The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Partnering with Districts to Support System Transformation: An Interview with Samantha Olson of the Colorado Education Initiative

Sean Gill | Tue, 09/18/2018

Learn about how personalized learning is being implemented in schools across Colorado with the help of a unique state-level education organization, the Colorado Education Initiative.

Unified Enrollment in Chicago: A New Tool Highlights Old Truths

Travis Pillow, Betheny Gross | Thu, 09/13/2018

Even with a simplified process for choosing high schools, accessing high-quality options remains a challenge for some families.


For Brandon: How One Family's Struggle Can Help Us Imagine an Education System That Does Better by Exceptional Children

Travis Pillow | Wed, 09/05/2018

Travis Pillow highlights the need for a more agile, personalized public education system.

What John McCain's Example Teaches Us about Character in Schools

Robin Lake | Wed, 08/29/2018

Robin Lake writes that our public education system must do more to instill the values of civic engagement.

In Washington State, New Choices for Students with Disabilities

Sivan Tuchman | Thu, 08/23/2018

In our recent special education study, we found that Washington state’s charter schools are serving students with disabilities at a higher rate than the national charter school average. When our data revealed the schools were also serving students with a wide range of disabilities in a mostly inclusive environment, I reflected on my own experience.

Strategies for Nimble Cities: Lessons from Stepping Up, Our 18-City Project

Georgia Heyward | Tue, 08/21/2018

Georgia Heyward identifies several trends in cities offering public school choice and shares strategies for addressing the most persistent challenges.

Personalized Learning’s Weakest Link?

Andy Calkins | Wed, 08/08/2018

In the push for next gen learning, NGLC director Andy Calkins says the biggest challenge is effective change management.

Removing the Boundaries Between High School, College, and Career

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Fri, 07/27/2018

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and a recognition that even the most effective schools may need to develop new approaches to better serve students whose needs warrant more individualized learning pathways or supports. This post is part of a series on what the school or learning system of the next 25 years might look like.