Robin Lake


  • Accountability
  • Blended learning
  • Charter schools
  • District reform
  • ESEA
  • Education reform
  • Federal funding
  • Leadership and governance
  • Personalized learning
  • Politics
  • Research and methodology
  • School choice
  • Special education
  • State policy
  • Urban education

Robin Lake is the director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and affiliate faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. She is internationally recognized for her research and analysis of U.S. public school system reforms, including charter schools and charter management organizations, innovation and scale, portfolio strategies, school turnaround efforts, and performance-based accountability. Lake has authored numerous studies and provided expert testimony and technical assistance on charter schools and urban reform. She is the editor of “Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs,” published in 2010, and co-author, with Paul Hill, of “Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education,” published in 2002. Lake serves on the board or as advisor to several organizations, including the Journal of School Choice, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, the Untapped Potential Project, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She is also a part of the 2016 cohort of the two-year Pahara-Aspen fellowship program.