Category Archives: School PR

Developing #BeWell34: A Virtual Space for Mindfulness & Well Being

I recently partnered with Glenview District 34 in Glenview, Illinois, to develop the #BeWell34 virtual space for students, employees, and families to find resources to encourage mindfulness and support well being.  

#BeWell34 has separate calming centers for each age group and delivers focused, scientific-based strategies to visitors based on their current mood and feeling. Glenview 34 uses the Finalsite content management system, Composer, which allows users to create highly-dynamic, granular designs. 

The #BeWell34 student calming center allows users to choose their age and current mood in order to produced optimized results.

Glenview 34 Director of Communications & Strategic Planning, Cathy Kedjidjian, APR, encourages anyone to use the system!

Check it out here.

If you want to learn how we partnered to make this happen, contact me. I’m happy to help!

Congratulations to NSPRA’s Fifth 35 Under 35 Class!

Earlier today, NSPRA announced the fifth 35 Under 35 Class!

Congratulations to the following individuals:

  1. Elizabeth Beadle Middletown (Ohio) City School District (@Eliz_Beadle @MiddletownOH)
  2. Ashton Brellenthin , Danville (Ind.) Community School Corporation (@SeeAshtonWrite @DCSCWarriors)
  3. Kate Brown, Waterford Union High School, Waterford, Wis. (@WaterfordUnion)
  4. Eva Craner Twin Falls (Idaho) School District #411 (@evacraner @tfsd411)
  5. Stevie Crovetto St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Luling, La. (@steviecro @scpps)
  6. Rachel Frost, Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, Texas (@RE_Frost44 @Region10ESC)
  7. Eric Hagemann,Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, Minn. (@EricHagemann @ISD279)
  8. Tyler Hill, Arlington (Tenn.) Community Schools (@THillMedia @ACS_System)
  9. Audrey Holtzman, Parma (Ohio) City School District (@audrey_holtzman @ParmaSchools)
  10. Jada Jonas, Iredell-Statesville Schools Statesville, N.C. (@jadajonas @isschools)
  11. Cody Kennedy, Olathe (Kan.) Public Schools (@iamcodykennedy @olatheschools)
  12. Ashley Kryscynski, Washtenaw Intermediate School District Ann Arbor, Mich. (@a2kryscynski  @WashISD) 
  13. Conor Laffey, Oak Harbor (Wash.) Public Schools (@OakHarborPS)
  14. Claudia Lemus-Campos, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, Texas (@claudiavlemus @psjaisd )
  15. Cristen Maddux, School District of Indian, River County, Vero Beach, Fla. (@CristenM_PIO @IRCSchools)
  16. Jeremy Maskel, Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools (@JerMaskel @OmahaPubSchool)
  17. Mandy Mayberry, Autry Technology Center, Enid, Okla. (@MandyMayberry @AutryTechnology)
  18. Lenora McEntire Doss, Floyd County Schools, Rome, Ga. (@LenoraLibby @FloydCoSchools)
  19. Callen Moore, Walton County School District Monroe, Ga. (@CWMOORE15 @WCSD_GA)
  20. Andrew Munson, Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian, Mich. (@LenaweeISD)
  21. David Nielsen, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Bedford , Texas (@hebisd)
  22. Tarah O’Connell, Northbrook (Ill,) School District 27 (@d27schools)
  23. David Olson, Sycamore (Ill.) Community, School District #427 (@David_____0, @SYC427) 
  24. Alissa Ouderkirk, Capital Region BOCES, Albany, N.Y. (@alissaetc @CapRegionBOCES)
  25. Melissa Reese, Allentown (Pa.) School District (@Melissa_ashleyy, @AllentownSD)
  26. Jared Revlett, Owensboro (Ky.) Public Schools (@OPS_PIO  @OboroSchools)
  27. Olivia Rice, Terrell (Texas) ISD (@oliviajrice @TerrellISD)
  28. Andrew Robinson, Gettysburg (Pa.) Area School District (@RobinsonReports @GASD_PA)
  29. Celina Rodriguez, Mount Vernon (Wash.)School District( @CelinaInPR @MVSchools)
  30. Corey Ryan, Leander (Texas) ISD (@CoreyLISD @LeanderISD)
  31. Jahantab Siddiqui, Howard County Public School System Ellicott City, Md. (@jahantab  @HCPSS)
  32. Kimberly Uelmen , Howard-Suamico School District Green Bay, Wis. (@kuelmen_PR @HSSD)
  33. Bryan Winfrey, Valley Christian Schools, Chandler, Ariz. (@bwwinfrey @vcschoolsaz)
  34. Erica Yelland, DoDEA, Alexandria, Va. (@ericayelland  @dodea)
  35. Nicole Young, Clay County District Schools (@MrsNicoleYoung @OneClaySchools)

The School of Swag Launches Inaugural #SchoolPR Secret Santa gift exchange!

Introducing the inaugural School PR Secret Santa, powered by! This December you can exchange gifts with school PR & communications pros from around the United States and Canada!

  • Step 1: Sign up using the link by Friday, October 23.
  • Step 2: We’ll assign you a partner by Friday, October 30, via email.
  • Step 3: Please have a gift ($25 or less) delivered to your partner’s mailing address by Tuesday, December 1, or before.
  • Step 4: Save the Date / Gift Opening Day: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, from 2 – 3 p.m. ET — All school PR participants will open gifts and celebrate during a virtual School PR holiday party!
  • Step 5: Invite all of your school PR friends to sign up at!

School of Swag Donates 10% of Proceeds from July-Sept. Sales to Jumpstart

The School of Swag (SOS) has donated 10% of July, August, and September swag shop proceeds to Jumpstart  — a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. 

Each quarter, SOS chooses a new educational-related organization to serve as a beneficiary. SOS swag sales from October – December will benefit the International Dyslexia Association.

Thank you for your support, communicators!

Joshua Sauer, APR

FREE To-Do List Notepad for School PR & Communication Pros!

I love a list, don’t you?

I recently worked with #SchoolPR Pros Tracy Jentz, APR, Melissa McConnell, and Andrew Robinson to develop a fun and straightforward #SchoolPR to-do list! See the thought behind each section below.

Order your FREE notepad now, or download the printable version.

Order Your FREE School PR Notepad!

Master List

This section is for your master to-do list. It feels good to complete a task, doesn’t it?


Check this off as you move through the day. Grab your coffee, check (or write) the news for your district, check your mail, and turn on the music! Then, circle or color your state of mind. Full of love and joy, feeling mindful/need mindfulness, or maybe you’re a bit stressed and need to yell, “OMG!”.


Use this section during a meeting or phone call—a great place for details.

Questions, Ideas, or Distractions

Use this section when you have questions, ideas you want to save for later, or distractions that you need to acknowledge.