The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Pandemic pods show the value of designing for individual needs. Will we learn from them?

Jenny Poon, Ashley Jochim | Tue, 04/27/2021

If districts don't heed demand and make changes in-house, it is possible that they will only accelerate drops in public school enrollment.

In thousands of districts, 4-day school weeks are robbing students of learning time for what amounts to hygiene theater

Robin Lake, Georgia Heyward | Sat, 04/24/2021

Eliminating a full day of in-person instruction was always a high-cost strategy from an education standpoint, and now we have confirmation that it's unnecessary.

The summer puzzle: Summer plans to date are lacking in key areas

| Tue, 04/20/2021

Similar to last year, most summer school plans are vague, and a significant majority lack explicit learning supports and feature incomplete or confusing messaging. 

As urban districts prepare to reopen, most are not doing enough to communicate how they will keep students and teachers safe

Sean Gill, Bree Dusseault | Mon, 04/12/2021

With access to vaccination, teachers and principals can focus more on academic recovery and serve as highly trusted messengers to families.

Learning hubs: A shovel-ready strategy for spending federal dollars

Robin Lake, Dan Weisberg | Wed, 04/07/2021

How state and local leaders use this unprecedented infusion of federal funding will be a critical question in the coming weeks and months. 

We can’t afford to love learning acceleration to death

Paul Hill, Robin Lake | Tue, 04/06/2021

As children return to school after as much as a year away, schools and districts have a new strategy for helping them make up for lost time.

Help wanted: School systems must act now to support graduating seniors

A year into the pandemic, what are New England students’ prospects for successfully navigating life after high school?

A missing link to help students emotionally and academically

Michael DeArmond, Betheny Gross | Wed, 03/31/2021

A majority of students report emotional and physical stress as they try to learn remotely during the pandemic. How can teachers, who are also stressed, help them?