Illuminating Advice from Media Experts

What Community Members Want and Need to Know About Their Schools

Guest Expert Program | Seated | Paid

  • Date: Oct 11, 2022

  • Time: 10-11:30 AM

  • Location: Library Center Auditorium, 4653 S Campbell Ave, Springfield MO 65810

  • Intended Audience: Superintendents & Assistant Superintendents, Principals & Assistant Principals, Communication Directors, University Members

  • Registration Fees:

    • Members: $30

    • Nonmembers: $100

Session 2: Illuminating Advice from Media Experts

Shine a Light Series

For years, many of us have watched Ethan and Sara Forhetz on KY3 covering local news and educational related stories. They are now using their public relations and communication talents for the non-for-profit work of Convoy of Hope. Their years of experience provide excellent insight for how school leaders can help to create a more supportive environment for education in your community.

This session will include a dialogue with educators focused on how best to provide strategic and intentional communication, especially in the current political environment. Public Education Proud requires school leaders to commit to a focus on communication to ensure districts are presented in a positive light.

Would people say you are “Public Education Proud?” It’s critical that we strategically promote all the ways we are proud of public education, therefore GOCSD concentrates on advocacy for public school educators and institutions. This session will equip you to be more effective in your promotion of public education!

Guest Experts

Ethan Forhetz

Ethan Forhetz

Vice President of Public Engagement/National Spokesperson at Convoy of Hope

Prior to joining Convoy of Hope, Ethan worked for 25 years as a television journalist. His experience anchoring and reporting news includes stints in St. Louis; Las Vegas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Springfield, Missouri and Tallahassee, Florida. He spent 15 years in Springfield anchoring the 5pm, 9pm & 10pm newscasts on the highest rated of the top 100 NBC affiliates in the United States.

Sara Forhetz

Sara Forhetz

Lead Reporter/National Spokeswoman at Convoy of Hope

Sara has worked in television journalism for 17 years. Before TV, she worked for Senator Tom Coburn in Washington, D.C., visiting with constituents and doing research on different government topics and legislation. She also speaks dozens of times per year to different church groups about her faith.

Shine a Light Series

This event is the second in a series of 3 engagement opportunities with various experts who are versed in public relations. This series is designed to help leaders consider opportunities to better share the importance of public education and how best to engage with policymakers to depict the concept of being Public Education Proud. Participants can choose to attend all or just some of the sessions.

Public Education Proud Initiative

To advocate for Public Education at the local, state and national levels, GOCSD is providing members many opportunities to showcase what it means to be Public Education Proud (PEP). The Public Education Proud efforts includes: Teacher Proud Campaign, Shine a Light Series, GOKey Communicators Program, and the Public School Proud Bulletin.

Teacher Proud

Shine a Light Series

GOKey Communicators

Public School Proud Bulletin

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