Aspen Institute Education & Society Program to Unveil Bipartisan Policy Tools for New Guard of Education Leaders

November 15, 2018

The program will unveil and discuss these tools at an event in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, December 12


Julien Martinez

Abigail Swisher
Education & Society Program

Washington, D.C., November 15, 2018 The 2018 midterm elections brought about considerable change that will impact the future of education policy. Twenty new Governors and hundreds of new state legislators were elected. These new state leaders will have a tremendous amount of responsibility and authority over education policy, but with limited institutional knowledge at their disposal and many competing demands from other policy priorities. A remarkable 22 states have had new state education chiefs since 2016 alone and our education debates are more partisan than ever before.

With that in mind, The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program worked with leaders from the left and right, from communities, schools and statehouses, to create new resources for policymakers to better design education policy. These tools for policymakers flip the traditional approach to education policy and instead put the needs of parents, students and the state’s workforce front and center, while bringing a focus on true equity in education.

These resources are co-branded by organizations including The Bush Institute, Education Commission of the States, the Council of Chief State School Officers, The Council of State Governments, Education Strategy Group, Education Reform Now, TeachPlus, and RISE Colorado,  among others. The Education & Society Program will unveil and discuss these tools at an event  “The Changing of the Guard: New Opportunities for Education Leadership” on Wednesday, December 12, featuring expert speakers who helped design these new resources.


Veronica Palmer, Co-Founder & CEO, Rise Colorado

Senegal Mabry, Advisory Board Member, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Manny Lamarre, Executive Director, Nevada Governor’s Officer of Workforce Innovation

Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and Board President, Council of Chief State School Officers

Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, Aspen Institute (Moderator)


Where:  The Aspen Institute, 2300 N Street, NW, Smith Room, 8th Floor, Washington, DC

When: December 12, 2018, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

To register to attend as press, please contact Julien Martinez:

About The Aspen Institute:

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. For more on Aspen, watch this video or visit our website:

One of the policy programs of the Aspen Institute, the Education & Society Program improves public education by inspiring, informing, and influencing education leaders across policy and practices, with an emphasis on achieving equity for students of color and students from low-income families. For more, visit



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