INSPRA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 marks a historic year for the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) as the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary. INSPRA is made up of school district public relations professionals from across the state.

At its December Tips and Tactics meeting, past presidents joined to share best practices and words of wisdom with members of the organization, which is committed to strengthening public schools through responsible and effective public relations.

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Director of Community Relations Stacy Holland is a board member and served as INSPRA President from 2006-2007.

My INSPRA colleagues have provided a wealth of resources, guidance and innovative ideas that have strengthened Lincoln-Ways community outreach and public relations initiatives over the years, Holland said.

It was an honor to be joined by several INSPRA past presidents as we celebrated INSPRAs 40th anniversary, said INSPRA President Peg Mannion, APR.

The number one tool in your public relations toolbox is people, said Terri McHugh, INSPRA President from 2004-2005, adding that it is important to make meaningful connections and join committees and community organizations to help spread the word.
INSPRA offers its members a variety of professional development resources including its monthly Tips and Tactics meetings, mentoring, communication contests and awards, support for professional certification, and more.

Much has changed in school communication over the past 40 years, but a few things remain the same: INSPRA members are committed to ongoing professional development and dedicated to strategically engaging our publics about student learning, giving them a stake in student success and a voice in shaping our students future, Mannion said.

INSPRA continues to grow and adapt to changes in education and communication, and were looking forward to the next 40 years, Mannion said.