The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Teacher Contracts Shouldn’t Be a Barrier to Continuing Student Learning

It won’t be “business as usual” when schools finally reopen.

Remote Classes Are in Session for More School Districts, But Attendance Plans Are Still Absent

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Mon, 04/27/2020

Assuming districts’ attention will soon turn to commencement celebrations, summer learning, and fall contingency planning, it is not clear how much more progress will be made on remote learning this school year. 

The Power of "How Are You?": Teacher Check-ins in Remote Learning

Alice Opalka, Sean Gill | Mon, 04/27/2020

Check-ins could help schools establish lines of communication, instill a sense of normalcy, and understand students’ needs.

Lessons from Florida's Fast Action on Remote Learning

Travis Pillow | Sat, 04/25/2020

Florida’s fast, fairly consistent rollout of remote learning highlights some unsung policy and leadership achievements that deserve more attention.

Three Ways States Can Tap ESSA to Better Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

Ashley Jochim | Tue, 04/21/2020

As states set out to navigate uncharted waters, it would be easy to overlook some tools that states already have available to them to respond to the crisis.

What Post-Katrina New Orleans Can Teach Schools About Addressing COVID Learning Losses

Paul Hill | Mon, 04/20/2020

The situations are not identical, but post-COVID educators need to know what post-Katrina educators tried and what they learned.

Dear States: Don’t Leave Remote Learning to Chance

States play critical roles in driving school and district responses to school closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We examined whether and how states are fulfilling that role.

“We Should Have Been Working This Way All Along”: School District Central Offices Embrace Change in Crisis Response

Michael DeArmond | Fri, 04/17/2020

Recent conversations with district leaders in Texas suggest some central offices are rising to the moment—and, in the process, rethinking how they do business.