As the last of Oregon schools welcome students back for the 2021-22 school year, the OSPRA board is excited to share our first update of the school year!
As the OSPRA board looks ahead, we are excited to further engage with all Oregon School PR professionals to ensure the best-quality support, guidance, and learning is available to all members.
As an organization, the 2021-22 OSPRA board established the following as key goals for sustaining chapter success:
Committee Chair: Emily Hicks, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
The operations committee works to maintain chapter success through membership development, mentorship and partnerships with other state and national organizations for the support of Oregon school public relations.
Professional Development Committee Chair: Natalie Hurd, Medford School District
The professional development committee maintains chapter success through the development of opportunities for continued professional development of members including virtual and in-person conference opportunities, book clubs, hot topics events and more.
Finance Committee Chair: Nancy Raskauskas-Coons, Brookings-Harbor School District
The finance committee supports chapter success through the responsible overview of chapter finances including annual budgeting, sponsorships, scholarships and awards programs.
Communications Committee Chair: Bettina Bautista, Willamette ESD
Yes! Even professional communicators need a communications committee! The communications committee supports chapter success through ongoing communication to chapter members and external communication to partner stakeholders, districts, and chapters across the nation.
Membership Renewal ✅
Automatic membership renewal emails were sent to your email on September 1. Please follow the link in your renewal email and log into the website to renew your membership.
The board is excited to provide exclusive ways to connect as a PR community this year. We are thrilled to have you here with us!
We are excited to announce that Nancy Raskauskas-Coons from Brookings-Harbor School District has been appointed as the 2021-22 OSPRA Board Chair of Finance. Please join us in congratulating Nancy as she moves into this new and important role to support OSPRA members!
This year, the Oregon School Public Relations Association (OSPRA) launched it's new member mentorship program.
Studies show that employees with mentors are five times more likely to get promoted. Studies have also shown that managerial productivity increased by 88 percent when managers held mentorship roles, versus only 24 percent with manager training alone.
For mentees, this is an incredible opportunity for you to connect with a regional mentor who can offer you insight, advice, and a partner in problem-solving – and help you navigate the next stage of your career.
For mentors, this is a great opportunity to give back to the school communications community, become a better leader, and refine your own skills and networks – and to gain a fresh perspective from your mentee.
Both mentors and mentees offer wisdom and creative partnership to each other. There’s no experience requirement to be a mentor or experience limit to be a mentee, only a time commitment of 1-2 hours of communication per month.
If you have any questions about the OSPRA mentorship program, please reach out to professional development committee chair Emily Abellera by emailing email@example.com.
If you are looking for some assistance to attend the NSPRA Seminar this summer, NSPRA has a number of scholarship opportunities available. Most scholarships require you to be an NSPRA member. You only have until Feb. 1 to submit your application, so check these out today!
For more information about the Foundation and the eligibility requirements for each scholarship go to the NSPRA Seminar/Foundation Scholarships section of the NSPRA website. The eligibility requirements vary for the scholarships, so be sure to read them carefully.
The deadline to apply for all Seminar scholarships is Feb. 1, 2020.
Remember... admission to the social is included with your conference registration!
Welcome to our new OSPRA website! If you are a current member, you can log in and check out our members-only features. Visit our OSPRA Members Forum page where you can subscribe to receive updates any time a new forum topic is created, or just subscribe to the specific topics that interest you. You can even attach/upload documents, work samples and examples right in the forum.
We're also working on building up a communication resources page... so stay tuned for that as well!.
OSPRA has moved to a new website powered by Wild Apricot. The site will enhance member benefits, providing access to members-only resources and a forum. The membership software also provides automatic membership renewal notifications and notifications about event registrations. We welcome your feedback!