Using disruptive innovation to improve schools

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October 28, 2014

9781118955154_MF.pdfBy Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker
With forward by Clayton M. Christensen

Blended is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K–12 schools. A follow-up to the bestseller Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson, this hands-on guide is intended not only to be a resource for those wanting to make significant changes in their schools, but also an eye opener for people who feel content with what they have. 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.

Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning, benefitting students and teachers alike, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls. Blended helps users:

  • Discover an attainable framework for implementing blended learning in a classroom, school, or district
  • Unlock the potential—and mitigate the risks—of online learning
  • Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about blended learning
  • Create a more student-centered system that functions as a positive force across grade levels

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Michael is a co-founder and distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. He currently serves as Chairman of the Clayton Christensen Institute and works as a senior strategist at Guild Education.

Heather Staker is an adjunct fellow at the Christensen Institute, specializing in K–12 student-centered teaching and blended learning. She is the co-author of "Blended" and "The Blended Workbook." She is the founder and president of Ready to Blend, and has authored six BloomBoard micro-credentials for the “Foundations of Blended Learning” educator micro-endorsement.

Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and is the architect of Disruptive Innovation. Clay was named the World’s Most Influential Business Management Thinker in 2011 and 2013.