NEHS Webinars

Webinars include topics such as fundraising, chapter projects, Common Readers, and chapter organization. Of course, these topics should be of interest even if your schools are in face-to-face learning mode! The webinars will last approximately 30 minutes and will include opportunities for Q & A as well as sharing with other NEHS colleagues.

Be sure to check here after July 1 for a preview of 2021-2022 webinars.


Previous Webinars - 2020-2021

Below view slide decks and on demand webinars from the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Webinar 1

How to Conduct Virtual/Hybrid Membership Drives

Slide Deck (from August 2020)


  • Breanne Hicks
    Southwestern Region Advisory Council and Chapter Advisor for St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX
  • Natalie Ann Rebetsky
    Eastern Region Advisory Council Eastern Region and Chapter Advisor for Linganore High

Breanne and Natalie share ideas about how they are approaching virtual/hybrid membership drive challenges.

Webinar 2

Starting Your NEHS Chapter: A Conversation for New Advisors (and Veterans)

Slide Deck (from September 2020)


  • Stephanie Robertson
    Midwest Region Advisory Council and Staley High School, Kansas City, KS
  • Dave Wendelin
    NEHS Director

The focus of this webinar is on “Starting Your NEHS Chapter: A Conversation for New Advisors (and Veterans).” Stephanie and Dave share ideas about how they are approaching these challenges.

Webinar 3

Why I Write: Writing Engagement, the National Day on Writing, and NEHS Opportunities

On Demand (from October 2020)

Slide Deck


  • Cristopher Lockwood
    Chapter Advisor for Instituto Blaise Pascale, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Breanne Hicks
    Southwestern Region Advisory Council and Chapter Advisor for St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX

Breanne and Chris share ideas about how they focus on writing; Chris also shares his chapter’s effort creating an amazing journal, “Pandemic Spring: An Anthology of Writing and Artwork From the Coronavirus Quarantine.”

Webinar 4

The Students' Right to Read and the Common Reader 

Slide Deck (from November 2020)

Presenters from Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, NJ:

  • Jim Brady, Chapter Advisor and Advisory Council
  • Member Student Officers: Erin Sullenberger, Jackie Reagan, and Meghan Lyons

Topics Covered:

  • Students’ Right to Read
  • Chapter Celebration of Banned Books Week
  • AP Literature Unit incorporating
  • The Nickel Boys NEHS Scholarship Opportunity

Special Partnership Presenation

Help Dolly Expand Her Library

On Demand (November 2020)

Slide Deck

Presented by
Nora Briggs, Executive Director of The Dollywood Foundation
Amanda Ayers, Student Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society

Join us as we showcase our expanded partnership with The Dollywood Foundation to help Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library during a time when traditional chapter fundraising presents challenges.

  • Learn about the partnership and the social media challenge promoting the exclusive Facebook live premiere of the Imagination Library documentary, The Library That Dolly Built, Celebrating the People Who Made Dolly’s Dream Come True, on December 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. CST; and
  • future plans to establish a community service societies program, which is designed to match chapters of Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Kappa Delta, and NEHS with Imagination Library Affiliate chapters across the US.

Webinar 5

Charles Dickens: Relevance for the 21st Century

On Demand (from October 2020)

Slide Deck

Presenter: Tom Wingate, Head Teacher and owner of the British-International School, The Wingate School, Mexico City, MX

The final webinar of the semester will be something different! Tom Wingate, Head Teacher and owner of the British-International School, The Wingate School, Mexico City, MX, will join us for a presentation entitled “Charles Dickens: Relevance for the 21st Century.”  Plan now to invite your NEHS members and English colleagues to this special evening.

Suggested Reading

From Penguin Critical Anthologies: Charles Dickens, ed. Stephen Wall (1970)

From Victorian England, W. J. Reader (Putnam, 1964)

Webinar 6

An Evening with Chris Crutcher: The Truth in Fiction

On Demand (from February 11, 2021)

Slide Deck

Renowned young adult author Chris Crutcher will be the featured guest of National English Honor Society. Author of such books as Whale Talk, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Chinese Handcuffs and others, Crutcher received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for his contributions to writings for teens.

In preparation for this webinar, Crutcher writes, "There is so much human truth that comes out in good fiction and it seems to me that bringing those truths into the light has never been more important." A fierce defender of the students’ right to read and a vigorous critic of censorship, Crutcher also shares thoughts about "not only the right to read but the right to write and the importance of both."

Webinar 7

Academic Honor Societies at the College/University Level

On Demand (from April 22, 2021)

Slide Deck

Moderated by Elfi Gabriel, Marketing & Technology Director for NEHS, the discussion will be introducing “Academic Honor Societies at the College/University Level." The panelists will share details about the importance of honor societies in higher education, the range of societies, identifying “fake” honor societies, the important work societies do, and how membership impacts graduate school acceptance and potential careers. While the members of the panel are primarily involved with English honor societies, information about societies in other disciplines will be shared.


  • William C. Johnson
    Executive Director of Sigma Tau Delta and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University
  • Jeff Hawes
    Professor of English, Northeast Alabama Community College, AL
  • Ami Comeford
    Professor of English, Dixie State University, UT, and Far Western Regent for Sigma Tau Delta
  • Kevin Stemmler
    Professor Emeritus at Clarion University, PA, and former president of Sigma Tau Delta