The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

How 11 states are using emergency federal funds to make improvements in college and career access

States have a historic opportunity to invest in initiatives that will lead to systemic change and address long-standing inequities.

Don’t risk innovation and family trust with a rush to in-person learning

Paul Hill | Thu, 06/03/2021

The downsides of the rush to jam everyone back into classrooms are evident.

“Don’t leave me out": Schools should use insights gained from the pandemic to strengthen partnerships with high school families

We set out to assess what family-teacher partnerships have looked like in high school throughout the pandemic—paying close attention to promising new developments and enduring areas of need.

Many kindergartners aren't showing up as schools reopen in person. How some large urban districts are trying to re-engage families

Lisa Chu | Thu, 05/27/2021

We recommend these strategies for districts to consider to curb declining enrollment in the next school year and beyond.

As school districts move from "reopening" to "recovery," what will they be recovering from?

Paul Hill, Michael DeArmond | Tue, 05/25/2021

District leaders who seek more profound and radical changes—some of which aim to fundamentally upend the education system—will face even bigger challenges with acceptance and support. 

Building public education back better: Could learning hubs and micro-schools be the foundation?

Robin Lake | Thu, 05/13/2021

Learning hubs could evolve from a pragmatic solution in a pandemic to a sandbox for educational innovation.

Technology to the rescue: How technology helped connect teachers and parents of students with disabilities through remote learning

Lanya McKittrick, Katy Bateman | Tue, 05/11/2021

Schools in our study have found that several technologies—some unexpectedly—have helped them customize outreach and engagement with families. 

Statewide assessment plans are unclear and neglect remote learners

Sarah McCann, Barbara Talkington | Thu, 05/06/2021

Weeks away from the end of the school year, it’s still unclear whether assessment data will play a role in shaping academic and social-emotional intervention strategies for 2021–22.