Robin Lake

Robin Lake


Twitter: @RbnLake
Amazon Author Page: Robin Lake, Author

Robin Lake is Director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell. She is internationally recognized for her research and analysis of U.S. public school system reforms, including charter schools and charter management organizations; innovation and scale; portfolio school districts; school turnaround efforts; and performance-based accountability systems.

Ms. Lake has authored numerous studies and provided expert testimony and technical assistance on charter schools and urban reform. She is the editor of Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs (CRPE, 2010) and editor of the annual report, Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools. She co-authored, with Paul Hill, Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education (Brookings 2002). 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 the National Charter School Resource Center.

Ms. Lake holds a B.A. in International Studies and an M.P.A in Education and Urban Policy from the University of Washington.

Making School Choice Work

School choice is increasingly the new normal in urban education. But in cities with multiple public school options, how can civic leaders create a choice system that works for all families, whether they choose a charter or district public school?

To answer this question, CRPE researchers surveyed 4,000...

Is Personalized Learning Meeting Its Productivity Promise? Early Lessons from Pioneering Schools

Blending computer-based and teacher-led instruction promises to help schools meet students' individual needs by organizing and prioritizing staff and technology in more productive...

Assessing the Outcomes of Charter School Students with Special Needs: Research Design Brief

How well do charter schools serve the students with special needs who choose to attend them? Finding the means to answer this question is complicated.

In March 2013, CRPE convened a group...

District-Charter Collaboration Compact: Interim Report

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been monitoring, supporting, and analyzing the cross-sector collaborative work undertaken in 16 District-Charter Compact cities. CRPE tracks...

Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012

One of the main goals of the charter school movement at its founding was to provide new school options for families that wanted and needed them. Another was to foster innovation, for charter schools themselves and...

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.

Date: Nov 14 2013

On November 14, 2013, the Washington Education Innovation Forum featured Summit Public School's Jen Davis Wickens, Chief Regional Officer, Sarah Satinover, Director of Growth, and Diego Arambula, Chief Growth Officer.

Oct 14 2014

Robin Lake is quoted in this Bridge Magazine article on education reform in Michigan.

Oct 10 2014

CRPE's recent work on fixing school accountability systems is highlighted in this Seattle Times blog.

Oct 1 2014

Robin Lake is quoted in this American School Board Journal article on innovative education reform efforts.

Sep 15 2014

Robin Lake describes how philanthropy plays a critical role in helping the education community meet the responsibilities of school choice for all families in her Philanthropy News Digest commentary.

Sep 15 2014

Robin Lake is quoted in this KPLU report on Seattle's proposed city-level education department.

Oct 3 2014

Robin Lake wraps up our blog series on accountability with a look at where we go from here.

Sep 24 2014

Paul Hill, Robin Lake, and Michael Petrilli kick off a blog series intended to prompt a productive dialogue around fixing school accountability systems.

Aug 20 2014

While school choice has created new possibilities, it can also create serious access challenges for disadvantaged families, writes Robin Lake.

Jul 29 2014

Robin Lake explains the importance of strategic district-charter partnerships, like those happening in Spring Branch, Texas.

Jul 10 2014

Robin Lake looks at what happens in high-choice cities like Detroit when no one is responsible to ensure that there is a good school for every child.

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