The Changing of the Guard: New Opportunities for Education Leadership

Tools & Resources for Education Leaders

The Aspen Education & Society Program convened a broad bipartisan group of stakeholders to create new resources for policymakers, parents and students to design and implement effective, research-based education policy. The tools focus on creating true equity in education with parents, students and the state’s workforce needs placed front and center.

We are grateful for the partnership of Center for American Progress, Education Commission of the States, the Council of Chief State School Officers, The Council of State Governments, ExcelinEd, Education Strategy Group, Education Reform Now, The George W. Bush Institute, TeachPlus, and RISE Colorado on these tools.

US Education Policy
Nonpartisan Progress is Possible in Public Education
December 19, 2018 • Daniel R. Porterfield

Coverage of “The Changing of the Guard: New Opportunities for Education Leadership”

On December 12th, the Aspen Education & Society Program hosted a series of TED-style talks and a panel conversation with some of the education experts who helped to develop these resources.

The full recording of that event is available here.


These tools and resources are informed by a Summer Workshop convened by the Aspen Education & Society Program in July 2018 on opportunities for education leadership following the mid-term elections. We acknowledge the following participants for their rich contributions to the Workshop’s discussions and for their input and feedback on earlier drafts of the tools and resources but recognize that the views and opinions expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect their positions or those of the organizations they represent.

  • Jeremy Anderson, Education Commission of the States
  • Amie Baca-Oehlert, Colorado Education Association
  • Jillian Balow, Wyoming Department of Education
  • Justin Barra, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Cary Booker, Office of Governor Phil Murphy (NJ)
  • Stephen Bowen, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Derrell Bradford, 50CAN
  • Nicole Dooley, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Deb Gist, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Heather Harding, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Manny Lamarre, Governor Brian Sandoval’s Office of Workforce Innovation
  • Senegal Mabry, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
  • Sen. Luther Olsen, Wisconsin State Senate
  • Veronica Palmer, RISE Colorado
  • Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, ExcelinEd
  • Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Roberto Rodriguez, TeachPlus
  • Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Penny Schwinn, Texas Education Agency
  • Javaid Siddiqi, The Hunt Institute
  • Andy Smarick, R Street Institute
  • Laurie Smith, Office of Governor Phil Bryant (MS)
  • Anne Wicks, The George W. Bush Institute
  • Jamie Woodson, Tennessee SCORE

We also thank the following individuals for their feedback on these documents:

  • John Bailey, American Enterprise Institute
  • Charlie Barone, Education Reform Now
  • Andy Baxter, Public Impact
  • Courtney Bell, Tennessee SCORE
  • Tori Bell, ExcelinEd
  • Catherine Brown, Center for American Progress
  • Melissa Canney, ExcelinEd
  • Sam Duell, ExcelinEd
  • Robert Enlow, EdChoice
  • Bayliss Fiddiman, Center for American Progress
  • Matt Gandal, Education Strategy Group
  • Joyce Hwang, New America
  • Nithya Joseph, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Liz King, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Lowell Matthews Jr., ExcelinEd
  • Karen Nussle, Conservative Leaders for Education
  • Brent Parton, New America
  • Mike Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Stephen Pruitt, Southern Regional Education Board
  • Julia Rafal-Baer, Chiefs for Change
  • Ryan Reyna, Education Strategy Group
  • Elic Senter, National Education Association
  • Allison Rose Socol, The Education Trust