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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 will hold three full day workshops at the FEA Conference Center in Monroe Township, NJ. This year, we will also be scheduling a couple of virtual power hours, details to be announced. In addition to our professional development offerings, NJSPRA will also hold member meet-ups, the Communication Awards celebration (held at NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City this year!), and the Annual Meeting in May. SEE EVENTS already planned below. Attendance to all of these events is included in your NJSPRA Membership. We may also schedule 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

    • October 23, 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Atlantic City Convention Center - Room 302

    Celebrating our 2023 Communications Contest Winners
    Join colleagues across the state to recognize the best
    in electronic, print and news media.

    Awards Ceremony and Reception at
    NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City (Room 302)
    Welcoming Superintendents and School Board Members
    to accompany your School Communications Professionals

    - Cocktail Reception -
    - Awards Ceremony -
    - Keynote Address -

    Barbara M. Hunter, APR
    Executive Director
    National School Public Relations Association

    Free of Charge to:
    Active NJSPRA Members (2022-23 and 2023-24)
    Contest Winners and Up to 3 Guests per Winner
    All Others - $50 per person

    Champion Sponsor
    Food and Beverage Sponsor

    • January 11, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • NJPSA FEA Conference Center


    Prepare, Prepare, Prepare - What You Should Do Before Your District Is in the Headlines

    Preparing for a Crisis - Have a Plan!

    Learn the 1,2,3's of creating a solid crisis communication plan and training other non-admin staff on what to do during a crisis. Hear from school security experts on the best strategies for communicating with the public during an active shooter situation.

    Reporters Are on My Campus - Now What? Tutorial on Media Training 
    A media training expert will review tips and strategies for speaking with the media when they show up on your campus.

    Journalists Turned School Communication Pros 
    A panel of NJSPRA-members-former-journalists-turned-school-communication-professionals share their best advice for upping your game with media relations.


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

    Included with NJSPRA 2023-2024 Membership
    (Dues must be paid in full)

    Guests Welcome - $125 per

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

    • March 12, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • NJPSA FEA Conference Center


    Branding and Strong Communications to Help You Attract and Retain Staff and Students

    Recruitment, Onboarding and Engagement - Strong Communications Can Increase Staff Retention and Recruitment

    See how HR and PR can work together to help staff feel engaged to do their best work. Understand the importance of branding to help staff feel connected to your district.

    Importance of Communications for Student Enrollment/Retention 

    Families have more choices for schooling now than ever before. Learn how to create good, strong communications and recruitment materials to attract and retain families in your district.

    Maximizing Your Network: 
    Connecting Groups Outside Your School

    Review ways to engage realtors and educate them on your district, maximize relationships with organizations such as PTAs, foundations, alumni associations, and civic organizations such as Rotary and Chambers of Commerce, and how to connect with that challenging non-staff/non-parent audience that can make up about 75% of your community.

    2024 NJSPRA Communicator of the Year Award
    Announcement and Presentation


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

    Included with NJSPRA 2023-2024 Membership
    (Dues must be paid in full)

    Guests Welcome - $125 per

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

Past Events 


  • 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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