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.

03/2020
Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities

Two briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support...

11/2019
After Decades of Financial Challenge, How Can Oakland Reorient Itself?

In this brief, we explore evidence related to the causes of OUSD’s financial crisis and why previous efforts to right the ship have failed.

10/2019
Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

09/2019
It Takes a City: How the Portfolio Strategy Can Bring Schools, Districts, and Communities Together to Transform Special Education

We convened leaders from cities around the country to explore ways that school districts can use the portfolio strategy to help cities improve education for...

05/2019
California Charter Schools: Costs, Benefits, and Impact on School Districts

Three new briefs assess the impact of California charter schools on school districts.

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.

Feb 25 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in District Administration on learning loss, social-emotional learning, and more.

Feb 23 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in the Baltimore Sun on testing students during the pandemic.

Feb 19 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in Education Week on reopening schools.

Feb 16 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in District Administration on K–12 recovery after COVID-19.

Feb 12 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in the Hechinger Report on how schools should be testing students during the pandemic.

Jul 28 2020

While many districts hope to delay the start of an eventual return to in-person instruction, at least the first few weeks of the 2020-21 school year promise to be a return to remote learning.

Jul 14 2020

Our review of some of the first U.S. districts to release more detailed information on fall 2020-21 planning shows districts are taking divergent paths. 

Jun 16 2020

We set out to make sense of data from different sources that shed light on the digital divide, the reasons for it, and the inadequacy of past efforts to close it.

Jun 4 2020

This must be a moment of profound horror and shame for all of America, and in particular, for white Americans. 

May 20 2020

The Evidence Project will bring together researchers from around the country to narrow the gap between research and policy.