The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

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.

Learning pods for all, the Hoosier way

Travis Pillow | Tue, 09/15/2020

Across Indianapolis, hundreds of students are getting help navigating remote learning while school campuses remain closed.

As many school districts reopen virtually, the opportunity gap widens for students living in poverty

Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka | Thu, 09/10/2020

Students in the highest-poverty school systems can’t afford to wait for instruction to go back to “normal.”

Urgent action by states, fed needed to clarify school reopening decisions

Ashley Jochim, Sean Gill, Robin Lake | Thu, 09/10/2020

Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia provide no clear public health criteria to guide reopening decisions.

It helps to start small: Lessons on launching schools of choice in a pandemic

Sivan Tuchman | Thu, 09/03/2020

The challenges and successes of the schools we spoke to teed up some important lessons for anyone hoping to launch a new school amid the disruptions of the pandemic.

Tight or loose? It depends: District central offices in supporting school-based COVID-19 response

Alice Opalka | Tue, 09/01/2020

Do district central offices need to seize more control, or can they empower school leaders to meet community needs?

How 18 top charter school networks are refining remote learning for the fall

Sean Gill, Lanya McKittrick | Fri, 08/28/2020

Our latest review of reopening plans for 18 leading charter school organizations shows they are strengthening curriculum offerings and modifying schedules to better serve students.