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May 2019

Think and Drink

May 2 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, 4950 W 35th Street
St. Louis Park, MN United States
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Join your fellow school public relations professionals at MinnSPRA’s next Think and Drink event to learn, vent and chat with people you enjoy. Theme Emerging Technologies What If you think virtual reality is confined to classrooms using Google Cardboard, think again. Virtual reality is changing the way we communicate, work and learn. Think of REM5 like going to a computer lab in the early 1980s (for those of you who were alive then!). This Think and Drink will be more…

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Power Hour: Drive District Engagement with Content Marketing

May 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ISD 196 District Office, 3455 153rd St West
Rosemount, MN United States
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The traditional ways in which you marketed your district may not be working as well anymore. Increased competition in public education is forcing school districts to use innovative approaches to market their schools and programs. Learn how content marketing can help in driving audience engagement. Now more than ever, helpful content can move your marketing from mediocre to remarkable.         Presenter: Jason Wheeler, marketing coordinator, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, Texas         Host: Cathy Kedjidjian, director,…

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June 2019

MinnSPRA Leadership Seminar 2.0

June 21 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 12:30 pm
Minnesota State University, Mankato – Edina, 7500 France Ave. South
Edina, MN 55435 United States
$75.00 – $115.00

            While the following descriptions highlight target audiences, sessions are open to all interested participants. Emerging Leaders - This session is targeted at new and mid-career school communications professionals (less than 10 years of experience) who are looking to advance their leadership skills and literacies into more strategic endeavors. Participants will learn how to take the experiences they have in leading and managing tactics and projects and transfer them to opportunities that help them lead…

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August 2019

Think and Drink

August 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Nico’s Tacos, 2516 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN United States
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Join your fellow school public relations professionals at MinnSPRA’s next Think and Drink event to learn, vent and chat with people you enjoy. Theme What I learned at NSPRA 2019 What Whether you attended the NSPRA seminar in Washington DC this summer or not, come to hear what others learned. NSPRA seminar attendees should plan to share one “aha!” moment of learning for others to learn from. Wes Drey of District 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) will serve as this session’s Think and…

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September 2019

Power Hour: Wellness in School PR: Why, How & Now.

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CEL Marketing PR Design, 3033 Campus Drive E190
Plymouth, MN 55441 United States
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School is just starting ... so why are you already overwhelmed? In May, the World Health Organization recognized occupational burnout as a serious condition. And the mission-driven, trauma-sensitive, consensus-building, always-connected lifestyle of school PR puts your personal wellness at risk. Join us to learn factors that can increase -- or decrease -- your risk of toxic stress and burnout. And learn strategies you can begin using right away to ensure you deliver the greatest value to your district -- while…

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October 2019

Think and Drink

October 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill (private dining room), 220 Carlson Pkwy N
Plymouth, MN 55447 United States
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Join your fellow school public relations professionals at MinnSPRA’s next Think and Drink event to learn, vent and chat with people you enjoy. Theme Obstacles You Face At Your Job: Overcome Them with People Who Understand What Everyone needs a sounding board and we are here to be that for each other. What better people to discuss common obstacles you face than those who face the same ones as you. Let’s come together to chat about time-saving tips, communication chaos,…

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Power Hour: Creating Big-Impact Videos on a Small Budget

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ISD 199 District Office, 2990 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 United States
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Videos connect people to the stories of your schools, and with the sharing power of social media, their reach can extend well beyond the written word alone. Discover how to make videos with a big impact on your school community without straining your communications budget. The presenters will discuss how to find stories that advance your goals, pre-planning for great videos, scripted and unscripted shoots, filming and editing on a smartphone, the use of royalty free music and animation templates,…

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November 2019

2019 Fall Conference

November 14 @ 12:15 pm - November 15 @ 4:30 pm
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Drive
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 United States
$139.00 – $239.00

    Discounted Hotel Room Rate - Must Reserve by Oct. 24, 2019! Click the following to reserve your overnight hotel room at the discounted special MinnSPRA rate of $135 per night: Book your group rate for MN School Public Relations Assn

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Power Hour: Communicating Beyond Language Barriers in a Diverse School System

November 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Today many of the school systems seeing growth in their student populations are finding it among families of non-English and non-native English speakers. The success of these students relies heavily on their families’ ability to understand how to work with schools to support their children’s education – and that understanding requires effective communications. Learn how two districts – one where a third of students are English language learners and another with a large Hispanic, migrant population – are working to…

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December 2019

Power Hour: Recruiting and Keeping Great Teachers Through Effective Communication

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CESO, 615 First Avenue NE, Suite 115
Minneapolis, Minneapolis 55413
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Signs of unhappiness among current teachers are growing, and the demand for teachers – particularly those of English language learners or in STEM fields and special education – will far outpace the supply for the foreseeable future. Even if you can’t raise salaries, communications can raise interest in the profession and the appeal of your district as a place to work and live. Discover why communications is a vital element in teacher recruitment and satisfaction today, and explore the power…

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