UPCOMING EVENTS

2020 - 2021 Virtual Mini-Workshop Series

NJSPRA is offering a series of virtual professional development program for school communications professionals, superintendents, and others tasked with district communications. Members and non-members are welcome to register.  The mini-workshops are only 60-minutes and are designed to convenient enough to fit into your busy day. Workshops begin at 12:00 p.m.

January 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. 

Member Meet-up
We are almost through the first semester of 2020-21 and the challenges keep growing. Join fellow NJSPRA members for an informal virtual session around the topic of "Wellness and Self Care." Share and learn how others are trying to stay healthy - physically, mentally, emotionally - in these demanding times for school communicators. 
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This is a members-only event. Meeting details will be provided to all members in advance of the event. No registration required.


February 24, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. - RSVP TODAY

Communicating about COVID-19 - What you need to know and do...
It’s been nearly a year of COVID communication and you’re not done yet! Whether your district changes the mode of learning (remote, hybrid, full return) on a dime, positive COVID-19 cases cross your desk, or protocols and plans change overnight, effectively communicating the information to your stakeholders is still vital. While the unknown continues to pose communication challenges, you have the tools you need to move forward and communicate confidently and clearly with your audiences. Join us as we share our Top Ten Tips on how the work you’ve done since March, along with related resources, can help you anticipate what’s next and successfully communicate through the rest of the school year.


Presenters:

Michelle Karpinski, MPA, CFRE, Community Relations Manager, Portage Public Schools and MSPRA Treasurer
Ashley Kryscynski, MSW, Communications and Public Relations Specialist, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, and MSPRA Secretary


March 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. - RSVP TODAY

Communicating and Leading for Equity
Susan Enfield, Ed.D, is superintendent of Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington, a culturally diverse urban district in the Seattle metropolitan area, serving nearly 20,000 students and their families, including a large immigrant population representing close to 100 languages. A former high school teacher, Dr. Enfield served as chief academic officer and then interim superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before joining Highline in 2012. She is also a vice president-at-large on the executive board of the National School Public Relations Association.
Presenter: 
Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline School District

 

 


April 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. - RSVP TODAY

Communicating with Different Audiences
Educators know the importance of differentiating instruction for children, but districts must also tailor communications to meet the unique needs and interests of internal and external audiences. Through a choose-your-own-adventure learning experience, discover best practices for communicating with different audiences.
Presenter: Lesley Bruinton, APR; NSPRA President


May 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting

Location: Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ

 

 


PAST EVENTS

November 19, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.
Supporting Employees with Parent/Family Communications
District communications is a team effort, no matter the size of your school district. Throughout the school year and during COVID especially, communications are needed at all levels from the superintendent/board office to building level and classroom/teacher level. Ideally, an established culture of communication drives efforts and ensures success. Learn how one district is empowering their employees, at all levels, to engage with parents and other stakeholders.
Presenters: 
Nicholas Diaz, Shared Superintendent of Union Township & Franklin Township School Districts
Andrew Carfley, Principal, Union Township Middle School


JUNE 4th - 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
EFFECTIVE INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
Why and how it’s essential to keep this critical audience informed AND keep morale up in seemingly impossible times
Sandy Cokeley, APR, CEO; Cokeley Communications/SCoPE Surveys
Dr. Matthew Mingle, Superintendent; Warren Township Schools
Shannon Regan, District Communications/Human Resources Coordinator; Warren Township Schools

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JUNE 4th - 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. 
THE SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTION
COVID-19 has turned our globe upside down, including the role of the school communications function. Find out how others have adapted to this new normal.
Lori Perlow; Communications Manager, Camden County Education Services Commission
Dr. Scott Rocco; Superintendent; Hamilton Township School District
Laura Geltch, Grants, Communication & Sponsorships Coordinator, Hamilton Township School District

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JUNE 9th - 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
VIRTUAL YEAR-END CELEBRATIONS

Learn more about how and what you can and should do for a successful virtual graduation or celebration from both the legal and been-there-done-that perspectives
Kasi Marie Gifford, Esq.; Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law
Annette Eyman, APR; Communications Director, Papillion-La Vista School District, NE 

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JUNE 25th - 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. 
THE IMPORTANCE OF COPYRIGHT
What you need to know about copyright and infringement in this world of replacing face-to-face communication with all things digital, printed, and virtual
John Comegno, Esq.; Comegno Law Group, P.C.