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A Conversation With… Harriet Turk

Harriet Turk is a renowned professional speaker who has worked to develop and implement youth programs as a coordinator for the Mississippi Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Having struggled to overcome many obstacles during her teenage years, Harriet’s relatable life experiences have been inspiring young people for more than 20 years. Turk was a featured speaker at LEAD DC and LEAD Chicago this year. 

Advise: When did you know you wanted to become a motivational speaker for the secondary student audience? 

Turk: It was when I hired speakers when I was a youth programs coordinator. I never could find women speakers. I thought, “If I’m looking for women speakers, maybe others are, too.” Mark Scharenbroich and Eric Chester (well-known keynote speakers) were my biggest cheerleaders. I didn’t think I had the skills to be a speaker on a national level—I was always just the emcee for the conferences—but people saw me and said, “You really could do this and there’s a need for women.” And during that time, there were a lot of speakers on alcohol and drug prevention who were former addicts during the time of “Just Say No.” I was coming on the scene completely fresh since I was not a former addict; I thought I could bring something new and exciting to the table.  

Advise: That’s an interesting point you raised about there not being many speakers who are women. Are there any words you have specifically for the young women involved in student leadership?  

Turk: You need to figure out what you can do well and go in that direction. Women are sometimes not that confident in themselves and we can get intimidated easily. Just stop and reflect on where you want to go. Then, you can create a plan and have backup plans and have high expectations of yourself to achieve what you want. There are a lot of steps along the road of getting to where you want to be. Create high expectations for yourself, have a lot of plans, give yourself a break, and realize you can do what you want within your talent and skill base. You’ve got to figure out what you want to do and have the confidence to know you can achieve it. I try to instill that confidence in everyone, and especially young women. 

Advise: In your teenage years, you struggled with the idea of attaining perfection, which led to an eating disorder that took many years to overcome. What would you like to tell today’s young people who may be facing similar issues? 

Turk: I was always in student leadership, and I was always a class officer and I loved high school, but I always thought I had to do everything perfectly. When I couldn’t do everything perfectly, I always thought I was a failure. So, my advice would be this: Give yourself a break! You don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be like everyone else. I would see what others were doing and I’d think, “Oh, she makes this so easy,” or “He does this so well,” and I would constantly be comparing myself to others and their accomplishments. I didn’t really take the time to develop who I was, and that is so important. So, that’s one of the messages I try to convey: Take the time to figure out what you want to do and give yourself a break when you can’t do it right away. 

Advise: You are known as the “Get Fired Up” speaker. How do you go about energizing young people when you speak to them? What pointers can you give advisers to encourage student engagement? 

Turk: One of the things I’m really big on is to be inclusive and go to the people you’re trying to serve. We have to go to where the people are instead of waiting for them to come to us. Be collaborative. Go to the people who are different than you. When I planned programs in student council, I’m not sure if I ever cared if anyone outside my group came. I was only interested in hanging out with my group of friends. But there’s a whole other campus out there. There are lots of people who often get overlooked. Go to the people you’re trying to serve—especially the people who don’t ever show up—and find out why they’re not coming. 

My son is one of those kids who just doesn’t get involved, ironically enough. When I asked him why, his response was simply, “Well, no one ever asked me to.” If you’re never asked to go, why would you? We gravitate toward people who are like us and think we’re successful if we reach those people, while forgetting about those who are not there. 

Advise: Why do you think student council and the Honor Societies are great outlets to assert student leadership? 

Turk: I think the Honor Societies and National Student Council are fabulous for developing confidence in students and helping them to learn responsibility. These organizations help students develop skills they can use for the rest of their lives—public speaking, becoming comfortable working behind the scenes (as opposed to being in the spotlight), helping schools and communities come together. You need a lot of heart to volunteer in these organizations; that’s a big piece that student council and the Honor Societies have that other groups don’t. 

Advise: During your middle/high school years, was there a particular teacher or adviser who inspired or influenced you most directly? 

