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Chelsi Chang; Eugene Pinkard – Aspen Institute, 2023
School leadership ranks among the most influential factors in student learning. Yet, principals contend with complex challenges every day, including teacher shortages, student well-being and safety concerns, resource constraints, and much more. It's no surprise they are reporting unprecedented levels of job-related stress. To position principals…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Empowerment, Leadership
Aspen Institute, 2022
Public education is the most important investment America makes in its future, a tangible expression of values and aspirations for society. Schools profoundly influence how students understand themselves, the roles and responsibilities they are expected to fulfill, and the country they will collectively create. A vision for public education is an…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Objectives, Civics, Talent Development
Aspen Institute, 2022
The overwhelming majority of families rely on public education for a foothold in the American Dream, making it perhaps the most consequential expression of America's core value of opportunity for all. State policymakers are the constitutional stewards and primary funders of America's public schools. They have the awesome responsibility of guiding…
Descriptors: Public Education, State Policy, Student Experience, Democracy
Aspen Institute, 2022
Every line of inquiry on the role of the principal tells us that the role needs an overhaul. Schools are dealing with historic educational disruption associated with the pandemic. Young people face record levels of anxiety and depression, unsustainably high income inequality, a painful reckoning with systemic racism, and a declining commitment to…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Leadership Styles, Leadership Responsibility
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
Danielle Gonzales; Francesca López; Ross Wiener – Aspen Institute, 2021
State and local policymakers are making consequential decisions about the treatment of race and racism in schools. It is crucial to slow down, consider the evidence from research and experience, and apply that knowledge to improve teaching about race and racism. Authored in partnership between the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program…
Descriptors: Racism, Child Development, Academic Achievement, Positive Attitudes
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, 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
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
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
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