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The beginning of the year is a time that is filled with excitement surrounding resolutions, goals, and intentions to become versions of ourselves. This excitement is contagious and motivates us all to do the hard things that are required to achieve the goals we are striving for. As the days and weeks wear on the excitement starts to fade and “life” begins to happen, making it harder and harder to stick to the goals and aspirations that we had for ourselves. This is a time that many people dread but I think is special. This time where things get hard is special because it is an amazing…

We made it to January and have flipped the calendar to 2020.  This is the time of resolutions, semester exams and Regional Connect Conferences.  When I was a student council advisor, January provided an opportunity to reflect on the year so far, and draft some plans and strategies for the remainder of the year.  It was always important to remind student leaders that their job was only half done at this point. Finishing strong in the second semester lays a solid foundation for the next year and allows the seniors a chance to build on their legacy.

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With the Leadership Training Institute tour is wrapping up Matt, Angel and I have hit our Bavarian Inn chicken limit until the Regional Connect conferences begin. I had the opportunity to introduce the "From the Archives” concept with many of you at the LTI advisor meetings. When asked for topics you would like some additional resources on - Constitution Review, Bylaws and Officer Duties & Responsibilities were frequently shared.

These topics along with Committees closely align with Section 1 Organization & Structure) of the Award of Excellence rubric . I was found…

Y’all (I been using that a lot lately) – we are so close to the end of the year! I would first like to give a big congratulations to each and every single one of you. You have worked so hard, and it is all going to pay off. The holidays are right around the corner, so stay strong. 

Not gonna lie, this year has been a heck of a year for me. If you would have told me, one year ago, that I was going to be where I am at - writing this in my dorm at the University of North Carolina, I would have laughed in your face. For many of you seniors, I understand all of the emotions you might be…

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…