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What is the impact of technology on student learning? According to Jim Shelton, deputy secretary at the US Department of Education, the benefits of adding digital educational tools to curriculum extend far beyond the classroom. Shelton, who is known in the education world for his work in the intersection of education and innovation, recently spoke about the subject at the Aspen Institute.
Regardless of background or socioeconomic status, all parents want to be good parents, and we believe it is within every parent’s capacity to support his or her child’s development through low-cost, everyday engagement and activities. Ascend shares that conviction.
Filed in Blog Topics: Ascend at the Aspen Institute, two-generation strategy
As the fall season approaches and Congress is back in session, the Aspen Institute is gearing up for a busy season of events on myriad topics affecting our lives today. We invite you to join us — by watching live online — to witness and participate in these conversations.
The Journal features a curated collection of essays, conversations, and opinions from the thought leaders of the Institute community. The Journal aims to capture the Institute’s mission of fostering critical conversation within its online pages.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Journal of Ideas
Decades from now, historians and others will look back at 2015 as the year humans suddenly became self-aware of their planet. I say 2015 because we are not quite there yet — we are still pre-aware. However, next year, or very soon thereafter, the United States will finally join the rest of the world in becoming both aware of and responsible for our part in adding to the world's production of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and ensuing climate change.
Filed in Blog Topics: Energy and Environment Program
Here are five of many takeaways about writing — and life — that sprang from panel discussions during Aspen Summer Words, in the words of the writers themselves.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Summer Words, Aspen Writer's Foundation
Who runs for political office? Does walking result in improved writing and thinking? And how will today's foreign policy challenges test President Barack Obama's military doctrine?
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
Times of crisis are opportunities to unite this country and press forward to address the structural deficiencies that are at the heart of our social and economic decay.
Filed in Blog Topics: Congressional Program
The Aspen Institute is pleased to name 10 community college finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, College Excellence Program
On the opening day for the National Football League’s 2014 regular season, Native American youth across the country have one message for the NFL: it is time for Native and race-based mascots to go away. Native American youth see the offensive name “Red***” plastered on t-shirts, hats, and national stadiums — a word that was defined in the dictionary long ago as a racial slur.
Filed in Blog Topics: Center for Native American Youth

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