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RPS 205 Wins 5 National Communications Awards for Excellence

NSPRA Award 2021

The Rockford Public Schools communications department received nine awards – including five for excellence, the highest honor – this month from the National School Public Relations Association for work in publications and digital media.

This is exciting for our team, because we prioritize informing our families, staff, students and the community about news and stories from Rockford Public Schools. It’s also exciting for our staff, students and community, because the awards include featured work and stories from several RPS 205 staff members and graduates from the Class of 2020 – in their own voices – on the 205 VIBE, our multimedia platform.

NSPRA’s Publications and Digital Media Excellence Awards recognize outstanding education publications and marketing/informational materials (print and electronic), video/TV/radio programs, social media and websites. Keep scrolling for a breakdown of the awards in RPS 205, with a little information about the featured staff and students.

Congratulations to the communications department and to the contributors. And thank you to our readers, viewers and listeners for your continued support of the 205 VIBE. Follow the links to watch, listen and read, LIVE on the 205 VIBE!

Excellence Awards

Blog Post: Three Bright Spots of Remote Teaching, by Marianna Ruggerio, AP physics/physics instructor at Auburn High School

Infographic: Back-to-School 2020-21 Reopening Plans, featuring in-person and remote-only instruction

Internet/Intranet Website: RPS 205 launched a new website in October 2020

Podcasting/Audio: 205 VIBE: The Podcast – Season 3: Episode 28: Remote Teachers Focus on Engagement, Creativity & Connection During Pandemic, featuring Riverdahl teachers Jeannie Shumaker, Michelle Irlacher and Beth Conkling

Video (Produced In-House): 2020 Graduation Recap, featuring highlights of the Class of 2020 virtual graduation ceremonies
 

Merit Awards

E-Newsletter (External Audience): What’s LIVE on the 205 VIBE! February 2021, featuring a blog post from Strategic Communications Coordinator Mary Kaull about Washington Elementary School teacher Erik Manriquez; a podcast and video with three remote teachers at Riverdahl Elementary School; and news about expanding career prep for our high school students to include culinary arts & restaurant management, plus marketing and communications
 

Honorable Mention

Blog Post: Week of the Young Child: Work Together Wednesday, by Hillary Cook-Harris, Director of Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

E-Newsletter (External Audience): What’s LIVE on the 205 VIBE! January 2021, featuring a blog post from Cherry Valley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Gracie Caltagerone; a podcast featuring Rockford Police Department Assistant Deputy Chief Mike Dalke and Director of Career & Technical Education Reid Jutras

Video: Through the Lens: Remote Teachers Focus on Engagement, Creativity & Connection During Pandemic, featuring highlights from the podcast recording with remote-only teachers at Riverdahl Elementary School Jeannie Shumaker, Michelle Irlacher and Beth Conkling


Headshot of Cathy Bayer

Cathy Bayer

Cathy Bayer is senior communications manager for Rockford Public Schools.

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