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PenSPRA Excellence in Education Communications Contest Winners!

We are so pleased to announce the 2020 Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA) award recipients!

To see the winners' names and projects, visit our Communications Contest Winners site www.penspra.com/contest-winners.

Congratulations again to all - your dedication and talent is an inspiration to us all!

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The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA) was chartered in 1969 and is an organization of school public relations professionals whose goal is to improve educational communication and support student achievement through systematic, proactive, and responsible public relations programs.

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  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Like many of you, we had great hopes that we would finally feel safe and secure celebrating our member's tremendous work and reconnecting with each other this fall. 

    Unfortunately, we have deemed it necessary to reschedule the Annual PenSPRA Symposium to Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2022. PenSPRA's leadership team has been closely monitoring the impact of the Delta variant as well as the resulting postponements or pivots to a virtual format being made by other similar organizations, including PASA, PSBA and PAIU, and have concluded that we need to yet again postpone this event. We also feel strongly that our members benefit greatly from in-person conversation, and ongoing virtual opportunities. With that in mind, we will host the PenSPRA Symposium in person this spring and hold a half-day virtual event on Friday, October 15, 2021.

    While we are again disappointed that this news is not what we had hoped for, the safety and health of all of our members will continue to come first and we are hard at work planning for the conference in the spring and cannot wait to see all of you there!

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are so pleased to announce the 2020 Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA) award recipients!

    While the past year and a half has been a challenging time for all of us, our PenSPRA 2020 Excellence in Education Communications Contest judges have remained determined to review over 250 contest entries we received in an effort to provide our school communicators with a moment to celebrate as we look forward to the end of the school year and the light at the end of the tunnel. To see the winners' names and projects, visit our Communications Contest Winners site www.penspra.com/contest-winners

    If you need to alter how a name and/or project is listed on the website, please email any changes to penspra@cciu.org and we will make those edits as quickly as we can.

    Additionally, at the rescheduled PenSPRA Annual Symposium in October, we still plan to honor winners with a presentation of awards.

    Congratulations again for all of your hard work and thank you for allowing us the opportunity to recognize your excellence whether you were a final winner or not!

  • Monday, February 08, 2021 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we have once again found it necessary to reschedule the annual PenSPRA Symposium. The Symposium is now being rescheduled for October 14-15, 2021.

    We know that you are disappointed, as are we. Hopefully, the third time is a charm! During times of crisis, it is often a much-needed relief to spend time with your colleagues in order to share plans, bounce ideas off of one another and renew energy. Unfortunately, due to the slow rollout and lack of vaccines, we want to err on the side of caution.

    We hope that you will be able to join us in October. We have made arrangements with the hotel, and if you have already booked your room, it will be automatically cancelled. However, if you plan to join us in October, you will need to rebook your hotel room. A link for rebooking will be sent to all members who registered for the symposium.

    Your PenSPRA Symposium registration will automatically carry over for October. If you plan on joining us on October 14-15, you need not take any further action as far as registering for the symposium. However, we understand that the new dates may not work for you and your schedule, so if you would like a refund or need to cancel your registration, please contact Marta Howard at MartaH@cciu.org or 484-237-5171.

    In much better news, we are pleased to announce that the PenSPRA Professional Learning Series will continue in the spring. More information regarding the upcoming webinar schedule will be sent out in the near future. Additionally, we have enjoyed receiving everyone's submissions for the Communications Contest and look forward to receiving even more submissions throughout the month of February! We plan to announce the winners in each category in early April.

    We look forward to these exciting events coming up in the spring, and we can't wait to see everyone virtually during the PenSPRA Professional Learning Series and in person at the PenSPRA Symposium!

    Thank you so much for understanding the reason for postponing the Symposium, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

  • Friday, January 29, 2021 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Getting our students back to full-time, in-person learning begins with getting our teachers and school staff vaccinated. In order to advocate for the swift distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to our education staff, the CCIU and a team of communications professionals from Chester County have compiled a toolkit of resources for school districts to use when encouraging parents to reach out to their local legislators and PA Department of Health officials.

    The toolkit below contains a letter for parents to send to legislators and the PA Department of Health, an email to parents explaining the need for advocacy efforts, a flyer, social media posts, a Facebook badge and Twitter posts! 

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have created a page that contains a collection of news articles, health agency resources and school system templates related to the flu and coronavirus. This page is by no means exhaustive and in no way serves as an endorsement for specific resources, but serves as a collection point for those seeking resources and exemplars. Visit the Coronavirus webpage to learn more.

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