Texas Association of Student Councils
The Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) is a non-profit organization serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, TASC is the Texas Affiliate of the National Association of Student Councils. Its purposes 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 1340 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.
Vision: TASC builds leaders who positively impact our schools, communities, state, and nation.
Mission: TASC promotes, develops, and empowers leadership development through student councils and advisors in secondary schools in Texas.
- We believe in a powerful student voice.
- We believe in the journey of leadership.
- We believe in building a strong web of support.
- We believe that leadership skills can be learned and enhanced.
- TASC will develop leadership skills, empower student voice, and positively impact school and community culture and climate.
- TASC will enhance the journey of leadership for students, advisors, and their councils by providing training and a network of support.
- TASC will offer strategic support at the local and district level.
- TASC will advocate for successful student council programs.
Student Council Overview:
A Student Council is a group of elected and volunteer students working together with an adult advisor within the framework of a constitution or bylaws to provide a means for student expression and assistance in school affairs and activities, give opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student / faculty / community relations.
Through projects and activities, student councils work to:
- PROMOTE CITIZENSHIP
- PROMOTE SCHOLARSHIP
- PROMOTE LEADERSHIP
- PROMOTE HUMAN RELATIONS
- PROMOTE CULTURAL VALUES
A student council is a group of student leaders who work with an adult advisor to collaborate with others to impact their school community, which impacts their city or town, which impacts our state, which impacts our country, which changes the world.
TASC Services and Activities:
HELP FOR LOCAL COUNCILS
- Provides the Advisor’s Resource Guide
- Provides new advisor support
- Promotes statewide projects in which each local student council may participate
- Publishes multiple e-newsletters and communications
- Offers consultative help at District Conventions
- Offers consultative help to local advisors by e-mail and phone
- Maintains liaison with State and Government youth organizations
- Encourages secondary principals to organize new councils and to promote student council work
- Provides student leadership training materials for use on individual school campuses, including a curriculum guide for a TEA approved leadership course
- Maintains list of Endorsed Programs for support
- Provides a "Plan Your Year" Calendar
- State Annual Conference (High School) each year in the spring
- Multiple four-night Summer Leadership Workshops during June and July to train local officers and members
- One Day Leadership Workshops for Middle Level
- Develops Advisor Training for Summer Workshops
- Two Advanced Leadership Workshops each year (one in January and one in February)
- Middle Level State Annual Conference in the fall
- State Workshop for Advisors each year in September
- Leadership Workshop Manual for Summer Workshop participants
- District President and Advisor training
- Manages the TEA Approved Student Leadership Course
- The TASC Facebook fan page is: TASC_StuCo. To have videos or photos posted, send them to the TASC State Secretary or Terry Hamm.
- To follow TASC tweets through your texting service, text "follow @TASC _StuCo" to 40404
- TASC is also on Instagram: tasc_stuco
- Sponsors the TASC officer school students' attendance at the National Convention
- Organizes the Texas delegation to the NASC National Convention
- Cooperates with Commissioner of Education in selecting delegates to attend the Senate Youth Conference in Washington D.C.
- Participates in the NASC program, RSVP (Raising Student Voice and Participation)
- Is a state affiliate of the Alliance for Student Activities (publications and resources for advisors)
OUT OF STATE PARTICIPATION IN TASC
- TASC Board policy allows out-of-state schools to participate in some TASC activities. An affiliate membership is available for a fee of $50. Out-of-state affiliate schools may participate in the following:
- TASC Summer Leadership Workshops
- TASC Advanced Leadership Workshops
- TASC Advisors’ Workshop
- Teacher Leadership Academy (does not require membership)
- Application for JC positions at Summer Leadership Workshops