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Membership Levels

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TSPRA uses an online membership application process.

Members renew by logging in first and then clicking the Join/Renew link.

To join for the first time, click the Join/Renew link in the navigation and follow the steps.

Please read the descriptions carefully. Membership levels are based on your job title, department, primary duties and where you are employed. They are not options to reduce your price.

Professional membership offers the most benefits and is intended for those persons working full-time in public school PR and related fields. Education Foundation Individual membership is the same as Professional membership but for those working for an education foundation. Private sector persons or schools, businesses, and those working as consultants are not eligible for this level of membership.

The TSPRA Professional Associate and Education Foundation Associate levels are for persons whose duties are not in PR and related fields.

School districts and education associations may join at the Institutional level which includes three memberships - one professional and two associates. Only the professional member receives full benefits.

For profit, private sector businesses, consultants and private schools may only join at the Affiliate level.

Contact TSPRA at info@tspra.org if you are unsure of which membership level you qualify to join.


SCHOOL & ASSOCIATION PUBLIC RELATION MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

•  TSPRA Professional - $175; $220 after October 31, 2014
For persons whose primary responsibilities are in education communications/public relations and who are employed by a public school district or public school education foundation/association/state agency whose primary purpose is to support a Texas public school district or an individual public school. This level includes all benefits, receives discounts on products, services and registration fees and eligibility to enter the annual Star Awards competition. Only Professional members may vote, hold office or chair TSPRA committees. NOT FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PERSONS, PERSONS EMPLOYED AS CONTRACT LABOR, PRIVATE SCHOOLS or FOR PROFIT BUSINESSES.


•  TSPRA Associate - $150; $195 after October 31, 2014
For persons whose primary responsibilities are not in education communications/public relations but are employed by a public school district or public education association/agency (i.e. superintendents, principals, teachers, etc.) This level includes most of the benefits, receives discounts on products, services and registration fees and they may enter the annual Star Awards competition. Associate members do not vote, hold office or chair TSPRA committees. They may serve on some, but not all committees.


•  TSPRA Institutional - $475; $520 after October 31, 2014
Open to public school districts or public school education associations/agencies, allowing up to three members, one professional and two associates, with the same benefits as stated above. If an employee leaves, their Institutional membership stays with the school district or organization.


EDUCATION FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

•  Education Foundation Division Individual - $175; $220 after October 31, 2014
[This is the level for foundation executive directors, not their board or other other staff.] For any TSPRA professional member who is associated with an education foundation as staff, whose primary purpose is to support a Texas public school district or an individual public school. This level includes all benefits, receives discounts on products, services and registration fees and they may enter the annual Star Awards competition. They may vote, hold office and chair TSPRA committees.  


•  Education Foundation Division Associate - $150; $195 after October 31, 2014
[Executive Directors of foundations must join at the Education Foundation Individual level. This level is only for other staff and board members.] For any staff member or board member of an education foundation whose primary purpose is to support a Texas public school district or an individual public school. This level includes most of the benefits, receives discounts on products, services and registration fees and they may enter the annual Star Awards competition. Associate members do not vote, hold office or chair TSPRA committees. They may serve on some, but not all committees.  


•  Education Foundation Division Institutional - $450; $495 after October 31, 2014
($175 for TSPRA Professional dues for one education foundation staff member, the balance for additional foundation board members) 

This is a group membership for an education foundation whose primary purpose is to support a Texas public school district or an individual public school. Open to any education foundation staff or board member, elected or ex-officio. Through this membership, one foundation employee, usually the executive director, would have the same privileges as an Education Foundation Individual member and would be the main representative of the foundation for TSPRA. Other Education Foundation Institutional members will receive information, gain member discounts and may enter their foundation's work in TSPRA's Star Awards.


PRIVATE SECTOR MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

•  Affiliate - $375; $420 after October 31, 2014
Open to private sector schools, businesses, consultants and individuals for both TSPRA and the Education Foundation Division. This is the only level open to for-profit persons or companies. One person or a representative of the business receives discounts on registrations, products and services. They may not vote, hold office or chair committees. Affiliate members receive full access to the Members Only Area of the website.  


RETIREE MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

•  Retiree - for those who wish to remain active in TSPRA - $50; $95 after October 31, 2014
Open to any TSPRA member, professional or associate, who has retired from public education, a foundation, association, or other educational organization and who is not working full-time in public relations/foundations. The member receives discounts on registrations, products and services. They may not vote but may serve on committees an advisory capacity.

Retirees that do not pay for membership receive no benefits unless granted Honorary membership.


OTHER MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

•  Non-Member Free, District Manager, Honorary and others:
A free membership is offered to persons who only want to order products and register for events, but not at member discounts. They set up a profile which allows them access to their invoices online.

•  This non-member level is also one which administrative assistants and secretaries of school PR departments, organizations and foundations may join. It allows them to register other TSPRA members for workshops and conferences, purchase products for them, and gives them access to manage member and accounting information.

•  Honorary members, retirees, vendors and others should contact the TSPRA office at info@tspra.org. to find out how to register.