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OHSPRA announces 2018 Spring Conference plans

'Breaking Through the Noise - Amplify Your Story'

April 12 and 13

The OHSPRA Board is busy coordinating presentations and corresponding speakers for the two-day conference that we hope will bring attendees relevant, interesting, useful sessions that will provide tangible tips and information to enhance day-to-day job responsibilities.

We are pleased to be able to bring Tom DeLapp, president of NSPRA’s Executive Board to the 2018 Spring Conference as the keynote speaker.

With more than 20 years of experience as president of the California-based consulting firm, Communication Resources for Schools, DeLapp has worked with more than 400 school districts and trained more than 250,000 educators across the country on everything from motivating staff and communication trends, to advocating for public education. He also provides strategic counsel to school leaders throughout the United States dealing with high-profile crisis situations. De Lapp is a dynamic and in-demand speaker, and is sure to get the 2018 Spring Conference off to a great start!

OHSPRA is also excited to be hosting two Spotlight Sessions at this year’s conference. Educators and authors, Eric Lowe and Ryan McLane, a superintendent and principal respectively, will present Thursday’s session. Lowe and McLane, authored the book, “Your School Rocks...So Tell People,” which provides practical, effective tips for using social media to communicate with students, families and community members.

Michael A. Douglas, president of Diversity Initiatives, Inc. will use real-world scenarios, audience participation and research-based best practices in his session, which is designed to help attendees go back to staff members and start the crucial conversation about poverty.

In addition to the Keynote and Spotlight sessions, OHSPRA will have a number of great Breakout Sessions, featuring topics  requested via past conference evaluations. The conference will also include the annual Achievement Awards Luncheon on Thursday, and the OHSPRA Social Thursday evening. Register today for the 2018 OHSPRA Spring Conference!

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr. South, Lewis Center, OH 43035
(614) 880-4300

Registration Information:
Full Conference
Cost: $265 (Member) $285 (Non-Member)         

Includes:  Two days of professional development, continental breakfasts, Achievement Awards luncheon, afternoon refreshment break, Thursday night networking social.

One Day Only
Cost: $190 (Member) $200 (Non-Member)                                         

Includes:  One day of professional development and all meals, refreshments and events associated with the chosen day.


Achievement Awards luncheon ONLY:           
Rate: $55
Includes: Thursday, April 12, 2018 Achievement Awards luncheon at 12 pm

Click here to register for the conference

Hotel Accommodations:
OHSPRA has hotel rooms set aside for Wednesday and Thursday, April  11 and 12, for conference attendees.  Please call Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center at (614) 880-4300 to make your reservation today! Be sure to give them the OHSPRA Group ID (147789) when making reservations.

2018 Spring Conference Scholarship

Each year, OHSPRA offers a full scholarship to attend the OHSPRA Spring Conference. The scholarship covers the recipient’s lodging at the conference hotel on April 12, materials, registration fees, and meals during conference.

Eligible applicants must hold a paid membership with OHSPRA and submit a completed application form by March 1, 2018 (mailed applications must be postmarked by March 1).

The OHSPRA Board of Directors will approve a scholarship recipient during their March Board meeting. Recipient (s) will be notified at that time.

Return completed scholarship application forms to: Erika Daggett, OHSPRA Past President, at

Click here for a scholarship application. 

Connecting with Alumni
Recognizing the valuable role alumni can play in amplifying your school PR message, Sheryl Sheatzley with Hudson City Schools, will be set up at the conference to share how her district developed and maintains a successful alumni relations program that connects alumni to students as mentors and develops opportunities for alumni to financially contribute to district "passion" projects and/or the Hudson City Schools Foundation.

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