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April 2015
Don't miss Ohio's premier school PR conference

The 2015 Ohio School Public Relations Association Spring Conference is quickly approaching and we hope you'll join us for two days of learning, sharing, networking and plain-old fun! The event, April 16-17, features engaging and interactive presentations highlighting the latest on crisis communication, social media, levy campaigns and more. The full list of conference presenters and topics is now available online. Don't miss this chance for the professional development you need to succeed.

Register for top-tier PR PD
We’re excited to see you at the 2015 OHSPRA Spring Conference on April 16-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Worthington, which is located in north Columbus. Not registered yet? Sign up today!
Mix it up at OSU-themed conference social
Conference attendees, join us April 16 for a Buckeye Bash evening reception! Enjoy a night of networking, food, drinks and fun. Wear your OSU apparel — or show off your favorite team's colors.
Cast your vote for OHSPRA directors
A ballot with candidates for three positions on the OHSPRA Board of Directors was sent to members in March. Voting is open until April 15. Contact Kari Basson, OHSPRA past president, with questions.
 
PR news you can use

Expert: Ohio tops nation in number of school threats
Ohio schools have seen more threats this school year and lead all U.S. schools for the number of threats reported each year, according to a review by National School Safety and Security Services. Read more at WKYC-TV.

More big changes coming for Facebook users
Facebook has announced a variety of new features coming to the social networking service, including support for 360-degree movies and the ability for videos posted on Facebook to appear elsewhere online. Read more at CNN.

How Ohio districts partner to bolster career training
Career centers and school districts across Ohio are finding innovative ways to partner with the private sector to improve career training, especially for manufacturing jobs. Read more at Columbus CEO.

Member spotlight

OHSPRA member districts named best for music education
Listed among 388 school districts in 48 states, 10 OHSPRA member school districts have been recognized as best communities for music education in 2015. Congratulations to Bay Village, Beachwood, Firelands, Forest Hills, Kettering, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Shaker Heights, Sycamore and Wyoming school districts.
 
The Best Communities for Music Education survey is conducted by the National Association of Music Merchants. It acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support of music education. To be recognized among the best in the country, a community or school must demonstrate commitment to providing access and high standards for music education. Visit's NAMM's website for more information.

Sweet tweets
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Ohio students named among nation’s top youth volunteers http://ow.ly/K9z0s 

How opt-outs from state tests affect Ohio schools http://ow.ly/Kc79U

Have thoughts about state-mandated testing? Share w/ OH Sen Education Advisory Committee at http://sact.ohiosenate.gov

 
Members
Newark: 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip 2015 http://ow.ly/KZb9m 

Vantage: Congrats Keatyn & Rachelle for designing new logo & materials for VW County Historical Society! pic.twitter.com/V2yPJd5aoW

New Albany-Plain: Congrats to NAMS student Callie Robbins - winner of NMMC Hospice t-shirt design contest! pic.twitter.com/dgqGeHNfo4


 
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