Turk: Two actually come to mind for very different reasons. The first is my senior English teacher, Mr. Crawford. He was so passionate about what he taught us; we were all so engaged. It didn’t matter what he was teaching us, we all loved every minute of his class. The other is my PE teacher, Mrs. Collins. She was my track and volleyball coach. She was so tough that we were terrified of her, but we responded to her because she demanded the very best in a respectful way. And because of that, we performed for her. Two totally different styles that spoke to different sides of me. 

Advise: Why is leadership such an important quality to instill in today’s students? 

Turk: You have to know how to lead yourself in order to be successful. It all starts with looking inward. Student council gives students confidence. It helps with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and allows students to discover what motivates them to do well in their lives. If you don’t have self-leadership, you can’t lead other people and you flounder throughout your whole life. 

Advise: If you were going to impart advice and guidance to the secondary level students of today, what would you share? 

Turk: Don’t stop with just one idea. Have high expectations, but have backup plans. My mom would always say have plans B, C, and D at the ready. So many times we just have plan A and think we’re a failure because it doesn’t work out. Be thinking about what happens when plan A falls through. What you think you want to do right now may not be the right fit down the road, so keep exploring! 


Take the Lead

Want to experience talented keynote speakers such as Harriet Turk firsthand? Grab your students and get inspired by attending one of our Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conferences! Visit www.leadconferences.org to learn more. 

Honor Society News: April 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

TOP NEWS

Scholarship

 

National Student Leadership Week Coming

“Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” is the 2018 theme of National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), April 15–21. Celebrate your school’s student leaders! Find activity ideas, outreach resources, ways to promote the week, and a social media toolkit. Visit the NSLW webpages »

 

NSLW Features #OurDream18 Contest

Does your chapter have a project in mind to help a favorite cause but lack funding to do it? This year’s National Student Leadership Week has a contest to help. Give us your pitch in #OurDream18, a contest with a chance to win $250 to finance that project. Enter now through April 30. Get contest details »

 

Impact of Global Citizenship Initiative Reported

You made a difference! Chapters made a significant impact through the first year of NASSP’s student leadership initiative on global citizenship. A report, including adviser and principal reflections, exemplary projects, and ways for chapters to continue their work, has been released. Read the report here »

 

Webinar on College Search

Are your members and their parents thinking about college options? “Getting Started with Your College Search” is a free NHS/NJHS webinar on April 18. Students can register to watch live or to get a link to the recording. Share this link with students »

LEAD

 

This Is National Assistant Principals Week

How can you recognize all that your assistant principals (APs) do to contribute to student success? Join NASSP, April 9–13, in honoring your APs. Encourage your chapter to choose an activity and use #APWeek18 when sharing on social media. Get AP Week celebration ideas »

 

Are Your Students #Futuready?

Five modules in the #Futuready suite of visual guides and videos are now available for your use. Share them with other teachers and your students too. Each installment focuses on a noncognitive or “soft” skill vital to college and career success. Explore the series »

 

Time to Renew

Annual renewal invoices have been sent to school principals. As an adviser, you can renew online via e-check or credit card. It’s quicker and easier! Renew before June 30 for a seamless transition to next school year. NHS Renewal » NJHS Renewal »

 

 

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

Here are some current discussions in the community:
“It’s that time of year where new officers are elected and bylaws are reviewed. In preparation for this, I would love to know what different chapters consider as being in good standing? How many service hours are required yearly? Are there any specific rules for them (NHS hours vs. outside hours)? Do they need to participate in fundraisers? Are meetings mandatory?”

“Every year we do something creative for the teachers. However, this year we are stuck. It will be here before we know it so [we] want to get started soon. Any ideas or suggestions of teacher appreciation gifts or activities?”

Log in here to join conversations going on right now in the Adviser Online Community.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

Have you checked out the National Student Project Database? As you plan your 2018–19 chapter projects, you’ll find this to be an excellent resource filled with more than 7,300 projects completed by Honor Society chapters and student councils. Many entries include promotional material and photos to help guide your planning. Browse the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and be sure to submit your own successfully completed projects!

