School-Linked Component: National Network of Partnership Schools

Currently in its 10th year, this National Network of Partnership Schools program has a long record of success. Established by researchers and Johns Hopkins University in 1996, the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) invites schools, districts, and states to use research-based approaches to strengthen their programs of school, family, and community partnerships. Each Partnership School uses an action team approach, writes goal-oriented plans, and selects practices from the six types of involvement to involve families and communities to increase student success in school. Districts and states assist schools to develop and sustain excellent programs of partnerships that fulfill NCLB/ESEA requirements for parental involvement.

The Director of Maryland Partnership Program Development, Brenda Thomas, coordinates district staff to support implementation of school plans and to expand this model to other districts and schools.

The Maryland State Parental Information Resource Center (MD PIRC) -- Benefits and Services for Maryland's Districts and Schools for Developing Excellent Partnership Programs

  • -- Offers direct, on-going, and on-call assistance from Brenda G. Thomas, Director of Maryland Partnership Program Development

  • -- Prepares LEA directors and/or facilitators for Family and Community Involvement in separate training sessions

  • -- Conducts initial NNPS Team Professional Development Day for schools' Action Teams for Partnerships (including teachers, principals, and parents)

  • -- Provides all workshop materials and meals for the initial NNPS Team Professional Development Day

  • -- Pays for two substitute teachers per school for classroom teachers on the Action Team for Partnerships to attend the initial NNPS Team Professional Development Day

  • -- Convenes periodic cluster meeting with LEAs in Maryland to strengthen leadership, share ideas, and sustain progress on partnerships.

The following school districts have been asked to participate during the 2007-2008 school year: Baltimore City, Prince George's County, Washington County, and Wicomico County.

For more information, please contact:

Brenda Thomas, Director
Maryland Partnership Program Development
National Network of Partnership Schools
phone: (410) 516-8819
fax: (410) 516-8890
e-mail: [email protected]


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