Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered throughout the summer that have sessions or topics related to school communication, public relations, and school leadership. In order by date of event.

Graves Co. Schools Communication Classes: June 1
Earn three hours of EILA credit free-of-charge from either or both of two relevant communication classes. District community relations director Paul Schaumburg, an adjunct college communication instructor, will lead the classes.

1. “PR 101: Communicating Your Message by All Means” addresses news writing, interviewing, and photography tips to maximize publicity. Specific categories include “Committing to Communication,” “Mixing with the Media,” “Partnering with Internal Publics,” and “Reaching Out to External Publics.” Sub-categories include “Meet the Press: Conveying Your Message,” “Get the Picture: Focused Photography,” “Nimble Newswriting,” “Illuminating Interviews,” “Effective Events,” and “Crisis Communication.” The class will be held in the Central Elementary School Library from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 1.

 2. “Everyday Communication: Understanding and Being Understood” addresses effective interpersonal communication principles for professional educators and others by understanding other people, expressing yourself, and creating climate and culture conducive to clear communication. Sub-categories include communication overview, effective language, nonverbal, perception, listening, climate, culture, conflict, and personality typing. The class will take place in the Central Elementary School Library from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 1.

To register, specify the class(es) you will attend. Email
KY Safe Schools & Communities Conference:
June 15 – 17, Marriott Louisville East
A wide variety of school safety topics will be addressed in the Kentucky Safe Schools and Communities Conference. Law enforcement officers have again teamed with school personnel to produce comprehensive school safety training sessions that address issues such as human trafficking, natural disaster response, bomb threat management, social media, bullying, suicide prevention, law updates, and much more. 

KSBA Summer Leadership Institute:
July 10-11, Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington
(Agenda not yet finalized, however could be communications or engagement related sessions.)
National School Public Relations Association Annual Seminar:
July 12 – 15, Nashville, TN
Raising Our Voices for Educational Excellence
KASA Leadership Institute:
July 15 – 17, Louisville Galt House
Trifecta: Living. Learning. Leading.
Additional opportunity:
Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services: Entries due July 3

More information: This page includes the instructions, Call for Entries and the official Entry form. There are major changes including a completely online entry submission process!

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