Thursday Sponsored by Thoughtexchange

Paul Osincup

Positive Workplace Strategist

Paul Osincup helps organizations create happier, healthier, and more connected places to work. Paul’s global mission for workplace happiness has provided him the opportunity to work with hundreds of organizations including Nasdaq and the Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership. He’s a content creator for Happify, an app that provides evidence-based solutions for emotional health and well-being for over 4 million users. Paul is also a certified Stress Mastery Educator with the American Institute of Stress, and a training partner with the international work culture consultancy, “Delivering Happiness.” His TEDx Talk: “Leading with Laughter, the Power of Humor in Leadership” is used in corporate and collegiate leadership courses around the world and he is the President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization dedicated to the study and application of humor to enhance health and human performance. Paul’s work has been highlighted in Forbes, on Sirius XM Radio, and on his mom’s refrigerator. 

Friday Sponsored by Blackboard

Tony Thurmond

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Superintendent Thurmond is an educator, social worker, and public school parent, who has served the people of California for more than ten years in elected office. Previously, Superintendent Thurmond served on the Richmond City Council, West Contra Costa Unified School Board, and in the California State Assembly, representing District 15. Education is at the core of Superintendent Thurmond’s legislative record. He authored legislation that successfully expanded the free lunch program, bilingual education, and the Chafee Grant college scholarship program for foster youth. Additionally, Superintendent Thurmond’s legislation guaranteed preferential voting rights for student school board members, improved access to families for early education and childcare, and shifted millions of dollars directly from prisons to schools. He is continuing this support and focus on improving public education for all students in California in his role as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Saturday Sponsored by Peachjar

California School Public Relations Association

Preparing for School Closures

Coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. With no sign of slowing down on the horizon, our state health officials are telling us to prepare for a long journey and school closures. There is no better opportunity than at our annual school public relations conference to align our communication strategies across the state. This general session will cover a step-by-step journey from the state, county, and district perspectives. Join CalSPRA board members Kindra Britt, CalSPRA President and Deputy Superintendent of Communications and Marketing for California Department of Education; Jessica Hull, CalSPRA Secretary and Communications and Public Relations Officer for Monterey County Office of Education; and Ryan Foran, CalSPRA Southern California Chair and Chief Communications Officer for Arcadia Unified School District for a session packed with actionable information on the hottest topic worldwide right now.
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