Social Policy & Politics Program

Advancing moderate politics and social policy

Teaching: The Next Generation

The U.S. will need 3 million new teachers in next 10 years. How can we attract the best and brightest? Here are 5 Ways to Transform the Teaching Profession | INFOGRAPHIC

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A Promising New Approach on Assault Weapons

Square_thumb by Sarah Trumble The Center for American Progress (CAP) courageously released a new report acknowledging that an assault weapons ban can’t pass anytime soon, and by doing so, they have reframed the debate, turning attention to a whole new set of policies that have an exponentially greater chance of enactment and would greatly reduce gun violence—including violence perpetrated by assault weapons. More ►

No One Likes a Frontrunner

Square_thumb by Bill Schneider If Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, she may defy the Democratic tradition. She is the prohibitive frontrunner, at least in the polls. But will she really coast to the nomination? More ►

Teachers Deserve More than a Free Burrito

Square_thumb by Tamara Hiler The fact that our society has to make a concerted effort once a year to appreciate teachers should be a telling sign that we don’t value teaching as the challenging and demanding profession that it actually is. The most significant way we can honor our teachers is to modernize the profession so that it meets the needs and challenges of a 21st century career, through a major revamp to the way we recruit, prepare, and promote teachers. More ►


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Program Staff

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

Director of the Social Policy & Politics Program


Michelle Diggles, Ph. D

Senior Political Analyst, Social Policy & Politics Program

Sarah Trumble

Policy Counsel, Social Policy & Politics Program


Tamara Hiler

Visiting Policy Advisor for Education