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Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!

OHSPRA Members,

I am honored to serve as your new OHSPRA President and I am grateful to be able to serve alongside the individuals who make up our OHPSRA Board of Directors. This volunteer board is run by School PR professionals who are passionate about serving our communities and supporting our colleagues across the state.

We were thrilled to see so many of you in person at our spring conference and we’re already looking forward to hosting this event again in the spring. The opportunity to network outside of emails and Zoom calls is powerful.

In the coming year, we will continue to offer a variety of in-person and virtual professional development to accommodate the convenience of virtual and the need to stay connected through virtual lunch and learns, in-person conferences, and the PowerPRo program. Your participation, either as a presenter or participant, adds value and strengthens our ability to learn from each other.

As your school year kicks off, remember to take time for yourself as well as your district. Find those moments in your day that bring you happiness and make a commitment to yourself to incorporate more of that activity into your working life. While it can feel frivolous to have fun at work, we all deserve to enjoy what we do and we will be better for it for finding those joyful moments.

If you haven’t renewed your OHSPRA membership, now is when you can take advantage of the early bird discount and be ready to join us for a year of connecting and growing together.

Sincerely, 

Alicia Mowry
OHSPRA President

Call for Presenters for 2022 Fall Workshop

OHSPRA and OSBA will once again team up to host the 2022 Fall Communications Virtual Workshop on October 27. Based on anecdotal and survey input from OHSPRA members and suggestions from OSBA staff members, we will be addressing the following topics during the Fall Workshop:

  • Safety. With safety -- particularly school safety -- top-of-mind, how are you communicating with your community this school year about what you have in place to keep your schools safe?
  • Communications Plans. After 2-1/2 unique school years when most “plans” went out the window, how can you take your communications plan off the shelf, dust it off, and make it relevant again?
  • Editorial Calendars. How do you set up an editorial calendar so you have a visual workflow that helps a team of content creators/collaborators schedule their work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and keep your work life organized.
  • Staff Recruitment. What unique and effective things are communications/PR people doing to assist their districts in recruiting staff members?
We know the talent pool is deep among our OHSPRA membership, so if you have expertise with (or just an interest in!) sharing how you/your district are doing any of these things really well, please consider throwing your hat in the ring as a presenter for the Fall Workshop.

Please contact Kari Basson, director of professional development, at kari.basson@ketteringschools.org or at 937-499-1468, if you would be willing to serve as a workshop presenter and for additional information on the workshop and/or topics.

Meet New Power PRo Betsy Fuller


OHSPRA is proud to have awarded five members with the brand new Power PRo Designation at our Spring Conference in April. The unique and free distinction is awarded to members for their active involvement with OHSPRA throughout the year. The Power PRos earned points by completing a combination of required and elective tasks, which are detailed on our website at https://www.ohspra.org/ContestAwards.aspx.

OHSPRA will continue to recognize our new Power PRos individually in a number of ways through the fall by:
  • sharing their profiles, like this one, in OHSPRA newsletters
  • sending an official Power PRo announcement/recognition letter to their superintendent and school board members, and
  • hand-delivering a custom-made award to their district.
This issue, we are proud to share more about 2022 Power PRo recipient Betsy Fuller, APR, as she answered our slate of questions in her own words.

How long have you been in school PR, and what is your title?
5 years, Lakota Local Schools, Director School/Community Relations.

What attracted you to school PR?
Had I not gone into advertising and marketing, I would have chosen to be a high school English teacher. I have always been a strong supporter of public education. When I had the opportunity to shift gears and marry my professional experience with my second career choice of education, it seemed like a dream come true. Tell us about yourself, family and outside interests. A native of Cleveland, I’ve had the opportunity to live and work on both coasts, in Los Angeles and New York City, before returning to my home state. My husband, Doug, and I have two wonderful daughters, Hannah and Emily. When I’m not telling the stories of Lakota’s 17,000+ students, you can find me hanging out with my family and friends, traveling and reading.

What interested you in applying for the Power PRo designation?
Participating in professional development opportunities is a priority for me. I always strive to continue learning in order to improve in my field. I’m thrilled that OHSPRA has developed the Power PRo designation. It is yet another opportunity to push myself to learn and give back to this field.

What did you think of the Power PRo program? Would you recommend it?
I have already recommended the program to my colleague. It’s always motivating to work towards a goal and knowing that I would need to accomplish certain tasks, or participate in certain events/projects helps keeps me motivated and learning.

What did/do you love about OHSPRA's Spring Conference and/or about being an OHSPRA member? I love that we were able to get back together in person this year. In addition to some great sessions, having the opportunity to connect with others around the state is refreshing and energizing. I was able to make some connections with people I haven’t met before, as well as connect with colleagues I haven’t seen for a while. I appreciate that OHSPRA seems to be “stepping up its game” when it comes to PD. For example, the lunch and learn opportunities have been great and I hope they continue.
Learn more about the OHSPRA Power PRo designation by visiting our website under the Contest/Awards tab.
Become a Power PRo

Now's the time to renew your membership!


A gift is coming soon from the OHSPRA Board of Directors! Keep an eye on your mail for your membership gift and an invoice for the upcoming year’s membership.

We value you as a member and look forward to another year of professional development, support, and camaraderie.

If you haven’t already created your purchase order for your membership, now is a great time to do so.

Cost of Membership:
Membership year runs from Sept. 1, 2022 - Aug. 31, 2023

Early Bird Pricing (if postmarked by Sept. 30, 2022)
Individual membership - $75
Institutional Membership (Includes 3 members) - $168

Regular Pricing
Individual Membership - $90
Institutional Membership (Includes 3 members) - $ 200

 
Renew my Membership

Welcome Aboard!


Please help us welcome Mary Stephens to the OHSPRA Board of Directors as our newest Secretary! Mary is the PR & Communications Coordinator at Vandalia-Butler City Schools (and she also just earned her PowerPRo designation through OHSPRA).

Mary takes on this role as former Secretary Cristina Capretta will transition into her new role as Director of Partnerships. 

Submit Your Nominations


The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) has opened nominations for the annual Media Honor Roll. This is a great way to strengthen relationships with your reporters and recognize them for fair and accurate reporting. See OSBA’s website for nomination criteria and steps for submitting your nominations.
 
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