The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Teacher Strikes Elevate Billionaires and Privatization as Enemies of Convenience

Paul Hill | Mon, 01/28/2019

The framings of “privatization” and “billionaire takeover” get attention, but not results.

Trust, Autonomy, Achievement Gap — 3 Areas Where Ferebee’s Work in Indianapolis Could Help Him Succeed as D.C. Chancellor

Sean Gill | Wed, 01/16/2019

The new D.C. chancellor’s ability to leverage coalitions to achieve common ground can help him tackle the city’s challenges.

The Year of Thinking Forward

Robin Lake | Wed, 01/02/2019

Serving every student requires a shift in mindset from a portfolio of schools to a portfolio of learning opportunities.

Ratchet Effect: The Continuous Evolution of the Portfolio Strategy

Paul Hill | Wed, 12/26/2018

Despite periodic stalemates, a local portfolio strategy will very likely endure, spread, and continue to evolve.

How to Ensure New Post-Secondary Pathways Don't Become "Tracks"

Travis Pillow | Wed, 12/19/2018

Give students flexibility, supports to explore different academic and career pathways without closing the door on other opportunities.

Tossing Aside the “Reform” Label Must Not Mean “Anything Goes”

Chris Cerf | Fri, 12/07/2018

Former Newark superintendent Chris Cerf urges us to continue pushing for positive change.

Don’t Call Me an Education Reformer — I Don’t Know What That Means Anymore

Robin Lake | Mon, 12/03/2018

I want to engage with real ideas and real people, writes Robin Lake, not labels and groupthink.

We Need a More Productive Debate About School Accountability, Not Tired Arguments Over Testing

Robin Lake | Tue, 11/20/2018

It’s more essential than ever to measure student progress, writes Robin Lake, but our measures and methods must continue to evolve.