Dates: Friday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. (See below for detailed agenda)
Location: Virtual Conference
Registration Opens: Friday, February 26, 2021
Registration Closes: 11:59 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021
Postmark Deadline: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Costs: $20 for students and advisors ($15 for selected workshop presenters)
Convention Workshop Applications: Extended to 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 8th – see bottom of page
As we continue our MASC 2020-2021 theme of “Leadership Liftoff: A Journey into S.P.A.C.E.” the 2021 Convention of the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) promises to be a wonderful experience for student leaders from all over the state as students have the opportunity to further their adventures and leadership experience with MASC for the year.
NOTE: The awards ceremony (Principal and Advisor of the Year, as well as the coveted Felix Simon Award for Leadership and Service and other recognitions and awards) will be inserted throughout the two-day conference. Some award presentations may be pre-recorded.
Needed for online registration (links to be uploaded as they are available)
NEW – Students will be able to choose their workshops at the Convention. They will not need to indicate workshop choices during registration. It is recommended that students read the workshop descriptions several days before the convention and choose several options for each session. Workshops will be limited and once it is filled, the Zoom link will close, so students should make a list of three or four workshop preferences for each session.
Convention 2021- ALL Workshop Choices
Convention 2021 Workshops (Middle School Only)
Convention 2021 Workshops (High School Only)
is found at the end of this paragraph. Your school must be a MASC member to attend the convention (SchoolMembership). Before registering, you must review the documents above and complete the Registration Worksheet. Do NOT attempt to register until you have done this. A completed Registration Worksheet will contain the information required to register your delegation. When you are thus prepared, when registration opens, CLICK HERE. Registration opens Friday, February 26, 2021.
Applications to present a workshop at the convention are open to all students and advisors from MASC member schools. Preference is given to MASC certified workshop presenters. Please be sure to carefully read the information carefully before submitting an application. The application is through a Google form – it will require an upload of an outline of the workshop. Many school systems block the upload of files, so be sure that you are NOT ON A SCHOOL SYSTEM DEVICE OR USING A SCHOOL SYSTEM WEB BROWSER! In addition, DO NOT use a school system email for your contact as most school systems block outside emails and MASC will not be able to contact you.
Workshop Application Details:
Thank you for your interest in presenting a workshop at the 2021 MASC Virtual Convention (Friday evening, March 26, and Saturday, March 27).
• Student leaders from MASC member schools in grades 8–12 are invited to apply (7th graders may apply only if they have MASC certification and present with another certified presenter).
• The primary student presenter must have presented a workshop at least one time (regional general assembly, MASC event, etc.)
• Preference is given to MASC-certified workshop presenters. (NOTE: A school or regional advisor is required to work with the presenters to verify the quality of the workshop).
• Workshops are limited to two presenters for this virtual conference.
• Presenters may submit up to two workshop applications. IMPORTANT – Only ONE presenter from each workshop should complete the application.
YOU MUST HAVE THE PERMISSION OF YOUR SCHOOL ADVISOR. If you have a co-presenter from another school, the same applies – the advisor MUST approve the participation of your partner and he/she must be from a MASC member school. You will be asked to list your school advisor and his/her email for yourself and your partner. You will also have to check that you attest that you have checked with and have the permission of your school’s advisor (and your listed partner). Again – do not list any co-presenters who are not from a member school or do not have their SGA advisor’s permission to present.
NEVER USE A SCHOOL EMAIL – THEY ARE USUALLY BLOCKED OUTSIDE OF YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND MASC MUST HAVE A WORKING EMAIL.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 11:59 p.m., March 8, 20211.
The information below will help you prepare before going online to submit your application. Please review this carefully. If you have questions, email the Executive Directors (Nicete.Moodie@mdstudentcouncils.org and Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org).
• All workshop presenters must be registered for the MASC Convention through the school advisor/administrator.
• Registration for the event opens on February 26th.
• Only students and advisors from MASC member schools may attend the Convention. A list of member schools can be found at the bottom of this site: http://bit.ly/1WJLwSe The registration program will not allow your advisor to register if your school is not a member, so be sure to check your school’s membership status.
• Presenters will be asked to set up the presentation through a free Zoom account for the time and date that MASC has designated your workshop will be presented.
• MASC will be offering both the mini-workshop and the 30-minute workshop at least twice over the two-day period.
• We will have a mandatory Presenters Tech Check on March 23rd or March 24th from 6:00-8:00 pm to review setting up a Zoom link and other pertinent directions including how to create a breakout room, share your screen, check-in/attendance items for your workshop, etc. It will only take 10 minutes and will repeat on the “tens” (i.e. 6:10, 6:20, 6:30, etc.). So you would need to attend on March 23 or 24 – whichever day works best for you.
If your school is not a MASC member, it is not too late to join. The online application, which must be completed by an advisor, can also be found at http://bit.ly/1WJLwSe.
This year, we are offering two types of workshops: 30-minutes and 10-minutes (mini-workshop). They will be scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday, March 26 & 27. Presenters are generally only scheduled for one or possibly two sessions to allow them the opportunity to attend other workshops. MASC may also limit the number of workshops accepted in each category in order to offer a wide selection for the attendees. Only one or two workshops per presenter will be accepted due to scheduling issues. Your workshop will be accepted or rejected based on several criteria:
1) Category: MASC is looking for a diversity of workshops centered around nine categories:
• Leadership [Organization, Team building, Communication]
• Service [Community Service, Charitable Fundraising, Environmental Awareness]
• Scholarship [Mentoring, Tutoring]
• Character [Ethics, Respect, Anti-Bullying]
• Citizenship [Global Citizenship, School Climate, Voter Registration, Rights & Responsibilities]
• Student Engagement [Diversity, Accessibility, Community Involvement]
• Student Voice [Officer Training, Elections, Forums, Advocacy]
• Council Management [Bylaws, Ceremonies, Officer Training, Meeting Management]
• Activities [Homecoming, Pep Rallies, Social Events, Spirit Programs, etc.]
2) Completeness of the application: As much information that you can provide about your workshop, the better. Once a workshop is accepted, the title and short workshop advertisement cannot be changed.
3) Audience: It is important to have a wide selection of choices for students in high school AND middle school. Preference will be given to workshops that are appropriate for middle and high school students. In scheduling workshops, middle and high schoolers will not be mixed in the same session.
IMPORTANT: Once a workshop is accepted, the title and workshop advertisement cannot be changed. The student workshop coordinator will follow-up asking for your completed workshop outline and is also available to help with your workshop planning.
If you have questions, please email Nicete.Moodie@mdstudentcouncils.org and Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org