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Getting Personal with Michael Horn in Indy




 By Doug Martin

 “In 15 years
from now, part of US universities is also in chapter. In the tip I’m excited
to peer that occur. So pray for Harvard Business School should you wouldn’t thoughts.”
  Clayton Christensen (2013)

Thank God for Clayton Christensen and Michael
Jeb Bush

(NOTE: Michael
Horn additionally helps Mitch Daniels, however that matter is going past the scope of
this blogpost)

When Michael Horn keynotes
the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township’s Blended Learning Forum in
Indianapolis at Creston Intermediate/ Middle School on July 20, 2017, the
Harvard Business School graduate can be welcomed by way of the college reform crowd, since
it gained’t be the primary time his Christensen Institute has mingled in Indiana. 
Horn and his mentor Clayton Christensen* specialize in convincing
educators and politicians that personalised studying, thru generation, can
save a so-called failing and out of date faculty machine.  The two co-founded the Clayton Christensen
Institute for Disruptive Innovation (previously referred to as the Innosight
, now a San Francisco Bay house assume tank.  Although he has shuffled into a brand new process with
Entangled Solutions, Horn remains to be
indexed as a prominent fellow on the Christensen
Christensen, a Harvard trade professor, is glorified in the trade
group for his theories supposedly explaining how disruption “takes root
to start with in easy packages on the backside of a marketplace after which
relentlessly strikes up marketplace, in the end displacing established competition.” In
the case of training, the “established competitors” to be displaced by way of “personalized”
computer-based studying are public faculty academics, since combined studying and
on-line tutorial environments permit for a discounted hard work power and can
in the end result in the removing of brick-and-mortar colleges altogether,
edtech leaders hope.  
Besides pocketing over
$three.four million in Gates Foundation cash over
the years, the Christensen Institute has won top esteem from the ones decided
to denationalise public training from pre-school to college.  For the Christensen Institute and the
billionaires, the end-game plan method first having access to the schoolhouse
itself then the usage of directors and educators (like the ones on the MSD of Warren
Township convention) to unfold the generation and so-called personalised
studying from faculty district to college district.


Michael Horn and
the Christensen Institute have connections on the Indianapolis-based Mind
Trust.  Horn was once a member of the Mind
Trust/Public Impact advisory panel for the October 2015 document, “Raising the
Bar: Why Public Charter Schools Must Become Even
More Innovative.”
The Christensen
Institute’s  senior analysis fellow, Thomas
Arnett, an previous Teach for America member and writer of
“Teaching in the Machine Age: How Innovation Can Make Bad Teachers Good and
Good Teachers Better,” was once on the Mind Trust-hosted Marian University convention
in Indianapolis on January 6, 2017, the place “best nationwide and native training concept
leaders and pioneers, converged upon” campus “for a ‘Teacher Innovation
Pipeline Convening’ match to talk about The Educators College instructor preparation
program adjustments.”

With a couple of nationwide
gamers, the Mind Trust Marian match was once attended by way of a who’s who of Indiana faculty
privatization forces:

–former state
faculty leader Tony Bennett*, indexed
as a expert for

–Mind Trust’s David Harris

Indianapolis mayor’s constitution faculty director Beth Bray, now the Walton Family Foundation’s program officer

–Public Impact’s Bryan Hassel

–Marian president
and prior Indiana state board of training member Daniel J. Elsener

lawmaker Robert Behning, who’s Marian’s
of exterior affairs

Polytechnic Indianapolis High School’s Scott

–longtime faculty reform
best friend Claire Fiddian-Green

Public Schools’ human useful resource officer, Mindy


Brent Maddin, the founding provost at
the Relay Graduate School of Education

–Teach to One
Math’s Christopher Rush

Maggie Runyan Shefa, the co-CEO of New
Schools for New Orleans

Derek Redelman, now vice chairman of
analysis and coverage at USA Funds

–Bellwether Education
Partners’ Andy Rotherham

Scott Jenkins, the Lumina Foundation’s technique
director and a former coverage director for previous Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Previous Mind
Trust operative Ken
, now commanding the Arnold Foundation’s training unit, additionally attended the Mind Trust Marian
The Arnold
Foundation, a Mind Trust funder, passed Christensen and Horn’s Innosight Institute
from 2011-2012.  In October 2011 at a Philanthropy Roundtable match*
in San Francisco, the Innosight
Institute, the Arnold Foundation, Education Elements, and the
NewSchools Venture Fund unveiled their  Ok-12 training generation marketplace map, “designed to lend a hand buyers, donors, and marketers
higher review nowadays’s panorama of training generation ventures.” Michael
Horn, on the match, shared the degree with NewSchools Venture Fund’s then-CEO,
Ted Mitchell, who later changed into Obama’s undersecretary of the Department
of Education, and Education Elements’ Anthony Kim, introducing the map to, as
Horn himself has written, “an
target audience of foundations and challenge capitalists.” 
Michael Horn and
the Christensen Institute even have pals on the Mind Trust-spinoff CEE-Trust.  In September 2012, when the Christensen
Institute was once nonetheless calling itself the Innosight Institute, Horn was once at the
“Launching an Inner-City Blended Learning School” panel on the Philanthropy
Roundtable convention
in New York City, an match the place Ethan Gray, head of CEE-Trust, additionally
offered.  In 2013, Michael Horn did a
CEE-Trust webinar
on disruptive innovation with host Carrie Douglass, a previous Broad Foundation
resident and leader technique officer for
CEE-Trust.  With the Gates, Broad, and
Dell foundations, the Charter School Growth Fund, Silicon Schools, and a couple of
others, CEE-Trust and the Christensen Institute advanced
A Working Definition of Personalized Learning,” now accredited as
trade gospel.  
Horn has additionally praised Carpe Diem’s blended-learning
endeavor, which now operates in Indianapolis, writing in 2011 that the
constitution faculty chain “
of the best-executed in phrases of the entirety, to have rethought curriculum,
tutorial supply, instructor function, and pupil helps.” 
create “smarter
call for” in edtech, Horn notes, foundations should “Create extra examples of
exemplar blended-learning faculty fashions, equivalent to Carpe Diem’s colleges and
Rocketship Education,” teach “most of the people, media, and oldsters round
the potential for virtual studying,” and “Help teach faculty leaders, states,
and districts, for instance, to understand what questions to invite as they put into effect
on-line and combined studying,” since disrupting the Ok-12 marketplace method going
“past input-focused metrics–round things like seat time and
student-teacher ratios.”


