Advisers across the country are entering the school year with a host of unknowns. The typical back-to-school excitement is tempered with concerns over maintaining physical health for yourself and your students, regulations for masks and social distancing, and addressing grief and trauma that students may be experiencing. There may be questions about how your Honor Society chapter can safely conduct service projects and other chapter activities. Throughout all this, one constant that your chapter can rely on is your guidance. And the National Honor Societies have an array of resources to help you continue your leadership as you navigate the unusual year ahead.
COVID-19 Resources Page
While we recognize that every district will look different, schools that are still feeling the impact of COVID-19 can visit our resources pages found at www.nhs.us/covid-19 and www.njhs.us/covid-19. Watch our archived webinar on running a chapter virtually, find tips for chapter management including virtual induction ceremonies and event planning, and check out resources from our partner organizations. The page also has links to virtual service ideas including a crowdsourced Google Doc of volunteer efforts around the country.
Adviser Resource Center
The Adviser Resource Center remains your No. 1 resource, with tips and guidelines for every aspect of chapter management including member selection, member induction, project planning, and a sponsorship tool kit for soliciting local businesses for assistance. Visit www.nhs.us/arc and www.njhs.us/arc. And the NASSP Customer Care Center is always just a quick email or phone call away at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or 800-253-7746.
Adviser Online Community
During times of uncertainty, we turn to people who can share our particular experience. The Adviser Online Community (https://community.nassp.org) connects advisers from around the world who may be facing similar leadership challenges brought on by the new year. Find out how other advisers are navigating service requirements for new members, ways they made their chapters’ virtual inductions exciting, and how they are holding chapter meetings in compliance with local guidelines. And share your own experiences to continue the conversation.
NHS will mark its 100th anniversary on March 1, 2021. As you look to the year ahead, consider how your chapter can join us in celebrating that excellence and innovation with a local centennial event. Your chapter’s own charter date might be a good time to hold a centennial celebration. Share your school’s centennial activities using #NHS100 on social media. For more information about how your school can join the NHS Centennial festivities, visit www.nhs.us/100.