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.

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.

01/2017
Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More Students Succeed

Based on six years of research, this report explores why a growing number of districts and charter schools are choosing to work together, the costs and benefits of different types of cooperation, and the real impacts of successful collaboration on students and...

01/2017
Encouraging Districts and Charters to Link Arms to Solve Problems

Robin Lake discusses opportunities that states have to support district-charter cooperation in the National Association of State Boards of Education's journal, The State Education Standard.

10/2016
Sticking Points: How School Districts Experience Implementing the Portfolio Strategy

This analysis of trends across portfolio districts shows where cities are making progress on strategy implementation and where they are getting bogged down.

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.

Jan 22 2019

Robin Lake is interviewed on KJZZ about the teacher strikes at Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jan 21 2019

Robin Lake writes in The Press-Enterprise that charter schools are not to blame for teacher strikes at Los Angeles Unified School District.

Nov 7 2018

Robin Lake reflects on CRPE's 25 years of work, and considers the organization's future, in this piece for The 74.

Oct 15 2018

Robin Lake argues the need for better oversight of online charter schools in this piece for The 74.

Oct 4 2018

Robin Lake is quoted in this Chalkbeat article about the IDEA charter schools network, and the challenges a charter system can face during rapid expansion.

Nov 8 2018

At the Center on Reinventing Public Education, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We are thinking a lot about our principles and lessons learned.

Nov 5 2018

Robin Lake urges cities to leverage community assets, technology, and networks to improve services and supports for students with special needs.

Oct 16 2018

Regulations of online schools are ripe for experimentation at the state and local levels, writes Robin Lake.

Oct 4 2018

Superintendent Pedro Martinez and his team exemplify the problem-solving mentality of the portfolio strategy, writes Robin Lake.

Aug 29 2018

Robin Lake writes that our public education system must do more to instill the values of civic engagement.