Community Partnership Resources

The following is a curated list of references of references on the role of community partnerships in fostering social and emotional learning (SEL).

In addition, through The Wallace Foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning initiative, CASEL is supporting five school districts in strengthening social and emotional learning partnerships between schools and after-school programs. Learn more here.


Epstein, J. L. (2011). School, family, and community partnerships: Preparing educators and improving schools. New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from
Book available for purchase.

Reports and Briefs

National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (2018). School-community partnerships. Washington, DC: The Aspen Institute. Retrieved from
View the brief.

National School Boards Association. (2014). Partnership not pushouts. A guide for school board members on community partnerships for student success. Washington, DC: Author.
View the report.


National Network of Partnership Schools. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University.
View the webpage.