The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

An Early Plan from a Must-Watch District: Reopening in Miami-Dade

Robin Lake | Tue, 07/07/2020

We’ve been waiting eagerly to see Miami-Dade County Public Schools' plan for the fall. Here’s a breakdown of the highlights.

Using Assessments Wisely This Year

Lynn Olson | Wed, 07/01/2020

Just as a GPS can help guide us to our destination, the right assessment for the right purpose can help guide smarter teaching and learning.

The Wait for Fall Reopening Plans, and the First Details to Emerge

Bree Dusseault, Georgia Heyward | Mon, 06/29/2020

Four months into COVID-19, and just weeks out from the new school year, very few districts in our database report concrete expectations for the  2020-21 school year. 

Deficiencies in Spring and Summer Point to Where Districts Must Put Their Attention This Fall

Georgia Heyward, Bree Dusseault | Fri, 06/26/2020

Gaps in spring and summer planning can point districts to the critical issues they must attend to in the coming school year.

School's Out for the Summer: Parents Worry about Social-Emotional Impacts of Closures

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Tue, 06/23/2020

Parents we interviewed wondered what they could do this summer to compensate for the lack of social interaction.

Building Effective Relationships with a Teacher-Family-Student Triangle

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Fri, 06/19/2020

For schools to have effective working relationships with parents as co-teachers, they must manage the teacher-family-student triangle more closely than in the past.

Schools Can Help Parents by Setting Clear Expectations

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Thu, 06/18/2020

The teacher-parents we interviewed had important insights into the need to provide more clarity and support to families.

Lessons from Remote Learning: Parent Perspectives

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Wed, 06/17/2020

We asked parents about their experiences helping children with their schooling during the COVID-19 shutdown.