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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 18 2019

Robin Lake is interviewed about Seattle's Downtown School in this piece by The 74.

Mar 8 2019

Robin Lake is quoted in this Chalkbeat article on the portfolio model.

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.

Dec 3 2018

I want to engage with real ideas and real people, writes Robin Lake, not labels and groupthink.

Nov 20 2018

It’s more essential than ever to measure student progress, writes Robin Lake, but our measures and methods must continue to evolve.

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.