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  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Our NYSPRA 2020 Spring Conference will be held March 15-17, 2020, in Syracuse, and we're certain it will be a tremendous opportunity for you to learn about the latest trends and innovative strategies in our field, learn new skills, hear from experts, meet with vendors and, of course, network with your colleagues from across New York and Canada!

    We invite YOU to submit a presentation proposal! All of us have different experiences to draw from in our careers and we can share those experiences and specialized interest areas or skills with our membership.

    To submit a presentation proposal, please complete the NYSPRA 2020 Conference Proposal Form by clicking here.

    Proposals are due by Friday, December 20 at 4 p.m.

    The board will review these proposals and make selections with the goal of offering a variety of topics and themes that will benefit our membership – as well as any school administrators who may also choose to attend our conference.

    This is your chance to share your experience and expertise! Please consider becoming a part of our conference! If you have any questions about presenting, contact Steve King, Vice President/President-Elect,

    Please note, NYSPRA will not pay conference registration fees, travel or lodging costs for presenters. Presenters are encouraged to register for and attend the conference; however those who choose not to will not be charged a registration fee.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) is pleased to announce that Rebekah Mott, Manager of Communications and Print Shop at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, has been named the 2019 Communicator of the Year.

    The Communicator of the Year award, which is being awarded for the fourth year, is meant to recognize school communications professionals who demonstrate a commitment to strengthening relationships between public schools and the students, families and communities they serve. The award honors those who recognize that communication and public relations are a critical component of school leadership.

    Mott leads St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES’ Communications Office and has been involved in school communications for the past five years. Prior to joining St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Mott was an account executive for a public relations firm in Burlington, Vermont, where she represented several national and international brands and businesses, as well as local nonprofits.

    “I believe education is the most powerful tool we can give future generations, and when we enhance the stream of communication between the school, parents, and community, everyone wins,” said Mott. “I am honored by this recognition and grateful for the strong partnerships between BOCES and our school districts that make my work possible, and for the support of my stellar communications team.”

    This past year, Mott spearheaded the communications and public relations for the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES $43.5 million capital project—the largest capital project in the history of the BOCES, which includes a total renovation of all three CTE centers across the region. Rebekah presented at the American Association of School Administrators conference in Los Angeles on crisis management, the NYSPRA conference on the BOCES capital project campaign, as well as the NYSSBA conference on the Agriculture Academy. She was recently named one of the 20 Under 40 of the North Country.

    "We are thrilled to announce that Rebekah Mott is our 2019 Communicator of the Year,” said NYSPRA President Adrienne Leon, APR, Director of Communications at Capital Region BOCES. “Rebekah is well known throughout the state for her work and we’re so proud to honor her.”

    Mott was nominated by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES District Superintendent Thomas R. Burns.

    “While there are talented communications professionals at BOCES and school districts all across the state, I can honestly say that I’ve seen none that have had the impact in such a short period of time that Rebekah Mott has had,” Burns wrote. “Although there are larger communications departments at some of the marquis BOCES near urban centers, Rebekah has taken a department of one person, herself, and grown it into a department of 3 professionals who have now merged with our print shop to form a group of nearly a dozen people who serve all of our districts as well as schools in the FEH BOCES. She has earned the trust and faith of school administrators and board of education members who now habitually see her as the solution and the first phone call to help them with a wide variety of projects, PR campaigns, news media interviews, press releases and publications.”

    Mott was chosen by a panel of judges who work in school communications outside of New York state.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:46 PM | Anonymous

    The NYSPRA Business Meeting Agenda for the Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, meeting is now available. The meeting will be held at the Rochester Hyatt Hotel in the Strong Boardroom, Second Floor,  from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

    View meeting agenda here.

  • Sunday, September 22, 2019 10:53 PM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 NYSPRA Annual Communications Contest!

    One-hundred and seventy-nine awards will be presented for excellence in school communications work across New York state and Ontario.

    More than 50 communications professionals from across the country served as judges to evaluate the 513 entries. Winning work is recognized with the designations of "Excellence," "Honor" and "Merit."

