MSAN has worked to build a community of learners who engage in common practices across school districts. These include: - Engaging in collaborative research in which practitioners and researchers are equal partners in designing, conducting, and publishing research. - Conducting evaluations of programs intended to increase academic achievement of racially diverse students. - Conducting training and professional development activities for district teachers and administrators relative to the MSAN mission. - Creating opportunities for students to guide the work of the organization. - Disseminating results of Network activities among MSAN districts and the larger educational community.