"Wingspan Partnerships is challenging independent schools to be involved in education in a very different way. Wingspan helps others imagine a future in which every independent school in the country is partnered with the least resourced schools in their community, providing the space and time for citizens to encounter each other across the socio-economic divide, united by a common commitment to the best possible education for all their children. It is this idea of an independent school as a space for collaboration by citizens that reflects what Jefferson seemed to have in mind for education in our country. "
Chris Ellsasser, Director of Studies, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Massachusetts


The National Network of Schools in Partnership debuted to a packed room at the NAIS annual conference on February 28.

More than 250 attendees participated in the event and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

"The potential of this launch is beyond anything that I've been privy to at the U.S. Department of Education," said Maureen Dowling, the Department’s Director of the Office of Non-Public Education, in her keynote remarks. She – like many in the room – understood that we stand at a critical juncture in the evolution of our country’s education system. And that now is the time to unite in a common commitment to the best possible education for children in all schools, not just our schools.

The presence of incoming NAIS president John Chubb and current president Pat Bassett, who gave a ringing endorsement in his morning plenary remarks, demonstrated the commitment of independent school leadership to extending each school’s mission to its broader community. “The country needs flag bearers on the march to a more equitable future for all students, not just the privileged,” said Bassett.

Read more about the launch session in Education Week and visit the National Network of Schools in Partnership website to learn more about NNSP and its vision for the future. 

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