MinnSPRA Calendar & Events


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MinnSPRA provides access to a variety of industry events available to members and non-members. We look forward to seeing you!

To view all our upcoming and past events, check out our full events calendar.

2017 Spring Conference

Register now for the Spring Conference on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28. Our presenter will be Brian Woodland, APR, Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Peel (Ontario) District School Board. Thursday will be a half-day session on branding held at the Interium offices in Plymouth. Friday will be a full-day conference on inclusion/diversity training called “All In”, and will be held at the Sheraton Minneapolis West near Ridgedale. Click here for more information and to register. Questions? Contact conference chair Jake Sturgis.

NSPRA Power Hours

NSPRA Power Hours are a convenient way to continue your professional development. Offered in audio or webinar format, these programs provide you with a conversational and interactive forum for learning best practices from top experts in school communication.

Think & Drinks

MinnSPRA Think & Drinks are an opportunity to join your fellow school public relations professionals to learn, vent and chat with people you enjoy.

Coffee Chats

Coffee chats are a way for you to connect with colleagues from across the state to brainstorm ideas and share your experiences about different issues from the comfort of your desk. These free events are hosted via video conference, so there is no need to leave work.

Learning Academy

Periodically, MinnSPRA offers two different Learning Academies: the Learning Academy and the Advanced Learning Academy for APR. These year-long professional development opportunities engage a cohort in meetings once a month, while guiding participants through the knowledge, skills and abilities used in school public relations or required for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

Workshops & Special Support

Special workshops: MinnSPRA periodically offers special seminars covering such topics as customer satisfaction, PR on a shoestring and crisis communication training. Any offerings will be posted here when they are available.

  • June 22, 2017: MinnSPRA Referendum Workshop, 8:30am-3:30pm at TIES in St Paul. Content will include statewide trends and research, district strategies and citizen campaign tips. Bring a team at a discounted rate!

Mentor Program: The MinnSPRA Mentor Experience is a program that provides learning and professional growth opportunities through support of a colleague. Mentors and mentees establish objectives and meet or talk at least eight times during the year to accomplish their goals. To learn more or become a mentor or mentee, contact Sara Thompson at 952-928-6064 or thompson.sara@slpschools.org.

Mini-Grant Program: The MinnSPRA Mini-Grant Program provides up to $500 to support professional development activities for school public relations professionals throughout Minnesota.

NSPRA National Seminar: Every summer, NSPRA hosts its national seminar. This seminar is the largest gathering of school communication professionals in North America, bringing together outstanding experts and practitioners in communication and leadership for four days of collaboration and learning..

Other Professional Development Opportunities

In addition to the great conferences, PR Power Hours and other learning opportunities offered by MinnSPRA, there are other local associations that offer content of interest to members.