On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) honored Julia K. Beckman among 35 public education individuals and teams for their outstanding communications work at INSPRA’s annual Distinguished Service Awards luncheon at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.
In the "Board of Education" category, Beckman received an Award of Excellence, the highest honor. Beckman was recognized for fostering cooperative partnerships between District 99 and the community, and strengthening the support of education among all stakeholders. Beckman finished her service to the District 99 Board of Education in May 2017 after serving for 24 years, including four as vice president and ten as president.
NSPRA chapter members from Nebraska, Tennessee, New York, Missouri, Iowa, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Kansas, Oregon and Texas judged entries. Only those receiving top scores in a variety of areas received awards.
“INSPRA is very happy and proud to recognize and honor this year’s recipients for their excellent communications about public education,” said INSPRA President Ryan McPherrin, Director of Community Relations for Community Consolidated School District 93 in Bloomingdale. “These awards rightly highlight some of the many people who help our families and taxpayers understand the vital role of public education. This work is more important now than ever."
The mission of INSPRA is to provide a source of connection, collaboration and professional development for school communicators in order to strengthen support for Illinois public schools, which leads to greater student success. The Distinguished Service Awards luncheon is attended by communications professionals, superintendents, board of education members and other school leaders.
To learn more about INSPRA, visit www.inspra.org.