Robin Lake

Robin Lake

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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.

04/2016
Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn From First-Generation Adopters?

This paper takes the first systematic look at costs associated with implementing personalized learning schools, how leaders of these schools choose to allocate their funds, and what it might take to make...

10/2015
Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities

A groundbreaking new report that measures the health of school systems through a citywide lens.

10/2015
The Policy Framework for Online Charter Schools

CRPE partnered with Mathematica and CREDO on a rigorous analysis of online charter schools. Our paper examines how state policy shapes the online charter school landscape.

04/2015
Next Generation School Districts: What Capacities Do Districts Need to Create and Sustain Schools That Are Ready to Deliver on Common Core?

This paper argues that district-wide systems changes are necessary to encourage and free up...

03/2015
Title I: Time to Get It Right

This brief presents five clear principles on which Title I formulas should be based and progress measured.

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.

Apr 17 2017

CRPE director Robin Lake is quoted on how the portfolio strategy works in this Education Week piece on 21st century school districts.

Apr 7 2017

CRPE's district-charter collaboration convening is summarized in this Education Week piece.

Mar 26 2017

In this Seventy-Four commentary, CRPE director Robin Lake writes about the implications for special education in light of the Supreme Court ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

Mar 25 2017

CRPE director Robin Lake is quoted in this Detroit News editorial on the school board's process of choosing a superintendent.

Mar 23 2017

CRPE director Robin Lake is quoted in this U.S. News & World Report article on how the Trump administration's school choice proposals are affecting charter school proponents.

Feb 17 2017

Robin Lake considers the reasons, and possible solutions, for the recent decline in charter growth.

Jan 23 2017

The payoff of well-chosen cooperation is worth the effort for districts, charters, and families, writes Robin Lake.

Jan 4 2017

Robin Lake rings in the new year with some ideas for making progress on education reform.

Dec 14 2016

Detroit's problem hasn’t been school choice itself, writes Robin Lake, it’s the way choice has been executed.

Nov 16 2016

The last thing public charter schools need is to have the next president feed the "end of public education" narrative, cautions Robin Lake.

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