The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Has the number of homeschoolers doubled? Or are the lines blurring?

Travis Pillow | Mon, 09/13/2021

It’s time to embrace an understanding of homeschooling that acknowledges the proliferation of new approaches that blur current definitional boundaries and break down barriers between school, home, and community.

Notes from our database: The latest on 2021-22’s rocky return to school

This week, more districts are tightening health precautions and clarifying quarantine procedures.

Families delivered innovative solutions to pandemic-fueled education disruptions. Policymakers should support them to do so again

Policymakers and local education leaders can and should empower families and community-based organizations to devise their own solutions.

More masks, more vaccines, more online learning, but what about quarantines? The latest on school district fall reopening

Bree Dusseault, Travis Pillow | Mon, 08/23/2021

Details are still emerging about how districts plan to manage the interruptions as students, or some entire classes or grades, miss days or even weeks of school because of exposure to COVID-19.

Division or détente?

Paul Hill | Tue, 08/17/2021

Divisions about mask and vaccine mandates, in-person vs. remote learning, student discipline, and racism and anti-racism in the curriculum will make it difficult for schools to serve anyone well this year.

District update: Stronger health precautions, far more virtual options

Bree Dusseault, Travis Pillow | Fri, 08/13/2021

So far, our review of 100 large and urban school districts finds all of them plan to resume classes in person.

State leaders must choose accountability over complacency in reopening plans

Christine Pitts, Ashley Jochim | Wed, 08/11/2021

States must not repeat the mistakes of 2020, when many sidestepped their role in supporting districts’ reopening plans.

From crisis response to sustainable solution: What’s next for school district- and community-driven learning pods?

Alice Opalka | Tue, 08/10/2021

We turned to our existing database of 372 school district- and community-driven learning pods to answer this question: How sustainable is the learning pod movement?


Mon, 11/15/2021

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

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.

Tue, 10/12/2021

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