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NJSPRA sponsors a number of in-person events throughout the year with the goal of providing professional development and networking opportunities for our members

For professional development in 2023-2024, we held three full day workshops at the FEA Conference Center in Monroe Township, NJ. We also held a virtual power hour on Ethics in Communication. In addition to our professional development offerings, NJSPRA also held member meet-ups, the Communication Awards celebration at the NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City, and our Annual Meeting and School Communicators Day celebration in May. Attendance to all of these events is included in your NJSPRA Membership. In prior years, we have also held special events as needs and occasions arise, including focused seminars on timely topics for NJ schools as well as regional events with neighboring state SPRA chapters.

We will be planning our slate of events for 2024-25 over the summer months. Announcements and registration information about each event is posted here, emailed to members and other subscribers, and posted on our social media channels. To be added to our subscriber list, contact us at

    • July 11, 2024
    • August 15, 2024

    Save the Date for Workshops!

    We are busy planning our workshops for the 2024-2025 school year! Please save the dates listed below so you don't miss out! As we confirm speakers and details, we will post on our website.

    Fall Workshop - Monday, September 23, 2024

    Winter Workshop - Thursday, January 16, 2025

    Spring Workshop - Thursday, March 13, 2025

    All workshops are held at the NJPSA FEA Conference Center, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ and run from 9:00am to 2:30pm (breakfast provided from 8:30am to 9:00am and lunch is also provided).

Past Events 


  • 10 May 2024 Annual Meeting and School Communicators Day Celebration
  • 12 March 2024  Branding and Strong Communications to Help Attract and Retain Students and Staff (How School PR Can Help with Employee Recruitment; Maximizing Your Network with Community Partnerships; Implementing Brand Identity to Unite District, Schools and Community; Who Speaks for Your Brand)
  • 30 Jan 2024  Virtual Workshop: Ethics in School Communications (NJSPRA Members Only)
  • 11 Jan 2024  Prepare, Prepare, Prepare - What You Should Do Before Your District Is in the Headlines (Preparing for a Crisis - Have a Plan; Journalists Turned School Communication Pro's; Reporters Are on My Campus - Now What? Tutorial on Media Training)
  • 23 Oct 2023  NJSPRA School Communication Awards Celebration at NJSBA Annual Workshop
  • 2 Oct 2023  Crewing the Ship Through Choppy Waters: Good Communication Starts at the Helm (Dynamic Duo: Superintendent and School Communicator; Keeping Calm and Let the School Communicator Help; Board Members, Social Media and Freedom of Speech; Tech and Design Tips for School Communicators: Canva, Newsletter, Social Media)


  • 12 May 2023  Annual Meeting and School Communicators Day Celebration/Luncheon, Communicator of the Year awarded
  • 25 Apr 2023  Showcase & Roundtable with Video, Website and Social Communication Award Winners, Importance of Internal Communications, The Good, the Bad & The Ugly (3 NJSPRA members sharing good, bad and ugly situations they experienced) 
  • 07 Feb 2023 Social Media Analytics and Content Strategy; 2022 Communicator of the Year Presentation; NJSBA Legislative Update; Creating an Internal Communications Team
  • 30 Nov 2022 Communicating in Crisis; Leadership in Turbulent Times; 100 member celebration
  • 18 Oct 2022 2022 Communication Awards Dinner


  • 25 May 2022 Annual Meeting and Communicator of the Year Award
  • 13 May 2022 First National School Communicators Day Celebration Virtual Huddle
  • May 2022  Regional Member Meet-Ups
  • 27 April 2022 Virtual Workshop: Showcase: NJSPRA Award Winners Share Their Communication Tech Success
  • 2 April 2022 Virtual Workshop: Key Messages: Essential Anchors to Power Your Communications
  • 16 Mar 2022 Virtual Workshop: Helping Your Leadership Team Become Great Communicators
  • 2 Mar 2022 Virtual Member Meet-Up
  • 12 Jan 2022 Virtual Workshop: Communicating and Conducting an Equity Audit 
  • 6 Oct 2021 2021 Communication Awards Dinner
  • 20 Oct 2021 Virtual Workshop: DEI - Getting the Entire School Community on the Same Page
  • 18 Nov 2021 Calming the Crowd: Restoring Civility at Board Meetings


  • 26 May 2021 Annual Meeting  (Virtual)
  • 19 May 2021 2021 Communicator of the Year Presentation to Maren Smagala
  • 21 Apr 2021 Virtual Workshop: Communicating with Different Audiences
  • 3 Mar 2021 Virtual Workshop: Communicating and Leading for Equity
  • 24 Feb 2021 Virtual Workshop: Communicating About Covid-19: What You Need to Know and Do Next
  • 24 Nov 2020 Member Meet-Up (Virtual)
  • 19 Nov 2020 Virtual Workshop: Supporting Employees with Parent/Family Communications
  • 16 Oct 2020 2020 Communication Awards Ceremony (Virtual)


  • 25 Jun 2020 Virtual Mini-Session: The Importance of Copyright
  • 09 Jun 2020     Virtual Mini-Session: Virtual Year End Events During COVID-19
  • 04 Jun 2020    Virtual Mini-Session:  Effective Internal Communications During COVID-19
  • 04 Jun 2020  Virtual Mini-Session:  The School Communications Function During COVID-19
  • 26 May 2020 2020 Communicator of the Year Virtual Presentation to Dr. Matthew Murphy
  • 16 Jan 2020 Winter Workshop:  Managing the News Media and Communications  When the Unthinkable Happens
  • 11 Nov 2019 Fall Workshop: Communications Planning Bootcamp AND The One-Person School PR Department
  • 29 Sep 2019 2019 NJSPRA Communication Awards & Networking Event

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