The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Can public education return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic?

Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim | Fri, 10/30/2020

We think a return to the pre-coronavirus status quo will prove impossible.

A Puget Sound-area charter school couldn’t open as planned—but it still found a way to support students

Travis Pillow | Mon, 10/19/2020

After a facilities snag forced Cascade Midway Academy to delay its opening as a full-fledged new school, its founders decided to launch a learning hub for 12 students enrolled in nearby districts and charter schools.

We reviewed the school reopening plans for 106 districts around the country. Here's how they square with reality

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Fri, 10/16/2020

After tracking and detailing school systems’ reopening plans for months, our research now turns to how districts are translating their plans into action.

Special education must no longer be an afterthought

Robin Lake, Lanya McKittrick | Thu, 10/15/2020

Districts had all summer to address the concerns that special education families raised this spring. Yet, in many school systems, special education was largely an afterthought in districts’ planning for fall reopening. 

What we learned from deep dives into six school systems’ COVID-19 response

Paul Hill | Tue, 10/06/2020

We looked closely at six districts and charter management organizations (CMOs), hoping to understand why they took particular approaches to remote learning and how their experiences last spring affected their plans for the fall.

More districts should seize the opportunity to improve professional learning for teachers

Are districts setting teachers up with professional learning opportunities that will allow them to navigate the pandemic successfully?

What a diverse group of 20 school districts are doing right in their COVID-19 reopening plans

Robin Lake, Jim Cowen | Thu, 09/24/2020

Districts across the country have devised new ways of supporting students, connecting with families and measuring progress despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic.