My children, my guinea pigs Posted on February 26th, 2011 by Heather Clayton Staker

Disruptive innovations get their initial footing by providing a simple application that competes against nonconsumption. That is, they introduce a more accessible option for people whose alternative is nothing at all. The innovation presents a new value proposition and serves a purpose for those who find the original too expensive, complicated or inaccessible for their […]


Louisiana’s foray into modular education Posted on September 17th, 2012 by Meredith Liu

This Wednesday, Education Week reported on Louisiana’s Course Choice program, a new state initiative that allows public school students to enroll in individual courses outside of their current school. All students in schools deemed failing according to the state accountability system are eligible to participate in these alternatively provided courses, and some additional opportunities will […]


K-12 Education Technology Market Map launches at Philanthropy Roundtable Posted on October 13th, 2011 by Michael B. Horn

Innosight Institute joined the NewSchools Venture Fund and Education Elements in releasing a K-12 education technology market map at The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 Education conference in San Francisco October 12, 2011. Created in collaboration with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the map is a graphical, interactive representation of the burgeoning K-12 education technology market […]



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 […]


How to do a blended learning Power Hour Posted on January 17th, 2013 by Heather Clayton Staker

Many schools are curious about blended learning, but not ready for a whole-school transformation. One option is to consider piloting a Blended Learning Power Hour, where students step away from the traditional classroom structure for only an hour each day and target high priority learning needs using online learning, individual tutoring, and small-group instruction. While […]



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 […]