 National Student Project Database

 

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Q: How do I share information with my members to promote NHS and NJHS programming?
A: On the NHS and NJHS websites, the Adviser Resource Center contains several helpful options to help you promote national programming. Under the “Publicizing NHS/NJHS Programs & Services” tile, for example, you will find a sample student-directed email, take-home flyer, and sample social media posts you can use on your channels to promote this month’s college admission planning webinar “Getting Started with Your College Search.”
Visit the NHS Adviser Resource Center »
Visit the NJHS Adviser Resource Center »

Important Dates

April

Renewal notices sent to advisers and principals

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award winners notified

Annual adviser survey open

9–13 NASSP’s National Assistant Principals Week

15 Kyker State Association Service Project Award program application deadline

15–21 National Student Leadership Week

18 “Getting Started with Your College Search” college admission planning webinar

May

NHS Scholarship winners notified

June

30 Affiliation renewal due

30 Annual adviser survey closes

What’s in Store

Did you know your students can shop online in their very own Honor Society Family Store? It’s a great place for relatives to browse for gifts for the upcoming graduation and promotion season. The store offers truly one-of-a-kind merchandise simply not available via any other retailer or e-tailer. Suggest your students and their relatives visit honorsocietyfamily.com.

In The Latest Advise

Advise magazine cover

 

The April/May edition of Advise includes “Participation Station,” a centerfold section written especially for your students. The focus is on career success. For students who are wondering how to turn their volunteerism into a career, suggest they read “From Compassion to Action.” Pull out the entire centerfold to share with your students. Read the complete issue online here.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

NatStuCo Update: Giving Students a Voice

In recent months, we’ve seen student voice amplified when it comes to issues that matter to them: school safety, transgender bathroom access, and student immigration status. Students have shown that when they are organized and motivated, their voices can propel change.  

National Student Council has long championed this type of student empowerment and provides the support necessary to get your student leaders and council members to speak their minds. But what if your school could get the entire student body involved in sharing their voices to effect positive change within the school or community? Moreover, what if you could empower your student council to play a leading role in that rather substantial undertaking?

That’s the premise behind National Student Council’s RSVP program, which stands for Raising Student Voice & Participation. It is founded on the desire to recognize the student council as the school’s primary vehicle for student voice and meaningful involvement. 

While RSVP has been available to NatStuCo-affiliated schools for some time, the program has been refreshed recently, and its implementation guide has been streamlined with more updated and user-friendly content. For middle level councils, NatStuCo offers RSVP in the Middle, and that implementation guide will roll out later this year.

As you begin planning your 2018–19 academic year, consider bringing RSVP to your middle level or high school.

Who Leads RSVP?

While student council may lead in introducing RSVP to the school, there are two other groups serving important roles: student facilitators and the student leadership team. Training is available through National Student Council to prepare individuals for these roles, or a school can undertake this training on its own.

But perhaps the most important group that is key to RSVP’s success is the students themselves—all members of the student body are engaged in the RSVP process.

How It Works

Using a structured approach, RSVP’s framework revolves around three schoolwide summits involving the entire student body, which is engaged in “the conversation” about issues and challenges facing the school and/or community. 

Summit 1 focuses on Voice: Students are asked to share their thoughts on school and community issues and concerns. The program is structured so that icebreakers help to draw in typically uninvolved students, and student facilitators are trained to keep conversation lively and handle disruptive or dominating participants. A student leadership team devises a list of the top three issues that emerge from each of the summit groups. Some issues that have been tackled using RSVP include campus parking matters, school spirit concerns, and restroom cleanliness. Other schools have undertaken local or national issues that have impacted their student body, such as teen drinking or drug abuse.

Summit 2 centers on Recommendations: Students suggest solutions to address the top three issues. Based on these recommendations, the student leadership team drafts a civic action plan based around student-led projects to present to the principal.

At Summit 3, for the Response: Students are asked for feedback on the civic action plan and to identify how they will support various aspects of the plan’s implementation. The student leadership team finalizes the plan, then engages student volunteers.

Isn’t it time to raise student voice and suggest your school explore this proven method for building student engagement? Visit www.NatStuCo.org/rsvp to take the first step. 

