The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Districts quiet on how they plan to help students recover from a year of continued disruption

Sarah McCann, Bree Dusseault | Wed, 03/17/2021

We remain largely in the dark about what exactly students can expect to learn and what academic support they will receive for the rest of this challenging school year.

What's behind the racial divide on school reopening?

Vladimir Kogan | Tue, 03/16/2021

Recent survey data show growing support for in-person learning among Democrats, likely reflecting President Biden’s endorsement. More worrying, however, is that opinion remains deeply split along racial lines.

Community health, vaccination policies & local preference: How 100 districts are reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns

Bree Dusseault, Roohi Sharma | Wed, 03/03/2021

More than two-thirds of the 100 districts we reviewed are offering instruction fully or partially in person in February—nearly double the rate from just two months earlier.

Announcing a new initiative to support district- and community-led innovation through learning hubs

Robin Lake, Dan Weisberg | Mon, 03/01/2021

We are honored to announce a set of grants to help school districts and their community partners launch learning hubs to support students this school year and to inform long-term change.

To make up for lost learning time, set priorities

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Tue, 02/23/2021

Schools and districts must set priorities so students don't fall perpetually behind because of school closures and the difficulties of virtual learning.

Reopening schools hinges upon trust that must be built from the ground up

Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim | Wed, 02/17/2021

District and school leaders can no longer presume parents’ trust in schools, or forget that it must be constantly renewed during and after the pandemic.

It takes a village: The pandemic learning pod movement, one year in

Alice Opalka, Ashley Jochim | Thu, 02/11/2021

Community-based organizations and adults beyond the teacher are playing an increased role supporting students and their families through the pandemic, but there is room for more learning pods to take advantage of their flexible nature to provide more well-rounded support.

Vanishing in plain sight: Districts face barriers identifying and serving students experiencing homelessness

Alvin Makori, Bree Dusseault | Thu, 02/04/2021

We found that unhoused students were largely unmentioned in districts’ fall reopening plans, with only 10 percent of the district plans in our database addressing homeless supports. 


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.