TASC and NHS/NJHS Advisor Workshop

Sept. 24 & 25, 2017 | Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, San Marcos

Note: This is a Sunday/Monday workshop this year.

National Honor Society & Texas Association of Student Councils
Join advisors from across the state for this weekend of learning, networking, and motivation. Experienced advisors share ideas and insights in small discussion groups and table talks. A special luncheon is guaranteed for those registering by the discounted price preregistration deadline. NHS and NJHS advisers are invited as well and special programming is provided for them. On site registration will be available. Advisors may submit a proposal to present a session or a table share. Some session presenters are provided complimentary registration. You must make your hotel reservations separately.

You will walk away with: 
• concrete plans and practical ideas 
• a wealth of support that will sustain you for the year 
• inspiration to take your group to the next level 
• partners on your journey of leadership

Rooms may be reserved at conference rates through the Hotel link.
Rooms must be reserved by September 5th to obtain the conference rate.

2017 TASC and NHS/NJHS Advisor Workshop

Advisor Workshop Program  |   Table Share Choices

Dr. Tim Elmore

Take advantage of the opportunity to hear Dr. Tim Elmore in person. Dr. Elmore is a best-selling author and international speaker who uses his expertise on Generations Y and Z to equip educators, coaches, leaders, parents and other adults to impart practical life and leadership skills to young adults that will help them navigate through life. He specializes in helping educators create a thriving, positive school culture. He will speaking about topics in his newest book, MARCHING OFF THE MAP.  See his video here about the book and the opportunity to preorder it at a reduced price.  

Patrick Maurer  

Patrick Maurer is an award-winning motivational speaker and leadership coach with a proven track record of breaking through the everyday noise to transform campuses, communities, and individuals of all ages. 
He is on a mission to not just inspire, but to actually empower. Patrick addresses the critical need to develop today’s leaders with the proficiency to make the most of their time and contemplate potential impact. Often hailed as “fresh” and “engaging,” he is known for his perfected approach of fusing real-life stories, humorous anecdotes, and his pop culture savviness with compelling topics. The result is an entertaining and authentic experience that is relatable, relevant, and real for any audience, from youth and youth leaders to advisors and professionals. This unique approach has earned him recognition as one of the best in his field, with a Certified Speaking Professional ® designation, an honor less than the top 10 percent of speakers earn worldwide. Patrick’s dynamic style pulls from 20+ years of in-the-trenches leadership experience and four years of improvisational comedy training. An experienced and trained California-certified high school English teacher, Patrick understands how to profoundly impact today’s youth. His messages are crafted to meaningfully affect their viewpoint, engagement, and well-being –factors widely recognized as having a direct correlation between a student’s preparedness for college, career, and life.  See Patrick's story about his experience as a substitute teacher and one of his blogs about active appreciation here.  Patrick is a gifted keynote and workshop presenter.  You will love and benefit from his breakout presentations as well as his closing keynote.

Paul Branagan

Learn from Paul Branagan, Executive Director of the Massachusestts Association of Student Councils, principal of Middleborough High School, and student council advisor as he leads you through both practical and innovation ideas to establish a strong student council. Check out his tweets here. You would LOVE to have Paul as your principal.

Honor Society Strand

Join Elancia Felder from the national office of NHS/NJHS as she shares the nuts and bolts of a strong honor society program. 

Gain sound expertise from Texas experts on student leadership and leadership classes as well as school culture and climate.

New advisors: We have special training just for you also. We also invite honor society advisors to submit breakout and table share proposals. We need your input. 

Attend as a school leadership team:  Invite your principal as well as other class and club advisors — take your leadership team! Honor Society members can create a profile and register online or can use the form link below. Student Council members who are active may register online. Those without a current membership may use the paper form but will also need to join TASC.

QUICK LINKS: (Onsite Registration is also available on the day of the workshop.)

  • Online Registration Form »  (to pay with a check, please print the invoice to mail with check)
    Honor Society Advisors or schools who are not yet active can create a Profile and register using the above link. Cost is $125 if registered by September 5. Registration after that or onsite is $140. Lunch on 9/24 is guaranteed for those who register by 9/5. Hotel is not included in the price of registration.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel Reservation » Register for a room EARLY!  There is a home Texas State football game, and they sell out quickly.  Reserve your room by midnight Thursday, September 7.
  • Table Share Presenter Form »  Please apply to present. 
  • Session Proposal Form »   Please apply to present. Thank you. 
  • Learn about San Marcos »
  • Exhibit at the Workshop » Thank you.

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center: 1001 E McCarty Lane, San Marcos TX 78666 | Phone: 512-392-6450 | Register by using the link above.

Conference Rate:  $137 for a single.  $142 for a double (two queen size beds) with sofa bed. All suites have a sofa bed, a mini frig, and a microwave. Parking is free. A spa is on site at the Embassy Suites, and attending advisors will receive a 15% discount at the spa. Rooms must be reserved by September 5, to guarantee the group rate. 

Register by September 5 for discounted early bird registration of $125 (guarantees lunch on September 24). Late or onsite registration after September 5 is $140.  If your registration payment is not paid or postmarked by September 5, you will need to pay the onsite rate and go to the onsite line. Please be aware that by registering online you are guaranteeing payment.

Lunch is guaranteed ONLY for those who register by September 5 as we must order exact numbers of lunches. A few additional lunch tickets will be available at a first come, first served basis Sunday morning. Enjoy our complimentary reception the afternoon of September 24.

Wondering what to wear? The meeting is business casual or casual. We are among friends. Remember that hotel temperatures vary. Layers may be a good idea.

(Please note: NHS spells adviser with an "er" please excuse discrepancies in spelling.)

Submit a Presentation Proposal: See links above.  Presentations are needed for both student council and honor societyl.

Attendees and exhibitors  may submit a proposal to present a breakout or a table share:

Table shares are fifteen minute presentation given three times during which you facilitate a discussion on your topic.

Breakout proposals are 45 minute formal presentations.  A free registration is provided for advisors whose breakout presentation is accepted.  

Tentative Schedule

8:00a - 3:50p    Registration/Book Store Open (Breakfast provided by hotel)
9:00a - 10:20a  Opening General Session and Keynote
10:20a - 11:05  Opening Session TASC
10:20a - 11:05  Opening Session Honor Society
11:15a - 12:00p  Breakouts
12:10p - 1:05p   Luncheon 
1:15p - 2:00p    Breakouts
2:10p - 2:55p    Breakouts
3:000p - 3:20p  Ice cream social
3:25p - 5:00p    Table Shares
5:30p     Complimentary Anniversary Reception

8:15a - 11:05a  Book Store Open (Breakfast provided by hotel)
9:00a - 9:45a    Breakouts
9:55a - 10:40a  Breakouts
10:50a - 12:15p Closing General Session with plus door prizes and collection of forms for Continuing Professional Education Hours