation will extend into the 2020 -2021 school has yet to be resolved.  Working in the grey without a definite black and white picture of what what next year will hold has become the norm.  My grandson had his senior year profoundly impacted with the loss of his senior season of baseball, no prom and a virtual…

How quickly our world has changed.  Last month I shared how nice it was to see so many of you in Grand Rapids at States 2020.  We were certainly fortunate the Amway Grand had to move us up several weeks to February 29 – March 2.  As with most of us,  Zoom have become a regular part of my communication as my meetings now are held digitally instead of in person.  Fellow members of the NAWD Board and state association leaders from across the country have shared the issues involved with having to cancel their state conferences and the uncertainty of summer leadership camps & fall programs…