Aspen Institute Publications

Aspen Institute publications are listed below. Many are available for purchase through Google Checkout, a secure system for handling credit card transaction online. For assistance with ordering publications, please contact our Publications office by email or by phone at (410) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

Evaluating Evaluations: Using Teacher Surveys to Strengthen Implementation

Ross Wiener and Kasia Lundy
April 22, 2013

Public education is focused intensively on designing and implementing meaningful teacher evaluations. To convert evaluation information into more effective teaching, teachers, principals, and system leaders need to embrace a culture of ongoing, two-way feedback and a commitment to continuous improvement. Developed in partnership with The Parthenon Group, Evaluating Evaluations...

The Common Core State Standards: An Introduction for Families and Other Stakeholders

April 19, 2013

The Common Core State Standards is a near-universal set of academic standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. It represents a paradigm shift in the teaching of English Language Arts and math, emphasizing deeper learning and application of knowledge. This flyer makes the Common Core accessible to families and other stakeholders, explaining what the...

Aspen IFS Testimony to Pensions/Retirement Working Group

April 10, 2013

As the House Ways and Means Committe embarks on a comprehensive examination of the tax code, Aspen IFS puts forward that a tax reform moment offers the opportunity to enhance retirement security for all American households. 

Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

March 29, 2013

Advances in social media and the wave of citizen involvement in both internal and external state affairs has heightened the need to take a closer look at how communications technologies can advance national interests. The digital disruption has come to many arenas. Diplomacy is just the latest to engage it. Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue...

The Arab Revolutions and American Policy

Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price
March 28, 2013

This book is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2012 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop, a bipartisan meeting of top national security experts. The papers evaluate the various drivers and outcomes of the Arab revolutions, all of which continue to bear an...

The Manufacturing Resurgence: What It Could Mean for the U.S. Economy

Thomas J. Duesterberg
March 26, 2013

The Aspen Institute's Manufacturing & Society program in partnership with MAPI commissioned the University of Maryland's Interindustry Forecasting Project (Inforum) to determine how the U.S. economy would change if it were to achieve the manufacturing resurgence which has been widely touted in recent years. The results are summarized in a paper by manufacturing program director Tom Duesterberg. The...

Defining Excellence: Lessons from the 2013 Aspen Prize Finalists

March 20, 2013

For millions of Americans, community colleges provide an essential pathway to well-paying jobs and continuing higher education. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate.

The 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

March 20, 2013

For millions of Americans, community colleges provide an essential pathway to well-paying jobs and continuing higher education. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate.

Road to Government 2.0: Technological Problems and Solutions for Transparency, Efficiency and Participation

Greg Ferenstein
March 14, 2013

The 2012 FOCAS convened 38 leaders and developers from government, media and communications enterprises, localities, consumer/user groups and academia to define the problems of open and innovative governance and develop solutions. Road to Government 2.0: Technological Problems and Solutions for Transparency, Efficiency and Participation, summarizes the insights, initiatives and recommendations...

Spectrum as a Resource for Enabling Innovation Policy

William Webb
March 12, 2013

The 2012 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy (AIRS) convened shortly after the presidential election to consider ways that spectrum policy could improve the economy through innovation. The 32 leading communications policy experts in attendance focused on how spectrum policies could help create an environment that makes it easier to use spectrum as a resource for innovative new goods and...

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