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June 2018

Think and Drink

June 20 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tavern Grill, 772 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
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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 Advancing women’s progress in the workplace How Women and female-identifying people can be each other’s harshest critics and best advocates. We’re inviting MinnSPRA members to attend a Think and Drink created exclusively for women, by women to create strategies and identify practices that can help women succeed in the workforce. We’ll discuss policies that inhibit progress…

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August 2018

Think and Drink

August 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tavern Grill, 772 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
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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 Sharing NSPRA seminar “aha!” moments How Whether you attended the NSPRA seminar in California this summer or not, come to hear what others learned. NSPRA seminar attendees should plan to share one “aha!” moment of learning. Shelly Schafer and Cassondra Knudson of South Washington County Schools will serve as this session’s Think and Drink facilitators. Plan…

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September 2018

Power Hour: A New Algorithm Reality: Increasing Social Media Engagement in a Shifting Landscape

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wayzata Public Schools Admin Bldg, 210 County Road 101 North (For GPS, enter Wayzata Gleason Lake Elementary School)
Plymouth, MN 55691
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Let’s face it: the changes to Facebook’s algorithm have cut your school district's social media reach dramatically. Your once-reliable social media tactics don’t work as well anymore, and that is having a big impact on your community engagement online. Learn how to navigate this shifting landscape on social media with strategies and tactics that will engage your stakeholders and regrow your reach. Some tactics, including paid placements and boosted posts, offer new opportunities that may lead to public questions about the use…

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September 2018 Coffee Chat

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 10:40 am

“’Like a B.O.S.S. Beginning of School Successes” We Want to hear how you started back to school like a BOSS! Let’s CHAT about Beginning of School Successes (BOSS), our takeaways, ideas, inspirations and more!  In the world of communications, it’s never too early to start planning! Join us for a CHAT from your computer. Wednesday, September 19, 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…

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Think and Drink

September 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
6Smith in “The Tavern”, 294 Grove Ln E.
Wayzata, MN 55391 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 Looking Ahead to the 2018 Election and the 2019 Legislative Session What Special guest Scott Croonquist, AMSD Executive Director, will provide an election update and speculation on what issues are likely to arise at the Legislature this year and what role school districts should play in the debate. Andrew Hagen of Wayzata Public Schools and Krisanthy…

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October 2018

Power Hour: Get Them There: Finding, Educating and Motivating Your Bond Voters

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Bear Lake Area Schools, 4855 Bloom Ave
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States
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Are all of your supportive residents turning out to vote on your bond campaign or capital project proposal? If national trends are any indication, that answer is, “No, not even close.” Learn practical strategies for combating voter apathy and building public support at the ballot box from a small, rural district with a single school communicator and a large, suburban district with a Gold Medallion-winning communications team.         Panelists: Sabreana Smith Marsh, director, public relations, Community ISD,…

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September 2018 Coffee Chat

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 10:40 am

“EEK – Educational Election Knowledge” EEK!!  It’s October…and that means Educational Election Knowledge needs to be shared! Let’s CHAT about what we do within our districts and communities when it comes to Election times. Do you host Candidate forums? What techniques have been effective for you for referendums? Are Polling places in your schools? Join us for a CHAT from your computer. Tuesday, October 23, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM  To join the conversation, click on the link at 10…

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November 2018

Power Hour: Earn Their Trust: Engaging Employees Through Internal Communications

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Spring Lake Park Schools, 1415 81st Avenue NE
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 United States
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Ever had an employee say negative things about your school district? Just one rant at the grocery store or a barbeque can turn an undecided voter against your bond proposal or send an uncertain homebuyer to the next town over. Frustrated and uninformed employees can be the biggest threat to a school district’s success. Prevent that threat (or recover from a trust breakdown) by strengthening your internal communications with practical, successful strategies from those who’ve been there.      …

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2018 Fall Conference

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - November 16 @ 4:00 pm
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Drive
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 United States
$139.00 – $239.00

        Discounted overnight night rooms are available at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest for $134 per night. The special rate is available until Oct. 31, 2018 by clicking on the following link: Book your group rate for MN School Public Relations

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December 2018

Power Hour: Building Support for Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health in Schools

December 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brooklyn Center Community Schools, 6300 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 286
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 United States
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Social emotional learning and students' mental health are important and sometimes heated topics of conversation for schools today. Many states have adopted or introduced laws related to SEL standards, and this past summer, new mental health curriculum requirements went into effect in New York and Virginia. Learn what SEL is, how the movement is rolling out and what some school districts are doing to build community understanding and support for SEL and mental health programs.       Presenters: Irene Payne, Chief…

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