The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Bolder leadership needed to keep students safe and learning next year

Christine Pitts, Travis Pillow | Fri, 07/30/2021

Schools cannot afford to squander another year because of tepid leadership and political squabbling; they owe students a chance to gain back the learning opportunities they were denied last year.

Addressing learning loss for students with disabilities: Could Universal Design for Learning be one answer?

Katy Bateman, Lanya McKittrick | Wed, 07/28/2021

Practitioners and leaders who support students with disabilities have an opportunity to meet the moment as schools recover from the pandemic.

A national corps of mentors: Lessons from the pandemic on elevating teachers’ craft, at scale

Steven Wilson | Wed, 07/21/2021

A new initiative offers a teacher mentor model as an alternative to the current and ineffective cycle of teacher observation, feedback, and evaluation.

First look at ESSER priorities: Districts are placing their bets on what they know

Bree Dusseault, Travis Pillow | Thu, 07/15/2021

Our review finds few plans, at least so far, to invest stimulus funding in ways that will address long-term systemic challenges.

Now’s the time for states to invest in making online learning better

Travis Pillow | Wed, 07/14/2021

Online connections enable new relationship-building opportunities, like remote peer mentorship and virtual meetings that are more accessible to working parents. 

Most Students in Urban Districts Will Have Summer Learning Options, But Schools’ Plans May Miss the Mark

Christine Pitts | Thu, 07/08/2021

Our latest review found that 97 of 100 reviewed districts have now announced some form of summer school programming.

Will national wedge issues cripple local education leadership?

Paul Hill | Wed, 07/07/2021

Except for pandemic safety issues, which schools must manage, K–12 education is the wrong forum for culture war factions to fight through their differences.

Are smaller class sizes without the pitfalls possible? Pandemic pods make the case

Ashley Jochim, Travis Pillow | Thu, 06/24/2021

School systems recovering from the COVID-19 crisis may be able to recreate the high level of individual attention students saw in successful pandemic pods.