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

07/2014
Making School Choice Work

This report examines the experience of parents in cities with multiple public school options to answer the question, how can civic leaders create a choice system that works for all families?

05/2014
Is Personalized Learning Meeting Its Productivity Promise? Early Lessons from Pioneering Schools

This fiscal analysis finds that early difficulties forecasting enrollment and revenue can undermine implementation of personalized-learning models that blend computer-based and...

08/2013
Assessing the Outcomes of Charter School Students with Special Needs: Research Design Brief

This brief outlines challenges of producing rigorous and useful research on how students with special needs fare in charters and makes recommendations for designing studies needed to inform policy...

06/2013
District-Charter Collaboration Compact: Interim Report

This interim report details the first two years of district-charter collaboration in 16 Compact cities, including lessons learned and potential opportunities and challenges ahead.

05/2013
Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012

This year's edition focuses on growth and innovation and pushes charter school leaders to consider whether they are fully using their flexibility and autonomy on behalf of students.

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.

Nov 20 2014

Robin Lake is quoted in this Education Week article on charter schools that serve high-needs students and the funding challenges they face.

Nov 13 2014

Robin Lake, Ashley Jochim, and Michael DeArmond discuss challenges facing Detroit's school system and offer possible solutions in this Education Next article.

Nov 4 2014

KUOW interviews Robin Lake about what the research shows on class size effects.

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.

Nov 25 2014

Robin Lake continues her discussion of Detroit's public school system and how it could benefit from using a portfolio strategy.

Nov 13 2014

Robin Lake discusses the current failures of Detroit's public school system, and why she's optimistic for its renewal.

Oct 28 2014

Robin Lake looks at the progress charter authorizers have made on accountability, and says there's still much work to be done.

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.

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