What is the National Network of Partnership Schools?
The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, provides schools with ideas, support, and suggestions for strengthening the connections between schools, families, and the communities of which they are a part. It was founded by educational researchers at Johns Hopkins, who were looking for a means to share research about how important these connections are to building effective schools and increasing student successes.
The Six Keys to Involvement
Partnership Programs focus on the six "keys to involvement" identified by educational researchers as the critical components of home/school/community connections.
PARENTING: Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families.
COMMUNICATING: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications.
VOLUNTEERING: Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs.
LEARNING AT HOME: Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-related activities and decisions.
DECISION MAKING: Include families as participants in school decisions, governances, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, committees and other parent organizations.
COLLABORATING WITH THE COMMUNITY: Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups, and provide services to the community. By building our programs around these types of involvement, and supporting existing programs which also address them, the Partnership seeks to improve the quality of family/school/community relationships and thus build a strong foundation for our children's education.