The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

School Systems Make a Slow Transition From the Classroom to the Cloud

Robin Lake, Bree Dusseault | Fri, 04/03/2020

Developments this week helped drive more school districts in our nationwide review to add depth and breadth to their published distance learning plans. 

Every Minute Counts: Inside Success Academy’s Virtual Schools

Steven Wilson | Tue, 03/31/2020

Success’s meticulously planned classes and sustained expectations for students’ work will come as a relief to many parents.

The Latest From a Nationwide Survey: Districts Continue to Struggle Toward Online Learning

Robin Lake | Sat, 03/28/2020

This week has been a crucial period of preparation in states from Washington to Florida, where distance learning is expected to begin in earnest by the end of March.

No Time to Lose: Autonomous Public Schools Go Virtual in Indianapolis

Steven Wilson | Fri, 03/20/2020

Three much-admired school networks in Indianapolis didn’t skip a beat in going virtual.

What We’re Learning from an Early Look at District COVID-19 Response Plans

Robin Lake | Fri, 03/20/2020

We will track how districts shift instruction, student support, and organizational operations in the weeks and months to come.

Brave New World at Success Academy

Steven Wilson | Tue, 03/17/2020

Success Academy’s online learning plan seems to slice through the COVID-19 confusion and indecision by combining vaulting ambition with simplicity of design.

As Outbreak Forces Schools to Go Digital, We Must Innovate—and Embrace Learning As We Go

Robin Lake | Tue, 03/10/2020

The lessons we learn in this crisis can help school systems respond to wildfires, hurricanes, blizzards and other crises that can disrupt the ordinary functioning of school systems.

Ceding Power to Create More Transformative Innovation

Alice Opalka | Fri, 03/06/2020

The Rural Alliance, a member of our Big Think Network, sees a major gap in the educational offerings of its member districts: early learning opportunities.