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Professional Development

National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University is a professional development organization that guides leaders in schools, districts, states, and organizations to apply research-based approaches to their programs of family and community involvement. Tools, training, and materials from NNPS enable leaders to plan, implement, evaluate, and improve their programs and practices of school, family, and community partnerships. The NNPS Handbook for Action contains directions, outlines, inventories, planning forms, and evaluation tools for conducting the NNPS approach.

In addition, NNPS conducts institutes and workshops that build leaders’ abilities to strengthen and sustain their partnership programs. Scroll down to learn about the NNPS Professional Development resources:

  • Leadership Institute
  • Webinars
  • Workshops on the Road
  • Evaluation Services
Leadership Institute (LI)


October 20, 21, and 28, 2022

This intensive workshop prepares district and organization Leaders for Partnerships to guide schools in building sustainable, goal-linked programs of school, family, and community partnerships.  NNPS defines a leader or facilitator as a specialist who supports school-based Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs) so that they build their capacities to organize and continually improve their programs of family and community engagement.

The Leadership Institute also welcomes state leaders who will prepare district leaders to strengthen goal-linked partnership programs at the district and school levels.

NNPS also conducts local and regional Leadership Institutes on request, in person or online.

NNPS Webinars

NNPS conducts Webinars on partnership program development.

NNPS Free Webinars


This webinar is conducted each year to help District, Organization, and State Leaders for Partnerships to identify and select strategies to improve leadership and facilitation activities to guide school-based Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs).


Leadership Webinar 2022


This webinar is conducted each year to help schools that are in a “start up” phase in their partnership programs (or those who would like a “refresher”). Attendees will review the basic components of the NNPS model. We will focus on how to strengthen teamwork and how to write a good, goal-linked plan for partnerships for the rest of this year, and for the 2022-23 school year.

ATPs are encouraged to have the Chair, Co-chair, and at least 3 team members attending the webinar together.

District and organization leaders may attend with their school teams. 


NNPS Workshops on the Road

NNPS offers members customized professional development workshops, including basic training for districts and for schools to start their programs, and advanced topics for NNPS members who are ready to tackle tough challenges to involve all families in their locations.

The on-site workshops prepare leaders to plan their work and to facilitate schools’ partnership programs. The workshops also guide schools’ Action Teams for Partnerships to organize and strengthen their programs.

NNPS Workshop topics include:

  • NNPS One-Day Workshop for schools’ Action Teams for Partnerships
  • Special sessions for district, organization, and state leaders
  • Advanced topics such as improving family and community involvement to involve fathers and multicultural families in ways that support student learning in reading, math, and other subjects

More information on the Workshops on the Road Brochure.

Arrangements for Workshops on the Road are made with NNPS Facilitators, on a mutually-satisfactory schedule and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Evaluation Services

NNPS offers three evaluation services to help district and state leaders connect measures of the quality of partnership programs with school improvement goals and students’ educational outcomes.

1. Use NNPS resources and data to identify program strengths and weaknesses.

(a) Schedule training in the use of NNPS evaluation tools and resulting data in your location.

(b) Request NNPS to prepare a detailed one-year or multi-year summary of school UPDATE data from your location.These services will help members make better use of NNPS evaluation tools and apply the results of these evaluations in their own locations.

2. Combine NNPS resources and locally-collected data.

(a) Use NNPS surveys to collect parent, teacher, and/or student perceptions of school partnership programs, and request data analyses and a customized report of your survey results.Leaders in some schools and districts want to conduct surveys of parents, teachers, and/or students to learn their attitudes about partnership experiences and ideas for improving family and community involvement programs.  NNPS’s surveys may be used  for these purposes.  NNPS evaluators can, under contract, conduct the surveys, analyze the data, and provide a report.

(b) Plan with NNPS and your district’s evaluation office to connect schools’ UPDATE data to longitudinal student achievement, attendance, or other data to learn if the quality of partnership programs contributes to student outcomes.This service will help members connect their own achievement test score data to the scales and measures that NNPS collects each year.

This will enable districts with a sizable number of schools in NNPS to address the question: Does the quality of our schools’ partnership programs contribute, independently, to changes in student achievement test scores at the school level, after accounting for the prior year’s test scores?

3. Add measures of partnerships to your comprehensive data system.

Learn to add measures of the quality of schools’ partnership programs to your state’s or district’s general data/accountability system.  Evaluate all schools (whether they are members of NNPS or not) and integrate measures of family and community involvement in your assessments of schools and in reports to parents and the public.

For more information on the nature and costs of these services, or to arrange workshops, leadership training, or contracts to conduct evaluations or to analyze and report NNPS data from your schools, contact Dr. Steve Sheldon, NNPS Director of Research, at or 410-516-5489.

Other Professional Development Resources

Other professional development training workshops and presentations can be arranged. Call an NNPS Facilitator or Researcher to discuss the topics on school, family, and community partnerships that will help improve your program.