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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.

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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