The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

“Don’t leave me out": Schools should use insights gained from the pandemic to strengthen partnerships with high school families

We set out to assess what family-teacher partnerships have looked like in high school throughout the pandemic—paying close attention to promising new developments and enduring areas of need.

Many kindergartners aren't showing up as schools reopen in person. How some large urban districts are trying to re-engage families

Lisa Chu | Thu, 05/27/2021

We recommend these strategies for districts to consider to curb declining enrollment in the next school year and beyond.

As school districts move from "reopening" to "recovery," what will they be recovering from?

Paul Hill, Michael DeArmond | Tue, 05/25/2021

District leaders who seek more profound and radical changes—some of which aim to fundamentally upend the education system—will face even bigger challenges with acceptance and support. 

Building public education back better: Could learning hubs and micro-schools be the foundation?

Robin Lake | Thu, 05/13/2021

Learning hubs could evolve from a pragmatic solution in a pandemic to a sandbox for educational innovation.

Technology to the rescue: How technology helped connect teachers and parents of students with disabilities through remote learning

Lanya McKittrick, Katy Bateman | Tue, 05/11/2021

Schools in our study have found that several technologies—some unexpectedly—have helped them customize outreach and engagement with families. 

Statewide assessment plans are unclear and neglect remote learners

Sarah McCann, Barbara Talkington | Thu, 05/06/2021

Weeks away from the end of the school year, it’s still unclear whether assessment data will play a role in shaping academic and social-emotional intervention strategies for 2021–22. 

Hindsight is 2024: A premortem on districts' return to school

Bree Dusseault | Thu, 04/29/2021

We believe there are at least four reasons the $123 billion American Rescue Plan (ARP) stimulus funding could go wildly awry.

Virtual IEPs should stay

Katy Bateman, Lanya McKittrick | Wed, 04/28/2021

Educators report that the switch from in-person to virtual IEP meetings prompted them to reflect on the intent of the IEP meeting, what information is most essential to convey, and how to run a meeting with the needs of students and families front of mind.