Connecting, learning, and collaborating with researchers and practitioners from the Community Schools field

Research Practice Network

Our Purpose

  • 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 advocates around areas for collaboration and joint research; and
  • Identify new funding streams to support high-quality research on community schools.

Joining 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.

Then make sure to join our RPN Facebook group here.

CCS RPN is supported by IEL’s research team:

Past Events

2022 CCS RPN Webinars:

Network Calls:

2021 CCS RPN Webinars:

CCS RPN Webinars before 2021


Recent Studies and Publications

Please use this form to share your updated research and publications with IEL CCS RPN. We will update our database regularly, and share the research and publications with all Coalition for Community Schools (CCS) networks.

  • For the most updated studies and publications, click here.
  • For additional Coalition for Community School resources, click here.

Community Schools Research Agenda

In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools Research Practice Network hosted a three-day virtual convening in July 2020 to develop a national Community Schools Research Agenda. The convening, “Powerful Learning: How Community Schools Support Learning and Thriving Students, Families, and Communities” brought together over 60 multi disciplinary researchers and practitioners who have contributed to the community schools knowledge base. Participants spent time in facilitated break out groups co-creating a national research agenda for community schools, and brainstormed topics, questions, processes, and methods to prioritize as we seek to grow and support the community schools movement. Finally, participants considered how to enact the Research Agenda and articulated their individual role in advancing the work. Click here to see the research agenda.

See and learn more about the major themes of our research agenda by selecting a component of the infographic below:






CCS RPN Co-Chair Criteria

Research Practice Network (RPN) has 2 co-chairs, a practitioner and a researcher. Nominations criteria:


  • in a daily role/position within a community school initiative (school, district, or regional/state intermediary level)
  • participated in community schools research or program evaluation (working alongside researchers)
  • familiar with community schools research
  • a part of one of our Coalition for Community Schools networks (desired, not required)


  • has a body of research published specifically on community schools.
  • engaged in community schools work, inclusive of e.g., Research-Practice partnerships or participatory action research.
  • affiliated with a university or a research institution.
  • has a completed doctoral degree.
  • is a part of one of our Coalition for Community Schools networks (desired, not required)


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Executive Director & Vice President at Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania

Jessica Knapp

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Assistant Professor of Community Schools at Binghamton University

Dr. Naorah Rimkunas