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Communicator of the year

The New York School Public Relations Association’s Communicator of the Year award recognizes the exemplary leadership of New York’s school communications professionals for demonstrated commitment to the enhancement of communication and relationships between public schools and the students, families and communities they serve. The award honors those who recognize that communication is a critical component of leadership. Nominees must be current members of NYSPRA.

Award Deadline for 2018 Award

The nomination period for 2018 has ended.

Nominations must be submitted on or before Thursday, July 19, 2018. The award winner will be notified in September 2018 and recognized at the New York State School Boards Association Convention this October in New York City and the 2019 NYSPRA Annual Conference, slated to be held in Syracuse in March 2019. The winner will receive paid registration to the NYSPRA Spring Conference.

Criteria

The nominee:

  • Demonstrates the use of effective public relations strategies aimed at supporting public education.
  • Has been recognized as an advocate for public education and has earned a reputation as being highly credible with a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates experience and involvement in communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Implements communication strategies that demonstrate strategic thinking, which contributes to the betterment of public education.
  • Demonstrates effective personal communication with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrates ethics and professionalism in communication.
  • Has been recognized as a role model for communicators and noncommunicators alike, and as someone whose communication skills and messages have impacted the lives of others.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the Communicator of the Year Award may be made by anyone. An individual may submit more than one nomination; however each nomination must include its own, individual set of nomination materials and nomination form.

To nominate someone:

  1. Submit application using the Official Nomination Form as the cover sheet.
  2. Include a narrative, no longer than 800 words, outlining how the person or organization has met the award’s criteria.
  3. The submission may also include up to 10 pages of supporting documentation including, but not limited to, data demonstrating the nominee’s effectiveness in meeting the award criteria, samples of the nominee’s communications work, measures of effectiveness, and letters of support.
  4. Each nomination should be sent to NYSPRA at nyspra@nyspra.org on or before Thursday, July 13, 2018. There is no fee to nominate for the Communicator of the Year.

Judging will be completed by past or current presidents of the National School Public Relations Association state chapters throughout the country.


There is no fee to nominate for the Communicator of the Year award. 

Official Nomination Form


2018 Communicator of the year

Angela Marshall
Public Information Officer
Nassau BOCES

2017 Communicator of the Year

Evelyn McCormack
CEO
Mac Digital Communications

2016 Communicator of the Year

Dr. Catherine Knight
Coordinator of Public Information
Garden City Public Schools
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