AIF Blog - Education

August 29, 2018
 Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post, interviews Florida superintendent Robert Runcie on June 30 at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie remembers clearly the events of February 14, 2018. That’s the day a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In this conversation with the...
August 28, 2018
Sal Khan speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. He created Khan Academy, which is used by students in elementary school through college.Sal Khan’s career journey took him from finance to the classroom. The former hedge fund manager now runs the nonprofit Khan Academy, which provides free online education. He says online learning is changing the way students learn and instructors teach. For classrooms that...
August 14, 2018
 Dan Porterfield, Paula Johnson, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay talk about the university's role in student health at Spotlight Health. Across the US, students are heading back to college for the start of the school year. Many will wrestle with mental health challenges. Campus counseling offices are busier than ever and peer-run mental health clubs are popping up. Colleges are working to keep up as students...
June 20, 2018
Seth Berkley is CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. He will speak as part of the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below he provides recommendations for tackling the next global epidemic. This article originally appeared on STAT on June 14, 2018.News of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an urgent reminder that we need to change the way we fight disease, and we need...
June 10, 2018
 Sal Khan is founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit that provides free online education. He will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Staying Human in a High-Tech World. More than 60 million registered users utilize Khan Academy. Who are these people?Our target users are students, from elementary school-aged kids all the way through college students. Some are visiting the website for help, to...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
May 11, 2018
 A local woman in a slum of Kampala (iStock). Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking in persons and heads Uganda’s Immigration Training Academy. She will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at Spotlight Health. She's a member of the 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellowship class.  What led you to work on eradicating human trafficking?Do you have time?! There are...
April 27, 2018
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl speak at Spotlight Health. Just as neuroscience has been revealing plenty of barriers to learning, it can also greatly influence the practice of education in positive ways. A panel of neuroscientists and educators at Spotlight Health 2017 shared some of the latest knowledge about how what happens in the...
November 09, 2017
 The 2017 Bezos Scholars pose for a picture in Aspen, Colorado, where the Aspen Ideas Festival is held. The Bezos Scholars Program is now accepting applications for its 2018 cohort. Eligible public high school juniors apply with the support of the school. Bezos Scholars participate in a powerful, year-long leadership development opportunity that includes an all-expenses paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival! Each...
September 19, 2017
Jon Solomon of the Aspen Institute speaks with writer Karen Crouse at the Project Play Summit in September.The tiny town of Norwich, Vermont, has likely produced more Olympians per capita than anywhere else in the United States. Over the past thirty years, the town of 3,000 has sent an athlete to almost every Winter Olympics. New York Times sports writer Karen Crouse traveled to Norwich to discover the town’s...

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