The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Learning Inside and Outside of School: What Can the Four-Day Week Teach Us?

Georgia Heyward, Antonio Parés | Tue, 03/19/2019

Rural districts using the four-day school week schedule are experimenting with new, holistic and community-embedded learning opportunities on the fifth, unscheduled school day.

Resilience, Hope, and the Power of the Collective: What Puerto Rico can Teach the States about Education Reform

Robin Lake | Thu, 03/14/2019

Puerto Rico’s efforts to improve educational opportunities are rich, varied and locally driven.

Chicago’s mayor sees through the fog on school autonomy

Paul Hill | Wed, 02/20/2019

In a look at Chicago's dramatic school improvements, Paul Hill argues that school autonomy distinguishes high-performing schools from the run of the mill.

How a proposal for flexible funding can help families close the enrichment gap

Travis Pillow, Ashley Jochim | Tue, 02/05/2019

Offering lower-income families an allowance to customize out-of-school learning experiences could help close the enrichment gap.

The Future of School Choice Isn't About Schools — It's About Learning Opportunities

Robin Lake | Tue, 01/29/2019

The school choice movement should evolve to provide new student pathways and better serve every student's individual needs.

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.