the Story
Adam Shapiro
Public Relations
Shaping a Powerful Narrative.


Sharing Stories with “People”

Finding a home for stories in The New York Times, Washington Post and PBS NewsHour is an important part of public policy-focused communications. But sometimes clients benefit from media outreach that informs Americans in unique and interesting ways. Such is the case for our client Remake Learning, a network of over 1,200 educators and innovators across 10 counties in Greater Pittsburgh and West Virginia who are committed to helping public education become more collaborative, creative, equitable, inclusive, and just.

We secured coverage of one of its Moonshot Grants in People magazine. The popular print publication featured the Butler Area School District and the grant it received for Growing a Green Future.

This intra-district initiative is bringing together a rural elementary school’s agricultural curriculum and production abilities with an urban school’s community store and resource hub to create a system for growing, distributing, and selling fresh, local produce while engaging students from both schools in agriculture, entrepreneurship, and other STEAM-based learning. Community Advisory Boards also are guiding and contributing to planning and related projects at each school.

People’s positive coverage has heightened national awareness and appreciation of this innovative effort.


Silicon Valley & Early Childhood Ed

ASPR helped long-time client Council for Professional Recognition take the case for more innovation in early childhood education to the Silicon Valley. Read about why we need more research on integrating developmentally appropriate technology literacy into young children’s daily learning environment.


Opinion: Why early education needs a technology transformation

“The Hill” Quotes ASPR Client

Influential Washington outlet “The Hill” cited a recent interview with ASPR client “Conversations on Health Care”; the article was picked up by other news outlets across the U.S.:

During an interview with the radio program “Conversations on Health Care,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said the administration wants to provide people with the broadest possible protection.

“So the strategy now is to tailor vaccine for giving us the largest breadth of response, ideally one that would have less waning over time,” Walensky said. “I believe it is best to use a vaccine that is tailored for the variant that we have right now.”



Advocating for Early Childhood Education

Congress Bailed Out the Airline Industry. Why Won’t It Do the Same for Child Care? Commentary by Janna Rodriguez.

“Eight years ago I started a child care program in Freeport, New York. We’re proud of our educators, who’ve not only earned the Child Development Associate credential (www.cdacouncil.org), but have proven they understand how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children.

During the worst months of the pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other leaders in Washington gave $50 billion of our tax dollars to the 10 major passenger airlines in the U.S. to help pay the salaries of 750,000 airline professionals. These funds were justified, Congress argued, because it would prevent the airlines from going bankrupt. And yes, in that case, Congress did the right thing, as evidenced by the success the travel sector is enjoying again.

It’s time now for Congress to take a similar step for our early childhood educators, before it’s too late.” https://lnkd.in/eTrpus2e

Paragon Title Innovation Advances

Paragon Title, a local leader dedicated to easing the home purchase process with innovation and expertise, is taking the next step to enhance these achievements. Rob Rothstein, a veteran Paragon attorney who has led the technology and service initiatives, assumes duties as President and current President Randy Rothstein officially takes on the title of Founder and continues to actively advise the Washington, DC area’s leading independent title company.

Randy Rothstein said, “I have seen significant changes in our industry during my 41 years leading Paragon Title. As our industry has evolved, so has our company. This leadership transition speaks to Rob’s and the entire team’s success over many years in reimagining and refining how we help buyers, sellers, agents, and lenders. We take great pride in being an independent family-owned business which allows us to focus exclusively on the customer and the agent experience.”

Rob Rothstein commented, “I want to recognize my father for his vision and dedication to building Paragon Title into the leading independent title company serving DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. I am exceptionally fortunate to have the support of the best team in the business, especially my brother, Brad. Together, we will continue to lead this industry and further improve the home closing process.”

Reflecting on the transition, Terri Davis, General Manager of Real Estate at Notarize.com said, “We congratulate both Rob on his elevation to President and Randy on his new role. We know Paragon Title as the first in the country to provide attorney-led eClosings via Notarize and they’re actively collaborating with the platform to set the pace of innovation and digital transformation in this exciting space. This is the kind of premier industry-leading activity Paragon is recognized for, and we expect it will continue to build on in the years ahead.”

Since its inception, Paragon has helped over 100,000 buyers and sellers with real estate settlement transactions, from starter homes to premier luxury properties.

The Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors® has recognized Paragon Title numerous times, including this past year as “Affiliate of the Year” for service and support of local Realtors®. Fidelity National Title presented Paragon with its 2021 Top Producing Agent and Excellence in Action Award. The firm has received many similar recognitions throughout its history.

Paragon Title offices are at 7415 Arlington Road in Bethesda, MD and 1410 Q Street NW in Washington, DC and online at ParagonTitle.com.