Maine Township High School District. 207 has been recognized for outstanding communications efforts, receiving six Lifetime Achievement Awards and an Award of Merit from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA), the public relations association for schools in the ‘State.
INSPRA held its annual Paper Contest Awards Luncheon on September 9, at which it recognized the best school papers in the state. Professional school communicators from across the country judged the hundreds of submissions. Each entry was evaluated by three judges against a rubric of excellence, with prizes awarded to those who scored within established ranges for merit and excellence.
Dist. 207 Director of Communications, Brett Clark, APR, and Digital Media Coordinator, Dan Kolen, received awards of excellence in the Video (internal) category for five videos and in the Bulletin (print) category. A video also received an award of merit.
The district won honors for the following posts and videos:
The “District 207 Bulletin” (bit.ly/D207Newsletter) won an Excellence Award in the Bulletin (Print) category, in honor of Director of Communications Brett Clark, APR.
The following videos won Excellence Awards in the Video (Internal) category honoring Digital Media Coordinator Dan Kolen: Cami Wesselkamper’s “My Plan, My Story” episodes (bit.ly/MonPlanMonHistoireCami) and Taras Djoul (bit.ly/MyPlanMyTarasStory), “Mike Pressler: 30 years of celebration in District 207” (bit.ly/Pressler30), “Non-Titular Coaching Academy in District 207” (bit.ly/NTCAVideo), and “Maine South Construction Tour of Remodeled Spaces” (bit.ly/MSConsTour).
The video “Maine West’s New Commons Inauguration” (bit.ly/WestCommons) won an award of merit.
“It is an honor to be recognized by INSPRA as we work to tell a wide range of compelling stories of our incredible students and faculty within our school community,” says Dist. 207 Supt. Dr Ken Wallace. “Digital storytelling is an essential communication and teaching medium for us to continue to evolve as an organization, and I am so proud of the work of Dan Kolen and Brett Clark in our communications department in developing powerful vignettes who help communicate to our communities the important work being done to advance public education in our schools.
“We are proud to recognize the winners of the 2022 Communications Competition, who demonstrate excellence in communicating clearly, effectively and creatively with their school districts and communities,” said INSPRA President Tom Jackson. “Having a strong communications presence in education has never been more important as we emerge from the pandemic and face many other challenges in educating today’s students. The exemplary work of these professionals demonstrates their commitment to serving their students, staff and communities.
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