NSPRA National Seminar: Call for Presentations

NSPRA 2020 National Seminar:
Magnify the Power of Communication

Share your school public relations story during the National School Public Relations Association's 2020 National Seminar

Seeking Presentation Proposals

For more than 60 years, the NSPRA National Seminar has offered the best training and professional development available in all facets of school PR. That reputation is a direct reflection on the talent and commitment of those who share their knowledge by attending and delivering quality presentations.

NSPRA is looking for presentation proposals – including skill sessions, action labs, special sessions and Gold Mine roundtables – on exciting, innovative and successful school public relations programs, campaigns, initiatives and best practices.

The desired categories for presentation proposals include the following:

  • PR/Communication TACTICS (best practice strategies, programs, campaigns, tips, advice for implementation, media relations, etc.)
  • PR/Communication Strategic PLANNING (research and evaluation strategies, coordination/management of effective programs, collaborative efforts, accountability/results, etc.)
  • PR/Communication LEADERSHIP (strategic counseling, reputation management, relationship building, organizational dynamics, mentoring/guidance, professional development, etc.)
  • PR/Communication EQUITY and diversity
  • PR/Communication ETHICS and legal considerations
  • PR/Communication WELLNESS and stress management
  • MARKETING/Branding
  • Internal and/or external stakeholder ENGAGEMENT
  • Education ADVOCACY 

Following are some examples of session topics, within those categories, recently requested by Seminar participants:

  • Hands-on, how-to instruction for various communication tools, apps, software and accessibility features
  • Digital communication skills (e.g., video, social media, podcasting, photography)
  • Writing skills, in general and specifically for speeches and scripts
  • Presentation, public speaking and interview skills
  • Employee recruitment and retention strategies and campaigns
  • Guidance for managing a communications department
  • Leadership training for veterans looking to advance their careers
  • Customer service initiatives

Do not submit proposals that include sales pitches, masked as a presentation, by individuals or companies intending to promote specific products and services.

NSPRA is seeking presenters who offer unique insights; effective strategies and tactics; timely information on new and emerging issues; useful, hands-on resource materials; and relevant content and experiences that meet the high standards of NSPRA Seminar participants. In selecting session proposals, priority will be given to sessions with NSPRA members as lead or co-presenters.

Submitting a Proposal

The deadline to submit presentation proposals is Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. All proposals must be submitted online. Submit your proposal online at https://survey.k12insight.com/r/JRWYbx. To review the full e-form as a reference before making your submission online, download a printable copy (PDF).  

Once you begin filling out your submission online, you may:

  • Print a blank survey. Just click on the printer icon in the upper right-hand corner of the survey screen to download a Microsoft Word version.
  • Save your work and continue later. Just click on “Save & continue later” at the bottom of the survey screen.

On the call for presentations e-form, please complete all the requested information and carefully review and sign the NSPRA Speaker Commitment Agreement at the end. 

Questions? Contact NSPRA Associate Director Mellissa Braham at mbraham@nspra.org or (301) 519-1227.