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.

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.

11/2018
To Serve Every Student Well, Design for the Tails, Not the Mean

This essay explores how an education system built to meet the needs of “square pegs” could benefit all students.

11/2018
Rethinking the Traditional High School-College-Career Continuum

This essay explores the systemic changes needed to ensure student access to meaningful pathways to college prep and career training.

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.

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.

Aug 8 2019

Robin Lake is quoted in Chalkbeat on the benefits and downsides of charter management organizations for charter schools.

Jul 10 2019

Robin Lake is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about the failing public school district in Providence.

Jul 8 2019

Drawing from our 25th Anniversary essay collection, The 74 highlights eight of the biggest ideas and proposals CRPE presented about the next era of public education.

Jul 3 2019

Paul Hill and Robin Lake are quoted in this PolitiFact article on the history of busing.

Jun 28 2019

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

Jul 23 2019

As a new CRPE research brief shows, homeschoolers are becoming more diverse, and so are their motivations.

Jul 3 2019

Paul Hill discusses the history of school integration and offers lessons learned about ways our school systems can better educate an increasingly diverse population.

Jun 13 2019

Journalists must take the lead in separating fact from fiction in the debate on charter schools' fiscal impacts on districts.

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.