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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 membersIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, programs were held virtually and on a somewhat modified schedule during the latter part of 2020 and through the 2020-21 school year.

We are returning to in-person full day workshops for the 2022-2023 school year, but may also hold virtual power hours on hot topics as the need arises. In addition to workshops, NJSPRA will also hold member meet-ups, the Communication Awards celebration, and the Annual Meeting. SEE OUR FALL EVENTS already planned below. Attendance to all of these events are included in your NJSPRA Membership. In addition, we hold 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.

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   

    • April 25, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • NJPSA FEA Conference Center

    Members Learning From Members

    Full Day of PD and Networking!

    Breakfast and Registration 8:30-9:00 a.m.
    Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Join us for our third and last in-person workshop of the year! Workshop kicks off with a showcase and roundtable session with the 2022 Communication Award winners in the technology categories (video, website and social media). Attendees will rotate to hear from up to four award winners about their winning submissions and how they were developed. The workshop will continue with a presentation on internal communications and why it’s so important to involve staff in your communication efforts. Finally, three NJSPRA members will share the Good, the Bad and the Ugly incidents they experienced this past year, including lessons learned and tips for attendees. Great opportunity to learn from fellow NJSPRA members!  


    Roundtable: 2022 School Communication Award Winners

    Attendees will be able to rotate from table to table to hear from up to four award winners in the tech categories (video, social media, website) on their submission and development process.Click here for list of award winners

    Presentation: Inside Out: Why and How All District Staff Need to be Part of the Communications Effort

    Sandy Cokeley, APR, NJSPRA Operations Consultant, 
    Past President of the National School Public Relations Association

    Panel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly    

    NJSPRA members Susan Marinello, Michelle Bent, and Christine Corliss will give us the good, bad and ugly incidents they had this year, what they learned, and what advice they would give to others.


    • The Good: The Journey to Highlighting Special Population Achievements Through High-Profile Community-Based Instruction
    • The Bad: Chelsea Handler and Hall of Fame: When Your District Becomes a National Headline
    • The Ugly: Fighting Fake and Inappropriate Social Media Accounts

    Registration now open!

    Workshop Location:

    NJPSA FEA Conference Center
    12 Centre Drive  Monroe Township, NJ 08831

    Included with NJSPRA 2022-2023 Membership
    (Dues must be paid in full)

    Guests Welcome - $125 per

    Includes continental breakfast (available at 8:30am) and lunch

    REGISTER BY April 18, 2023

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    Patron Sponsors:


    • May 12, 2023
    • 12:15 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Forsgate Country Club

    NJSPRA Annual Meeting
    Friday, May 12th
    Forsgate Country Club

    Luncheon and Celebration
    National School Communicators Day 
    NJSPRA Year in Review
    2023 Communicator of the Year Award
    Keynote Address

    Details to Follow

Past Events 


  • 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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