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Dr. Joyce L. Epstein

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Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University, is Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), Principal Research Scientist, and Research Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.  In 1995, she established the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), which provides professional development to enable school, district, and state leaders develop research-based programs of family and community involvement.

Dr. Epstein has over one hundred publications on family and community involvement including School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Fourth Edition (Corwin Press, 2019), which guides partnership program development, and a textbook for college courses for future teachers and administrators called School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools, second edition (Westview, 2011).

Among recent awards, she was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2009 and received the 2009 Elizabeth Cohen Award for Applied Research from AERA’s Sociology of Education Special Interest Group.  Her current research focuses on how district and school leadership affects the quality of schools’ programs of family and community involvement and results for students.  In all of her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy, and practice.  (For Dr. Epstein’s publications, see the Publications List in the section Research and Evaluation.)