The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Thinking forward in 2021: We must safely reopen schools, but the goal cannot be a return to normal

Robin Lake | Tue, 01/05/2021

We begin this year laser focused on ensuring our school systems catch kids up, reopen as soon as possible, and begin rebuilding in ways that address the underlying inequities that we documented last year.

One size fits no one: Meeting the varied demands and needs of students

Could providing students more opportunity to shape their learning experience help them manage remote learning and increase engagement?

Any school can start building the key ingredients for effective special education

Lanya McKittrick | Thu, 12/10/2020

Schools that do special education effectively tend to view every child as an individual, whether they have a disability or not.

Learning pods: Providing education equity for all families

Lynn Olson, Georgia Heyward | Tue, 12/01/2020

Some parents are simply opting out as the ultimate form of empowerment.

It’s time for a new grand bargain that ends school funding based on seat time

Larry Miller, Matthew H. Joseph | Mon, 11/30/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed fatal flaws in the way states fund education—based on the time students sit in school, rather than on the quality of instruction. 

Understanding the learning pods landscape

Ashley Jochim, Robin Lake | Thu, 11/19/2020

We are launching a national database that will catalogue and make sense of learning pod initiatives across the country, with an eye toward equity.

Mapping the landscape of learning in New England

Our research aims to show how school systems are adapting and innovating in the face of the pandemic, with a particular focus on efforts to sustain learning for high school aged students.

Reopening checkup: Filling the leadership vacuum will help schools focus on engaging students, addressing learning loss

The latest update of our analysis of 100 of the nation's highest-profile school systems suggests districts have been adapting as they go, but there is much work ahead. 

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