News and Reminders
- The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center earned a 2021 Partnership Organization Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools! Our Colleague Connect Meetings for district leaders and coaches, along with our End of Year Celebration event will be featured in the 2021 NNPS Promising Practices guide (coming soon!)
- See new funding guidance document and video below for Fall 2021. Submit your regional plan to us by Oct 15, 2021.
- Submit Quarterly Coaching Logs to OhioSFEC@osu.edu using this form (Quarter 1 due October 15, Quarter 2 due January 15, Quarter 3 due April 15, and Quarter 4 due July 15 each year), to help keep track of your work coaching each district. Please send a separate coaching log for each district you are coaching. These are helpful historical documents to reference in the event that new staff join the team.
- Email your signed Cohort 3 Partnership Agreement Form to OhioSFEC@osu.edu.
- Cohort 1 teams should have created a new/revised one year action plan for the 2021-2022 school year by May 31, 2021. They can use their old plan and just update it if that is easier, but encourage them to think about what worked and what didn’t so it is always improving. Cohort 2’s one year action plans were due May 31, 2021.
Funding Guidance & Regional Plans
Upcoming Trainings for Cohorts 1 and 2
- August 20, 2021, Coaches Kickoff Meeting
- September 30, 2021 Colleague Connect for SST coaches and district leaders
- October 22, 2021 Half-Day Training: Special Topics for Improving Your Programs of Family-School Partnerships
- October 28, 2021 Colleague Connect for SST coaches and district leaders
- December 2, 2021 Colleague Connect for SST coaches and district leaders
- January 13, 2022 Colleague Connect for SST coaches and district leaders
- January 21, 2022 Half-Day Training: Special Topics for Improving Your Programs of Family-School Partnerships
Are you a new NNPS coach? Watch the 2 hour professional development session video below to learn about NNPS and the role of coaches!
Ohio NNPS Evaluation Results
Answers to FAQs
1. What should I bring with me when recruiting districts?
The important things are the About NNPS for Ohio Districts, the description of the trainings document, and once they are ready, the Partnership Agreement to sign. You could also bring the manual. After they agree to sign the Partnership Agreement, they will need to complete and return to you the NNPS District Membership Form. You will send that to us. If the district you are recruiting is very small, they will only need to purchase a district membership (and not a school one).
2. Who should the district and school leads be?
The district lead should be someone with a district-wide position with a) time, and b) the ability to be a good coach for the school leaders. There are many different roles that could successfully fill this role such as a federal programs leader, a curriculum director, special education director, student support services coordinator, school counseling coordinator, assistant superintendent, and others.
The school lead can be the school’s principal, although principals tend to be very busy and often don’t have enough time to devote to managing an Action Team for Partnerships and keeping track of implementation of partnership activities and data/evaluation as well. So, we recommend that the school lead be someone else at the school level with time and ability to manage the weekly/monthly activities of the Action Team for Partnerships.
3. Tell me more about the additional trainings beyond the first year training for teams.
Beginning in Fall 2021, we will be hosting special topics trainings by Dr. Epstein. Please consider them as mandatory at this time for whole teams. To get all of our districts and schools off on a good start for implementation with fidelity, we want to ensure there is opportunity for high quality training each year. The trainings will cover special topics relevant to our schools and will provide information for continued improvement for their partnership planning.
4. Can I recruit a community school to participate?
During this grant, we promised to implement NNPS in every Ohio region in 2 schools per year, an elementary school and a middle/high school. So, if you recruit a community school, you will need to ask them to form 2 teams of parents/teachers/school leaders (1 for the elementary grades, and 1 for the middle/high grades). If this does not seem feasible due to the size/capacity of the school, we recommend that you encourage them to implement NNPS but that you select a different district to coach. If the district you are recruiting is very small, they will only need to purchase a district membership (and not a school one). Small districts also may not require a district leadership plan – it is up to them whether they create a plan for district-level activities or not. Instead, they will focus on One Year Plans for their schools.
5. Can I coach more than the planned number of districts and schools?
Yes, please let us know of your plans, and ensure you budget enough staff time for coaching, but we love to see each region expanding NNPS to new districts.