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Gonzales, D.; Vasudeva, A. – Aspen Institute, 2021
This paper describes progress, challenges and opportunities of using policy to advance educational equity and excellence at scale in the United States. It begins with a look-back that examines two key elements of the standards-based education (SBE) era: First, it traces policy shifts and implementation challenges of the SBE era. Second, it…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Equal Education, Educational Quality, Stakeholders
Aspen Institute, 2021
The report contains real-world, proven school climate strategies to guide policymakers in building a comprehensive and coherent state-wide approach for improving school climate. It features 12 recommendations linked to existing state policy examples policymakers can use to build a comprehensive, coherent state-wide approach for improving school…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, School Policy, State Policy, Policy Formation
Aspen Institute, 2020
In early May 2020, The Aspen Institute published "Fostering Connectedness in the Pandemic Era: Policy Recommendations to Support Social, Emotional, and Academic Development." The recommendations were developed by a diverse group of education leaders convened to explore the importance of safe and nurturing relationships in school and the…
Descriptors: Independent Study, State Action, Culturally Relevant Education, Equal Education
Hansen, Kiese; Shaw, Tim – Aspen Institute, 2020
Student debt balances are ballooning, posing a serious threat to the financial security of millions of borrowers across the country. In the last 15 years, total outstanding student debt has grown six-fold and now hovers at over $1.5 trillion. Student debt has significant short- and long-term impacts on individuals, their communities, and the…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, State Policy
Hansen, Kiese; Shaw, Tim – Aspen Institute, 2020
For people across the United States, student loan debt is a growing portion of the household balance sheet. More than 40 million Americans have outstanding student loan balances. The burden of student loan debt is causing undue harm to the financial security of individuals and households across the US, with disproportionate impacts on both low-…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs
Aspen Institute, 2020
In this time of deep divisions, many Americans have recognized the need to heal schisms, repair the social fabric, and restore trust and civility in public discourse. The Better Arguments Project is based on the premise that American civic life does not need fewer arguments; it needs Better Arguments. The project stems from the founding idea that…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Communication Skills, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
Mehl, Gelsey; Wyner, Joshua; Barnett, Elisabeth; Fink, John; Jenkins, Davis – Aspen Institute, 2020
Aspen and the Community College Research Center studied nine dual enrollment programs across three states--Florida, Ohio, and Washington--that have narrowed or closed equity gaps in dual enrollment for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students. Based on this research, "The Dual Enrollment Playbook" describes the five…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Equal Education, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Aspen Institute, 2020
More than 1 million U.S. high schoolers participate each year in dual enrollment, taking college courses that simultaneously fulfill high school graduation requirements and count toward a postsecondary degree or workforce credential. While most systems still have equity gaps in dual enrollment access, 20 percent do not. In "The Dual…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Equal Education, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Aspen Institute, 2020
Social distancing and school closures forced by the COVID-19 pandemic present extraordinary challenges for education. While the nation is just beginning to understand the impact of the last few months and what the months ahead will mean for students, families, and educators, the depth of students' connectedness to school and the quality of their…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Student Development, School Closing
Wiener, Ross – Aspen Institute, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the school year for 50 million American students, and revealed the best and worst of public education: the best in terms of the heroic response by so many educators, support staff, students, and parents; the worst in terms of the intense light shone upon inequities that plague our system. As policymakers and…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Equal Education
Aspen Institute, 2020
Even in "routine" years, the principal's attention to climate matters for wellness, and it matters for outcomes. School climate is a critical factor supporting the quality of student learning, particularly in times of stress. As a result, districts across the nation have dedicated considerable resources to tools used to assess climate,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Data Use, Educational Improvement, Equal Education
LaViolet, Tania; Wyner, Josh – Aspen Institute, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting financial crisis are forcing millions of students to reconsider their educational plans--a development that's likely to increase the number of students transferring among institutions in the years ahead. Affordable and close to home, community colleges in particular are now poised to attract more students…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, College Transfer Students, Educational Finance
Katz, Emily; Schifter, Laura; La Pinta, Alexandra – Aspen Institute, 2020
"A State Policy Landscape: K12 Climate Action" looks at key areas where states have policies that can support schools in moving toward climate action. This report highlights opportunities for growth by focusing on state-level policy in the following focus areas: (1) mitigation; (2) adaptation; and (3) education. In this report, the…
Descriptors: State Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Climate, Conservation (Environment)
Aspen Institute, 2019
The promotion of social, emotional, and academic learning is not a shifting educational fad; it is the substance of education itself. It is not a distraction from the "real work" of math and English instruction; it is how instruction can succeed. And it is not another reason for political polarization. It brings together a traditionally…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, Academic Ability
Kahn, Jennifer; Bailey, Rebecca; Jones, Stephanie – Aspen Institute, 2019
Research demonstrates a wide range of positive outcomes for children who are physically active, including higher academic achievement, higher likelihood to attend college, increased success in the workplace, lower heath care costs, and decreased risk for obesity and other health problems (Aspen Institute Sport for All Play for Life; Menestrel…
Descriptors: Athletic Coaches, Coaching (Performance), Social Development, Interpersonal Competence
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