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) 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 BA in International Studies and an MPA in Education and Urban Policy from the University of Washington.

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...

03/2015
Title I: Time to Get It Right

This brief presents five clear principles on which Title I formulas should be based and progress measured.

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.

May 17 2016

Robin Lake is quoted in this Chalkbeat Colorado article on the implications of granting "innovation" status to some of Colorado's failing schools.

May 12 2016

Robin Lake is quoted in this Education Week article on what it could mean for a locally elected board to oversee New Orleans' charter schools.

May 10 2016

Robin Lake is quoted in this Education Week blog on what California can learn from New Orleans' transition back to local control.

May 10 2016

Robin Lake is quoted on the relationship between administrators and teachers in charter school networks in this Politico New York piece.

May 9 2016

This Deseret News National article recaps an event held at the Brookings Institution to mark the 25th anniversary of the first charter school law. Robin Lake was among the expert panelists featured.

May 2 2016

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

Apr 25 2016

Robin Lake and Ashley Jochim discuss the risks and benefits of a proposal to transition New Orleans schools back to local control.

Apr 22 2016

Robin Lake on findings from our study of how personalized learning schools allocate their resources.

Feb 4 2016

Robin Lake responds to a recent blog post by Washington State’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling.

Jan 21 2016

Robin Lake revisits the innovative efforts of NYCDOE's iZone, introducing a new paper by Steven Hodas.

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