NSPRA is in search of a manager of Seminar, partnerships and programs. The successful candidate will be someone who is highly organized and skilled in relationship-building, conference planning and sales campaigns. The association's collegial and team-focused work environment will ensure professional growth and satisfaction.  

Major duties for the position include the following:



With the unanimous vote of the NSPRA Executive Board last July, School Communicators Day will now be officially celebrated on the second Friday in May beginning in 2022! The day will recognize the incredibly valuable work of school public relations professionals.

NSPRA has created a special logo to recognize School Communicators Day, set for May 13, 2022. Stay tuned for more information on the day later this year.




The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in Rockville, Md., seeks an experienced and versatile Marketing Manager to provide marketing leadership and project management to ensure successful marketing of NSPRA’s membership, events, programs, services and products. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the position is responsible for the development and implementation of multi-channel marketing strategies, plans and budgets to ensure organizational goals are met for membership, event attendance and product and service sales.



During the NSPRA 2021 National Seminar, 12 association members were recognized for earning their accreditation in public relations between July 2020 - June 2021. The six members present at the Seminar were invited to participate in a pinning ceremony during the Annual Meeting and Celebration of Achievement.  They also were invited to attend a special networking lunch with fellow APRs.



During its annual meeting at the NSPRA 2021 National Seminar in July, the NSPRA Executive Board affirmed by acclamation three new members. They are  Cathy Kedjidjian, APR, as president-elect; Phillip Campbell as Northwest Region vice president; and Cindy Warner, APR, as Southeast Region vice president. The new board members formally take office on Oct. 1.



This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Memories of 9/11 are still vivid for many adults today, but current students in grades K-12 were not alive then and have no personal memories of the event.  That presents a challenge for school systems seeking to engage students in commemorating 9/11.



The National School Public Relations Association has announced two open positions on its staff. One is for a full-time, onsite communications specialist, and the other is for a part-time, fully remote communication audit coordinator. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.



NSPRA provides a variety of resources to assist members with their school communications related to issues of equity, diversity and race relations. Many of the resources are developed by association members, including volunteers serving on the Communication Equity and Diversity Task Force. 



The National School Public Relations Association is pleased to announce Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services in El Dorado (Kan.) Public Schools USD 490 received the 2021 APR Scholarship.  She was chosen out of a competitive pool of over 40 applications. This scholarship for NSPRA members was available for  those pursuing their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). It was made possible thanks to sponsor Finalsite. 



Claren McLaughlin,(pictured below left), marketing and public relations specialist, Moses Lake (Wash.) School District and Meagan Dorsey, (pictured below right), public relations/information officer, Dothan (Ala.) City Schools, have been named the 2021 NSPRA Foundation Seminar Scholarship recipients.