What’s happening with distance learning?

By Robin Lake
August 2020
Vol. 41, No. 4
In March 2020, the Center on Reinventing Public Education began tracking U.S. districts’ plans for navigating school closures and distance learning. The database, which is available on CRPE’s website (, draws on publicly available plans from the 30 largest districts in the country, members of the Council of the Great City Schools, smaller districts that participate in CRPE’s rural studies, and at least one district from otherwise unrepresented states. Since March, the center has been analyzing the plans and presenting the trends in a series of research papers and commentaries. The Learning Professional spoke with CRPE director Robin Lake about how the database took shape, what she and her colleagues have learned from it, and the implications for professional learning. Q&A with Robin Lake Q:

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 Robin Lake is director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education. “My greatest hope with this database is that we provide an easy road map for educators to find districts they can learn something from,” she says. 

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CRPE’s COVID-19 work includes a database of state and school district responses, impact, analysis, and The Evidence Project, a network of researchers working to narrow the gap between research and policy. Visit for more information and resources.

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Robin Lake has authored numerous studies and provided expert testimony and technical assistance on charter schools, district-charter collaborations, and urban school reform. She has provided invited testimonies to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee as well as various state legislatures.

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