Please join us for a special presentation of the Aspen Ideas Festival:
Watch as Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel, and George Mason University Professor of Economics Tyler Cowen discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Moderated by New York Times Washington bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Leonhardt.
In recent years, litigation affecting the LGBT community—from challenges to California's Proposition 8 to lawsuits over the federal Defense of Marriage Act and others—is wending its way toward the U.S. Supreme Court. We've seen that, as with all issues that progressives care about, issues affecting LGBT rights often end up in court. Much is at stake in court for issues progressives have fought for for so long, and courts are where Americans go to vindicate their most cherished constitutional rights. Put simply: courts matter.
Please join Legal Progress—the legal policy program at the Center for American Progress—and LGBT Progress for the next installment in CAP's series, "Why Courts Matter"—a discussion of what's at stake in the courts for the LGBT community, and of the implications of Lawrence v. Texas on today's legal challenges involving LGBT Americans.
Researchers increasingly believe that student surveys can provide important insights into a teacher’s effectiveness. When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released findings from their Measures of Effective Teaching, or MET, Project last year, they found that student feedback was a far better predictor of a teacher’s performance than more traditional indicators of success like whether a teacher had a master’s degree or not. The mounting evidence on the importance of student surveys has been shaping policy at the state and local level too. Still, this important source of information—the student—has yet to find its full voice.
Join us for a conversation on the evolving value and use of the student voice. At the event the Center for American Progress will also release state-by-state data from one of the richest sources of national student survey data—the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. We conducted a detailed analysis of the NAEP background surveys and will release data on student-reported insights into the rigor of their classes and the degree to which they’re engaged in rigorous learning activities.
The event’s speakers are leading thinkers on the issue of student feedback. Rob Ramsdell, vice president of Cambridge Education, will discuss the Tripod Project’s work with schools and districts to analyze data from student surveys to assess student engagement, classroom learning conditions, teacher practices, and school climate. CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser will share findings from his paper on the NAEP background surveys. We will be joined by a distinguished panel including William Hileman of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Pittsburgh King Elementary School teacher Tiffany Francis. The Pittsburgh Public School system is a participant in the MET project to develop and test rigorous measures of teacher effectiveness.
Federal public lands are managed by the government on behalf of all Americans. Some of the country’s best places like Yellowstone National Park and Muir Woods National Monument have already been preserved for future generations to enjoy, but others remain without protection.
CAP will premiere a series of mini-documentaries about three areas held in the public trust that raise questions about where industrial development of our lands may take place, and where it is not appropriate.
Participants in this event will discuss how conservation fits into an overall progressive approach to land management and how Congress, President Barack Obama, and the next administration can work to make sure that our matchless American icons are truly protected from development and managed for values like hunting and fishing, recreation, clean air, and clean water.
To submit questions via Twitter, use #conservation2012
As our nation becomes more diverse, so too does our workforce. Time and again, diversity has proven a core business strategy that helps produce greater efficiencies, more innovation, and better effectiveness. In an increasingly competitive market for talent, businesses that embrace diversity in the workplace reap significant economic benefits from at attracting a qualified workforce. Inclusive workplaces foster greater job performance and productivity and are better able to relate to a diverse group of consumers.
Please join the Center for American Progress to discuss corporate citizenship and the role of the private sector in supporting an inclusive workforce. We will discuss the importance of preparing our future workforce to meet the future needs of our economy and outline how corporate initiatives to strengthen workplace diversity are critical to recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest, and how doing so is ultimately better for the bottom line.
The one-year anniversary of South Sudan's independence is fast approaching. South Sudan and Sudan have seemingly stepped back from the brink of all-out war, but they have yet to resolve many outstanding issues within the context of the ongoing North-South negotiation process. Meanwhile, conflict is deepening in a number of Sudan's regions, while the pro-democracy movement – led by youth, civil society organizations, and opposition political parties – is protesting Sudan's dictatorship. This violence and unrest poses significant implications for South Sudan and the region at large.
Join us for a discussion that will address these multiple and interconnected challenges and explore ways to build peace and security within and between the two Sudans.
The Enough Project will also debut a short video – shot in South Sudan – highlighting the reflections of South Sudanese and Sudanese on the occasion of South Sudan's first anniversary of independence.
Women of color are a key demographic group and play a significant role in shaping the political, cultural, and economic landscape of our nation. Yet despite their significant role in society, their voices are largely underrepresented in the national discourse on a range of policy issues.
Their perspectives have been particularly and notably absent this year in the coverage of the debate on women's rights and reproductive health care in spite of the fact that it is women of color (and those who are low-income) who have most to gain or lose from the proposed measures. Similarly, less attention has been given to the impact the anemic economy is having on women of color, even though they are more likely than their white counterparts to be the primary breadwinners for their families, and now earn more degrees (yet still less wages) than their male counterparts.
Which begs the questions: Why are the perspectives of women of color largely ignored in the public discourse? And what impact does the male-dominated policy dialogue on women's rights have on women of color, their families and communities? How will the influence of women of color shift with America's impending demographic shift that predicts that women and girls of color will make up the majority of women in forty years?
Please join Progress 2050 and the FIRE Initiative for a discussion with leading experts to discuss these questions and more.
President Barack Obama’s announcement to “rebalance to Asia” reflects an effort by the United States to better focus its foreign policy on one of the most important regions to America’s economic future. With half the world’s population, the most dynamic economies, and a key source of U.S. jobs, the Asia-Pacific region represents a tremendous economic opportunity for the United States. China is at the heart of this opportunity but also poses a variety of new challenges for the U.S. economy.
The Obama administration’s recent decisions to file complaints against China in the World Trade Organization for auto tariffs, rare earths, and solar panels all reflect the complex and at times difficult nature of the U.S.-China economic relationship. How the United States and China manage these points of tension and pursue areas of mutual interest will have important effects on the economic future of both nations.
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner leads the economic track of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Lael Brainard plays a critical role in shaping administration efforts to promote U.S. economic interests in the relationship. Under Secretary Brainard’s extensive experience working on monetary issues with China, including her role in the Clinton administration handling the Asian financial crisis and China’s access to the World Trade Organization, make her one of the most appropriate individuals to address this complex relationship.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a keynote address by Under Secretary Brainard and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities posed by the U.S.-China economic relationship.
The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will participate in a special conversation at the Center for American Progress with CAP President Neera Tanden as part of our Women’s Leadership Series. Ambassador Verveer will reflect on her experience championing women’s issues around the world and what she sees as the challenges and opportunities facing our next generation of women leaders.
Ambassador Verveer will also discuss new evidence that underscores the importance of empowering women for economic growth, sustainable development, and peace building.
Tomorrow, as details continue to emerge about the tragic shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 people and wounded another 58, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion to examine myths about that National Rifle Association’s political influence, making the case for why politicians should feel empowered to take action now to prevent future tragedies.
At the event, a panel of experts will discuss the gun lobby's setbacks since the death of Trayvon Martin, release findings from a first-of-its-kind data analysis showing that the NRA's influence is rarely significant in any election, and unveil a new survey by GOP pollster Frank Luntz showing that NRA members overwhelmingly support the common-sense gun laws the group's Washington leaders oppose.
Please join the Center for American Progress as we take stock of state education reform and forecast where states are headed. To set the stage we will release a brand new report on promising ideas and pitfalls found in state No Child Left Behind waiver plans. Leading state reformers and national experts will then engage in a frank and searching conversation on the next steps states must take to continue reforming the U.S. education system.