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Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to create a world in which all individuals can build their passions and fulfill their potential. He is the author of many books, including Choosing College, and Goodnight Box, a children’s story.   Michael is a senior strategist at Guild Education, which partners with leading employers and organizations to help offer education and upskilling opportunities to America’s workforce. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.   Michael is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. He serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including the Clayton Christensen Institute, the Robin Hood Learning+Tech Fund, and the LearnLaunch Institute. He also serves as an executive editor at Education Next 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 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.

Online Learning Goes Hollywood

Using video storytelling to motivate learning

Amid College Success Push, The U.S. Overlooks The Fact That One In Four Students Are Parents

When parents enter postsecondary education, they meet a system that isn’t designed with them in mind.

WeWork Helps Online Learning Take its Next Step Forward

WeWork and 2U are not recreating the sprawling campus environment of college, but they are offering an in-person environment in an experiment that could dramatically bolster engagement

Let’s Retire the ‘Gifted-and-Talented’ Label

If we allow students to move at their own pace, there is no longer a need to label and sort them.

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