From A Nation At Risk: To A Nation At Hope
The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development was created to engage and energize communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass its social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions so that all children can succeed in school, careers, and life. The Commission’s work has drawn on research and promising practices to recommend how to make all these dimensions of learning part of the fabric of every school and community. The Commission’s members are leaders from education, research, policy, business, and the military. The full Commission team includes a Council of Distinguished Scientists, a Council of Distinguished Educators, a Youth Commission, a Parent Advisory Panel, a Partners Collaborative, and a Funders Collaborative.
This culminating report from the nation, to the nation, draws on the input we received over the past two years from conversations, meetings, and site visits across the country, as well as from the members of all these groups. It reflects the more detailed recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers contained in three separate, related reports: A Practice Agenda in Support of How Learning Happens, A Policy Agenda in Support of How Learning Happens, and A Research Agenda for the Next Generation.
The National Commission would like to acknowledge LYNN OLSON, Editorial Director of the Commission; FREDERICK M. HESS, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; HAL SMITH, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, Education, Youth Development and Health, National Urban League; and MICHAEL GERSON, Washington Post Syndicated Columnist, for their contributions and critical feedback to this report.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the National Commission staff: JACQUELINE JODL, Ph.D., Executive Director; MELISSA MELLOR, Assistant Director of Communications; JENNIFER BROWN LERNER, Assistant Director for Policy and Partnerships; GRACE FISHER, Communications and Program Coordinator; PAULA KIM, Research and Policy Associate; and SAHARA LAKE, Program Coordinator.
We’d also like to thank the entire Commission community: the members of the Youth Commission, Parent Advisory Panel, Councils of Distinguished Educators and Scientists, and Partners and Funders Collaboratives.
The 5 Promises
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: