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Event Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Virtual Conference
• Log-on / Divisional “Meet and Greet” 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
• Event: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (one hour lunch break with optional half-hour lunch chat groups)
• Registration opens: Friday, October 15, 2021
• Registration closes: midnight, Saturday, November 6, 2021 (NO extensions)
• Last Date for Substitutions/Changes: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9
• Registration postmarked: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
• Cost: $10 for students and advisors ($8 for selected workshop presenters – MASC will send an email to school/regional advisors)
(note that MASC still has expenses for “behind the scenes” technology for virtual conferences)
MASC is taking the health and social concerns of COVID-19 very seriously. We are aware that many school systems are not allowing field trips this fall.
The first conference of the year is MASC’s annual Fall Leadership Conference. Participating in this conference helps students hone their leadership skills while meeting other student leaders from across the state.
Frequently Asked Questions:
• Do students/advisors select workshops ahead of time? No – MASC is having an “open” selection on the day of the conference. See more details below in the “Workshops” section.
• Do advisors have to attend the conference? MASC is not requiring a school advisor to attend this conference with their students. That is up to the school’s administration and/or school system policy.
• How will schools pay for this conference? MASC accepts a school check or credit card – full directions are on the registration.
• Do students pay individually or do the schools pay for the students? This is up to the school. Many schools use student council funds or principal funds to pay registration fees. If charging the students for all or part of the fee, a student/parent can mail a check to the school (or drop off a check or cash to the school) or pay the school by credit card if the school is set up to accept that.
• Do workshop presenters get a discounted registration fee? Yes – a MASC Executive Director will send school advisors (and copy regional advisors) a list of the workshop presenters that were selected to present workshops. Please DO NOT list a student as a presenter simply because they said so! The list of workshop presenters will be emailed before registration opens.
All students and advisors will be able to select their workshops on the day of the conference – they will not be pre-assigned. Students/advisors should review the list of workshops before the conference so they have a list of choices for each session ahead of time. Workshop topics change from year to year and are on any imaginable topic. These can include advocacy, diversity, school spirit, community service, running homecoming, dealing with student council documents, mental health, or unique topics that workshop presenters wish to share with our students. There is always a wide variety from which to choose. Workshop presenters will “close” the breakout room once a cap of 15-20 participants is reached, however, note that workshops will be offered multiple times. Due to the virtual nature of the conference and the amount of screen time students have every day, Fall Leadership Conference workshops will be thirty minutes. In addition, with parental permission, all workshops will be recorded and available for MASC member schools only. (These recordings will be available several weeks after the conference).
As MASC is a student-empowered organization; the majority of workshops will be written and facilitated by trained students. We believe that peer-to-peer teaching is a great technique used in student leadership that allows everyone involved to get the most out of the topic in question. MASC is, however, asking that a few advisors might be willing to conduct advisor workshops this year – please share your expertise on virtual service-learning, using digital tools and apps for teaching, conducting a meaningful student council virtually, etc.
WORKSHOP PRESENTERS: Calling all MASC Certified Workshop Presenters, MLW staff, advisors, and MASC alumni. MASC would love for you to present a workshop at the Fall Leadership Conference. Please share your passion and expertise with others. Workshops are only 30-minutes. Please apply to facilitate a workshop. Applications close at midnight on Sunday, October 3. 2021. Link to apply to facilitate a workshop
After the registration opens and you have reviewed this page and all of the PDF attachments listed below, then advisors may register their school students.
NOTE: For returning advisors, you will be prompted to log in. If you forgot your password, follow the instructions provided for retrieving it. If your school did not attend an event last year, you will be prompted to create an account. As always, if you have questions, contact the MASC Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Permission to be recorded – All workshops and group sessions will be recorded. After the event, those recordings will be made available exclusively to MASC member schools. It is the responsibility of the school to assure that anyone registered has parent permission to be recorded. Check with your administration re: the relevant policy and procedure for your school/district.
• Invitation Letter: (pdf: FLCWelcomeLetter2021) (Word: FLC Welcome Letter 2021)
• Registration Checklist: (pdf: RegistrationChecklist-FLC2021) (Word: RegistrationChecklist-FLC2021)
• Registration Worksheet: (pdf:RegistrationWorksheet-FLC2021 ) (Word: RegistrationWorksheet-FLC2021)
• Online Code of Conduct: (pdf OnlineCodeofConduct)
• Workshop Choices – to be selected the day of the conference (PDF File: 2021 Fall Leadership Workshops & Lunch Chats). Please have several selections for each of the three sessions selected ahead of time!
• Agenda: (pdf: 2021FLCAgenda)
Note: Must already be registered for this conference.
1) “Operation SGA: Bounce Back Better,” (SGA idea-sharing sessions) is an opportunity in a smaller group to discuss/share some of the programs/activities/or issues in our schools and leave this conference with new ideas they can bring back to their schools to hopefully breathe new life into their student government. This is only a 15-minute session, offered twice. You will be facilitating the same topic both times with a different audience. If you would like to lead this and do not have a topic, MASC can give you ideas….but remember, maybe you helped plan a great Red Ribbon Week, spirit links, a dance, a penny wars fundraiser, constitutional review, clothing drive, any SGA project or program, and that would be a great topic to share! This is easy as you only need to share your own idea, project, activity, etc. for about two minutes, then you would open up the topic for others to share!Times: 1:35 – 1:50 and 1:55 – 2:10 p.m.)
2) We will also be conducting roundtables. Roundtables are also smaller discussion-based sessions with a topic and guiding questions that aid the conversation. These are great ways to get everyone involved! Some topic examples include conflict resolution, mental health, and student advocacy. See a detailed example at the bottom of this email. If you do not have any topics in mind but would still like to facilitate a roundtable, we can provide you with one. The roundtables will be 12 minutes long and will be facilitated twice with about 3 ½ minutes in between for delegates to switch, for a total of 30 minutes. Again, you will be facilitating the same topic both times with a different audience. Times: 2:15 – 2: 27 and 2:32 – 2:45 p.m.
3) In addition, MASC is again offering Lunch Chats. These very information chats while eating lunch can be on a variety of topics – a game-oriented session, or just a “hang out” room. Examples could be how students are fostering participation in their school’s student government, Harry Potter trivia, middle school hang-out, Two Truths and a Lie, favorite foods, travel, etc. Lunch is from 12:00 – 12:55, and the lunch chats are only from 12:15 – 12:45 – so you have time to get your own food to eat while you chat!
MASC Membership Application (click here). Schools do not need to be a member of MASC in order to attend this conference. However, if there is a short business meeting convened, only member school students will be able to vote. Schools wishing to have voting delegates will need to complete their membership application and send membership dues before the close of FLC registration. MASC depends on the funds from membership and it would be great to have our Maryland schools support the student voice by becoming MASC members.
In addition, member schools will be able to watch recorded workshops after this event. Recorded workshops will be ready 72 hours after the close of the event). This additional “perk” is only available for MASC member schools.
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