The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

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.

We Need a More Productive Conversation About Charter Schools and Segregation

Paul Hill | Mon, 11/04/2019

Putting aside questions of blame for current and past segregation, it's fair to ask: Can charter schools play a more positive role in the future?

Separating Truth from Fiction as Charter Schools Transition from Shiny Theory to Gritty Reality

Robin Lake | Fri, 11/01/2019

Our new blog series aims to clear the air and make room for the next big improvements in both charter schools and public education in general.

Don't Neglect Districts in the Effort to Advance Portfolio from the Outside

Ashley Jochim, Michael DeArmond | Wed, 10/23/2019

To achieve sustained success in influencing portfolio strategy implementation in the longer term, outsiders and insiders need each other.

Some Charter Schools Use Their Flexibility to Serve Students With Disabilities. Our New Report Shows How More Schools Can Do the Same.

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Sat, 10/19/2019

Schools need not wait for ideal policy conditions to begin improving education for students with disabilities.

State Takeovers Remain a Powerful Tool for Improving Schools. States Should Not Walk Away From Them

Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill | Thu, 10/03/2019

The authority to intervene in local districts remains an essential tool if states want to continue playing a meaningful role in improving local schools.

Propelling Career and Technical Education in a Portfolio System

Georgia Heyward | Wed, 09/25/2019

How do efforts to reinvent career and technical education fit into a broader portfolio strategy to improve the quality and diversity of school options for students?

LeBron James's School Drew Lots of Attention, but It Doesn't Take an NBA Star for Districts to Forge Innovative Partnerships

Sean Gill | Wed, 09/11/2019

If partnership schools prove able to turn around persistently struggling schools, they may be well the effort—but this is still a big if.