Robin Lake

Robin Lake

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Twitter: @RbnLake

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Robin Lake is director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) a non-partisan research and policy analysis organization developing transformative, evidence-based solutions for K–12 public education. Her research focuses on U.S. public school system reforms, including public school choice and charter schools; innovation and scale; portfolio management; and effective state and local public oversight practices.
 
Lake has authored numerous studies and provided expert testimony and technical assistance on charter schools, district-charter collaborations, and urban school reform. She is the editor of Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs and editor of Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools. She co-authored, with Paul Hill, Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education. She has provided invited testimonies to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee as well as various state legislatures.
 
She presents regularly at conferences and summits around the United States, and has advised on charter school implementation in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Lake serves as a board member or advisor to various organizations, including the Journal of School Choice, the National Center on Special Education in Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and Education Next. She was named to the summer 2016 class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program, designed to support exceptional leaders reimagining U.S. public schools. 
 
Lake holds a BA in International Studies and an MPA in Education and Urban Policy from the University of Washington. She currently serves as Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell.

08/2016
Herding Cats: Managing Diverse Charter School Interests in Collaboration Efforts

This paper looks at why many cities have missed opportunities to create more lasting relationships between their district and charter sectors, and offers suggestions for fostering stronger partnerships that...

04/2016
Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn From First-Generation Adopters?

This paper takes the first systematic look at costs associated with implementing personalized learning schools, how leaders of these schools choose to allocate their funds, and what it might take to make...

10/2015
Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities

A groundbreaking new report that measures the health of school systems through a citywide lens.

10/2015
The Policy Framework for Online Charter Schools

CRPE partnered with Mathematica and CREDO on a rigorous analysis of online charter schools. Our paper examines how state policy shapes the online charter school landscape.

04/2015
Next Generation School Districts: What Capacities Do Districts Need to Create and Sustain Schools That Are Ready to Deliver on Common Core?

This paper argues that district-wide systems changes are necessary to encourage and free up...

Date: Jun 18 2015
Where: The Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

CRPE's Robin Lake, Betheny Gross, and Paul Hill will be featured speakers at "The Urban Education Future?" - Lessons from New Orleans 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina conference, hosted by the Education

Date: Jul 1 2014
Where: Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay IJ, Las Vegas, NV

Robin Lake will be presenting in this session on the role of charter schools in overhauling school districts.

Date: Apr 3 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas—from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

Date: Jan 23 2014

At January’s Washington Education Innovation Forum, Professor Ed Lazowska discussed how Washington’s primary and secondary schools are doing little to give students skills related to the jobs that are being created in their backyard, potential consequences if we do not change course, and how we might best expose our youth to STEM skills that are increasingly shaping our region’s economy and identity.

Date: Nov 14 2013
Where: UW Medicine at South Lake Union


Our next Washington Education Innovation Forum will feature Jen Davis Wickens, Chief Regional Officer for Summit Public Schools, and Sarah Satinover, Summit’s Director of Growth.

Sep 14 2016

CRPE director Robin Lake argues that school autonomy is crucial in her commentary was published in The New York Times' "Room for Debate" discussion "Is School Reform Hopeless?"

Sep 6 2016

CRPE director Robin Lake is quoted in this Time article on Detroit Public Schools.

Sep 4 2016

CRPE director Robin Lake is quoted in an Evansville Courier & Press article on the shutdown of Early Career Academy, a charter school run by ITT Technical Institute.

Aug 4 2016

CRPE director Robin Lake's blog New Research Confirms...Everything We Already Believe was covered by Washington Monthly.

Jul 31 2016

CRPE director Robin Lake is quoted in The Atlantic on the funding challenges facing Detroit Public Schools.

Sep 12 2016

Robin Lake and her colleagues offer ideas on how schools can make the "back to school" experience easier on students and families.

Aug 9 2016

Robin Lake reflects on what "swing" looks like in high-performing schools that serve disadvantaged students.

Aug 3 2016

Robin Lake writes that findings and headlines are now available to support just about any position on any educational topic. 

Jun 9 2016

Robin Lake previews our forthcoming report on the efforts of two cities to apply creative and thoughtful discipline policies across charter and traditional public schools.

May 2 2016

Robin Lake responds to a recent NACSA survey on charter school special education oversight and suggests effective strategies.

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