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Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 Minnesota School Public Relations Spring Conference - Friday, March 19

The 2010 MinnSPRA (Minnesota School Public Relations) Spring Conference will be held Friday, March 19. "Community Conversations: Tame the angry mob and build relationships that last" will give public relations and communication professionals an in-depth look at community engagement using the IAP2 model.

Used by school districts, government agencies and non-profit organizations across the world, the IAP2 model centers around seven core values and a spectrum of public participation levels. Whether you’re new to school communications or a seasoned professional—there is a lot for you to learn from leading community engagement practitioners.

Attend this conference and learn:
  • Why is community engagement more important now than 10 years ago?
  • What is the IAP2 spectrum? How do I use it?
  • How do I begin to engage my community? What are the first steps?
  • The risks, benefits and costs of community engagement.
The conference includes a keynote presentation and afternoon workshop from Dr. Deb Gurke, Director of Board Governance for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and an in-depth look at Saint Paul Public School's current community engagement process.

The 2010 MinnSPRA Spring Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 19, at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The 2010 Star Awards program will be held during lunch, beginning at 12 noon.

The cost of registration for MinnSPRA members is $130 for MinnSPRA members, and $170 for non-members. Rooms are available at the conference center for $119 per night for those wishing to stay on Thursday night. Register now.