Innosight Institute’s comments on Race to the Top District draft Posted on June 11th, 2012 by Michael B. Horn

June 8, 2012 Honorable Arne Duncan Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education Washington, D.C. 20201 Re: Comments on Race to the Top District draft executive summary Dear Secretary Duncan: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Race to the Top-District draft executive summary. Innosight Institute is a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank whose […]




The engine behind WGU

Western Governors University (WGU) has developed a strong name in the postsecondary education world not only because it delivers degree programs almost entirely online, but also because students earn credit solely based on demonstrating competency in their course of study. This nontraditional competency-based model has required WGU to piece together a unique data system to […]


Michael B. Horn

Education Executive Director, Secretary, Co-Founder Michael B. Horn is the co-founder and executive director of the education practice of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to solve problems in the social sector. In this capacity, Horn leads a team that educates policymakers and the public on how […]



Building motivation, instilling grit: The necessity of mastery-based, digital learning Posted on January 10th, 2013 by Michael B. Horn

The potential of a competency-based (or mastery-based) education system powered by digital learning to customize for each individual student’s needs and bolster learning excites many. A question some ask though is: What about the unmotivated students? Won’t they be left behind? Furthermore, in light of the recent publicity around the research on the importance of […]


Michael B. Horn

Education Executive Director mhorn@innosightinstitute.org Michael B. Horn is the co-founder and executive director of the education practice of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to solve problems in the social sector. In this capacity, Horn leads a team that educates policymakers and the public on how to […]