Alice Opalka

08/2020
Getting Back to School: An Update on Plans from Across the Country

This brief gives a snapshot from August 17–21 of how school districts across the country are planning for fall 2020.

06/2020
Too Many Schools Leave Learning to Chance During the Pandemic

This brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

11/2019
A Middle Way for States in the ESSA Era: Lessons from Texas

The report examines the Texas Education Agency’s System of Great Schools (SGS) initiative, which calls on districts to manage school performance in new ways, expands access to school choice options, and takes a dynamic approach to managing their supply of schools....

10/2019
Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

06/2019
Student Mobility in Kansas City

This brief examines student mobility in Kansas City Public Schools.

May 12 2020

Months of uneven expectations for student learning could create more inequitable outcomes in the long run.

Apr 27 2020

Check-ins could help schools establish lines of communication, instill a sense of normalcy, and understand students’ needs.

Mar 6 2020

The Rural Alliance, a member of our Big Think Network, sees a major gap in the educational offerings of its member districts: early learning opportunities.

Jun 15 2017

Robin Lake and Alice Opalka discuss the importance of cross-sector cooperation when it comes to replacing low-performing schools.