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Johnson, Hillary; Wiener, Ross – Aspen Institute, 2017
The goal of this primer is to help education leaders understand the mutually reinforcing relationship between social and emotional development and ambitious academic goals. Instruction that promotes students' social and emotional development (SED) facilitates better student outcomes on college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. The converse is…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Jones, Stephanie M.; Kahn, Jennifer – Aspen Institute, 2017
"The Evidence Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development" articulates the scientific consensus regarding how people learn. The research brief presents a set of consensus statements--developed and unanimously signed onto by the Commission's Council of Distinguished Scientists--that affirm the…
Descriptors: Research Reports, Social Development, Emotional Development, Academic Achievement
Wiener, Ross; Pimentel, Susan – Aspen Institute, 2017
To improve teaching and advance student learning requires weaving together the curriculum that students engage with every day with the professional learning of teachers. This paper is designed as a resource for system leaders at the district, state, and charter-management organization (CMO) levels looking to improve instructional outcomes for…
Descriptors: Praxis, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Teaching Skills
Edwards, Virginia B. – Aspen Institute, 2017
The first case study from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) shows how schools and educators enhance learning when they teach a curriculum that simultaneously builds students' social, emotional, and academic understanding. "Putting It All Together" discusses how an integrative…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Social Development, Emotional Development
Wyner, Joshua; Deane, K. C.; Jenkins, Davis; Fink, John – Aspen Institute, 2016
With their "open door" admissions policies and lower tuition, community colleges offer a gateway to higher education for millions of American students. Indeed, students who enter higher education through community colleges are much more likely than those who start at four-year institutions to be low-income or the first in their family to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education, College Transfer Students, Universities
Wiener, Ross; Goldstein, Marisa; Gonzales, Danielle – Aspen Institute, 2016
With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have a new opportunity to lead on educational equity. Public education is fundamentally a state responsibility that is explicitly addressed by each state's constitution, and states provide the largest share of funding for public schools, which positions states to ensure…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education
Anderson, Kristen Soltis; Goldstein, Marisa – Aspen Institute, 2015
This report distills the learnings from focus groups, in-depth interviews, and a two-day symposium with over 50 state legislative leaders and explores how they get their information, what matters most to them, and how groups that work with state legislators can engage them most effectively. As state legislators work to get education policy right,…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Focus Groups, Interviews, Information Sources
Browning, Bill – Aspen Institute, 2015
"Working Together and Making A Difference: Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Partnership Case Study Report" is a report aimed at informing community college and workforce leaders of best practices for launching and expanding partnerships to serve students more effectively. Co-published by AspenWSI…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Nonprofit Organizations
Aspen Institute, 2014
In the summer of 2012, thousands of teachers across the United States attended several days of professional development workshops. The workshops, which focused on the Common Core State Standards, were part of a Tennessee Department of Education initiative in teacher leadership. The department recruited and trained 200 highly-effective teachers to…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, State Standards, Program Implementation, Capacity Building
Aspen Institute, 2014
In this paper, Leading Educators and the Aspen Institute propose a roadmap to empower teachers to lead from the front of the classroom. This paper outlines key phases that system administrators will need to consider as they build teacher leadership systems that address their highest priorities. For each phase, the Aspen Institute offers a…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Empowerment, Program Implementation, State Standards
Aspen Institute, 2014
To assist system administrators as they pursue their own teacher leadership initiatives, this profile from Leading Educators and the Aspen Institute details the steps Denver Public Schools (DPS) took to design and implement its Differentiated Roles pilot. Specifically, it examines the initiative's opportunities and challenges within the context of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Teacher Leadership, Program Development, Program Descriptions
Aspen Institute, 2014
Relying on teachers as culture leaders is a solution embraced by many high-performing charter schools. This profile focuses on the design of the Grade Level Lead roles at Pritzker College Prep, a member of the Noble Network of Schools in Chicago. The successes of this school and network are well-documented: Of non-selective public high schools in…
Descriptors: Expectation, Teacher Leadership, College Preparation, Charter Schools
Wiener, Ross – Aspen Institute, 2013
The purpose of the Common Core State Standards is to prepare students to succeed in college and career pursuits. To that end, the Common Core calls on teachers to focus on deepening students' understanding of what they're learning, enhancing their problem-solving skills, and improving their ability to communicate ideas. At the same time, states…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, State Standards, Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response)
Knowles, Timothy; Kober, Nancy; Ludwig, Jens; Petrilli, Michael J.; Slavin, Robert; Tseng, Vivian – Aspen Institute, 2013
As transformative reforms like the Common Core State Standards and educator evaluation roll out amidst a rapidly changing demographic landscape, the need for getting high-quality research on timely topics into the hands of practitioners grows all the more urgent. While rigor and relevance need not be a question of "either/or", but rather…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Federal Government
Aspen Institute, 2013
Never before has the link between a college education and postgraduate job prospects been more important. College graduates are employed more often and, on average, earn significantly more than those without college degrees. During recent years, as students have moved into a challenging job market, a college education has remained the most…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Market, Information Utilization, Guidelines
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