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November 2016                                                         OHSPRA Board of Directors

OHSPRA members present at OSBA Capital Conference

Ohio School Public Relations Association members will be among presenters at the upcoming Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show Nov. 13-16.

Presentations from OHSPRA members include:

What parents want in school communications
(4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Room C213-215)

As communities diversify, knowing what parents expect from school communications and how best to reach them can be challenging. Forest Hills (Hamilton), Kettering City (Montgomery) and OSBA offer tips on improving outreach to families, communicating to different generations and best practices for addressing what parents say they want from school communicators. Presenters are Erika Daggett, Forest Hills Schools District communications coordinator; Kari Basson, Kettering City Schools community relations and auxiliary services coordinator; and Crystal Davis, OSBA deputy director of communications.

Spotlight: Behinds the scenes departments
(9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room C112-113)

Cafeteria workers keep students fed, custodians keep their environments clean and safe and bus drivers get them to and from school every day. At a time when engagement through social media is on the rise, how can schools share the stories of the key behind-the-scenes players?

Many parents list their child’s bus driver, secretary or lunch worker as their most trusted voice in the district. Mary Beddell, Plain Local Schools (Stark) public relations director, offers the best tips and tricks to use social media and communications platforms to share the stories of these unsung heroes and build trust with communities.

Publications on display at OSBA Capital Conference

OHSPRA members have a chance to see what presentations others are distributing at the publication exchange at the upcoming 2016 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show on Nov. 13-16.

School districts, career technical centers and educational service centers from across the state submit samples of communication pieces including newsletters, annual reports, calendars, Quality Profiles, levy promotions and student recruitment catalogs.

OHSPRA members will staff the publication exchange 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 15. They will be available to discuss school public relations issue and answer education-related public relations questions from conference attendees.

OSBA/OHSPRA workshop focuses on transgender students, race and bullying

Hudson High School's Gender and Sexuality Alliance students and advisors spoke about inclusive schools during the OSBA/OHSPRA Fall Workshop on how their school fosters a school community inclusive of transgender, non-binary gender and gender-fluid students. 

OHSPRA awards season approaching

The Ohio School Public Relations Association’s annual spring conference includes an awards ceremony. It’s an opportunity for communications professionals to highlight their best work, earn state recognition for their communication strategies and showcase their district with their peers, their board and their parents and community.

Websites, media relations, printed publications, social media, public relations and marketing plans, writing, videography and photography are among categories open for submissions. Forms will be available soon. OHSPRA’s winners from 2016 are featured on the OHSPRA website.

OHSPRA seeks presentations for Spring Conference

The Ohio School Public Relations Association will host the organization’s annual Spring Conference at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus on March 23 and 24, 2017.

OHSPRA is seeking presentations for the two-day conference and encourages members to submit proposals. Click here for proposal guidelines and the presentation application form.

OHSPRA provides many professional opportunities


Join or renew membership

Membership in the Ohio School Public Relations Association gives school administrators and communications professionals an opportunity to become part of a professional organization that spans the spectrum on school experiences, student learning opportunities and environments from across the state.

OHSPRA offers a networking center, a mentor program, professional develop opportunities and an online resource center.

To find out more and activate 2016-2017 membership, please choose one of the following links:

Experience OHSPRA online

The OHSPRA website at includes many members-only benefits including:
  • A resource center where members can share and utilize information and resources on school communication topics;
  • A networking center where members can ask a question, suggest a topic or respond to other inquiries from colleagues across the state;
  • A membership directory that connects OHSPRA members from across the state;
  • And access to support materials from the OHSPRA Spring Conference.
Members can log in to the website to change their password, share social media accounts and add their photo. To do so:
  • Log in at
  • Click on your name at the top of the home page
  • Click on the “Edit User” tab
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