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To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply alignment of two ambitious reforms-- teacher evaluation and the Common Core-- to integrate them into a system-level whole. To do that, author and Aspen Education Program Executive Director Ross Wiener describes the linkages between implementation of Common Core and teacher effectiveness policies and offers practical suggestions to state leaders on how to ensure teachers are using strategies that engage students in learning at high levels.
A Report from the Connecting Communities Learning Exchange
What is special about resident-centered community building? Why is there such importance on relationship-building? Resident Centered Community-Building---What Makes it Different? A Report from the Connecting Communities Learning Exchange distills lessons and recommendations from resident activists and locally embedded change agents on how to engage communities in activism and change. Based on discussions at the 2012 Learning Exchange, co-hosted by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and the Roundtable, the report features strategies for putting residents at the center of neighborhood-based community building. The report can be found on under Roundtable publications and in print by special request.
The Roundtable’s most recent publication distills ten lessons for how to take leadership on the difficult topic of race in America. Based on our ten years of work in this arena, the document is intended to encourage and suggest strategies to people willing to take up the challenge of promoting racial equity and inclusion. It is also meant to counter the fears, reticence and pessimism of those who believe that race is just too hard of a topic to address. Indeed, our experience shows that, when equipped with the right training and tools, there are many people of all races who become inspirational and effective racial equity leaders. Ten Lessons for Taking Leadership on Racial Equity can be downloaded from our website or in print by request to the Roundtable at RCCinfo@aspeninstitute.org.
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Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), in cooperation with the Telos Group and the local chapter of PNB-Palestinian Territories, led an Entrepreneurship Delegation to the West Bank from October 3 – 7, 2012. Nearly a dozen US entrepreneurs, angel investors and those passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs traveled from across the globe for a week dedicated to understanding the challenges and opportunities facing Palestinian entrepreneurs, as well as providing mentorship and training for many of them.
The group met with representatives from several Palestinian universities, as well as successful business leaders and local investment firms to gain a holistic view of local efforts to support entrepreneurs through entrepreneurial curriculum, training, and access to capital. Perhaps most importantly, it gave both sides the opportunity to share best-practices, forge new relationships, and invest in valuable partnerships.
The 2012 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation convened leaders to explore how organizations can stay atop today’s constant technological advancement. In the current economic environment, growth and underemployment are two outstanding national, indeed international, problems. While technological advances and globalization are often cited as instigators of the current plight, they are also beacons of hope for the future. Connecting the Edges concludes that by integrating the core of an organization with the edge, where innovation is more likely to happen, we can create dynamic, learning networks.
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 explains how teacher surveys can advance this work by engaging teachers, generating information on what’s working and what’s not, and supporting reciprocal accountability in education improvement efforts.
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 standards are and why they are important for improving public education.