WASC MAJOR PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
The Leadership Institute is a 2 day training program for middle level and high school leaders as they begin their school year. Students and advisors attend skill development breakouts, get inspired by national speakers, learn about leadership best practices on all the hot topics affecting young people today, and network with schools from across Wisconsin to tackle these important topics.
DAY AT THE CAPITOL
The Day at the Capitol is offered in conjunction with the Leadership Institute. Attendees take to the State Capitol on day 2 to promote student voice at the highest level.
REGIONAL FALL LEADERSHIP TOUR
Formerly known as the Regional Fall Summits, the 2019 Leadership Tour is designed to benefit all members of a school’s leadership program, the geographical closeness of our Regional Summits, combined with the motivational content, the quality instruction, and the great ideas generated make it advantageous for every school to send representation to this event! Choose the location and date that works best for you. All REGIONS welcome at any location.
ELEMENTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The WASC is again offering to elementary schools resources and programs to assist in starting, developing, and/or strengthening their student council programs. A student council is an excellent vehicle through which school ownership and pride can be developed among your students in addition to teaching basic leadership skills and techniques. The conference will include a keynote presentation. The students will have the opportunity to participate in and learn several leadership games that can be used back in their schools. The adults will be able to share ideas and programs and receive answers to their questions/concerns.
The purpose of this program is to give the delegates and staff that attended one of the leadership camps and/or the NASC National Conference the opportunity to renew the friendships that were developed during the time they were at the WASC event.
RSVP-Raising Student Voice and Participation Training
The WASC continues to facilitate one of the national RSVP trainings. This training provides the opportunity to take the collective voice of the students and effect real change in schools and the community. The RSVP program creates a foundation of continual student engagement and follow-through, allowing each student to see how his/her opinions are heard. If interested in this training, please contact the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY CONFERENCE
This conference is now a two-day event as part of our Fall Leadership Institute. It is structured and intended for anyone connected to or interested in the National Honor Society. Many questions have been raised concerning the various aspects of an Honor Society Chapter. Consequently, the content of this conference is of importance to the majority of Wisconsin Schools. Students will attend small group sectionals. Advisors will be able to share ideas and concerns in an advisors’ session. In addition representatives from NASSP, will be in attendance to share ideas and answer questions relating to National Honor Societies.
ELEMENTARY STATE CONFERENCE
This one-day conference will include a keynote speaker, a motivational media presentation, and a variety of leadership topics. Some of the topics covered in the sessions include: purpose of a council, communication, meeting skills, yearlong planning, and council activities/projects.
REGIONAL SPRING BUSINESS MEETINGS
In the spring at the JAM and SHS State Conferences, each region holds a business meeting with the main purpose of electing the regional officers. They will elect a president, vice president; corresponding secretary and advisor from both the high school and middle levels. In addition to organizing the activities in the region, the regional presidents and advisors will serve on the WASC Governing Board.
WASC JR. HIGH AND MIDDLE SCHOOL (JAM) AND HIGH SCHOOL STATE CONFERENCES
The state conferences take place over two-days. The format for the conference will include motivational speakers, super sectionals, small group breakouts, banquet, entertainment, dance, and a glow ceremony. The main purpose for the conference is to continue to develop the leadership skills of the leaders of Wisconsin.
WASC JAM, HIGH SCHOOL, AND ELEMENTARY STATE COMPETITION PROGRAMS
During each state conference the WASC sponsors a competition program. Schools may sign up for any or all of the following competitions: speech, writing, banner, scrapbook, button, best project, and Standards of Excellence. You can find the criteria and registration forms on our website – www.wasc.org. Schools are judged against an established criterion and not against each other.
WASC LEADERSHIP CAMPS – L.E.A.D.E.R.
The WASC has developed seven (7) separate camp level for middle/junior high and high school students.
LEVEL 1: LEARN
During the Level 1 experience, students will participate in fun activities focused on skills essential for the middle level including: building self-esteem and self advocacy skills, learning what it means to be a leader, and ways to create exciting and interesting student activities.
LEVEL 2: ENGAGE
Teambuilding, goal setting, communication, and organization are key components to being an engaged leader. Participants at this level will have the opportunity to explore concepts of leadership, improve their leadership skills in a creative, engaged way, and gain a better understanding of self and sensitivity to others.
Entering high school confident and ready is essential to student success. The Level 3 curriculum combines experiential learning with essential skill development to ensure this success. Students will learn valuable skills like self-advocacy, effective communication, and goal setting - in a creative and engaging way. These skills will serve as a strong foundation as they enter high school.
LEVEL 4: DEVELOP
A positive high school experience hinges on developing essential leadership skills. This high school program is designed for students who want to learn the necessary skills to become a leader in their school or increase their effectiveness as a leader. Level 4 curriculum is high-energy and focused on developing interpersonal skills, group processes, communication skills, problem solving techniques and planning/evaluation procedures.
LEVEL 5: EMPOWER
Responsibilities continue to increase for high school students: at school, at a job, in the sports arena, or at home. Student leaders need the ability to adapt to a variety of circumstances depending on the demands of the group or task. Level 5 curriculum examines what causes this range of needs and gives participants the skills to adapt/react to each. The result will empower delegates to recognize which style of leadership is appropriate in any given circumstance, leading them to success.
LEVEL 6: REACH
This culminating program provides opportunities to revisit all ten of our leadership standards. With a special emphasis on character and ethical decision making, delegates will utilize a self directed approach to practicing essential skills needed for life in high school and beyond. Through numerous interactive activities, delegates will expand their individual reach to include not only their school organizations, but also to their communities, and perhaps, to the world.
SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
This award is given to schools that have achieved excellence in service to school/community, leadership development, and sportsmanship initiatives. Schools submit an extensive portfolio. Regional winners are chosen as well as a state winner, a true tribute to leadership. This award is given out at both the JAM and SHS level. Check on the website for more details.