Aspen Institute Publications

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Leveraging Learning: The Evolving Role of Federal Policy in Education Research

December 3, 2013

As transformative reforms like the Common Core State Standards and educator evaluation roll out amidst a rapidly changing demographic landscape, the need for getting high-quality research on timely topics into the hands of practitioners grows all the more urgent. While rigor and relevance need not be a question of “either/or”, but rather an instance of “both/and,” there’s a tension between the timeline...

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: A Transition Guide for School-level Leaders

September 19, 2013

Developed in partnership with Education First, Insight Education Group, Student Achievement Partners, and Targeted Leadership Consulting, this implementation guide is intended for use as a reference and an action-planning springboard for school...

Implementing the Common Core: The Role of Instructional Leadership Teams(ILTs) and Looking at Student Work (LASW)

September 19, 2013

This professional learning module is designed to assist teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core in understanding how to better leverage collaborative, instructional leadership teams (ILTs) and how to examine data by looking...

Tools for Teachers: Engaging in Academic Writing

September 19, 2013

This fourth installment in the Tools for Teachers series of open professional learning resources delves into the role of academic writing in the Common Core. Designed to meet the needs of teachers, schools, and districts working to make the key instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, educators studying this module will…

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Beyond Buy-In: Partnering with Practitioners to Build a Professional Growth and Accountability System for Denver's Educators

Craig D. Jerald
June 18, 2013

When Denver Public Schools created a new educator effectiveness system, Leading Effective Academic Practice (LEAP), the central office modeled a fundamental shift in philosophy: Instead of designing LEAP in the central office first and then using targeted communication strategies to encourage educators to “buy into” the new system, DPS made a serious...

Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies

Ross Wiener
May 14, 2013

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 implementing ambitious reforms in parallel-- teacher evaluation and the Common Core-- to integrating them into a system-level whole. To do that, author and Aspen...

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...

Finding a New Way: Leveraging Teacher Leadership to Meet Unprecedented Demands

Rachel Curtis
March 4, 2013

School systems that provide their highest-performing teachers with leadership roles can elevate the profession and increase the impact of top talent. Pursuing teacher leadership allows schools systems to increase support for teachers and students, advance systemic improvement efforts, and improve the recruitment and retention of top performers. Developing teacher leadership systems requires us to...

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...