The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Charter Schools Advance Innovation—But Often Not in the Ways You'd Expect

Paul Hill | Tue, 11/12/2019

Future schools will need charter-like freedoms to fully take advantage of new ways to personalize learning to meet students’ interests and needs and provide meaningful experiences.

Introducing the Big Think Network: A Shift from “Scaling Innovation” to Innovation at Scale

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Fri, 11/08/2019

Six pioneering organizations are trying to shift systems and programs to maximize the talents, interests, and needs of students, families, and communities.

We Need a More Productive Conversation About Charter Schools and Segregation

Paul Hill | Mon, 11/04/2019

Putting aside questions of blame for current and past segregation, it's fair to ask: Can charter schools play a more positive role in the future?

Separating Truth from Fiction as Charter Schools Transition from Shiny Theory to Gritty Reality

Robin Lake | Fri, 11/01/2019

Our new blog series aims to clear the air and make room for the next big improvements in both charter schools and public education in general.

Don't Neglect Districts in the Effort to Advance Portfolio from the Outside

Ashley Jochim, Michael DeArmond | Wed, 10/23/2019

To achieve sustained success in influencing portfolio strategy implementation in the longer term, outsiders and insiders need each other.

Some Charter Schools Use Their Flexibility to Serve Students With Disabilities. Our New Report Shows How More Schools Can Do the Same.

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Sat, 10/19/2019

Schools need not wait for ideal policy conditions to begin improving education for students with disabilities.

State Takeovers Remain a Powerful Tool for Improving Schools. States Should Not Walk Away From Them

Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill | Thu, 10/03/2019

The authority to intervene in local districts remains an essential tool if states want to continue playing a meaningful role in improving local schools.