The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

A national corps of mentors: Lessons from the pandemic on elevating teachers’ craft, at scale

Steven Wilson | Wed, 07/21/2021

A new initiative offers a teacher mentor model as an alternative to the current and ineffective cycle of teacher observation, feedback, and evaluation.

First look at ESSER priorities: Districts are placing their bets on what they know

Bree Dusseault, Travis Pillow | Thu, 07/15/2021

Our review finds few plans, at least so far, to invest stimulus funding in ways that will address long-term systemic challenges.

Now’s the time for states to invest in making online learning better

Travis Pillow | Wed, 07/14/2021

Online connections enable new relationship-building opportunities, like remote peer mentorship and virtual meetings that are more accessible to working parents. 

Most Students in Urban Districts Will Have Summer Learning Options, But Schools’ Plans May Miss the Mark

| Thu, 07/08/2021

Our latest review found that 97 of 100 reviewed districts have now announced some form of summer school programming.

Will national wedge issues cripple local education leadership?

Paul Hill | Wed, 07/07/2021

Except for pandemic safety issues, which schools must manage, K–12 education is the wrong forum for culture war factions to fight through their differences.

Are smaller class sizes without the pitfalls possible? Pandemic pods make the case

Ashley Jochim, Travis Pillow | Thu, 06/24/2021

School systems recovering from the COVID-19 crisis may be able to recreate the high level of individual attention students saw in successful pandemic pods.

How 11 states are using emergency federal funds to make improvements in college and career access

States have a historic opportunity to invest in initiatives that will lead to systemic change and address long-standing inequities.

Don’t risk innovation and family trust with a rush to in-person learning

Paul Hill | Thu, 06/03/2021

The downsides of the rush to jam everyone back into classrooms are evident.