Robin Lake

Twitter: @RbnLake

Amazon Author Page: Robin Lake, Author

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.

03/2021
The kids are (really) not alright: A synthesis of COVID-19 student surveys

This brief from the Evidence Project synthesizes student surveys from the 2020–21 school year.

02/2021
"Public Education Will Never Be the Same": How COVID-19 Forced School District Leaders to Innovate on the Fly

In this brief, we summarize themes from an American School District Panel survey on innovation during COVID-19.

02/2021
State Accountability Systems in the COVID Era and Beyond

This brief presents a set of ideas and themes to begin to inform challenges around testing and accountability during the pandemic.

01/2021
Student Supports, Professional Development, Operations and Finance at Proyecto Vimenti

Three papers document lessons about finance and operations, professional development, and student support from the first year and a half of Proyecto Vimenti, Puerto Rico's first public charter school...

07/2020
Learning as We Go: Principles for Effective Assessment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This paper summarizes the findings from a panel of assessment experts on diagnostic assessments and their role in helping educators and parents support student learning. 

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.

Mar 16 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in the Hechinger Report on how schooling has changed amid the pandemic.

Mar 12 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in US News & World Report on the failure of to collect data on schools during COVID-19 closures.

Mar 9 2021

Robin Lake is quoted in US News & World Report on a year of closed schools.

Feb 27 2021

Robin Lake is interviewed on CBS about how districts are approaching reopening plans.

Apr 6 2021

As children return to school after as much as a year away, schools and districts have a new strategy for helping them make up for lost time.

Mar 1 2021

We are honored to announce a set of grants to help school districts and their community partners launch learning hubs to support students this school year and to inform long-term change.

Feb 23 2021

Schools and districts must set priorities so students don't fall perpetually behind because of school closures and the difficulties of virtual learning.

Nov 19 2020

We are launching a national database that will catalogue and make sense of learning pod initiatives across the country, with an eye toward equity.

Sep 24 2020

Districts across the country have devised new ways of supporting students, connecting with families and measuring progress despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic.