The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

School's Out for the Summer: Parents Worry about Social-Emotional Impacts of Closures

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Tue, 06/23/2020

Parents we interviewed wondered what they could do this summer to compensate for the lack of social interaction.

Building Effective Relationships with a Teacher-Family-Student Triangle

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Fri, 06/19/2020

For schools to have effective working relationships with parents as co-teachers, they must manage the teacher-family-student triangle more closely than in the past.

Schools Can Help Parents by Setting Clear Expectations

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Thu, 06/18/2020

The teacher-parents we interviewed had important insights into the need to provide more clarity and support to families.

Lessons from Remote Learning: Parent Perspectives

Lanya McKittrick, Paul Hill | Wed, 06/17/2020

We asked parents about their experiences helping children with their schooling during the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Digital Divide Among Students During COVID-19: Who Has Access? Who Doesn’t?

Robin Lake, Alvin Makori | Tue, 06/16/2020

We set out to make sense of data from different sources that shed light on the digital divide, the reasons for it, and the inadequacy of past efforts to close it.

Too Many Schools Leave Learning to Chance During the Pandemic

Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka | Wed, 06/10/2020

A new brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

This Is No Time for Nuance

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/04/2020

This must be a moment of profound horror and shame for all of America, and in particular, for white Americans. 

Districts Are Missing an Opportunity to Innovate as Most Take Traditional Approaches to Summer School

Bree Dusseault, Sean Gill, Lisa Chu | Wed, 06/03/2020

Summer offers an opportunity for districts to begin addressing learning gaps that emerged this spring, as well as other needs—like social interaction and special education services—that were unmet while school buildings were closed.