Commentary: ‘This changes everything’ — AI is about to upend teaching and learning
In April 2022, I attended the ASU-GSV Summit, an ed tech conference in San Diego. I’d recently become an official Arizona State University employee, and as I was grabbing coffee, I saw my new boss, university President Michael Crow, speaking on a panel being broadcast on a big screen. At the end of the discussion,...
By Robin Lake | May 15, 2023
Opinion: From COVID recovery to the rise of AI chatbots, we must move more quickly to reinvent education in 2023
Did you, like me, take time over the break to play with one of the new artificial intelligence bots? I asked ChatGPT to write a blog in the style of Robin Lake on the topic of helping students recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and related school closures. Here’s what it offered: As the director of the...
By Robin Lake | January 26, 2023
Analysis: How are kids with disabilities doing post-COVID? Shamefully, we still don’t know
Since the start of the pandemic, we at the Center on Reinventing Public Education have had our eyes locked on the experiences of and outcomes for students with disabilities. As we noted in our inaugural State of the American Student report, students with disabilities lost out on critical therapies and foundational learning and socialization opportunities during...
By Robin Lake | October 26, 2022
Analysis: The COVID crisis cracked our education system. A new reform coalition must come together to fix it in the interest of children
Anyone who cares about kids must rejoice over their being back in school with their peers. But that should not blind us to the harsh truths we have learned about our public education system, how badly it responded to the pandemic and how, as always, it served those with loud voices and political power and...
By Robin Lake | November 15, 2021
California Teen, a ‘16 Under 16 in STEM’, Gets a Big Surprise on The Kelly Clarkson Show
How One Middle School Principal is Using TikTok to Build School Culture & Recruit Teachers
Startling 96% of School Tech Exposes Student Data, Research Finds
A New Playbook to Recruit Tutors: Tap Teachers in Training
Robin Lake: Assessing charter schools’ impact on districts is too important to get wrong
Several months ago I critiqued a report by Dr. Gordon Lafer that was published by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a think tank that has long been critical of charter schools and recently helped rally supporters of a five-year moratorium on new charters. Unfortunately, the report continues to inform policy deliberations in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom has tasked a commission to...
By Robin Lake | May 8, 2019
Robin Lake to LAUSD: Stop searching for the next superhero — hand your schools the cape
For the fifth time in the past 10 years, LAUSD is searching for a new superintendent. The school board’s list of required qualifications likely include: • Able to drive and execute on an academic improvement vision for more than 640,000 students. • Able to turn around or close hundreds of low-performing schools. • Able to...
By Robin Lake | April 2, 2018