Aspen Institute Publications

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Teacher Evaluation and Support Systems: A Roadmap for Improvement

March 18, 2016

As states assume more autonomy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, many are at a crossroads: They can retreat from their teacher evaluation policies, or take stock of their systems and refine them for the better. To support states in this work, the Aspen Education & Society Program has released a new report on teacher evaluation systems. The report synthesizes key findings from research,...

Engaging State Legislators: Lessons for the Education Sector

December 1, 2015

This report distills the learnings from focus groups, in-depth interviews, and a two-day symposium with over 50 state legislative leaders and explores how they get their information, what matters most to them, and how groups that work with state legislators can engage them most effectively. As state legislators work to get education policy right, make sure you have the inside track on how they work and...

Roles and Responsibilities of the State Education Agency

December 1, 2015

Roles and Responsibilities of the State Education Agency challenges state chiefs and their leadership teams to consider their local context and capacity in determining essential, possible, and unsuitable roles for their agency. Coming out of a period of historic state involvement in education policy, this discussion guide helps state leaders consider what roles and responsibilities they can...

The Complexity of Procurement for Instructional Materials

December 1, 2015

Procurement is a complex, time-consuming process that burdens SEA staff and delays resources from getting into the hands of students, teachers, and staff. Learn more about this process and what it means for students in a new infographic from the Aspen Education & Society Program. 

Where Does It All Go? Uses of Federal Education Funding

December 1, 2015

This infographic shows how federal education funding works and the compliance requirements that states, districts, and schools must meet to receive it. 

State Education Policy Checklist

September 1, 2015

This resource, co-developed with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Commission of the States, and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, offers a clear framework for state legislators to aid the development of new education policies.

College- and Career-Ready Standards Benchmarking Implementation

June 1, 2015

Co-developed with Achieve, these four tools can help state leaders to monitor implementation of their college- and career-ready standards. 


Leading from the Front of the Classroom: Teacher Leadership that Works

October 17, 2014

Teacher leadership is emerging as a key strategy to increase retention of effective teachers and distribute responsibility for improving instruction, but it must be designed and implemented strategically to meet these goals. A new paper from the Aspen Institute and Leading Educators, Leading from the Front of the Classroom: A Roadmap for Teacher Leadership that Works, highlights promising practices from...