Aspen Institute Publications

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Income Patching among Microentrepreneurs

Tamra Thetford
January 30, 2013

How are microentrepreneurs combining self- and wage employment in today’s economic context? This issue of our Trendlines series uses data from FIELD’s microTracker client outcomes survey to analyze how “income patching” has been used by microenterprise program clients in recent years. The brief publication discusses topics such as characteristics of patchers and their business outcomes, including hours...

Aspen Guide for Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success

January 14, 2013

Community colleges have a unique opportunity to enable students to acquire the skills they need to land good jobs with strong wages, but colleges can only fulfill this promise if they are taking advantage of available data to tailor their educational programs to current labor market needs and measure the labor market outcomes of their graduates. This guide explains how colleges can improve student labor...

Electricity: Seeking Progress Amid Uncertainty

Ernest J. Moniz, Chair, and Gernot Wagner, Rapporteur
December 11, 2012

The 2012 Forum, “Electricity: Seeking Progress amid Uncertainty,” was chaired by Ernest J. Moniz, Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, and Director of the Energy Initiative at MIT. Topics included regulatory issues affecting the financial model of utilities, the obstacles to the moves toward greater energy efficiency, the challenge of meeting energy and water needs simultaneously, factors...

Civil Society Advocacy in Uganda: Lessons Learned

David Devlin-Foltz
November 19, 2012

Over several decades – and with increasing intensity in recent years – the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector in Uganda has participated in vigorous efforts to shape public policy. The emergence of such civil society advocacy in Uganda, as one commentator notes, refl ects the growing and welcome ability of civil society “to occupy space inadvertently ignored by government.” This study...

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text"

Sheila Brown, Lee Kappes
October 9, 2012

To assist teachers in understanding and employing the Common Core instructional emphasis on Close Reading in the classroom, this primer addresses the following key questions:

1) What is Close Reading of text, and what are its essential attributes? How, and for what purposes, should teachers employ this strategy?

2) What is the role of background knowledge in the development of reading...

Freedom and Connectivity: Advancing the Freedom to Communicate in the Americas

Amy Garmer
October 1, 2012

This report addresses critical deficits in connectivity and the freedom to communicate in the Western Hemisphere. The report highlights connectivity, competition, censorship and protection of journalists as key areas for action and calls on government leaders to move communications issues to the top of national agendas and partner with other societal stakeholders to develop digital infrastructure...

Libertad y Conectividad: Fomento a la libertad para comunicar en las Américas

October 1, 2012

Libertad y Conectividad: Fomento a la libertad para comunicar en las Américas se refiere a los déficits críticos en la conectividad y la libertad de comunicarse en el hemisferio occidental. El informe muestra la conectividad, la competencia, la censura y la protección de los periodistas como los temas claves para la acción y pide a los líderes del gobierno para trasladar los asuntos de...

Tools for Teachers: Implementing Key Shifts in the Common Core State Standards

October 1, 2012

This extensive series of professional development modules provides open educational resources designed to meet the needs of educators making the key instructional shifts in ELA & Literacy for the Common Core. Each module-on text complexity, close reading and text-dependent questions, and designing close reading exemplars-comes with a Powerpoint presentation and facilitator's guide designed for...