2014-2015 ISPRA Program Coming Soon

Hope you are all enjoying the final days of summer!

The ISPRA board is finalizing plans for the coming year. Information about the 2014-2015 program will be coming out soon.

The Annual National School Public Relations Association Conference (July 13-16) was once again a wonderful opportunity to learn about best practices and get to know some great national experts as well as other school PR practitioners.

The two keynotes were John Draper Ed.D. author of Crucial Conversations About America’s Schools and Jonah Berger, Ph.D. author of Contagious . . . Why Things Catch On.  Both speakers are worth learning more about!

If you would like to learn more about the conference and other great take-aways, visit with the Iowa school pr staff who attended:

  • Allison Benson – Sioux City Community Schools
  • Connie Johnson – Prairie Lakes AEA
  • Nicole Lawrence – Waukee Community School District
  • Celeste Miller – Bettendorf Community School District
  • Jarrett Peterson – Ankeny Community Schools
  • Phil Roeder, Des Moines Public Schools

The ISPRA board is looking forward to the upcoming year in education and working to assure that ISPRA continues to add value to its members – professionally and personally.

Celeste

Celeste Miller
ISPRA President
Director of Communications – Bettendorf Community School District

Mobile App Development: Emerging Trends and Best Practices – April 24

Mobile App Development: Emerging Trends and Best Practices—Justin Soltis, SchoolMessenger

Learn the latest trends in mobile app development for K12 and beyond. The session includes insights learned from hundreds of app launches including: the 3 distinct approaches to app development and which may be right in your district; the most popular content types and how to source them; and the latest research to help justify your app investment. You’ll get actionable tips including creative ideas for funding your app. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

Webinar registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/594442384

Making Public Education & Personal Leadership Matter in a Kardashian World

The Promotion of Public Education
Brian Woodland, Peel School District, Canada
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Friday, April 11
Webcast of INSPRA’s (Illinois School Public Relations Association) Tips & Tactics

Locations:

  • Grant Wood AEA Coralville Office – 200 Holiday Road Coralville, IA
  • West Des Moines Learning Resource Center – 3550 Mills Civic Parkway West Des Moines, IA

This event is free for members and $10 for non-members.

REGISTER

Mobile App Development: Emerging Trends and Best Practices—Justin Soltis, SchoolMessenger

Learn the latest trends in mobile app development for K12 and beyond. The session includes insights learned from hundreds of app launches including: the 3 distinct approaches to app development and which may be right in your district; the most popular content types and how to source them; and the latest research to help justify your app investment. You’ll get actionable tips including creative ideas for funding your app. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24

Webinar registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/594442384

Ankeny’s Peterson Named ISPRA Communicator of the Year at Annual Awards Banquet

ankeny-petersonAnkeny Community Schools Coordinator of Communications Jarrett Peterson was named the Iowa School Public Relations Association’s Communicator of the Year at the ISPRA Awards Banquet April 3. Awards were also given for the ISPRA Communications Contest for outstanding work in the field of school public relations.

Peterson joined the Ankeny Community School District in 2008 as its first coordinator of communications.  He is responsible for developing or greatly improving most of the communications tools and channels available in the district and for elevating the overall quantity, frequency and quality of communications in the district.

Peterson has been instrumental in numerous significant initiatives requiring outstanding leadership, planning and dedication to be successful. In 2013, he collaborated with numerous stakeholders to develop and oversee strategic communications that helped to ensure the final stages of a smooth transition from one to two high schools; the passage of a successful bond referendum; the process of drawing new boundary lines; and other important district projects.

In Peterson’s nomination form, Ankeny Superintendent Bruce Kimpston stated: “This past year has been historic for Ankeny Community Schools, with effective communication playing an essential role. Mr. Peterson has served the Ankeny Community School District and others with professionalism and passion, and is most deserving of the ISPRA Communicator of the Year award.”

ISPRA’s annual Communications Contest awards school public relations professionals throughout the state for outstanding work. Projects are submitted amongst 15 categories and were judged this year by the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association. Judging is based on design/appearance, clarity/focus, quality in writing, overall effect and evaluation. Scoring is on a scale of one to 10 for each set of judging criteria and then totaled and divided by five. An average score of 5-7 points receives an Award of Merit and an average score of 8-10 receives an Award of Excellence.

A Blue & Gold Award is given for best in category. 2014 Blue & Gold Awards went to:

  • Annual Report – Council Bluffs CSD
  • School Calendar – Johnston CSD
  • Printed Newsletter – Ankeny CSD
  • General Information Brochure – West Des Moines CSD
  • Marketing Materials – Waukee CSD
  • Handbooks – Ankeny CSD
  • Image, Logo or Identity Changes – Council Bluffs CSD
  • Social Media – West Des Moines CSD
  • Electronic Media – Waterloo CSD
  • Special Purpose Publication – Ankeny CSD
  • Electronic Newsletter, Publication or Blog – Johnston CSD
  • Website – Great Prairie AEA
  • Photography – Waukee CSD
  • Poster – Ankeny CSD

See the full awards list here. 

2014 Awards Night and Spring Conference

ISPRA 2014 Spring Conference

Thursday-Friday, April 3-4
West Des Moines, IA

ISPRA Annual Communication Contest Awards Night
Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:30-8 p.m.
Fire Creek Grill, 800 S 50th Street, West Des Moines, IA
Meal and drink ticket provided. No charge for ISPRA members, $25 guests.

Annual Spring Conference
Friday, April 4, 2014
Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA

Sponsored by School Messenger

8:30 a.m. Registration (Continental Breakfast)
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:45 a.m. A Focus on Internal Communications
11 a.m.-12 p.m. How Google Can Benefit Your Organization
12 p.m. Lunch Sponsored by Peach Jar
1-2:30 p.m. Brandraising®The Connection Between a Strong Brand and Organizational Viability
2:45-3:45 p.m. The Process and Importance of Owning Your Brand
3:45 p.m. Annual Meeting

$65 ISPRA Members | $95 non-members

Register Here

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