Professional Development Workshops

District Leadership Institute (DLI)

This two-day intensive workshop, offered each spring, prepares district directors and facilitators for partnerships to lead and support schools in building sustainable, goal-oriented programs of school, family, and community partnerships. NNPS defines a “district facilitator” as a district-level specialist who is charged by the school system to provide direct support to schools' Action Teams for Partnerships (ATP's) to strengthen school-based programs of family and community involvement.

At the District Leadership institute (DLI), district leaders for partnerships learn the components of the NNPS model and their dual roles to improve district-level leadership and to assist schools to strengthen school-based partnership programs. Attendees leave the workshop with a customized strategic plan for the next school year. Their plans identify how they will train and guide schools to develop family and community involvement programs that support school improvement goals, such as improving reading, math, and science skills, attendance, behavior, postsecondary planning and other goals for student success.

The DLI also welcomes state and organizational leaders for partnerships who will prepare district leaders and/or schools to do this work, linked to NNPS.

Click here for the 2014 DLI Brochure and Registration Form.

NNPS will conduct local and regional District Leadership Institutes on request.

for Districts and States in NNPS

Every year, NNPS members report that it is important to evaluate the quality of their partnership programs.  They also note that they need help with these evaluations.
In response, NNPS will offer 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.

NNPS Workshops on the Road

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

Because some members of NNPS cannot come to Baltimore for professional development, the workshops at members’ locations will help more schools, districts, and states increase the quality their partnership programs.

The workshops were developed for NNPS’s annual Leadership Development Conferences and District Leadership Institutes. They prepare district leaders to conduct district-level involvement activities and to facilitate schools’ partnership programs. The workshops also guide schools’ Action Teams for Partnerships to organize and strengthen their programs and involve all families in their children's education.

Topics include the NNPS One-Day Workshop for schools' Action Teams for Partnerships, the two-day District Leadership Institute for district leaders, and advanced topics such as improving family and community involvement at times of transition, in single-parent households, with multicultural families, in ways that support student learning in reading, math, and other subjects, and more.

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

Click here for the Workshops on the Road Brochure (in PDF format) for more information.

Web Conferences

NNPS conducts Web Conferences on strategies for program development.

1) Web Conference for Schools' Action Teams for Partnerships (ATP) is conducted each year to help schools in the “start up” phase in their partnership programs to write a good One-Year Action Plans for Partnerships for the next school year. Attendees will review the basic components of the NNPS model, how to write a goal-oriented plan for partnerships, and how to strengthen the ATP.


NNPS Web Conference for
Schools’ Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs):

About 50 members of schools’ ATPs and district and organization leaders registered for the Web Conference for Schools (February 27, 2014) to learn the basics of organizing an ATP, strengthening teamwork, and writing a One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships for the 2014-15 school year.  The registrants were from 17 states, Ireland, and Australia.  Participants conducted four activities to identify actions needed to establish a strong ATP, confirm the connection of partnership practices with school goals for students’ academic and behavioral success, and plan their next steps.

If you missed the 90-minute Web Conference for Schools’ ATPs on the NNPS Basics, click here to join an abbreviated archive of the second half of the Web Conference on writing an Action Plan for Partnerships and NNPS Resources.

School Web Conference Archive 

If you have any questions, contact Jessica Elmore at or call 410-516-2318.

2) Web Conference on District Leadership and Facilitation is conducted each year to help District Leaders for Partnerships consider strategies that will improve district-level leadership on partnerships and increase their direct facilitation of schools’ Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs). Attendees will review, discuss, and apply the NNPS tool

Lead and Succeed: A District Inventory of Leadership and Facilitation Strategies.

This web conference also is appropriate for Organization Leaders for Partnerships and State Leaders for Partnerships in NNPS who are conducting projects to help schools’ ATPs develop their partnership programs.

NNPS Web Conference on
District Leadership and Facilitation

Fifteen district and organization leaders participated in the NNPS Web Conference for Districts and Organizations on Thursday, January 16, 2014.   The leaders were located in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Ireland. Participants planned how to strengthen their own district-level leadership actions and how to guide school-based Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs) to improve the quality of their partnership programs.

If you missed the 90-minute Web Conference for District and Organization Leaders for Partnerships, click here to visit the archived version: 

District Webconference Archived Recording

If you have any questions, contact Jessica Elmore at or call 410-516-2318.

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.

Member Benefits and Services for Professional Growth

All members of NNPS receive benefits and services that increase knowledge and skills on partnerships. For on-going professional development that follows-up workshops with information, examples, and support, NNPS provides:

See other sections of this website for technical assistance and examples of best practices that may be adopted or adapted to improve your programs.