Chris Horan offers customized workshops, trainings, and presentations about strategic communication and community engagement in the education, non-profit, and public sectors.

“Best session I have ever attended at a conference.

I’m seeing the results already!”

— NSPRA participant

Interactive sessions customized to meet your needs.

Deepen your team’s knowledge in messaging, community engagement, media relations, social media, crisis communication, and more.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking engagements before local, state, and national audiences have included the following:

“Effective Communication for Superintendents through the Covid-19 Crisis”

Education Research & Development Institute

Virtual | September 2020

“Messaging with Transparency: Communicating about Your District's Successes and Challenges”

Education Research & Development Institute

Austin, TX | February 2020

“The School Committee's Role in Telling Your District's Story”

Rhode Island Association of School Committees

Providence, RI | January 2020

“From Referendum to Ribbon-Cutting: How to Engage the Community in Your School Building Project”

Joint Conference: Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) / Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS)

Hyannis, MA | November 2019

“What's in a Brand? Strategies for School Boards and State Associations”

National School Boards Association (NSBA) Summer Leadership Seminar

Chicago, IL | August 2019

“Media Relations Strategies for Superintendents and School Boards”

Joint Conference: Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) / Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS)

Hyannis, MA | November 2011 – present

“Strategic Communication for Superintendents”

National Superintendents Academy / American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Atlanta | Chicago | Dallas | Los Angeles | Philadelphia | Phoenix | San Diego | San Francisco (2012-2018)

“School Branding and Marketing for Principals”

National Principals Conference

Philadelphia, PA | July 2017

“Communications and Political Advocacy”

Massachusetts Association of School Committees

Sturbridge, MA | April 2014

“The School Board’s Role in Telling the District’s Story”

Massachusetts Association of School Committees

Framingham, MA | October 2013

“Seize the Day: Strategies to Generate Press and Boost Staff Morale”

National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) National Seminar

Chicago, IL | July 2012 Click here for more information.

“Communicating Before (and Through) a Crisis: 10 Tips for School District Leaders”

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) Spring Meeting

Marlborough, MA | May 2010

“Now THAT'S a Great School: Effective Marketing and Communication to Build Community Support”

Boston Public Schools Instructional Leadership Institute

Boston, MA | June 2009

"Marketing Your School System for Family & Community Partnerships"

Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Issues Seminar

Miami, FL | June 2008

"Bridging the School / Central Office Divide: How to strengthen relationships between principals and the district communications office"

Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) Public Relations Executive Meeting

Phoenix, AZ | July 2007

"Strategic Communications: Case Study on Boston Public Schools"

District Management Council (DMC) Superintendents' Strategy Summit

Miami, FL | January 2007

"Communicating Change: Boston's citywide campaign to help families understand a new school choice process"

National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) National Seminar

Chicago, IL | July 2006

"Improving Student Achievement through Labor-Management Partnerships"

National School Boards Association (NSBA) National Conference

San Francisco, CA | April 1999

What Our Clients Say

“I have worked with Chris Horan in his capacities as the director of communications for the Boston Public Schools and events coordinator for our organization’s large annual meeting in Boston. He is a consummate professional and highly skilled with a flawless eye for detail and a wonderful sense of humor. I would work with him again in a heartbeat.”
Dr. Michael Casserly

Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools

“Working with Horan Communications is incredibly inspiring. Chris Horan’s support, guidance and creative vision have exponentially improved our communication strategy. As a non-profit leader, I have appreciated Chris’ ability to help us build capacity to develop our organizational brand. Our work together has provided tremendous long-term value.”

Scott Frauenheim

CEO, Distinctive Schools

Reach Us

Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your communications goals.

Horan Communications
1452 Dorchester Ave.
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02122

(617) 852-1340

info (@) horancommunications.com

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