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Michael Horn is a co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. 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. In addition, he serves on a variety of boards, including as an executive editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research about education policy; and he sits on the boards of Fidelis, inBloom, and the Silicon Schools Fund. Michael is also a member of the Education Innovation Advisory Board at Arizona State University and is a member of 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.

Published Articles & Media

A microschool run by Prenda

The Rapid Rise of Pandemic Pods

Will the parent response to Covid-19 lead to lasting change?

Now Trending: Chief Innovation Officers

New titles abound, but with limited evidence of real change

Covid-19 Boost to Online Learning May Backfire

Many courses will be poor substitutes for the originals
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla., in January.

Bloomberg Higher Education Plan Sends Progressive Signal

Democratic presidential candidate aims to boost low-income college access, end legacy admissions.

A Certificate, Then a Degree

Certificate-first programs can help tackle America’s college-completion crisis
Cover of "Choosing College" book

What Colleges Can Learn From Toyota

An excerpt from Education Next executive editor Michael Horn’s new book
Girl wearing headphones sits and reads on a tablet computer

Taking Tablet Learning Global

Can learning technology eradicate illiteracy in less-developed countries?

The Disruptive Playbook for Bootcamps to Upend Higher Education

An unbundled higher education system could focus on helping learners earn and learn, as opposed to the existing pattern of learn and then later, maybe, earn.

What If Teachers Could No Longer Give B-minuses?

In a competency-based learning model, students keep working at something until they demonstrate mastery.

How Harvard Hurts Small Colleges

Over a quarter of existing colleges may fail in the next 15 years. Harvard is partly to blame.

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