The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Five lessons on how community-driven learning hubs could change school districts long-term

Travis Pillow, Bree Dusseault | Fri, 01/08/2021

We sat in on nearly three dozen conversations with teams of district leaders and community-based nonprofits that are collaborating to run learning hubs.

What does ‘attendance’ mean for remote learners in a pandemic? How 106 districts are dealing with absenteeism, student engagement & grades

Bree Dusseault, Alvin Makori | Tue, 01/05/2021

The districts we’re tracking show that much can be done to improve how attendance is recorded and what actions can be taken to maintain high expectations without penalizing students for challenging circumstances.

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.