    View the 2019 award winners here.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Registration for the Northeast Regional School Communications Summit is now open!

    Register here!


    When and where: Southern Westchester BOCES, Harrison, NY, on Oct. 15-16, 2019

    What: NYSPRA, NJSPRA, ConnSPRA and PenSPRA have partnered to offer this two-day event that will feature a crisis communications workshop by Rick Kaufman, APR, and a school branding workshop by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo.

    We hope you take this opportunity to network with school communications professionals from the region!

  • Monday, June 03, 2019 10:23 PM | Anonymous

    The New York School Public Relations Association 40th Annual Communications Contest is now open!

    Our annual awards recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in educational communications. The awards continue to be one of the largest in the nation and provide both members and non-members with a time to shine and an opportunity to showcase exemplary communication practices.

    Statewide awards provide recognition for outstanding work. They build a greater appreciation for the skills of school public relations professionals and promote a better understanding of the broad range of services rendered by those who have either full or part-time responsibilities for education-related communications.

    To enter, visit our online entry system by clicking here.

    The deadline to enter is Thursday, July 18, 2019, so don't wait!

  • Friday, April 19, 2019 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA is excited to announce the results of the 2019 Executive Board election.

    Congratulations to the following individuals!

    • Steve King, Elected Vice President/President-Elect
    • Patricia McCabe, Ed.D., Re-elected Treasurer
    • Natalia Baage-Lord, Re-elected Secretary

    These officers will assume their positions on May 1, 2019. Steve will serve for two years as vice president/president-elect and then assume the role of NYSPRA president on May 1, 2021.

    Patricia and Natalia will each serve a two-year term, from May 1, 2019-April 30, 2021.

    Thank you for voting! We look forward to continuing NYSPRA's growth and offerings for our members.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Voting is now open for the 2019 executive board election!

    All NYSPRA members in good standing should have received a link for electronic voting via email. Voting will be open until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  

    Read about the candidates here.

    Anyone with questions should contact NYSPRA at 

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    The New York School Public Relations Association is announcing a call for candidates for its executive board. There are three positions on the executive board up for election for two-year terms beginning May 1, 2019. The positions are: Vice President/President Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. Information about our current officers can be found here.

    Contact Adrienne Leon, APR,  at or 518-464-3960 with questions.

    Should you decide to become a candidate for one of these positions, please send your name, position sought, headshot and a brief bio to Monica Lester, Communications Coordinator, by March 27, 2019, at

    The election will occur by online balloting between April 8-12, 2019.

    All terms will run from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2021. Open positions include:

    Vice President/President Elect – Performs all duties of the President in the event of the inability of the president to act; assists with the membership function; and assumes the office of president (2-year term) following completion of a term as president-elect (2-year term). Collaborates as an administrator for NYSPRA’s Facebook page and discussion group. S/he shall attend NYSPRA meetings, events and conference whenever possible. S/he shall be a member of the National School Public Relations Association. Remains on the board for two years after serving as president in the role of immediate past president.

    Treasurer – Keeps cash flow records using the fiscal year set by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA); prepares/provides any financial statements required by NSPRA and upon request of the Executive Board or membership; files appropriate information to IRS; receives and deposits revenues and disburse Chapter funds as approved by the president. The treasurer also handles financial duties related to the annual communications contest, conference and membership drive (i.e., collects all fees/dues; issues invoices for purchase orders; disburses funds for services). S/he shall attend NYSPRA meetings, events and conference whenever possible. S/he shall be a member of the National School Public Relations Association.

    Secretary – Records and distributes meeting minutes; keeps records of meetings and may assist in handling Chapter correspondence and serves as a back-up administrator for NYSPRA’s Facebook page and discussion group. S/he shall attend NYSPRA meetings, events and conference whenever possible. S/he shall be a member of the National School Public Relations Association.

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    The NYSPRA Business Meeting Agenda for the March 24, 2019, meeting is now available. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Syracuse from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    View the meeting agenda here.

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