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COVID–19 Crisis Communications

COVID–19 Crisis Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic was like no other period of crisis communication. Early on, we realized that with such complicated, evolving communications the best approach was a regional one. Because we are stronger together.

COVID–19 Crisis Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic was like no other period of crisis communication. Early on, we realized that with such complicated, evolving communications the best approach was a regional one. Because we are stronger together.

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COVID–19 Crisis Communications

COVID–19 Crisis Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic was like no other period of crisis communication. Early on, we realized that with such complicated, evolving communications the best approach was a regional one. Because we are stronger together.

From Bond to Beautiful

From Bond to Beautiful

Bond Planning and Educational Materials The community of White River School District is a mostly rural one spread out near the base of Mt. Rainier. They passed a bond back in 2001 to build a new high school, and in August, 2015 their elementary and middle schools were...

Stop the presses! Kelso reinvents its district newsletter

Stop the presses! Kelso reinvents its district newsletter

With a new superintendent and construction work beginning on a recently approved bond at the start of the 2018-19 school year, the Kelso School District wanted to increase communication with the Kelso community. They had been doing four printed, black and white...

Ensuring your election communications are PDC compliant

Ensuring your election communications are PDC compliant

Communicating about an upcoming school funding initiative can be tricky for school districts to navigate, particularly if staff is not aware of the rules and regulations. In this article, we cover the basics of PDC rules and some general rules of thumb for sharing information about bonds and levies.

Tips & Tricks

Ensuring your election communications are PDC compliant

Communicating about an upcoming school funding initiative can be tricky for school districts to navigate, particularly if staff is not aware of the rules and regulations. In this article, we cover the basics of PDC rules and some general rules of thumb for sharing information about bonds and levies.

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Tips & Tricks

Ensuring your election communications are PDC compliant

Ensuring your election communications are PDC compliant

Communicating about an upcoming school funding initiative can be tricky for school districts to navigate, particularly if staff is not aware of the rules and regulations. In this article, we cover the basics of PDC rules and some general rules of thumb for sharing information about bonds and levies.

Ensuring your election communications are PDC compliant

Communicating about an upcoming school funding initiative can be tricky for school districts to navigate, particularly if staff is not aware of the rules and regulations. In this article, we cover the basics of PDC rules and some general rules of thumb for sharing information about bonds and levies.

read more
Help! I just designed another flyer that should have been an email

Help! I just designed another flyer that should have been an email

Now don’t get me wrong: I love a good flyer. The flyer (or handout, poster, one-sheeter, take-away) is pretty much the mainstay of graphic design. In fact, it’s the bulk of what I designed at one of my first jobs working for my college bookstore. However, technology...

To Canva or not to Canva?

To Canva or not to Canva?

Why use Canva? Canva is a great tool for those with limited budgets who can't afford Adobe Creative Suite. It is also very user-friendly, making it easy for just about anyone to jump in feet first and start designing. The tool offers hundreds of design templates to...

Optimizing images for the web

Optimizing images for the web

What's the big deal? Well, the bigger the images, the longer they take to download and the more space they take up. When you have unlimited server space and a fast internet connection, it might not matter much. But not all of your website users may have access to that...

Shop Talk

Helping voters understand just how important levies are for learning

Helping voters understand just how important levies are for learning

Funding for education in the state of Washington is complicated and can lead to confusion about how schools receive the money needed to operate. The state of Washington is required to supply school districts with state funding for “basic education,” which is based on what is referred to as a “prototypical model.” Unfortunately, in most cases, that model falls short in covering what communities expect from their schools. When that happens, districts rely on local levies to bridge the funding gap, and they often look to ESD 112 Communications to help communicate information about the proposed levy. We chatted with Monique Dugaw and Heidi Barnes about what levy communications look like and why levies are so important to student learning.

Helping voters understand just how important levies are for learning

Funding for education in the state of Washington is complicated and can lead to confusion about how schools receive the money needed to operate. The state of Washington is required to supply school districts with state funding for “basic education,” which is based on what is referred to as a “prototypical model.” Unfortunately, in most cases, that model falls short in covering what communities expect from their schools. When that happens, districts rely on local levies to bridge the funding gap, and they often look to ESD 112 Communications to help communicate information about the proposed levy. We chatted with Monique Dugaw and Heidi Barnes about what levy communications look like and why levies are so important to student learning.

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Helping voters understand just how important levies are for learning

Helping voters understand just how important levies are for learning

Funding for education in the state of Washington is complicated and can lead to confusion about how schools receive the money needed to operate. The state of Washington is required to supply school districts with state funding for “basic education,” which is based on what is referred to as a “prototypical model.” Unfortunately, in most cases, that model falls short in covering what communities expect from their schools. When that happens, districts rely on local levies to bridge the funding gap, and they often look to ESD 112 Communications to help communicate information about the proposed levy. We chatted with Monique Dugaw and Heidi Barnes about what levy communications look like and why levies are so important to student learning.

Crash course in drones for video

Crash course in drones for video

How long have you been flying drones and why did you get started? I started flying drones in 2015. I started for a couple of reasons. One is I’ve been flying and building model airplanes since I was a young boy, so it seemed like a natural progression. The second...

The ins and outs of district communication contracts

The ins and outs of district communication contracts

What exactly is a district communications contract? We offer a wide range of contracts with districts to provide communications, design, and/or website services based on what the district is requesting. Every request is different, so no two contracts are exactly the...

Staff Interviews

Interview with Xander About Video Production and What Makes Him Tick

Interview with Xander About Video Production and What Makes Him Tick

How did you get started with video communications?  I was interning at a recording studio in Boston, MA because I thought I wanted to be a recording engineer. I quickly realized I would have a lot of competition if I ever wanted to be a primary engineer at the studio...

Interview with Ari About the Importance of Bilingual Communications

Interview with Ari About the Importance of Bilingual Communications

How are you able to help school districts with bilingual communications? My intermediate level of Spanish, growing up in a mixed Latino household, and studying abroad/living in a Spanish-speaking country, enables me to achieve bilingual goals for many districts. I do...

Interview with Mika About Her Journey into Communications

Interview with Mika About Her Journey into Communications

Have you always wanted to work in a creative career? Yes! Because I enjoy so many of the creative elements that go into a job in the Communications field, it's a really good, fun fit! Every day is a little different, and it requires a certain level of flexibility, but...