NNSP Events, Programs & Conferences

Join us for upcoming webinars, learning cohorts, programs, and conferences!


Helping Students and Teachers Make an Impact

Close Up’s National Network of Schools in Partnership division is the epicenter of our Impact programming—summits, symposiums, conferences, and events  that help students and educators convene, collaborate, and engage their schools and communities. From student symposiums and summits to the NNSP Annual Conference for educators, these programs are designed with a vision of schools as civic hubs, through which students can make a social impact in real, meaningful ways.

Upcoming NNSP Events, Programs & Conferences


Learning Cohort

February 8, March 7, April 4, May 2, 2024 | 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.



Degrees of Impact: Design, Implement, and Infuse

How to purposefully place community engagement, civic engagement, and social impact programs into 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.



Institute for Constructive Dialogue

Facilitating challenging conversations in the era of elections and divisive issues.

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

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. The Institute for Constructive Dialogue is intended to give all educators the tools to create an inclusive school climate that fosters 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.



Navigating Challenging Election Issues at School

Customizable professional development for individual schools/districts 

This professional development workshop is designed to help educators across all disciplines frame and respond to discussions about complex social and political issues. Participants will explore strategies for navigating controversial election topics; learn practical techniques to establish norms that foster empathy and civil dialogue; apply a values framework to multiple policy issues to engage in productive discourse; and develop the skills to lead students in a critical analysis of election media coverage.