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December 2019

Power Hour: Recruiting and Keeping Great Teachers Through Effective Communication

December 6, 2019 @ 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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January 2020

January 2020 Coffee Chat

January 7 @ 10:00 am - 10:40 am

You Made it Through Your Referendum...Now What? Let’s CHAT about successful strategies and engagement opportunities for life after the first Tuesday in November. Join us for a CHAT from your computer. “Communications After the Referendum” Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM  To join the conversation, click on the link at 10 AM and you’ll see your MinnSPRA friends ready to CHAT.  (There is a 15 second quick download you may want to initiate prior to the CHAT.) Please…

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Think and Drink

January 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Three One Six Bar and Grill, 316 Brookview Parkway S,
Golden Valley, MN 55426 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 Tips for new school PR professionals What This Think and Drink features Katie Sheridan, Inver Grove Heights Public Schools, and Becca Neuger, Westonka Public Schools. They are two school PR professionals with a few years under their belts who can speak to what helped them, and what they wish they knew as “newbies”. This is a…

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Power Hour: Engaging Staff in Internal Communications

January 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bloomington Public Schools, 1350 W 106th St
Bloomington, MN 55431 United States
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Ever wonder how incorrect information about your district spreads in your community? Uninformed district employees are often the cause. That’s why effective internal communications may be more important than you think. Successful communication is most common in schools with well-informed, effective educators and support staff. Learn how San Juan Unified School District overcame its internal communication issues. These presenters will share practices to communicate valuable information within a school system through tactics such as launching a new intranet, revamping newsletters…

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February 2020

Power Hour: Restorative Practices: Building Stakeholder Understanding and Support

February 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Princeton Schools, 706 1st Street
Princeton, MN 55371 United States
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Restorative practices are taking hold in an increasing number of school systems, according to federal data. The model offers a more equitable and educational strategy for discipline, but external and internal critics who see it as “soft” can trigger challenging conversations for school systems, particularly in relation to school safety. Learn how the presenters’ school systems are communicating about restorative practices in ways that build stakeholder understanding and support while also dispelling myths/biases about the strategy. Gain tips for using internal…

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February 2020 Coffee Chat

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 10:40 am

We have data and numbers at our fingertips, but what should we really be paying attention to? Let’s CHAT about what and we are measuring when it comes to communications. Join us for a CHAT from your computer. “Data Driven Decisions” Tuesday, February 11, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM  To join the conversation, click on the link at 10 AM and you’ll see your MinnSPRA friends ready to CHAT.  (There is a 15 second quick download you may want to…

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March 2020

March 2020 Coffee Chat

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:40 am

Coronavirus Communications...let's CHAT to help each other in planing, support and best practices. Join us for a CHAT from your computer. “Coronavirus Communications” Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM  To join the conversation, click on the link at 10 AM and you’ll see your MinnSPRA friends ready to CHAT.  (There is a 15 second quick download you may want to initiate prior to the CHAT.) Please RSVP at:  https://forms.gle/1qd1pQg9XbXX2HHSA If you have further questions, please contact Amy Trombley…

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Power Hour: Building a Team of Ambassadors to Tell Your Story

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
District 196, 3455 153rd Street West
Rosemount, MN 55068 United States
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Who tells the story of your school system in the produce aisle, on the sports sidelines or at the weekend BBQ? If it’s usually the uninformed or the naysayers, then it’s time to build a team of ambassadors for your school system! Learn how to empower your staff and engage your community in becoming well-informed, enthusiastic and active ambassadors for your schools. Presenters Steve Edwards and Dr. David Sovine will discuss their district’s community engagement program to develop advocates, and…

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May 2020

2020 MinnSPRA Annual Meeting

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual Meeting via Zoom, MN United States

Normally, the MinnSPRA annual meeting is presented at the spring seminar. Because we canceled the spring seminar due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we will hold the annual meeting live via Zoom at noon on Thursday, May 21 - scroll to the “Tickets” box at the bottom of this page to register. We will share the recording to any MinnSPRA member who is unable to attend but wants to watch the presentation.    Typically during the annual meeting, we celebrate…

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June 2020

Adobe InDesign Virtual Trainings

June 16 @ 8:00 am - June 18 @ 11:00 am
Virtual Meeting via Zoom, MN United States

                                      Details:  These virtual trainings will be hosted on Zoom. A link will be shared with participants several days prior to the training. The presenter, Keith Gilbert, suggests participants don't try to follow along in InDesign during the training. This allows him to cover more ground. He will share handouts beforehand so you can take notes as you go along. Depending on…

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