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Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She 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. Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program and a summer associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP, a litigation firm in San Francisco. Julia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies. She also received a JD from Yale Law School.

Published Articles & Media

Should Instructional Choice Trump School Choice?

We must ensure that every student has access to an education—and the particular instructional experiences and supports—that best suits his needs and strengths.

Are Students Buying What We’re Selling?

The "jobs to be done" theory can help reformers, school leaders, and education entrepreneurs alike bridge the frequently gaping chasm between need and demand in education.

Tackle Teacher Shortages with Online Learning

Online learning allows educators to reach students from anywhere in the country and experts to supplement traditional teaching,

6 Tips From Personalized Learning Innovators Leading Change

Innovators stress that without effective change management, the best technology tools and the most elegant personalized learning models will come up short.

What Life Before EdTech Can Teach Us About Personalized Learning

With excitement over new gadgets and possibilities, schools and edtech entrepreneurs alike often miss a key step: defining what the ideal student experience should look like absent technology.

Will Eliminating the “F” Eliminate Bad School Design?

Skeptics of eliminating failing grades must acknowledge that, in our current system, we move students forward grade by grade based largely on “seat time” rather than mastery of academic skills and content.

Startups Tackle Disparities in New Ways

Startups are offering new forms of human and social capital to schools and students to make up for staffing disparities in teachers and guidance counselors.

The Inconvenient Truth About Personalized Learning

Simply asking what works stops short of the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances?

Beware of Taking Flexibility a Step Too Far

Most families have not embraced full-time online virtual learning as an answer to their particular circumstances or values.

Blending Learning From the Top Down or the Ground Up?

Our Blended Learning Universe school directory features more than 300 profiles of schools. We’re hoping that the directory can offer guidance to states and districts by illustrating what is happening on the ground inside actual schools.

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