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.

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...

Overview - WIll the Charter Movement Rest on Its Laurels or Innovate and Expand? (HFR '12)

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...

Common Core: Will Charter Schools Lead or Lag?

This paper was prepared for the AEI "Common Core Meets the Reform Agenda" Conference, March 25, 2013.

The ongoing tension between the largely decentralized charter school movement and national and state movements toward centralized standards and accountability systems...

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, soon to be Chief Regional Officer, Sarah Satinover, Director of Growth, and Diego Arambula, Chief Growth Officer.

Date: Oct 22 2013
Where: UW Medicine South Lake Union

The Forum featured former MN State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, author of the nation's first charter school law, and Shannon Blankenship, tfounder of Hiawatha Academies, a high-performing Minneapolis charter school.

Mar 5 2014

Robin Lake says Detroit's unregulated charter school environment hurts the kids who most need help and a sound education, on Michigan public radio.

Feb 18 2014

Robin Lake says districts have spotty records sustaining innovative strategies, in this Education Week article.

Feb 9 2014

This op ed was first published in the Seattle Times.

Feb 3 2014

Robin Lake comments on the push for new charter schools in Florida, in this redefinedED article.

Jan 29 2014

Robin Lake talks about education reform in Detroit, in this Michigan Public Radio article.

Apr 17 2014

Betheny Gross recalls CRPE's 2010 book on charter schools serving students with special needs and how it highlighted not just shortcomings, but innovative solutions as well.

Mar 21 2014

Robin Lake shares lessons from the financial world that are relevant for how we oversee and regulate schools.

Feb 14 2014

Robin Lake questions the reasons behind the L.A. school board's decision not to renew two Aspire Public Schools charters.

Jan 27 2014

Robin Lake cautions against celebrating school choice as an end in itself, as Detroit and other cities show that unregulated school choice is a nightmare for parents and very difficult to fix.

Dec 19 2013

Robin Lake writes that the NAEP TUDA results—and the reaction they cause—are a reminder of the need for meaningful educational outcome data in cities.

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