eLearning Day on Capitol Hill


Oct 6, 2009
To: Members of Congress and Education Legislative Assistants/Staff
Subject: Invitation for October 9 E-Learning Forum on Capitol Hill
RE: Invitation to the E-Learning Forum on Capitol HillFeaturing Student Perspectives Panel and Virtual Learning DemonstrationU.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Rooms 208/209

Friday, October 9, 2009

10:00AM – 12:00PM

Coffee and refreshments will be served

On behalf of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the Center for Education Reform, Innosight Institute and the Alliance for Excellent Education, we would like to invite you to the E-Learning Forum on Capitol Hill for all Members of Congress and legislative staff. E-learning can provide strategies to address key areas of education reform in the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This forum will address the critical role of technology and e-learning in meeting the need for providing students with a world-class education.

Hosted By: Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM) (event sponsor) and Representative Jared Polis (CO)
Why: To provide a legislative briefing on K-12 e-learning and virtual schools;To examine the federal policies to support e-learning;To discuss the future of learning and how education is changing in the digital age;

To showcase examples of virtual learning.

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and co-author Michael Horn wrote in their recent book titled, Disrupting Class, that online learning was one of the most significant innovations in K-12 education. Their prediction that 50% of all courses would be delivered online by 2019 – in virtual or hybrid e-learning – is on its way to coming true.

Featuring: Michael Horn, co-author of Disrupting Class; Executive Director, Innosight InstituteBob Wise, Former Governor (WV); President, Alliance for Excellent EducationSusan Patrick, President, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Julie Young, CEO, Florida Virtual School

Jeanne Allen, President, The Center for Education Reform (CER)

Student Panel

Please attend this special event, “E-Learning Forum on the Hill,” to learn about policy strategies, issues and solutions through online learning and virtual schools. Hear the students’ perspectives as a student panel responds to questions about their experiences with taking courses online. Hands-on demonstration opportunities to experience e-learning will be available after the panel.

To RSVP, please send an email to [email protected] by October 7, 2009. Please email or call iNACOL at (703) 752-6216, if you have any questions.

E-Learning Forum on Capitol Hill

October 9, 2009

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Rooms 208/209



  1. Welcome and Introduction (15 minutes)
    • Welcome from Senator Jeff Bingaman and Representative Jared Polis
    • Introduction: Overview of K-12 E-Learning & School Reform
      • Susan Patrick, International Association for K-12 Online Learning
  2. E-Learning Overview and Issues Panel (25 minutes)
    • Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education and Former Governor West Virginia
    • Michael Horn, Innosight Institute on Disrupting Class
    • Julie Young, CEO, Florida Virtual School
    • Susan Patrick, International Association for K-12 Online Learning
  3. Student Perspectives Panel (15 minutes)
  4. How Capitol Hill Can Help: Policy Issues at the Federal Level & Closing Summary with Questions and Answers (20 minutes)
    • Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform
  5. Demonstrations of Virtual Learning Showcase (45 minutes)

Michael is a co-founder and distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. He currently works as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions.

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