Robin Lake

Twitter: @RbnLake

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Robin Lake is director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) a non-partisan research and policy analysis organization developing transformative, evidence-based solutions for K–12 public education. Her research focuses on U.S. public school system reforms, including public school choice and charter schools; innovation and scale; portfolio management; and effective state and local public oversight practices.
 
Lake has authored numerous studies and provided expert testimony and technical assistance on charter schools, district-charter collaborations, and urban school reform. She is the editor of Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs and editor of Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools. She co-authored, with Paul Hill, Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education. 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 Education Next. She was named to the summer 2016 class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program, designed to support exceptional leaders reimagining U.S. public schools. 
 
Lake holds a BA in International Studies and an MPA in Education and Urban Policy from the University of Washington. She currently serves as Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell.

02/2018
Passing Notes: Learning from Efforts to Share Instructional Practices Across District-Charter Lines

This report examines recent efforts of districts and charter schools to share key instructional practices and offers recommendations for education leaders to move forward.

01/2018
The Slowdown in Bay Area Charter School Growth: Causes and Solutions

This report examines why charter school growth in the San Francisco Bay Area has slowed dramatically and offers solutions for cities nationwide to encourage the development of new high-quality schools.

11/2017
Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies...

11/2017
For Portfolio Supporters, Skeptics, and Would-Be Adopters: Some Thoughts From CRPE

This paper provides an honest assessment of the portfolio strategy’s strengths, weaknesses, and necessary evolution.

04/2017
How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem-Solving in Public Education

State policy should encourage and empower school district innovation and improvement strategies.

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.

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.

Date: Jul 25 2013
Where: Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Washington, DC

Robin Lake joins several leading education reformers and thinkers for a lively discussion of the accountability opt-out.

Date: Jun 13 2013
Where: Invite Only

This Forum will feature leaders of New York City’s key innovation initiatives. Steven Hodas, Executive Director of Innovate NYC Schools, and Andrea Coleman, Director of iZone, will discuss the role school districts can play in promoting innovation and creating schools of the future.

Date: Apr 28 2013
Where: San Francisco, CA

Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.

Jun 28 2019

Robin Lake is quoted in The Boston Globe about impending reforms to the Providence school district.

Jun 16 2019

In The 74, Robin Lake writes that policymakers should stop pitting charter schools and school districts against each other.

May 20 2019

Robin Lake speaks on the Education Next podcast The Education Exchange on what Indianapolis has done to make charter schools work.

May 15 2019

Robin Lake and Ashley Jochim write in response to an Oakland Unified School District report for EdSource.

Apr 14 2019

CRPE research affiliate Aaron Hirsh's forthcoming report on homeschooling is referenced in this Seattle Times article on nontraditional students in Washington.

May 17 2019

Three new briefs from CRPE shed light on the debate.

Apr 29 2019

Studies blaming long-standing problems in public education on charter schools make it harder to identify real solutions.

Mar 14 2019

Puerto Rico’s efforts to improve educational opportunities are rich, varied and locally driven.

Jan 29 2019

The school choice movement should evolve to provide new student pathways and better serve every student's individual needs.

Jan 2 2019

Serving every student requires a shift in mindset from a portfolio of schools to a portfolio of learning opportunities.