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Michael B. Horn strives to create a world in which all individuals can build their passions and fulfill their potential through his writing, speaking, and work with a portfolio of education organizations. He is the author of several books, including the recently released From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child;the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns; Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools; Choosing College; Goodnight Box, a children’s story. Michael is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. He cohosts the top education podcasts Future U and Class Disrupted. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and writes the Substack newsletter The Future of Education. Michael also serves as an executive editor at Education Next, and his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and NBC. Michael serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including Imagine Worldwide, Minerva University, the LearnLaunch Institute, and Guild Education, and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners. Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and 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 holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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From Zero Sum to Positive Sum

In the current system, some students succeed at the expense of others. It doesn’t have to be that way.
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A New Frontier in Virtual Learning
At the KaiPod Learning pod in Newton, Massachusetts, students are taught one on one or in small groups by former school teachers. Students often work outdoors or while listening to music, and KaiPod provides enrichment activities tailored to students’ interests.

Some Pods Will Outlast the Pandemic

Students, parents say they appreciate the support
Book cover of "Teaching Machines" by Audrey Watters

The Quest for an “Automatic Teacher”

A compelling narrative marred by flawed commentary
Book cover of "Hybrid Homeschooling"

A Robust and Timely Discussion of a New Kind of Homeschooling

Hybrid approach combines at-home learning with school attendance
EPA Fuel Economy sticker

Lambda School Controversy Calls for Robust Quality Assurance in Higher Ed

Better information about outcomes would make regulating higher education less capricious.
First Lady Jill Biden tours a cafeteria at the Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

Don’t Ban Virtual School. Improve It.

Insist on an in-person adult to supervise remote learning
A student follows along with a school lesson on a laptop.

Schools Squandered Virtual Learning

A timid response, with lessons for the future
A laptop on a desk with a question mark on the screen

Effort to Debunk Education Technology Falters by Overstating Its Own Case

A sensible, but hardly novel, appeal for “methodological pluralism”
A microschool run by Prenda

The Rapid Rise of Pandemic Pods

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

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