We are INSPRA, the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. We provide our members with valuable tools and resources to deal proactively with issues and situations impacting our schools and communities.

INSPRA supports school communicators with professional development opportunities, guidance on challenges affecting schools each day, and information related to national and local education trends. As the only professional organization in the state dedicated specifically to helping school districts strengthen public support for education, INSPRA is part of the National School Public Relations Association.

The Benefits of Membership

Benefits for all INSPRA members include:

  • Monthly professional development opportunities
  • Two recognition events each year
  • Access to our "Member Needs Help" program, which allows any INSPRA member to seek advice and examples from members across the state.
  • Annual membership is from July 1 to June 30.
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Highlighting Sessions from Illinoisans at NSPRA

Several sessions at this year's NSPRA National Seminar will be led by speakers from our own state, so consider adding these to your schedule if you have the time and interest!

  • Looking Through Different Lenses - Monday, July 15 at 11:30 AM, led by Lauren Miholic, Communications Specialist at Community High School District 99
  • Increasing Engagement with Diverse Families - Monday, July 15 at 4:30 PM, led by Keegan Kociss, Communications Specialist at Community Consolidated School District 146
  • Breaking Barriers - Tuesday, July 16 at 8 AM, led by Mary Todoric, Communications Director and Kate Isabelli, Tech Integration Specialist at Community High School District 128
  • Stuck in Second Gear - Tuesday, July 16 at 8 AM, led by Cathy Kedjidjian, APR, North Cook Regional Office of Education/Intermediate Service Center
  • Small Schools, Big Media Results - Tuesday, July 16 at 3 PM, led by Monica Fountain, Communications Director at Matteson School District 162 / Southland College Prep Charter High School
  • Invisible String - Wednesday, July 17 at 8 AM, led by Katharine Hughes, Director of Communications at Winnetka Public Schools, and Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent at Winnetka Public Schools


INSPRA Earns 2024 Mark of Distinction

Congratulations to us! INSPRA has been awarded the 2024 Mark of Distinction for our work in professional development/PR skill-building! NSPRA’s Mark of Distinction chapter recognition program recognizes exemplary effort in supporting the national association's mission to develop professionals to communicate strategically, build trust and foster positive relationships in support of their school communities.

INSPRA is one of only fourteen chapters to be recognized this year. Special thanks go out to Denise Barr (2023-24 President), Terri McHugh and Jen Vujosevic (2023-24 Co-VPs of Programs), Carla Erdey (APR Chair), and every other member who contributed to or helped plan our different professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Our chapter will be honored during the Annual Meeting and Celebration of Achievement at the NSPRA 2024 National Seminar on Sunday, July 14, at 1:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. If you’ll be in Seattle please join us for the award presentation - we’d love to see (and hear) from a large Illinois contingent.

INSPRA will continue to bring quality professional development opportunities to its members, and we look forward to building on this success.