The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Beyond “No Excuses”: Lessons from a Charter School Network’s Transformation

Steven Wilson | Mon, 12/16/2019

Students could not learn that their voice has power when for much of the day the school required their silence.

How Charter Schools Help Cultivate Good Citizenship

Paul Hill | Tue, 12/10/2019

Attending charter schools appears to reduce antisocial behavior, like crime and discipline infractions, and increase positive social behavior, like voting.

We Need to Ask the Right Questions about Corruption and Charter Schools

Paul Hill | Tue, 12/03/2019

Attackers and defenders of charter schools are free to pick cases and attach labels, but we shouldn’t lump actual corruption or theft in with debatably unwise uses of funds.

An Innovation Network: A More Diverse and Inclusive Way to Innovate

Betheny Gross | Wed, 11/20/2019

Our network participants are already showing the potential benefits of the shift toward local problem solving.

In Judging the Consequences of Charter Growth, Weigh Benefits to District Students Against Financial Strains

Paul Hill | Mon, 11/18/2019

Settling for cherry-picked or incomplete evidence isn't necessary.

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.