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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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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It’s easy to recognize the stars on your staff but to create a culture of gratitude, appreciation and recognition within your school system, it’s essential to focus on more than just those who shine bright. Building an excellent employee recognition program helps improve staff morale and retention, which enhances your recruitment efforts. And the stories you tell—that show your school system’s heart and values—provide authentic, engaging content for your communications channels while bolstering your organization’s reputation. 

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Morgan Delack, finalsite.com

    When I think back to my time in school (many) years ago, school-to-home communications were simple. Before the age of email, field trip information came home as a flier in my backpack. Inclement weather closures weren’t even communicated at the school or district level. Do you remember waking up early, turning on channel 5, and crossing your fingers that your school’s name was on the scrolling list at the bottom of the screen? Those were the days! 

    Now that we live in a digital world with parents expecting more personalized communication across a variety of channels, school-to-home messaging gets complicated. The truth is, there isn’t one single method of communication that schools can rely on for everything. Can you imagine if simply posting something on your website or sending one email was enough? Your lives would surely be easier! Keeping your community updated and informed requires a complex set of digital tools and systems.

    So, what should be in your school or district’s digital communications toolkit?

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Andrea Gribble, socialschool4edu.com

    A brand is more than a logo and school colors. A brand is an identity… a voice… an unambiguous presence that is identifiable with you and only you, as a school district. 

    But in my 8+ years working in school social media, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to school branding! We are all in a space of continuous improvement, so today’s blog is going to serve as your roadmap to leading a rebrand for your school. Whether you’re currently going through the rebranding process or if you see it as an inevitability in the near future, this article is for you. 

    Let’s dig in!

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  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Janet Civitelli, finalsite.com

    School PR pros are always looking to create effective, transparent and relevant district communications, but staff and teacher involvement are sometimes overlooked. Urgent schedule updates, publishing the latest district news or just lacking the right communication tools make collaboration difficult when offices are understaffed and over-scheduled.

    But by partnering with school district staff, you can better represent and share the important work they do to help build districtwide connections and improve community engagement. Here are eleven best practices to improve your district’s communications while enabling staff to contribute their valuable insights to the school community.

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  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Being sent to the principal’s office doesn’t have to be a bad thing. When school communications staff and principals work side by side, they can create proactive solutions, boost engagement and produce positive results — from increasing middle school enrollment to improving the customer experience for visitors to delivering strong school communications.

    This school year, focus on strengthening your relationships with school leaders. Start by sharing good resources like The Communicating Principal by NSPRA members Trinette Marquis, APR, and Natalie A. Nash. Help to create strategic school communications about important topics, such as attendance, student learning and engagement, positive relationships and mental health. Provide your comms support and expertise to assist with addressing any pain points, building trust within their school community and preparing timely, useful communications for all stakeholders.

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  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Andrea Gribble, socialschool4edu.com

    Facebook has changed SO much! It's almost unrecognizable from a few years ago. In this free, one-hour webinar, school social media guru Andrea Gribble will break down what has changed, what schools need to know and how you can make the most of Facebook in the 2022-23 school year. Don't waste time trying to figure it out on your own! Watch this webinar with your pen and paper ready. We'll break down everything you need to know!

    To watch the webinar, click here.

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2022 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the Conversation on Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m.

    Our monthly Join the Conversation event will pick back up in October! We hope that you can join us virtually on Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m. as we discuss your communication plans for the new school year and any challenges your district is facing. An email with more information and a link to register will be shared with all PenSPRA members in the near future.

    Join the Conversation is a monthly PenSPRA Virtual Event. Join us the first Thursday of the month to discuss topics and issues relevant to school communications!

  • Friday, July 08, 2022 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sarah Welch joined the Keystone Oaks School District as the Coordinator of Communications & Public Relations in September 2014. She is responsible for drafting, editing and designing all of the district's electronic and print publications, managing the district's website and providing content for the district’s social media outlets. Mrs. Welch also oversees several community programs, including the Golden Elves Holiday Giving Drive, Alumni Achievement Award program, and Golden Eagle Employee Excellence Award program.

    Mrs. Welch first joined the PenSPRA Board in 2019 as the scholarship committee chairperson. She was appointed board secretary and membership committee co-chairperson in 2021, and she will now serve as our new Board Vice President/President Elect. She will transition to the role of PenSPRA President in September 2023. 

    Sarah graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She currently lives in South Fayette Township with her husband and two children.

    Congratulations, Sarah!

  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Thursday, March 24, 2022 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's the moment we've all been waiting for! The judges reviewed over 200 submissions and winners have been determined!

    All winners were notified via email, but you can also review their outstanding work by visiting www.penspra.com/2021-contest-winners. Congratulations to all! #penspra #schoolpr

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