Upcoming Events

Join us for Close Up Conversations, student deliberations, nationwide conferences, and more!


Close Up hosts and takes part in a variety of events, both in person and online, to help students and teachers discuss policy issues and connect with members of our nationwide community. These discussions, deliberations, and presentations allow participants to hear different perspectives from experts and each other, and consider new approaches to engaging with current issues. 

Learning Cohort

February 8, March 7, April 4,  May 2 | 12pm – 1:30pm ET | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Designed to support and inform educators who are looking to strengthen community engagement, partnership, and social impact programs at school, the learning cohort offers guided conversations, connections, and shared structured learning to help each educator forge their path toward a fully developed program. Through a series of Zoom meetings, participants will develop the skills to build a strong foundation at school and hone the tools to take this work wherever their career leads them.



Growing Together: Harnessing School Gardens for Community Impact and Engagement

March 6, 2024 | 12pm – 1:00pm (ET) | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Join NNSP and teams from the Hockaday School and the Hutchison School to hear about the transformative potential of school gardens in enhancing students’ educational experiences and nurturing a sense of community engagement. Discover how hands-on experiences in the garden can deepen students’ understanding of core concepts while nurturing critical thinking skills, environmental stewardship, and a love for learning. This webinar offers valuable insights and actionable strategies for harnessing the promise of school gardens. Join us as we explore how growing gardens can cultivate minds and communities alike.



Moving from Hours to Significant Experiences

March 28, 2024 | 12pm – 1:00pm (ET) | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Hear about how Polytechnic School transitioned from measuring students’ hours of service to completing significant experiences. Learn how they moved from a culture that once focused on charity, fundraising, checking boxes, and doing “for” the community to now emphasizing solidarity with community partners, building empathy and character skills in their students, and committing to work with the community. As a result, students have more ongoing, meaningful relationships with their community partners, reflect more meaningfully on those experiences, and lead their peers and teachers in building these experiences into their curricula and lives.



Civil Discourse Lab

Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Era of Elections and Divisive Issues

July 10-12, 2024 | Washington, DC | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Join Close Up, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab this July for the Civil Discourse Lab. When crises and polarizing political issues emerge in our world, schools are expected to respond immediately with a curated message and a plan for action. This event is intended to give educators a framework and tools to foster open and authentic dialogue around the pressing cultural and political issues facing school communities. Educators are encouraged to attend in cohorts to create a comprehensive, community-wide strategy.



Degrees of Impact: Design, Implement, and Infuse

How to Purposefully Place Community Engagement, Civic Engagement, and Social Impact Programs in Your Curriculum

July 15-16, 2024 | Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, CA | Open to NNSP members ($400) and non-members ($500)

Join us for a two-day working session that will provide educators from across the country the opportunity to connect and consider emerging practices and trends for community engagement, civic, and partnership programs. Examine frameworks and guidelines while using tools developed by the National Network of Schools in Partnership to repurpose and strengthen your community engagement, social impact, and partnership programs. Attendees will be introduced to a variety of ways that community and civic engagement programs are integrated into a PK-12 curriculum as well as they will be given ample time to design or redesign their own programs through a design thinking process.




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Insights from a Freedom Rider

Videos | June 7, 2023

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar Close Up sits down with Freedom Rider, Joan Mulholland.

Civic Education In Georgia

Videos | October 28, 2022

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar Close Up and an expert panel talks about the Importance of Civic Education in Georgia.

The ERA 50 Years Later

Videos | March 24, 2022

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar Close Up is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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