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February 2018
OHSPRA Board of Directors

Spring Conference 2018 – April 12 and 13

‘Breaking Through the Noise...Amplify Your Story!’

Believe it or not, we are only two months away from OHSPRA’s 2018 Spring Conference!

The OHSPRA Board is busy coordinating presentations and corresponding speakers for the two-day conference that we hope will bring attendees relevant, interesting, useful sessions that will provide tangible tips and information to enhance day-to-day job responsibilities.

We are pleased to be able to bring Tom DeLapp, president of NSPRA’s Executive Board, to the 2018 Spring Conference as the keynote speaker. With more than 20 years of experience as president of the California-based consulting firm Communication Resources for Schools, DeLapp has worked with more than 400 school districts and trained more than 250,000 educators across the country on everything from motivating staff and communication trends to advocating for public education. He also provides strategic counsel to school leaders throughout the United States dealing with high-profile crisis situations.

We are also excited to be hosting three spotlight sessions at this year’s conference.

Educators and authors Eric Lowe and Ryan McLane, a superintendent and principal respectively, will present a Thursday session. Lowe and McLane authored the book “Your School Rocks...So Tell People” which provides practical, effective tips for using social media to communicate with students, families and community members.

The second spotlight section features Michael A. Douglas, president of Diversity Initiatives, Inc. Douglas will use real-world scenarios, audience participation and research-based best practices designed to help attendees go back to their staff members and start the crucial conversation about poverty in their district.

Friday’s session will feature New Albany Plain Local high school principal Dwight Carter and former interim principal Mark White, co-authors of "Leading Schools in Disruptive Times." From social media to evolving safety issues to constant school reform, today’s school leaders face unprecedented disruption. How can educators prepare students for a globalized world when many institutions are not ready for the constantly changing 21st century? With an eye on the past and a vision for the future, Carter and White will draw the blueprint for adapting schools to ever-changing times.

In addition to the keynote and spotlight sections, we will have a number of great breakout sessions featuring topics that you have requested via past conference evaluations.

The conference will also include the annual Achievement Awards Luncheon on Thursday and the OHSPRA Social Thursday evening.

Register today for the 2018 OHSPRA Spring Conference!

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr. South, Lewis Center, OH 43035
(614) 880-4300

Registration Information:
Full Conference
Cost: $265 (Member) $285 (Non-Member)         
Includes:  Two days of professional development, continental breakfasts, Achievement Awards luncheon, afternoon refreshment break, Thursday night networking social.
One Day Only
Cost: $190 (Member) $200 (Non-Member)                                         
Includes:  One day of professional development and all meals, refreshments and events associated with the chosen day.
Achievement Awards luncheon ONLY:           
Rate: $55
Includes: Thursday, April 12, 2018 Achievement Awards luncheon at 12 pm

Click here to register for the conference

Hotel Accommodations:
OHSPRA has hotel rooms set aside for Wednesday and Thursday, April  11 and 12, for conference attendees.  Please call Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center at (614) 880-4300 to make your reservation today! Be sure to give them the OHSPRA Group ID (147789) when making reservations.

Scholarship available for Spring Conference 2018

Each year, OHSPRA offers a full scholarship to attend the OHSPRA Spring Conference. The scholarship covers the recipient’s lodging at the conference hotel on April 12, materials, registration fees, and meals during conference.
Eligible applicants must hold a paid membership with OHSPRA and submit a completed application form by March 1, 2018 (mailed applications must be postmarked by March 1).
The OHSPRA Board of Directors will approve a scholarship recipient during their March Board meeting. Recipient (s) will be notified at that time.

Click here to download a scholarship application.
Return completed scholarship application forms to: Erika Daggett, OHSPRA Past President, at

Seek a seat on the OHSPRA Board of Directors

OHSPRA members who are interested in running for one of five open seats on the OHSPRA Board of Directors should send a bio and head shot to Erika Daggett, OHSPRA Past President, at by 5 p.m. on March 5. 
Elections held April 1-15 by an electronic ballot, which will be distributed to all OHSPRA active members via email.
Below are descriptions of the duties of the open positions. All terms are two-years, unless otherwise indicated.
Contact Erika Daggett,, with questions.
The President-elect shall:
  • Preside at meetings in the absence of the president
  • Be responsible for the annual review of OHSPRA bylaws and chapter compliance with the bylaws
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the president
  • Immediately assume the office of president if the president is no longer able to fulfill the office
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the president
*To be an eligible candidate for president-elect, candidates must have previously served at least one year on the OHSPRA Board of Directors in an elected position.  The winning candidate for the position will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past president.
The Treasurer shall:
  • Oversee financial matters of the chapter, keep records of funds, and monitor the annual budget process
  • Present financial statements monthly to the Board of Directors and annually/upon request to members
  • Provide required tax and financial statements to NSPRA
  • Facilitate the disbursement of chapter funds as approved by the Board of Directors
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the president
The Director of Communications shall:
  • Coordinate and distribute chapter correspondence, media relations, press releases, and quarterly chapter newsletter
  • Manage the online presence of the organization, including website and social media channels
  • Serve as photographer and oversee video productions
  • Convene a committee to assist with these tasks, if needed, and serve as chair of said committee
  • Provide a monthly report to the Board summarizing communication activities
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the president
The Director of Contests and Awards shall:
  • Coordinate all activities and promotions associated with the chapter's annual Achievement Awards program
  • Convene a committee to assist with these tasks, if needed, and serve as chair of said committee
  • Provide a monthly report to the Board summarizing contest and award activities
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the president
The Director of Professional Development shall:
  • Develop professional development opportunities for members, including an annual conference
  • Encourage member presentations at conferences throughout the state
  • Market and publicize professional development opportunities
  • Convene a committee to assist with these tasks, if needed, and serve as chair of said committee
  • Provide a monthly report to the Board summarizing professional development activities
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the president

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