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) 820.5433. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.
Beyond Buy-In: Partnering with Practitioners to Build a Professional Growth and Accountability System for Denver's Educators
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 commitment to deeply engage teachers and principals in every step of LEAP’s design, development, and rollout. Since then, DPS has leveraged a wide variety of strategies to ensure that LEAP’s ongoing development is deeply informed by educators’ own experiences and ideas. Beyond Buy In investigates how Denver's approach unfolded and how it can inform the work of other system leaders nationwide.
Created by a panel of distinguished experts, this publication discusses proven strategies for managing America’s religious diversity in a way that promotes informed respect and social cohesion. Published by the Aspen Institute, June 2013.
ANDE’s 2012 report on small and growing businesses (SGB) focuses on three “action areas” for the SGB sector: hurdles for female entrepreneurs; the finance gap for start-ups; and the difficulties faced by small holder agricultural businesses when attempting to enter the global market. In addition, the report includes a comprehensive review of ANDE’s work in 2012.
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Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Village Capital
This is a quantitative analysis of 52 social impact-focused incubators and accelerators, operating around the world.
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.