Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

Type 2 Blog



Communicating to improve partnerships for student success


The NNPS Type 2 Blog will feature new research, exemplary field work, and useful resources to help NNPS members continually improve their partnership programs for student success in school.

We hope you will Blog with us!


Jun 1

Possibilities and Possible Futures

Steven B. Sheldon, Ph.D. Associate Director, NNPS, and Associate Professor of Education There is a phenomenon, prolepsis, which refers to our tendency to make assumptions about the future before it happens. More simply, sometimes we base our current actions in anticipation of an imagined or possible future. We have activated prolepsis in education for decades, […]


May 13

Work on Partnerships Helps Solve COVID-19 Challenges

Brenda G. Thomas, NNPS Senior Facilitator As we all try to grasp the impact of COVID-19 on society as a whole, we focus especially on the changes that have affected the world of education. Teachers quickly changed how they teach to assure that their students would continue to receive the best education possible during the […]


Apr 8

School and Family Partnerships—A Shared Responsibility WORDS ARE IMPORTANT

Let’s start with vocabulary. Just about every state, district, and school policy asserts that children’s education is a shared responsibility of home, school, and community. When schools are closed, teachers prepare, distribute, and collect students’ lessons on school subjects. Parents guide their children to complete their schoolwork at home, talk with them about their work […]


Mar 23

NNPS Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Help All Children Keep Learning when School Buildings are Closed

Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D. Director, NNPS School buildings are closed, but “school” and learning are open. The geography of school has expanded across neighborhoods into students’ homes and onto kitchen tables. The swift change in policy to children learning at home is generating many ideas by educators and community organizations. Some interpret the demand for […]


Feb 13

How is NNPS connected to the Dual Capacity-Building Framework

Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., NNPS Director February 2019 The Dual Capacity-Building Framework (DC-BF) is a policy statement from the U. S. Department of Education based on decades of research by many scholars—including NNPS researchers. It tells educators to establish programs of family engagement and identifies conditions to put in place for successful programs.1 It notes […]


Sep 18

New and Improved! A Resource to Support YOUR Partnership Program

September 2018 New and Improved! A Resource to Support YOUR Partnership Program School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, 4th Edition Steven B. Sheldon, Ph.D. Associate Director, NNPS Engaging families and communities as partners is key for helping all students succeed in school. From kindergarten through high school graduation, studies have shown that students […]


Mar 30

Prevent Gun Violence and Increase School Safety: Are These Partnership Goals?

March 2018 Prevent Gun Violence and Increase School Safety: Are These Partnership Goals?  Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., NNPS Director The agenda is daunting:  Prevent gun violence and increase school safety.   Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and—by marching—students from across the country inspired the nation to address the complex and connected problems of gun […]


Dec 12

Developing Partnerships through Evidence

December 12, 2017 Developing Partnerships through Evidence By Dr. Steven B. Sheldon, Associate Director, NNPS I joined CSOS on January 3, 2000, fresh out of graduate school, excited for the opportunity to work with leading scholars in education reform and improvement, and thankful that Y2K ended up being much ado about nothing.  In my eighteen years […]


Aug 28

Did You Do Your Homework?

August 28, 2017 Did You Do Your Homework? Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Director, NNPS Did you do your homework?  This is one of the most common questions that parents1 ask children every day.  Parents, teachers, and even students agree that homework is important.  Countless research studies confirm that students who do their homework do better […]


May 12

Help Students Prepare for College and Career: Schools’ Family Engagement Practices

May 12, 2017 Help Students Prepare for College and Career: Schools’ Family Engagement Practices  Steven B. Sheldon, Associate Director, NNPS Ensuring students are prepared for life after high school is one of the core purposes of our education system.  A key milestone to meeting this goal is getting students to graduate on-time from high school. […]