Welcome to TASC!
Thank you for serving your local student council. We have created this page to help introduce you to TASC and help you integrate your student council program with your association.
Structure of TASC
INTRODUCTION: The purposes of TASC are to develop
leadership abilities in students, promote democracy as a way of life and
establish and uphold high standards for local councils. Organized in
1937, TASC has grown to serve more than 1200 member schools in Texas.
Any junior or senior high school, public, parochial or private, may
become a member of this organization by paying the annual membership
IDENTITY: TASC is affiliated with and sponsored by
the Principals’ association (TASSP), but is operationally independent,
with its own board of directors, independent budget and governance. This
arrangement results in a strong sense of ownership among adult leaders
DISTRICT STRUCTURE: 19 Geographical districts build
strong bonds among students and adults, and provide leadership
opportunities through district offices, conferences and workshops. New
advisors get informal mentoring in these districts; Districts provide
support for local chapters and more opportunities for students to have
an experience outside of their local campus. District information »
ADULT INVOLVEMENT: We stress (and require) that the
role of adult advisors is significant. Our philosophy is that student
council is a group of students working WITH an adult advisor.
NEW ADVISOR PRIMER: Click here for some explanations on key terms/events in TASC »
PAYMENT: Annual dues for an individual school to
become a member of TASC are $80. The school 'holds' the membership
status regardless of changes made within individual school staff between
advisors. TASC accept dues via a check with an accompanying membership
form. Blank membership forms may be accessed by anyone (not current
members only) via our home page: www.tasconline.org; and clicking the
'Join TASC' button on the left hand toolbar. Please note that the $80
includes your TASC district dues, which will be rebated to the district
noted by our office. Membership must be current to access certain
features of www.tasconline.org. Once dues are processed, member schools
will receive a membership packet in the mail to their school address,
which will include the current Advisor Resource Guide. Please also note
that becoming a member of TASC (state-level organization) is not the
same as becoming a member of NASC (national-level organization).
MEMBERSHIP YEAR: We accept membership payment year round, although the membership year technically is September 1- August 31.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP: Member schools are allowed
to attend TASC conferences, workshops, special training sessions, and
other TASC events. Additionally, our members are given access to certain
materials on the web-site that is unique to our association. Your
school must be a TASC member in order to attend conferences/workshops.
LOGGING ON THE WEBSITE: To log on for the first
time, use the Primary Advisor's "FirstnameLastname" (no spaces) and the
password which is tasc. Some schools have 2 or more advisors, but we
only issue one username/password per school. It is not necessary to have
more than one student council sponsor, but we find many of our
member-schools have an average of two sponsors assisting with their
What District am I in? We have 19 Districts, most of which include middle level and high school. We have three separate middle level districts. District information »
What conferences and workshops are available for me as an advisor? The first thing you should try to attend is the Advisor Workshop » in Austin each September to learn the nuts and bolts of student council
operation where you will network with other beginning and experienced
What conferences and workshops are available for my students? We suggest you contact your District President School to find out about local/regional activities. If you are an advisor of a Middle Level Council, you can take your delegation to our Middle Level Annual Conference in November. The High School Annual Conference is in April. We also host Advanced Leadership Workshops
for high school students only, as well as multiple Summer Leadership Workshops for
both high/middle levels (4 day camps at various Universities across the
state). Check out TASC Events »
Is there a newsletter?
All newsletter communication is electronic. We email directly to the
email addresses we have on file for your school. Help us ensure you receive
the newsletter as well as surveys and other important emails by checking
your spam/junk folder regularly. We are happy to work with your technology specialists if
you encounter challenges receiving the newsletter or anything else
(electronic) from our office.
May we list more than one advisor? Absolutely. If you
have a co-advisor, contact Lori De Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give her
your co-advisor's name and email address. She can enter that name.
Then your co-advisor can log in, set up a password, register for
events, receive the newsletter, etc.
Tips for Student Council Advisors
Student Council Procedures
- Have a working constitution (*) See the Advisor Resource Guide for information (via password) and Contact Terry Hamm for sample constitutions.
- Have an agenda for every contact with kids
- Always have someone take notes or minutes
- Use forms-project planning/evaluations/reports (*)
- Outline roles of members/officers (*)
- Use committees (*)
- establish a "work-on" membership practice
- Maintain a member directory
- Develop a calendar See plan your year under resources for TASC's list of dates for the year.
- Develop a member handbook
- Set up a system for communication.
- Set up a system for record keeping.
- Train students in procedures/process/leadership skills (*)
- Manage stress level
- Lead by example
- Develop your network of support through your district and conferences.(*)
- Have fun
- Office space
- Administration: school board, superintendent, principal, staff leadership
- Community: media, civic involvement
- Student Body: paper, announcements, etc
- Parents: election letter, Thank you notes, newsletters
- Staff: bulletin, teacher appreciation
- See press releases under the Resource tab.(*)
(*) Areas where TASC can provide direct assistance. Please contact us at any time. You may also contact your District President or District Coordinator for additional support.