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January 2015
Hit the ground running in 2015

The holidays are over, the leftovers are gone and the new year is here. January is shaping up to be a busy month for the Ohio School Public Relations Association. OHSPRA is seeking applications this month for a chapter manager; if you or someone you know might be interested in the position, please consider this opportunity to help move the association forward. The submission deadline for the OHSPRA Achievement Awards also is this month, so take advantage of this chance to shine a spotlight on your outstanding work and schools.

Help wanted: Join the OHSPRA team
Jan. 14 is the application deadline for those interested in the OHSPRA chapter manager position. The position boasts flexible hours and competitive compensation. Visit the OHSPRA job openings page for details.
Get R-E-S-P-E-C-T with school PR awards
Entries for the 2015 OHSPRA Achievement Awards are now being accepted. The award entry postmark deadline is Jan. 30. Don't miss this chance to be recognized for your expertise in your field.
Early bird conference registration is now open
Early bird registration is now available for OHSPRA's 2015 Spring Conference on April 16-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Worthington. Register by Feb. 14 and save on the largest school PR conference in Ohio. 
PR news you can use

How PR pros can be less busy and more productive
Learn how and why some of the best PR people find ways to "unbusy" their schedules, work smarter and make time for meaningful collaborations. Read more at Public Relations Society of America.

Eight tips for improving your electronic newsletters
Are your e-newsletters putting readers to sleep or stirring their senses? Check out these tips for e-newsletter best practices and ways to grow your subscribers. Read more at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The importance of communicating visually
In print and online, people are reading less and skimming more. Given this reality, a corporate branding expert says visual communications are increasingly important. Read more at PRNewser.

Member spotlight

OSBA offers tools to help districts honor their board members
January is School Board Recognition Month and the Ohio School Boards Association is providing districts a variety of resources to help them thank board members for their service.

OSBA is providing a Web-based resource kit that includes tips on ways to honor board members; sample news releases, editorials, newsletter articles, public service announcements and resolutions; and a poster with the 2015 theme, “School Boards Strengthen Public Education." Each school district will be mailed personalized certificates that can be presented to board members at recognition events. 

OSBA is asking school districts to let it know how they celebrate School Board Recognition Month. The association plans to publish the information in its Journal magazine and online. Further details are available on the OSBA website.

Sweet tweets
OHSPRA 
What fairytales can teach PR pros about storytelling http://ow.ly/FnFth

Check out this fun video intended to get students fired up about reading
http://ow.ly/FiJiI

5 tips to increase social media engagement http://ow.ly/FnESD
Members
Marion: 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA http://ow.ly/GEcyf

Beachwood: BHS math teacher + K-12 math coordinator Carole Katz among Ohio Teachers Leading Transition to New Standards: http://ow.ly/GBVOK 

Polaris Career Center: Welcome to the Polaris Chef Training kitchen, Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak!! pic.twitter.com/Mv32dJzhEX
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