Julia Freeland Fisher

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Senior Research Fellow, Education

Julia Freeland Fisher is a Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute where she conducts research on innovation in K-12 education. She has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Julia’s writing has appeared in outlets including Education Next, Forbes, entrepreneur.com, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. Her recent white papers focus on how disruptive innovations are changing the education landscape. These include The educator’s dilemma: When and how schools should embrace poverty relief with Michael B. Horn, Schools and software: What’s now and what’s next with Alex Hernandez, and Blending toward competency: Early patterns of blended learning and competency-based education in New Hampshire.

Julia’s current research focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks.

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. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.