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Michael B. Horn    

Authority on the Future of Education and Blended Learning Expert; Executive Director, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Michael Horn is a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and serves as the executive director of its education program. He leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. His team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centric designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.

In 2008, Michael co-authored the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson. Newsweek cited the book 14th on its list of “Fifty Books for Our Times.” Michael has written several white papers about blended learning and is coeditor with Frederick Hess of the book Private Enterprise and Public Education. He has also written articles for numerous publications including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Huffington Post, and Education Week.

He testifies regularly at state legislative sessions and is a frequent keynote speaker at education conferences and planning sessions around the U.S. Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael was also selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea.

In addition, he serves on a variety of boards, including Fidelis Education and the Silicon Schools Fund. Michael is also an executive editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research about education policy and is a member of the Education Innovation Advisory Board at Arizona State University and the advisory committee for The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Speech Topics

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Using the theories of disruptive innovation, Michael Horn paints a vision for the transformation and future of education. Online learning is emerging as a disruptive innovation that has the potential to create a student-centric education system that effectively educates all students by personalizing learning. Horn discusses not only how this transformation could play out, but what educators, policymakers and others must do to ensure this disruptive innovation realizes its promise.

Blended Learning

An expert on K-12 blended learning, Michael Horn illustrates how online learning is emerging within schools to create a more personalized learning model for students. Horn showcases the different ways blended learning is growing and evolving and describe how it can realize its exciting potential to transform the education system into a student-centric one.

Disrupting College

Michael Horn discusses how disruptive innovations—broadly speaking known as online learning—are emerging with the promise to make post-secondary education more affordable, accessible and of higher quality to students across the world. He analyzes what these trends may mean for the future of higher education and a variety of institutions, as well as how they may shift the policy landscape.

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