Honor Society News: February 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

TOP NEWS

Scholarship

 

NJHS Award Program Open

NJHS advisers: Which of your members have gone above and beyond in demonstrating the five pillars of NJHS? The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award is open. Nominate your top members by March 13.
Learn more »

 

Leadership Week Theme Announce

National Student Leadership Week 2018 takes place April 15–21. There’s a contest to support this year’s theme “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” Your chapter could win $250 to implement a “dream” service project! Learn more »

 

What Do You Think of Advise?

We want your feedback on Advise magazine and this e-newsletter. Please take our readership survey before February 9. Enter the survey »

 

College Webinar This Week

The next NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar, “Paying for College: Defined,” airs February 7. Panelists present the ultimate primer in building literacy about college financial aid. Encourage members to register now »

LEAD

 

Exploring Careers

The latest installment of the NHS/NJHS #Futuready series focuses on career exploration. The module’s visual guide and video may be ideal for NJHS members in the early stages of this exercise. Find it on the #Futuready webpage »

 

Nominate Yourself!

The deadline for the 2018 Rynearson Adviser of the Year award is quickly approaching. One NHS and one NJHS adviser will be recognized as this year’s award recipients
Apply by February 15 »

SLAC

 

More Scholarship Help

The NHS Scholarship program is now closed to applicants. But NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search engine customized for NHS members, is still available for those seeking funding. Share this link »

 

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

“Besides the singing of the Star Spangled Banner (by an NHS member of the choir) we have not traditionally had music at Induction. Any recommendations?”

“At the end of the year, I’d like to gift my NHS students with a book, and I want your recommendations! Beyond gifting students a book, it might be cool to give students a reading list of recommended texts, so please don’t limit your recommendation to just one or two texts if you have several in mind. What do you think? What books do you think NHS students should be reading beyond what’s included in the curriculum?”

Join this conversation going on right now in the Adviser Online Community. Log in here with the same credentials you use for the NHS or NJHS websites.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

Looking for spring project ideas? The National Student Project Database is an excellent resource filled with more than 6,200 projects completed by Honor Society chapters and student councils. Many entries include promotional material and photos to help guide your planning. Browse the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and be sure to submit your own successfully completed projects!

 National Student Project Database

 

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Chapter Management and Curbing Complaints
Each year, the national office investigates formal complaints from parents, students, and others about concerns with the management of Honor Society chapters. In many cases, the formal complaint could have been prevented if the appropriate national policies were reviewed and changes proactively made before the matter escalated to the national office. There is an informative webpage and video available in the Adviser Resource Center on the NHS and NJHS websites to assist both new and experienced advisers with responding to issues. Please review and share with your principal and members of your faculty council. If you have any questions about your chapter’s procedures, contact the national office at nhs@nhs.us or njhs@njhs.us.
Visit the NHS Adviser Resource Center »
Visit the NJHS Adviser Resource Center »

Important Dates

February

5 NHS Scholarship deadline for adviser, principal, and faculty recommendations

7 “Paying for College: Defined” college admission planning webinar

15 Rynearson National Adviser of the Year award nomination deadline

16–18 LEAD Chicago

24 Founding of NJHS 1929

March

1 Founding of NHS in 1921

13 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nomination deadline

21 “You’re Accepted—Now What?” college admission planning webinar

April

9–13 NASSP’s National Assistant Principals Week

15–21 National Student Leadership Week

18 “Getting Started in Your College Search” college admission planning webinar

What’s in Store

Now is a great time to stock up on induction supplies, as well as graduation/promotion ceremony merchandise and other items available in the NHS and NJHS Stores. Use promo code IND18 to save 15 percent on your online order through March 31.

Visit the NHS Store »
Visit the NJHS Store »

In The Latest Advise

Advise magazine cover

 

Be sure to use the National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) poster in the centerfold of the February/March issue of Advise. The back of the poster includes instructions for participating in this year’s NSLW contest. Your chapter could win $250 to fund a “dream” service project! Read it online here.

Tell us your story! Feature topics for Advise are being actively solicited for the 2018–19 school year. If you have an idea, send it to advise@nassp.org. If you would like to contribute an article, view the editorial calendar and manuscript submission guidelines here.

