Welcome to the New ISPRA Blog for Communications Professionals

Welcome to the first post of the Iowa School Public Relations Association blog for communications professionals.

The 2021-23 ISPRA Board created this space for school public relations professionals to share their experiences, expertise, and best advice with all of us. These experts may be from small districts or large, in traditional or non-traditional PR roles, from Iowa or somewhere else. They may come from our partners in the community or organizations which support school public relations. We are opening the door to the sharing of information in way we haven’t before now. We welcome you to submit a post or just browse the headlines and read what you find helpful.

While we welcome all who have information to contribute to the school PR world, approved posts will meet certain criteria to preserve the integrity of the space.

  • Blog post submissions should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect and consideration adhered to in all forms of communications.
  • Please refrain from submitting confidential or protected information about a school district, its students, alumni, or employees. Please review the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and state law (Iowa Code Section 22.7(1) if you have questions.
  • Exercise caution with regards to copyrighted materials and legal conclusions.
  • Language appropriate in the classroom will be appropriate for this blog.
  • Please do not submit information that advocates for or against a political party, candidate for office, or ballot initiative. Strategies for educating the public about a ballot initiative are welcome.
  • Vendors may submit posts relevant to school public relations as long as they support the work of school district communications professionals and do not attempt to sell items or services to ISPRA members.
  • All blog posts will include the name, organization, and contact email of the person submitting the post.
  • Submissions should focus on general school PR work and be helpful to most or all ISPRA professionals.

Blog posts may be submitted via email to ISPRA President Amanda Lewis. New submissions will be posted as they are received and reviewed. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills with your colleagues throughout Iowa!