The Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship program was launched in 2005 to bring together the "rising stars" of American politics—mayors and other local officials, statewide elected officeholders, leading state legislators—to forge new relationships designed to transcend partisanship and help build a cohort of young leaders committed to finding common ground to deal with pressing national problems. Underwritten by the Rodel Foundations and directed by former Congressman Mickey Edwards, the program now has upwards of 200 fellows nationwide, many of whom have moved on to even higher public office. This project grant will enable the program to establish pilot projects to examine how it can amplify its impact by better connecting its fellows in a broad new systematic network.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program
The Aspen Institute Congressional Program seeks to deepen the knowledge of members of Congress and key staff on significant global and domestic issues, and it has played an important role in building bipartisan relationships in Congress. This grant will provide a final year of support for Congressional Program participants to discuss ideas and analyze policies, in a series of breakfast meetings and in three or four multiday, invitation-only conferences, in person or in virtual formats.
for a forum on the feasibility and use of Opportunity-to-Learn indicators
The Aspen Institute, founded in 1949, is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. The Aspen Institute Education and Society Program works to improve public education by informing and influencing education leaders to take action on matters of education policy and practice. The pandemic has revealed deep inequities in our education system, underscoring the need for much better data on learning opportunities for students. This grant empanels a group of experts to review existing Opportunity-to-Learn data and develop recommendations for how these data can be incorporated in state and federal education policy. (Strategies: K-12 Teaching and Learning and Open Education)
for support of Aspen Institute's Urban Superintendents Network
The Aspen Institute Education and Society Program provides a neutral forum for education practitioners, researchers, and policy leaders to engage in focused dialogue about their efforts to improve student achievement and ways public policy changes can accelerate progress. Urban superintendents educate a disproportionate share of low-income students and students of color; this forum gives a group of nationally prominent advisors and foundation leaders a unique opportunity to learn more about the challenges of leading reform in some of the country’s most challenging, complex school districts. This will be a tie-off grant.