Publications

  • October 2014

    Blended
    Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools
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    By Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker
    With forward by Clayton M. Christensen

    This volume is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K–12 schools. Readers will find a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered educational system along with real-world advice for creating the next generation of K–12 learning environments.

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  • September 2014

    Knocking down barriers
    How California superintendents are implementing blended learning
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    By Michael B. Horn, Anna Gu, and Meg Evans
    We convened several California school district superintendents to answer the questions: “What are the barriers, real or perceived, to implementing blended learning in your district?” and “Have you found solutions or ways around these barriers?” This policy brief summarizes the answers to both of these questions to help other California superintendents who are struggling to implement high-quality blended learning find ways to work around these barriers.

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  • July 2014

    Hire Education
    Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution
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    By Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen
    An examination of online competency-based education unveils the tectonic shifts to come in higher education. Over time, the industry-validated experiences that emerge from the strong partnerships between online competency-based providers and employers will ultimately have the power to override the importance of college rankings and accreditation.

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  • July 2014

    Course Access
    An Introduction
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    A student’s opportunity to learn too often depends on where he or she goes to school. This one-page statement clarifies the importance of providing public schools with access to all of the academic content necessary to meet each student’s needs, interests, and abilities.

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  • June 2014

    Schools and software
    What’s now and what’s next
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    By Julia Freeland and Alex Hernandez
    with contributions from Aylon Samouha

    Technology is increasingly integral to school systems; but do we know what schools want out of software? This white paper summarizes how 30 small- to medium-sized school systems are currently using education technology and what advancements they hope to see in the market moving forward.

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  • May 2014

    Blending toward competency
    Early patterns of blended learning and competency-based education in New Hampshire
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    By Julia Freeland
    Based on a small, early-stage sampling of schools in New Hampshire, this white paper describes how blended-learning models that tend to be disruptive relative to the traditional classroom appear especially well suited to support competency-based education at scale.

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  • May 2014

    From policy to practice
    How competency-based education is evolving in New Hampshire
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    By Julia Freeland
    New Hampshire has been a trailblazer among states in catalyzing competency-based education at the high school level. This case study looks at how 13 schools in New Hampshire are undergoing the transition to competency-based education.

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