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.

04/2015
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.

01/2015
A Blueprint for Effective and Adaptable School District Procurement

This report outlines the problems districts face in procuring innovative goods and services, shows how other sectors have modernized procurement processes, and recommends ways to reform district procurement.

01/2015
Special Education in New Orleans: Juggling Flexibility, Reinvention, and Accountability in the Nation's Most Decentralized School System

This paper looks at new efforts to ensure special education functions effectively in New Orleans' full-choice public education landscape.

12/2014
Special Education in Charter Schools: What We've Learned and What We Still Need to Know

This report summarizes CRPE's past two years of research and findings of special education in charter schools.

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.

May 14 2015

Robin Lake is quoted in this Detroit News article about the effects of unions in charter schools.

May 8 2015

Robin Lake is quoted in this Wired article on LAUSD's troubled tech rollout.

Apr 30 2015

Robin Lake is quoted in this Chalkbeat Colorado article.

Mar 26 2015

Robin Lake is quoted in this Houston Chronicle article about YES Prep's decision not to expand to Memphis.

Mar 24 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice is referenced in this Education Week article.

Apr 22 2015

Robin Lake introduces a series of new CRPE papers focusing on districtwide redesign to support innovative schools.

Apr 2 2015

In developing countries, desperation is the mother of invention, driving the creation of better, affordable school options at scale. What lessons can the U.S. learn from this approach?

Mar 25 2015

YES Prep has pulled out of Memphis. It will take a while to uncover all the lessons from this story, writes Robin Lake in this blog, but one thing is obvious: we need more charter providers who are willing to take on the turnaround challenge. And those providers need support.

Mar 23 2015

Does the dogged pursuit of equity for all undermine successful efforts underway to help students? It doesn't have to, argues Robin Lake. Not only are charters well positioned to serve special needs students, yet retain their distinctive cultures, they have an obligation to try.

Feb 6 2015

The ESEA rewrite should require districts to level the financial playing field before doling out Title I dollars, write Marguerite Roza and Robin Lake.

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