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.

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...

Benchmarking the Performance of Business Development Services

Elaine Edgcomb & Tamra Thetford
September 30, 2012

This guide illustrates a step-by-step process that organizations providing business development services can use to generate benchmarking data related to these services on the microTracker site, and through consulting services with microTracker staff.

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Leading the Pack, On Par, or Shaky? Benchmarking Loan Program Performance

Luz Gomez & Joyce Klein
September 30, 2012

This guide illustrates a step-by-step process that organizations engaged in microlending can use to generate benchmarking data related to lending on the microTracker site.

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Building Higher Education Partnerships in the Maghreb

Vanessa Zuabi, Tara Shallal
September 24, 2012

From June 2nd to 9th, 2012 the Partners for a New Beginning’s North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity Secretariat at the Aspen Institute (PNB-NAPEO) led a Higher Education delegation to the Maghreb composed of representatives from six American universities, two education NGOs, and the US Department of State. Coordinated...

An Assets Agenda for an American Future: Building Our Financial Security on a Solid Rock

Lisa Mensah
September 19, 2012

Lisa Mensah, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security (Aspen IFS), delivered a keynote address at the CFED Asset Learning Conference on September 19, 2012.  Mensah's remarks addressed strengthening our country's financial security foundation and the importance of the assets field.  

Adopters of Health Information Technology Start To See Its Benefits

August 17, 2012

While some hospitals and physician practices struggle to incorporate health information technology into their operations, a number of institutions have begun to reap significant benefits from their early investment in this technology. This paper profiles six such organizations, including a medical system in the Midwest that uses a population health dashboard to track, improve, and report on patient...