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Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

The Common Core State Standards were formed in a state-led effort to set consistent, rigorous standards across states so that all students have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers. While the Common Core started as a local, collaborative effort, the standards have become a hot topic of debate in political circles. Through the politicization of the Common Core, the voices of those tasked with the work of implementing the standards—teachers—have been muffled.

April 28, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Examining U.S.-Israel Relations at a Time of Change in the Middle East

The U.S.-Israel relationship has been a centerpiece of U.S. Middle East strategy and a main pillar of Israel’s national security strategy for decades. But political relations between the two countries during the past six years have seen some turbulence, even as security cooperation deepens and they continue to share common interests and values at a time of change and uncertainty in the Middle East.

On April 22, please join the Center for American Progress, the Center for a New American Security, and the Israel Institute to take stock of where we are at this crucial stage in U.S.-Israel relations, featuring two expert panels. The first panel will discuss the management of U.S.-Israel relations, and the second will focus on the main issues under discussion between the two states.

April 22, 2015, 10:30am ET - 1:00pm ET

Sec. Jewell and Sen. Wyden on America’s Growing Outdoor Economy

America’s national parks, national forests, rivers, oceans, and protected public lands are a powerful engine for growth in the U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year and supports 6.1 million jobs across the country. Increasingly, communities are using outdoor amenities to draw entrepreneurs, recruit workers, attract visitors, and deliver an unmatched quality of life to their residents.

While local economies and business communities see open spaces and public lands as a competitive advantage, the economic benefits of America’s outdoors are not always measured in government analyses or accounted for in decision making. As a result, policymakers may be overlooking opportunities to spur job creation and growth in the outdoor economy.

The Center for American is pleased to host a conversation to highlight the growing importance of public lands and waters to recreation and non-recreation businesses. After remarks from our keynote speakers and a moderated Q&A session, a panel of experts will discuss steps the federal government can take to better account for and encourage the growth of the outdoor economy.

April 16, 2015, 2:30pm ET - 4:00pm ET

Making Progress on Early Childhood Education in States and Communities

Early childhood education is one of the best investments the United States can make in its future workforce. Around the country, states and communities are realizing its benefits and ramping up efforts to expand access to high-quality early childhood programs beginning at birth. Federal investments in Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships have helped states make significant strides.

April 10, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

The Economic Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

The United States recently marked the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Over the five years since the law passed, our health care system has seen considerable progress, including a dramatic expansion of health insurance coverage, historically slow growth in health care costs, and striking improvements in the quality of patient care.

April 2, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

Few American institutions have inflicted greater suffering on ordinary people than the Supreme Court of the United States. As Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser explains in his new book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, Supreme Court justices have shaped a nation where children could toil in coal mines, citizens could be forced into internment camps because of their race, and women could be sterilized against their wills by state law. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy. And the modern Court is not a vast improvement, with its incursions on voting rights and its willingness to place elections for sale.

Please join CAP for a conversation between Millhiser and Supreme Court journalist Jeffrey Toobin, as they discuss Injustices and its implications for how progressives should approach the judiciary.

Copies of Injustices will be available for purchase at the event.

April 1, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Inside the Labyrinth: Undocumented Students in Higher Education

A distinguished panel will discuss the findings of a new report, In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform, focused on the experiences of undocumented students navigating the stressful landscape of current immigration laws, uneven state and university policies, and few campus resources. The panel will present lessons learned from the experiences of students and a potential path forward amidst an uncertain political climate.

March 31, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

‘Balancing Act in America’s Playground’ and ‘Our Canyon Lands’

Please join the Center for American Progress and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival for a screening of the films "Balancing Act in America's Playground" and "Our Canyon Lands."

March 26, 2015, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET

Expanding Access to Solar Energy for All American Households

In recent years, electricity generation from renewable resources has surged. Rooftop solar, in particular, is experiencing exponential growth. And it is not just wealthy households that are reaping the benefits of rooftop solar. Research shows that increasing numbers of middle-class households are adopting solar energy, while several states have implemented policies to ensure that low-income communities have access to solar power.

Faced with this competition, some electric utilities and fossil-fuel interests are mounting state-based campaigns to slow or stop the development of renewable energy. These groups argue that solar energy only benefits wealthier Americans at the expense of the poor—a claim that runs counter to the facts. All Americans should be able to choose cleaner energy alternatives, both to protect their interests as consumers and to respond to the threat of climate change.

This event will explore state and federal policy options to ensure equitable access to renewable energy, including initiatives the California State Legislature is pursuing that could serve as a national model.

March 25, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

Our nation's urban centers are the engines of the U.S. economy, and in recent years, more Americans are moving to these communities. Despite the growing popularity of living in urban areas, these communities face a number of ongoing challenges, from housing and transportation to education and workforce accessibility.

March 23, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

Rescheduled: Time to Deliver on Global Commitments to Women and Girls

2015 is a milestone year for the global women’s movement. Twenty years ago, the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women marked the beginning of a new era of activism. With her historic remarks, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton helped galvanize a movement when she boldly declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

This International Women’s Day, The Center for American Progress and Vital Voices Global Partnership are convening leaders from around the world and here at home to consider the progress we have made since 1995, the unfinished business that remains, and the significant opportunity that 2015 holds.

With the current Millennium Development Goals set to expire, major multilateral agreements are expected this year. This makes 2015 an exceptional opportunity to place bold and concrete actions to empower women and girls front and center.

March 19, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on ‘My Brother’s Keeper': One Year Later

On February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama launched "My Brother’s Keeper," an unprecedented initiative and a call to action to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential. Since then, remarkable progress has been made as federal agencies, local elected officials, and philanthropic, corporate, and nonprofit leaders have come together to deploy effective strategies to expand opportunity and remove barriers. On Wednesday, March 18, the Center for American Progress will host Attorney General Eric Holder for what is likely to be one of his last public appearances as attorney general and a panel discussion with My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Chairman Broderick Johnson and community leaders from across the nation to discuss the progress of this initiative; the challenges and opportunities that remain; and the role all Americans can play to reduce disparities and expand opportunity in response to this initiative.

March 18, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

The oldest Christian communities in the world are disappearing in the lands where their faith was born and first took root—in the heart of the Middle East. The atrocities of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and the hardships presented by Syria's civil war have put Christians and other groups in increased danger. How can the United States support freedom, tolerance, and pluralism at such a difficult time in the Middle East?

March 12, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Crossing Over

“Crossing Over” documents the sacrifices and triumphs of three transgender women who fled persecution in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. Directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, the film follows Abigail, who choreographs quinceañaras to put herself through community college; Brenda, an HIV activist and community leader; and Francis, who works as a housekeeper to help support herself and her mother back in Mexico as she prepares for her immigration hearing. From violence and discrimination to living with HIV, the film highlights the challenges faced by people living in the shadows and shows that for transgender immigrants living at the intersection of being transgender and being undocumented, their fight for survival isn’t over when they cross the border.

March 11, 2015, 6:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET

An Economic Opportunity Agenda in the States

The economy is growing again, but too many low- and moderate-income families are not seeing any benefit. Instead, stagnant wages, rising costs, and unprecedented income inequality are only a few of the challenges that Americans face as they try to make ends meet in an economy that simply is not working for everyone.

March 6, 2015, 9:00am ET - 10:15am ET