Educator of Excellence
2023 Award Winners
Did you miss these videos at the conference or do you just want to watch them again? Check out the Educator of Excellence series we created for MREA, highlighting each of the 2023 award winners.
2023 Innovation Award
Nature Based Kindergarten Experience
2022 Educator of Excellence
Jen Maras | Morris Area School District
Each year, MREA selects one of the four Educators of Excellence to nominate for the National Rural Teacher of the Year award, which is given by the National Rural Education Association. MREA’s selection from 2022, Jen Maras, represented Greater Minnesota by attending the National Rural Education Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee in November.
Build a more secure future for your students and staff, by educating and empowering voters to support your district. Successfully passing a school referendum requires strategic, honest messaging that builds trust between the school district and community members.
By clearly communicating the value of your needs and effectively connecting them to your proposed solutions, you build understanding that drives results. Whether you’re just starting the process or have a fully developed referendum plan, we can help.
(Re)Building Trust for Referendum Communications
Jake Sturgis, Captivate Founder & CEO, led a breakout session along with Dr. Bill Adams in which they unpacked successful communication strategies that have worked since the playbook changed dramatically starting in 2020. They also shared ways districts can tell stories of student and staff success to rebuild or build trust in key audiences.
Big Lake Schools
Overview Storytelling Video
Social Media Graphics
Big Lake Schools was in need of a video that could incorporate the overview messaging of their entire referendum ask. Captivate crafted a 3-4 minute referendum storytelling video that incorporated interviews with district stakeholders, video footage and motion graphics to reinforce key messages. Our team also partnered with the district to design their referendum logo, direct mailers and more for their campaign.
AnimatED video content offers an effective and engaging way to deliver and explain complex information to your audiences. Check out our growing list of customizable animated video content to address important issues that school districts face.
Take advantage of these cost-effective, templated explainer videos while still customizing key visuals and messages to your district.
Winter Weather Decisions
Winter weather can be disruptive and create unsafe conditions for your students, buses, and staff members. When it comes to making decisions about early dismissals and cancellations, district leaders are under immense pressure to communicate in a timely and clear way.
This animated “explainer” video shares information about how districts like yours make winter weather decisions with student safety as the primary focus. Customized to include your district’s decision-making guidelines, the video ensures that your community can better understand the process and rationale of school delays or closures in advance.