Fall Workshop

  • Fall Workshop: School Climate and Culture

    WSPRA Fall Workshop 2019

    Date: October 18, 2019
    Theme: Culture Building & Internal Communications
    Location: Yakima, WA 

    Registration and agenda online.

    Meeting Venue 

    The fall workshop will be held in the Ahtanum Room at ESD 105. This is a short drive from the hotel.

    ESD 105 - Ahtanum Room
    33 South 2nd Ave
    Yakima, WA 98902

    Registration & Cost 

    Register online.

    • Registration - Members: $85.00
    • Registration - Non-Members: $95.00 

    To receive the member discount on registration, make sure your WSPRA membership is up to date. Please note 2018-19 WSPRA memberships expire on August 31, 2019. Please make sure you have renewed your membership for the 2019-20 school year BEFORE you register for the fall workshop. Visit our membership page to renew your membership.

    Networking Dinner

    Want more time to network with your WSPRA friends? Join us for a no-host dinner on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowiche Canyon Kitchen. 

    Please RSVP for dinner.

    Cowiche Canyon Kitchen

    202 E Yakima Ave
    Yakima, WA 98901


    2019 Fall Agenda

    7:30-8:30 – Registration & Breakfast

    8:30-9:00 – Welcome & Culture Bingo

    9:00-10:00 – Internal Communications: From Strike to ‘Stronger Together’
    Natalie Hurd, Communications and Public Relations Specialist, Medford School District
    In 2014, teachers from the Medford School District (in Southern Oregon) went on strike for 16 days. While the end result was a contract both district and teachers could “live with,” trust between the board, administrators, and teachers was destroyed. Districtwide morale was at an all-time low. For the last five years, the district implemented an internal communications plan to rebuild that trust. Learn how Medford created engagement opportunities, messages, and events that celebrate all staff, including a red carpet gala and a welcome back party that literally had the entire district dancing. Practical strategies to implement in your own district!

    10-10:15 – Break

    10:15-11:30 –  Straight from the Horse's Mouth: What You Can Learn from Senior Exit Interviews
    Doreen McKercher, APR, Communications Director, Camas School District
    As communicators, we strive to engage all of our audiences, but students can often be the most challenging to reach. In this session, you will see how one district has created an opportunity for authentic two-way communication by interviewing each of its 600 seniors every year. Learn how they use the data collected to inform decision making, guide strategic planning and impact teaching and learning. You’ll take away the nuts and bolts, including how to build an interview team, manage logistics and create protocols for the interviews.
    11:30-12:30 – Lunch Provided

    12:30 – 12:45 – Climate Quote Walk

    12:45-1:45 – Recognizing the Heart of Your District
    Kristine Liptrot, APR, Director of Communications & Community Engagement, Yorkville Community Unit School District 115
    A supportive educational environment is one of five essential indicators that affect and predict school success. Although hosting a single employee recognition event may bring about good feelings short-term, it most likely will not affect the overall positive culture of the district. Real change requires an authentic evaluation of what is truly meaningful to employees and district leaders dedicated to the effort. By focusing on being present, celebrating the small things and modeling gratitude, learn how one district developed a comprehensive, multi-tiered, yearlong employee engagement program.

    1:45-2:00 – Break

    2:00-3:00 – Mastermind: Internal Communications & Culture Building
    L. Michelle, APR, Executive Director of Communications, Issaquah School District
    This session will introduce the Mastermind group discussion process—a method that supports people striving for a common purpose to find solutions, pool resources, and share ideas. Then, working in small groups, attendees will have a chance to try it on the topic of internal communications and culture-building issues, ideas or problems of practices.

    3:00-3:40 – Closing & Survey


    While our group hotel block closed in September, you can still make reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn on a space-available basis. Call 509-454-1111.

    Thank you to our sponsors!

    Fall Keynote Sponsor: SchoolMessenger


    Fall Signature Sponsor: Peachjar


    Fall Signature Sponsor: Finalsite


    Fall Event Sponsor: WA529

    WA529 Washington College Savings Plans

     Fall Event Sponsor: Blackboard