The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Help wanted: School systems must act now to support graduating seniors

A year into the pandemic, what are New England students’ prospects for successfully navigating life after high school?

A missing link to help students emotionally and academically

Michael DeArmond, Betheny Gross | Wed, 03/31/2021

A majority of students report emotional and physical stress as they try to learn remotely during the pandemic. How can teachers, who are also stressed, help them?

We must ensure communities can keep the innovations that kids need

Steven Hodas, Travis Pillow | Wed, 03/24/2021

It would be a mistake to pave over the hundreds of community-based innovations in teaching, learning, childcare, and health and wellness that have sprung up around the country.

The Biden COVID stimulus: Big spending can bring big liabilities

Paul Hill, Betheny Gross | Fri, 03/19/2021

Experienced state and district leaders see dangers among the opportunities offered by the K–12 education stimulus funding.

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.