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  • Thank you for attending the 2021 ASPRA Summer Conference!

    Below you will find links to recordings of many of the day's sessions organized according to the conference agenda.

    Conference Agenda

    Wednesday, June 9

    5:30 -6:30 p.m.: ASPRA Trivia Night Sponsored by Blackboard 

    Winner: Zach Fountain

    Thursday, June 10

    8 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. - Pre-conference activity:

    Optional yoga stretch - A gentle and relaxing start to the day.

    8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. - ASPRA Welcome

    • President’s Welcome, Richard Franco
    • Message from our Presenting Sponsor Blackboard

    9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Keynote: A Complaint-Free World

    Will Bowen, Humorous Motivational Speaker

     Morning Choice Sessions 

    10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


    Marketplace Learning Sessions with Sponsors 

    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


    Afternoon Choice Sessions 

    1:45 p.m. - 2:45p.m.

      • Lesley Bruinton, APR,  NSPRA President, Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa, AL. Master’s degree in strategic communications.
      • Michelle Reese, APR
      • Kirsten Fitterer, Chief Communications Officer, Yakima School District, Yakima, WA. Master’s degree in Educational Leadership


    Afternoon Keynote

    3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Keynote: Keys to Amplifying Your System's Story

    Lesley Bruinton, APR,  NSPRA President

    3:45 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Looking Forward & Closing

    • ASPRA Board Report
    • Raffle
    • Thank You!

     Thank you to our sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor: 

     Blackboard logo

    Blackboard is a leading EdTech company, serving higher education, K-12, business and government clients around the world. We connect a deep understanding of education with the power of technology to continuously push the boundaries of learning. Our mission is to advance learning together with the world's education community, so that all learners, educators and institutions can realize their goals today and prepare for tomorrow.

    Breakout Sponsor:

     apptegy logo

    Apptegy builds products that empower school leaders to run better schools. We make it easy for administrators and educators to reach parents, students, staff, and your community at large. With our tools you can communicate better and change how the public thinks and feels about your schools.

     Marketplace Sponsors: 

    Finalsite logo

    Districts choose Finalsite for our award-winning, ADA-compliant designs, robust communications software, integrated mobile app, simple website content management tools, and secure hosting. With scalable solutions to meet every district’s unique needs, 24-7 support, in-house accessibility specialists and tactical website deployments, Finalsite is equipped to help districts of all sizes launch and maintain websites that improve school-to-home communications, recruit faculty, and engage key stakeholders. Finalsite is headquartered in Glastonbury, CT, and serves more than 5,000 districts and schools in 84 countries, maintaining a 95% retention rate year over year. For more information, please visit www.finalsite.com

    CLICK HERE for more information about Finalsite.

    Target River Logo

    Target River is a target marketing company that works with public school districts to help them in the areas of community engagement, student retention, student enrollment, employee acquisition, and more.  We were recently named the Best Education Marketing Company in the United States.  To learn more, visit www.targetriver.com

    CLICK HERE for more information about Target River's services.


    Gipper: the leading content creation platform in the K-12 industry, enabling schools to create professional content for social media - in seconds, on any device, and without needing any design experience. Serving school communications professionals, athletic administrators, principals, and more - Gipper empowers anyone at a school to create effective, branded, and compelling content for social media in just a few clicks. 

    CLICK HERE for a flyer with an ASPRA discount code.

    Swag Sponsors:

    socialschool4edu logo

    Fountain Creative Services

    TGS Educational Consulting logo

    Chasing the Sun logo

    Pima County School Superintendent logo