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Honor Society News: January 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

TOP NEWS

Scholarship

 

NJHS Award Program Open

NJHS advisers: Which of your members have gone above and beyond in demonstrating the five pillars of NJHS? The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award is open. Nominate your top members by March 13.
Learn more »

 

Leadership Week Theme Announce

National Student Leadership Week 2018 takes place April 15–21. There’s a contest to support this year’s theme “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” Your chapter could win $250 to implement a “dream” service project! Learn more »

 

What Do You Think of Advise?

We want your feedback on Advise magazine and this e-newsletter. Please take our readership survey before February 9. Enter the survey »

 

College Webinar This Week

The next NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar, “Paying for College: Defined,” airs February 7. Panelists present the ultimate primer in building literacy about college financial aid. Encourage members to register now »

LEAD

 

Exploring Careers

The latest installment of the NHS/NJHS #Futuready series focuses on career exploration. The module’s visual guide and video may be ideal for NJHS members in the early stages of this exercise. Find it on the #Futuready webpage »

 

Nominate Yourself!

The deadline for the 2018 Rynearson Adviser of the Year award is quickly approaching. One NHS and one NJHS adviser will be recognized as this year’s award recipients
Apply by February 15 »

SLAC

 

More Scholarship Help

The NHS Scholarship program is now closed to applicants. But NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search engine customized for NHS members, is still available for those seeking funding. Share this link »

 

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

“Besides the singing of the Star Spangled Banner (by an NHS member of the choir) we have not traditionally had music at Induction. Any recommendations?”

“At the end of the year, I’d like to gift my NHS students with a book, and I want your recommendations! Beyond gifting students a book, it might be cool to give students a reading list of recommended texts, so please don’t limit your recommendation to just one or two texts if you have several in mind. What do you think? What books do you think NHS students should be reading beyond what’s included in the curriculum?”

Join this conversation going on right now in the Adviser Online Community. Log in here with the same credentials you use for the NHS or NJHS websites.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

Looking for spring project ideas? The National Student Project Database is an excellent resource filled with more than 6,200 projects completed by Honor Society chapters and student councils. Many entries include promotional material and photos to help guide your planning. Browse the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and be sure to submit your own successfully completed projects!

 National Student Project Database

 

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Chapter Management and Curbing Complaints
Each year, the national office investigates formal complaints from parents, students, and others about concerns with the management of Honor Society chapters. In many cases, the formal complaint could have been prevented if the appropriate national policies were reviewed and changes proactively made before the matter escalated to the national office. There is an informative webpage and video available in the Adviser Resource Center on the NHS and NJHS websites to assist both new and experienced advisers with responding to issues. Please review and share with your principal and members of your faculty council. If you have any questions about your chapter’s procedures, contact the national office at nhs@nhs.us or njhs@njhs.us.
Visit the NHS Adviser Resource Center »
Visit the NJHS Adviser Resource Center »

Important Dates

February

5 NHS Scholarship deadline for adviser, principal, and faculty recommendations

7 “Paying for College: Defined” college admission planning webinar

15 Rynearson National Adviser of the Year award nomination deadline

16–18 LEAD Chicago

24 Founding of NJHS 1929

March

1 Founding of NHS in 1921

13 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nomination deadline

21 “You’re Accepted—Now What?” college admission planning webinar

April

9–13 NASSP’s National Assistant Principals Week

15–21 National Student Leadership Week

18 “Getting Started in Your College Search” college admission planning webinar

What’s in Store

Now is a great time to stock up on induction supplies, as well as graduation/promotion ceremony merchandise and other items available in the NHS and NJHS Stores. Use promo code IND18 to save 15 percent on your online order through March 31.

Visit the NHS Store »
Visit the NJHS Store »

In The Latest Advise

Advise magazine cover

 

Be sure to use the National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) poster in the centerfold of the February/March issue of Advise. The back of the poster includes instructions for participating in this year’s NSLW contest. Your chapter could win $250 to fund a “dream” service project! Read it online here.

Tell us your story! Feature topics for Advise are being actively solicited for the 2018–19 school year. If you have an idea, send it to advise@nassp.org. If you would like to contribute an article, view the editorial calendar and manuscript submission guidelines here.

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