This is a guest post from Andrea Vale, the Director of the Virginia Student Council Association (VSCA):
Successful SCA, Successful School
If you have been fortunate enough to be in a school with a top-notch SCA, you know the impact that strong student leadership can have on the overall climate of your school. Studies have shown that a huge indicator of student success is a positive school climate. It is the job of the VSCA to provide support for administrators, SCA advisers, and develop student leaders across the Commonwealth so that your SCA can provide more service, spirit, and support to all stakeholders.
VSCA provides leadership training throughout the year and in various parts of the state. We will be hosting an Elementary and Middle School Workshop on November 6, 2015 in Williamsburg, VA to provide our youngest leaders the opportunity to work with Alaina Trott, former SCA adviser and current elementary school principal to find ways to make a positive impact in their schools.
In conjunction with the Elementary and Middle School Workshop, we will be hosting an Adviser’s Workshop for all levels led by Lou Miller. Mr. Miller has served as an SCA adviser for over 20 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Student Councils and the President of the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors. I highly encourage administrators to consider sending their SCA adviser to this incredible opportunity for professional growth and development. The number one reason that SCA advisers resign is a lack of administrative support. Show the adviser in your school that you believe in and support the work that they do.
We will also be hosting Regional Workshops throughout the state during the fall. We hope that you will encourage your SCA to attend training that is close to home. These dates will be posted on the VSCA website in September.
The culminating event of the year is the 2016 VSCA State Convention. This year our convention will be held April 8-10, 2015 in Williamsburg, VA. More details on this event will be posted on the VSCA website on October 1, 2015.
Please know that I am always available by e-mail email@example.com or phone 804. 370.0822. I hope to continue to spread the message of VSCA and support administrators, advisers, and student leaders in any way possible.