Research Practice Network (RPN)


Research Practice Network

The Research Practice Network will:

Create, maintain, and execute a research agenda focused on improving implementation and outcomes for students, community schools, families, and community members;

Serve as a clearinghouse for research and implementation level best practices;

Convene community school stakeholders around areas for collaboration and joint research;

Identify new funding streams to support high-quality research on community schools

Learn more about the goals and direction of the Research Practice Network.

Click here for IEL CCS Research Practice Networking Toronto Convening Notes!

Join the Network!

Join our Research Practice Network to connect with, share, learn from, and collaborate with researchers and practitioners from the Community Schools field as well as receiving timely announcements of new research and funding opportunities. Please send an email to and specify "Join the RPN" in the email subject.

Events & Opportunities

2021 CCS RPN Webinars

Community School, Racial Justice and Equity
February 11, 2021 Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

2020 CCS RPN Virtual Convening Recordings

Powerful Learning: The Coalition Story
July 21, 2020 Click here to watch the recorded plenary!

Storytelling: Research-Practice-Policy Partnerships
July 22, 2020 Click here to watch the recorded plenary!

Opening Remarks & Keynote Address

July 23, 2020 Click here to watch the recorded plenary!

Previous CCS RPN Webinars

Powerful Learning: Addressing Real World Issues through Community School Classrooms
June 25, 2019  
Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

Community School: People and Places Transforming Education and Communities
July 17, 2019
  Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

Powerful Learning: Deeper Learning Lessons for Community Schools
August 20, 2019
Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

Return on Investment (ROI) Study for Community Schools
September 24, 2019  
Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

Youth with Disabilities in Community Schools
October 23, 2019  
Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

Postsecondary Readiness and Success in Community Schools
January 29, 2-3 p.m. EST 
Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnership
February 19, 2-3 p.m. EST
 Click here to watch the recorded webinar!

An Assessment of the Impact of the New York City Community Schools Initiative
March 18, 2 -3 p.m. EDT: Click here to watch the recorded webinar!  

The Way We Do School: The Making of Oakland's Full-Service Community School District
April 15, 2 -3 p.m. EDT: Click here to watch the recorded webinar! 

We will skip May and June for the
Rise Up for Equity National Summit (Virtual)

Webinar series will resume in later Summer 2020.
Please share your community schools research with us at

Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Innovation & Improvement.

U.S. Department of Education: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Research & Publications

Community School Standards

Whole Child Framework

Community Schools Playbook

Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy

A Framework for More and Better Learning through Community Schools Partnerships

LPI/NEPC: Research Brief

LPI/NEPC: Research Synthesis

Click Here for Recent Community School Studies

 Contact us!

Please email us at if you are interested in partnering with us to host a webinar / event, collaborate on a new opportunity, or etc.

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