PenSPRA Member Forum
Excellence in Education Communications Contest
Each year, PensSPRA provides an opportunity for school district communication professionals to be recognized in the annual Excellence in Education Communications Contest.
Entries are accepted in a number of categories to reflect the scope of work undertaken by communications professionals.
The contest categories are:
For questions regarding your submission or the contest, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other questions, please contact:
Mary Jeanne Curley
The contest is open to all school public relations professionals in Pennsylvania. Materials must have been produced between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.
Judging is conducted by a panel of independent professionals, who will provide all contestants with feedback after the contest has concluded.
How to Enter
Contestants upload their content files or links through a submission form. If your printed publication is not available as a digital file, you may still enter by mailing two copies to: PenSPRA Communications Contest, c/o Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335. Entries must be uploaded and/or postmarked by January 31, 2023.
Entry Fees and Payment
Contest winners will be notified by an email notification.
*NEW* PenSPRA Communicator of the Year Award
About the Award:
The PenSPRA Communicator of the Year Award recognizes the exemplary leadership of school public relations professionals in Pennsylvania. These professionals demonstrate commitment to the enhancement of communication and relationships between schools and the students, families and communities they serve. The award honors those who acknowledge that communication is a critical component of leadership. The submission deadline is January 31, 2023.
The award winner will be notified via email in early April and recognized at the PenSPRA Symposium Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 24, 2023. The winner will receive a $500 stipend to use for the 2022-23 Symposium.
Demonstrates the use of effective public relations strategies to support education.
Is recognized as an advocate for education and has earned a reputation as being highly credible with a variety of audiences.
Demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills.
Demonstrates experience and involvement in communicating with diverse audiences.
Implements communication strategies that demonstrate strategic thinking, which contributes to the betterment of education.
Demonstrates effective personal communication with a wide variety of audiences.
Demonstrates ethics and professionalism in communication.
Has been recognized as a role model for communicators and non-communicators alike, and is someone whose communication skills and messages have impacted the lives of others.
Has served in a school communications role for at least five (5) years.
Is a current PenSPRA member.
To nominate someone:
1. Include a narrative, no longer than 500 words, outlining how the person has met the award’s criteria.
2. The submission may also include up to five (5) pages of supporting documentation including, but not limited to, data demonstrating the nominee’s effectiveness in meeting the award criteria, samples of the nominee’s communications work, measures of effectiveness and letters of support.
*There is no fee to nominate someone for the PenSPRA Communicator of the Year Award.
*NEW* PenSPRA Key Communicator Award
About the Award:
The PenSPRA Key Communicator Award honors an education professional who has successfully contributed to the field of school communications. The recipient may be a legislator, superintendent or professional in any field who has improved school communications or a member of PenSPRA who has contributed outstanding service to the profession of school communications. The recipient does not need to be a PenSPRA member. The submission deadline is January 31, 2023.
The award winner will be notified via email in early April and recognized at the PenSPRA Symposium Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 24, 2023. The winner will receive a FREE PenSPRA membership for one (1) year.
To nominate someone, you must include:
A one-page PDF document detailing why you think this individual is worthy of the Key Communicator Award
A one-page bio of the nominee
Three (3) letters of support for the nominee
There is no fee to nominate someone for the PenSPRA Key Communicator Award.