HISD superintendent receives national communications award

Dr. Grier honored by NSPRA for effective community partnerships, engagement practices

051215_grier300The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has awarded HISD Superintendent Terry Grier the 2015 Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award. The award recognizes a practicing superintendent of schools for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications. The award will be presented on July 14 at the NSPRA National Seminar in Nashville, Tenn.

“From the multi-channeled communication program that has been established in Houston ISD to the authentic engagement, transparency, and accountability at all levels, there is no question that Terry Grier leads by example and ‘walks the walk’ in supporting strategic communication as a management function,” said NSPRA Executive Director Rich Bagin.

Judges highlighted a commitment to two-way communication, and making information available through multiple platforms, such as websites, communications toolkits, social media, and tele-town hall meetings.

Dr. Grier led the district in its first customer satisfaction survey, “Your Voice,” now in its third year. He was named 2014 Urban Educator of the Year by the Council of Great City Schools, and has been named a 2015 Children’s Defense Fund “Champion of Children” for his leadership in connecting children to healthcare coverage.

The annual Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award honors past NSPRA president Robert L. Grossman, who is known and respected for his creative and strategic public relations practices and for his belief that the commitment of education leaders to effective school communications is vital to both student and school success.


HISD Communications at a Glance

HISD website District website
Digital Transformation PowerUp The “HUB” Cybersafety website
Literacy Literacy By 3 Read Houston Read
House Bill 5 Plan Your Path STAAR Tele-Town Hall meetings
Dr. Grier’s Social Media & Blog Twitter account Talk Supe
Selected Publications Annual Report ReCONNECT Code of Conduct
School Choice School Choice catalog School Choice website
HISD Social Media Twitter account – 33,000 followers Facebook account – 10,000 “likes”
Video Communications YouTube Vimeo
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) FACE website Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)
Community Communications Your Voice Community eNews Translation services
Strategic Partnerships (SP) Annual State of the Schools luncheon SP website
Bond Communications Bond website Bond Oversight Committee Project Advisory Teams
Employee Communications Employee web portal Employee eNews