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Featured Ed Effort: Clayton Christensen Institute

Posted in Ed Tech on June 18, 2013 by

Teachers and students are education’s primary stakeholders. But the education ecosystem also includes policymakers, administrators, innovators, and many other voices.

At a time of great change for the industry, and with so many interests at play, it’s crucial that there are thought leaders helping to frame conversation and inform action. The Clayton Christensen Institute (formerly the Innosight Institute) is among the most prominent of these leaders. A nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank, the Institute was founded on the theories of Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, the father of “disruptive innovation” theory.

According to the Institute, the “theory of disruptive innovation describes a process by which a product or service transforms an existing market by introducing simplicity, convenience, accessibility, and affordability.” As the internet transforms education in this way, the Clayton Christensen Institute’s original research and publications provide a framework to help everyone better understand the effects of this ongoing revolution.

Says Michael Horn, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Education, “We have a really unique window right now with online learning disrupting traditional education to create a student-centric education system that personalizes and optimizes learning for each student. Our hope is to shape that conversation and keep people focused on the ultimate prize: improving students’ lives.”