Along with the Jeb
Bush and Tony Bennett-founded Chiefs for Change and ALEC (the American
Legislative Exchange Council), Michael Horn
and the Christensen Institute are large advertisers for Course Access, to be had
in Indiana after the 2017 passing of House Bill 1007, which “creates

a course-by-course voucher program to allow scholars to sign up and pay for
on-line lessons funded by way of the scholar’s public faculty
At the Texas
statehouse on March
12, 2015, Christensen’s
senior analysis fellow Thomas Arnett testified ahead of the Texas Senate Education
in want of SB 894, a Course Access invoice permitting scholars to seize
categories in the course of the Texas Virtual School Network, as did a consultant from iNACOL,
and favorable testimony from Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education
adopted the following

Course Access is supposed
to disrupt conventional public colleges, siphon faculty investment to personal on-line
firms, permit cash-strapped districts to not rent or exchange academics, and
lend a hand consulting corporations land cash by way of coaching colleges on organize their
outsourced lessons. 

Michael Horn has
praised the strategy, pointing out “it takes faculty selection and ‘places
it on steroids.’” In an interview with Ron Matus at redefined, Horn says the MOOCs (the large open
on-line lessons used at universities)
and Course Access (additionally referred to
as “Course Choice”) methods “blow up the geographic … scheme we’ve had for
the place anyone is going to college.” He provides that scholars might nonetheless desire a faculty of
file to lend a hand scholars and oldsters organize their choices. 
Patricia Burch, an
affiliate professor of training and coverage on the University of Southern California,
worries that the Course Access maneuver, which has already
been followed by way of ten different states,
could have a significant affect on faculty
districts’ budgets, since cash for on-line lessons can be despatched now not most effective throughout
districts but additionally state strains, she advised the Atlantic. 
Course Access, no
doubt, can be a boon for Ok-12, Inc. and different on-line firms and platforms.  In reality, because of the lobbying
efforts of Chiefs for Change, the place IPS’ Lewis Ferebee is now a member, the brand new
ESSA federal regulation lets in
states to make use of three % in their Title I investment—which quantities to $425
million—for methods which come with on-line lessons, personalised studying, and
Course Access methods. 
In the
advent to a 2014 Course Access transient, Jeb Bush writes that “Having
a top quality training should now not rely on location.  For the following technology of scholars, the
world stakes are too top to limit get admission to to nice lessons in line with
zip code.” In truth, developments
in Florida, Utah, and Texas display that rich and white scholars are those
the usage of Course Access, now not the low-income minority youngsters Bush and different edtech
supporters declare.


* Horn, who labored
at America Online “right through its
aol.com re-launch
,” has directed the hedge
-affiliated $25
million Robin Hood Education + Technology Fund in New York City and was once a
member of the New York Education Reform
Commission and the $100
million Gates-funded pupil data-collecting failure, InBloom,
for starters. 
Clayton Christensen,
too, has mingled with faculty privatization gamers.  In 2013, the Harvard trade professor
keynoted Jeb Bush’s the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 6th
annual summit on training reform in Boston, that yr backed by way of, amongst
others, the Dick and Betsy DeVos
Family Foundation, ExxonMobil, Scholastic, Target, the Lynde and Harry Bradley
Foundation, Ok12, Inc., State Farm, CharterSchools USA, Edgenuity, Microsoft,
the Oberndorf Family Foundation, the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, Intel, and
In a promotional video for
the Christensen Institute (“About the Institute,”
printed on June five, 2014), Jeb even says: “
Thank God for Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn.”
* The Innosight Institute
will have to to not be at a loss for words with the Innosight
consulting company, which Clayton Christensen co-founded
in 2000 with Michael Overdorf, now Eli Lilly’s vice chairman of
company technique & trade transformation. 
* Besides edtech champions
Tom Vander Ark, iNACOL’s Susan Patrick, and Rocketship’s CEO John Danner,
the Philanthropy Roundtable convention
in New York City additionally integrated the Mind Trust-backed Seton Education Partners’
Scott Hamilton and Anthony Kim, CEO of Education Elements, the NewSchools Venture Fund-backed endeavor that MSD of Warren
Township employed to release its personalised studying program. 
* In 2011, when then-Indiana
superintendent of public training Tony Bennett sat at the Council of Chief
State School Officers’ taskforce on Next-Generation State Accountability
Systems, Horn was once one in all a number of advisors who reviewed and gave comments on
CCSSO’s Roadmap (web page

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