2019-2020 Project Teams/Committees

Executive Board Search Committee
(Standing Committee)

Chair: Joseph Ortiz, joseph.ortiz@tuhsd.org 623-478-4002 (NSPRA Southwest Region)
Board Liaison: Kelly Avants APR, kellyavants@cusd.com 559-327-9092
Staff Liaison: Mellissa Braham, mbraham@nspra.org 301-519-1227 

Charge:

  • To recruit and recommend a slate of one or more candidates for each NSPRA Executive Board office that will become vacant the following year. (2020 – President-elect, Vice President at Large - Communication Technology & Innovation, Vice President of Diversity Engagement).
  • Present slate to the membership at the NSPRA 2020 National Seminar in St. Louis, Mo.

Deadline: Slate of candidates submitted to NSPRA office no later than May 1, 2020.

Committee Members:


Audit Committee
(Standing Committee)

Board Liaisons: Lana Muellerlmueller@ltps.org 609-671-5405 (Outgoing)
Staff Liaison: Tommy Jones, tjones@nspra.org  310-519-1222 

Charge:

  • To review outside auditor's report and make a report to the Executive Board.

Deadline: 

  • Report made at November 2019 Executive Board Meeting and to the membership at the NSPRA 2020 Seminar in St. Louis, Mo.

Committee Members:


Teller Committee
(Standing Committee)

Board Liaison: TBD

Staff Liaison: Tommy Jones, tjones@nspra.org  301-519-1222 
Charge:

  • To count votes, certify the election and contact all candidates about the election results.

Members: 

  • TBD

Accreditation Committee
(Standing Committee)

Chair: Naomi Hunter, APR, naomi@naomihuntercommunications.com 650-503-3205 (NSPRA Southwest Region)
UAB Rep: Marcia Kelley, APR, marcia_kelley@hotmail.com 315-434-3415
Board Liaison: Peg Mannion, APRpeg_mannion@glenbard.org 630-417-2339
Staff Liaison: Rebecca Shaw, rshaw@nspra.org 301-519-1221         

Charge:   

  • Write two articles for NSPRA publications – one on the value of accreditation and a second on what superintendents need to know about the value of the APR process and accreditation.
  • Assist with coordinating Panel Presentations for candidates as needed in states/regions (see below).
  • Identify and encourage potential APR candidates.

  • Support and use the UAB’s “It Takes a PRo” marketing campaign plan to promote Accreditation to members.

  • Serve as a resource to NSPRA chapters and provide advice and assistance in offering accreditation preparation opportunities for members.

  • Assist in coordinating and presenting the APR Prep Pre-Seminar Workshop as needed.

  • Develop an Accreditation liaison/chair for as many chapters as possible and appropriate.

Pertaining to Panel Presentations: 

  • Monitor candidates’ progress through the process and report to NSPRA on each step.

  • Serve as the local/regional coordination arm for NSPRA in scheduling Panel Presentations for member candidates for Accreditation.

  • Assist chapters in building capacity to host local/state Panel Presentations for candidates.

  • Develop relationships/assist chapters to develop relationships with PRSA chapters in states/locales that lack capacity for convening a full panel of NSPRA APRs in order to facilitate the involvement of at least one NSPRA APR on a member candidate’s panel.

  • Maintain contact throughout the year with chapters running APR study groups to identify members who plan to become APR candidates and request Panel Presentations at the Seminar.

  • Work with NSPRA to identify and recruit members with APRs to serve on Panel Presentations in their state/region and at the Seminar.

  • Serve on Panel Presentations at the Seminar and at the local/regional level when possible.

  • Be able to explain the steps involved in becoming accredited to interested candidates.

  • Thoroughly understand the Accreditation and Panel Presentation process.

Deadline:
Committee chair will provide reports for NSPRA Executive Board Meetings to be held November 2019, March 2020 and July 2020.

Regional Committee Reps:



Communication Equity and Diversity Task Force

Board Team Leader: Heidi Vegahvega@azsba.org 602-254-1100
Member Team Leader: Joseph Ortiz, joseph.ortiz@tuhsd.org 623-478-4002 ​
Staff Liaison: Mellissa Braham, mbraham@nspra.org 301-519-1227

Task Force Goals: To continue to build resources on diversity communication to expand, add to and support the work that has been done to date by the Diversity Engagement Project Team.

Proposed Tasks:

  • Write (or recruit member writers for) minimum of three:
    •  “Connecting Communities” columns in 2019-20 for eNetwork on diversity and communication equity topics.

    • Articles for PRincipal Communicator in 2019-20.

  • Compile best practice examples, relevant publications/articles and other materials to update, enhance and add to the Diversity Communications Toolkit.

  • For the NSPRA 2020 National Seminar:

    • Assist in identifying relevant topics and activities.

    • Assist in recruiting session proposals for a Diversity & Equity Communication track.

    • Assist in hosting the Celebrating Equity Through Inclusion Mixer.

  • Recruit additional task force members representing diverse member stakeholder groups.

  • Provide representatives for outreach opportunities through NSPRA.

Task Force Members:


School Communication Benchmarking Project Team

Board Team Leader: Thomas Scheideltscheidel@alleganaesa.org​ 269-512-7700 (Outgoing)
Staff Liaisons: Mellissa Braham, mbraham@nspra.org 301-519-1227
Project Manager: Jennie Kerwood, jenniekerwood@gmail.com 518-774-0504 (NSPRA Northeast Region)​

Project Goals: To identify best-in-class practices and performance measures for critical function area of Bond/Finance elections to add to the Rubrics of Practice and Suggested Measures.

Scope of Project: Gather relevant data and produce rubrics that will provide school communication professionals, superintendents and school board members with the guidelines and resources they need to develop effective bond/finance election plans and campaigns.

Project Tasks:

  • Identify essential program components for the critical function area.
  • Identify evaluative measures for the critical program components.
  • Determine best-in-class performance.
  • Identify benchmark practices in each of the critical program components based on best-in-class performance.
  • Develop "how to" for members on using benchmark practices and measures to improve their own performance.

Deadline: Complete content for sixth critical function area – Bond/Finance Elections – by fall/winter 2019.

Reporting: Team will provide reports for NSPRA Executive Board meetings to be held November 2019, March 2020 and July 2020.

Project Team Members: