The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Shrink the cereal box—but not the school week

Paul Hill | Wed, 12/01/2021

As health and safety concerns recede, districts are under pressure to provide fewer days and hours of student-teacher contact than before the pandemic.

These 232 innovative schools are challenging old assumptions about education

Chelsea Waite | Mon, 11/15/2021

Use the Canopy project interactive data portal to search for innovative schools by region, level, focus, and more.

The state of the American district: Refocusing our state and local agendas on teaching, learning, and engagement

Christine Pitts | Thu, 10/28/2021

Three new policy memos provide recommendations to start a discussion about how state leaders can ensure these shifts lead to better teaching, learning, engagement, and well-being for students.

What schools can learn from learning pods about supporting effective teacher-student relationships

Lisa Chu | Tue, 10/12/2021

School system leaders can draw lessons from small pandemic learning communities to better support their students’ well-being and learning.

Pandemic learning pod instructors loved teaching, but don’t want to be traditional classroom teachers

Steven Weiner | Thu, 10/07/2021

Thirty-five pod instructors describe their experiences and how they compare to traditional instruction.

It’s time for a new K–12 reform agenda

Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim | Tue, 10/05/2021

How do we change the incentives of education system leaders so they optimize responsiveness, not stability?

Leaders should learn from Black and Latinx parents who shaped education during the pandemic

Eupha Jeanne Daramola | Tue, 09/28/2021

A study of two parent advocacy organizations that created innovative educational solutions for their communities during the pandemic.

Surging enrollment in virtual schools during the pandemic spurs new questions for policymakers

Kristin Blagg, Betheny Gross | Wed, 09/22/2021

For some students, virtual learning has been and will continue to be a sought-after option.