National Network of Schools in Partnership

A Division of the Close Up Foundation

Impacting Students and Teachers Nationwide

NNSP, a division of Close Up, is a nationwide network of schools committed to connecting what students learn in the classroom to what is happening in the real world. Through NNSP, Close Up works to give young people a greater sense of purpose and engagement in causes bigger than themselves.

With over 200 member organizations that include public, private, and charter schools, educational access and enrichment programs, and policy and education reform groups, NNSP supports thousands of educators through its monthly webinars, learning cohorts, summer learning institutes, and an annual conference dedicated to best practices around community engagement.


The Value of NNSP Membership

By becoming an NNSP member, you’ll gain access to a network of educators committed to creating sustainable and reciprocal community engagement, social impact, and partnership programs at school. NNSP will help you design, implement, and improve your programs, and give your students an opportunity to find their purpose. As a member, your school or organization will gain access to:

  • Monthly webinars on relevant topics.
  • Learning cohorts with other member organizations.
  • Degrees of Impact, NNSP’s summer working session for educators looking to connect over emerging practices in community engagement programming.
  • The NNSP Annual Conference, dedicated to best practices in community engagement.
  • A team of experts to help develop and implement customized curriculum plans.
  • A community that is shifting how students learn and ensuring that academics help them become more engaged, purposeful members of the community.



Close Up and NNSP

Longtime partners before merging in 2023, Close Up and NNSP share a steadfast commitment to civics and community engagement. Together, we offer curriculum consulting, professional development for educators, and Impact programming for schools and organizations seeking to enhance their community and civic engagement programs. Our customized, research-based approach to curriculum design, program planning, and implementation helps schools and organizations build sustainable civic and community engagement academic courses, programs, and partnerships.



Learning Cohort

February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, 2024 | 12-1:30pm (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.



Avoiding the Holiday Pitfalls: Drives, Bake Sales, & More

October 18, 2023 | 12-1pm ET | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Join NNSP and three member schools on Zoom to discuss strategies on how to repurpose typical holiday drives and bake sales for more meaningful opportunities. Hear how different schools have changed the mindset of their school population, the necessity to connect drives to a greater sense of purpose, and the connection of all service activities to the educational outcomes of students.



Community Impact & Civic Leadership Symposium in Washington, DC

January 24-26, 2024 | Open to high school students

Save the date for next year’s Community Impact & Civic Leadership Symposium, as high schoolers work cooperatively to create positive, systemic change in their schools and communities. If you’re a past attendee looking to replicate our community deliberation activity at your school, fill out an interest form today!


Annual Conference in Washington, DC

January 24-26, 2024 | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Save the date for next year’s NNSP Annual Conference, as educators from across the country convene and collaborate around community and civic engagement programs and share tangible examples of how to create classes and programs that are engaging, thought-provoking, and stimulating for all students.