Robin Lake

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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.

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...

Title I: Time to Get It Right

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

Jul 24 2015

CRPE's recent blog series on New Orleans education ten years after Hurricane Katrina is featured in this redefinED blog.

Jun 24 2015

Robin Lake talks about charter school special education issues in this interview originally published on Justin Cohen's blog.

Jun 19 2015

Robin Lake discusses how Nevada's new universal education savings account program can be successful in this commentary originally posted on Fordham Institute's ESA Wonkathon.

May 26 2015

CRPE's recent report on New Orleans' efforts to improve special education services is cited in this Times-Picayune article.

May 14 2015

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

Sep 16 2015

The long game can’t just be about circumventing a broken system, writes Robin Lake. The real payoff is getting localities to adopt serious reform strategies.

Sep 11 2015

Robin Lake discusses the Washington State Supreme Court decision on charter schools and its obsolete notion of "local control."

Aug 26 2015

Robin Lake disagrees with Paul Hill's views on backfill, arguing that recreating the old system is not inevitable if we are alert and follow the evidence.

Jun 25 2015

Robin Lake kicks off a series of blogs from education leaders in New Orleans, who share their ideas on what will it take to bring the city's schools to a much higher level of success.

Apr 22 2015

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

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