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Membership Requirements

The National Network of Partnership Schools invites schools, districts, state departments of education, and organizations to become members.  Each level of membership has different goals and requirements. Please select one of the following to view the requirements most appropriate for your interests. NNPS assists members at each level to meet the goals and fulfill the requirements for successful programs.

School Level

To join the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), each school must agree to fulfill the following goals and requirements for developing a research-based, goal-oriented program of school, family, and community partnerships.

  • Create or identify an Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) including educators, parents, and community members.
  • Write an annual One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships linked to school improvement goals.
  • Use the framework of Six Types of Involvement to select family and community involvement activities that create a welcoming climate of partnerships and contribute to student learning and development.
  • Allocate an annual budget for the activities in the annual plan for partnerships.
  • Allocate time for an initial One-Day Team Training Workshop, and at least one hour per month for the ATP to meet, plan, coordinate, and evaluate activities
  • Complete an annual UPDATE survey to evaluate progress and to renew school membership in NNPS for the next school year.
  • Send $500 to join NNPS for professional development on partnerships, and to receive the Handbook and other benefits and services for one school year.

The annual renewal fee for schools is $250.

Invitation to join NNPS and School Membership Form.

District Level

To join the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), district members must agree to fulfill the following goals and requirements as they develop district leadership and school-based programs of school, family, and community partnerships.

  • Identify a leader for partnerships, a full-time facilitator or coordinator (1 FTE) to work with Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) in 20 to 30 schools. Districts with fewer than 15 participating schools may propose a part-time equivalent facilitator.
  • Write an annual Leadership Plan for Partnerships. NNPS provides templates for district plans and an inventory, Lead and Succeed, to help district leaders organize their work at the district level and to facilitate all schools’ ATPs.
  • Help each participating school join NNPS and meet the SCHOOL LEVEL requirements of membership.

With guidance from NNPS, district leaders will provide training on partnerships for school ATPs and help ATPs write action plans, implement plans, share best practices, conduct evaluations, and continue program improvements.

  • Allocate an annual budget for staff salaries and program activities in the Leadership Plan for Partnerships.
  • Complete an annual UPDATE survey to evaluate progress and to renew district membership in NNPS for the next school year.
  • Send $500 to join NNPS for professional development on partnerships and to receive the Handbook and other benefits and services for one school year.

The annual renewal fee for districts is $250.

Invitation to join NNPS and District Membership Form

State Level

To join the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), State Departments of Education must agree to work toward the following goals and requirements as they develop leadership on school, family, and community partnerships.

  • Create or identify an office (e.g., department, division, bureau, or program) for School, Family, and Community Partnerships.
  • Assign the equivalent of one full-time Director or Coordinator and adequate staff to conduct statewide leadership activities for school, family, and community partnerships.
  • Write an annual Leadership Plan for Partnerships with clear goals, objectives, and activities to encourage districts and schools in the state to strengthen their programs of school, family, and community partnerships.

NNPS provides templates for state plans for partnerships. The inventory, States Lead and Succeed, may help state leaders select activities to encourage work on partnerships by districts and schools. States may provide information to districts and schools about NNPS resources that will help them develop their partnership programs.

  • Allocate an annual budget for staff salaries and program activities in the Leadership Plan for Partnerships.
  • Complete an annual UPDATE survey to evaluate progress and to renew state membership in NNPS for the next school year.
  • Send $500 to join NNPS for professional development on partnerships and to receive the Handbook and other benefits and services.

The annual renewal fee for states is $250.

Request an invitation to join NNPS and State Membership Form.

Organization Level

To join the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), organizations and university projects that assist states, districts, and/or schools to develop research-based partnership programs must agree to fulfill the following requirements.

  • Identify a leader for partnerships, necessary staff, and adequate time to work with school, district, and/or state partners.
  • Write an annual Leadership Plan for Partnerships with clear goals, objectives, and activities to encourage districts, schools, and/or states in the area or project strengthen their programs of school, family, and community partnerships. NNPS provides templates for plans for partnerships. The inventory, Lead and Succeed, could help organizational leaders plan their work on partnerships with districts and with schools.
  • Help the districts, schools, and/or states in the area join the NNPS and meet NNPS requirements for membership.
  • Allocate an adequate budget for staff salaries and program activities in the Leadership Plan for Partnerships.
  • Complete an annual UPDATE survey to evaluate progress and to renew organization membership in NNPS for the next school year.
  • Send $500 to join NNPS for professional development on partnerships and to receive the Handbook and other benefits and services.

The annual renewal fee for organizations is $250.

Invitation to join NNPS and Organization Membership Form.