Nov 2017

Disrupting Class with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 202

Michael Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended and Disrupting Class. In this podcast, he talks about the following:

  • Create educational options is to help kids find their potential.
  • Personalize to meet the needs of every student.
  • Organizations follow systems or processes that become engrained in cultures.
  • You get really good at the thing you’ve been doing.
  • We’re not going to see schools disappear.
  • Disrupting class, not the whole system to start.
  • If you want a system to change, you need a great leader.
  • So many forces arrayed to shoot down the “new”.
  • People are not being obstructionist because they’re bad people.
  • They’re not stupid people, they’re people in stupid systems.
  • We need a different system to match a new era.
  • Leaders have to give very clear permission about what you are allowed to violate.
  • “You’re allowed to do anything that doesn’t put kids in harm’s way.“
  • Very aggressively and clearly document every policy at odds with what has been on the books.
  • Competency-based learning
  • Don’t force them out of their comfort zone.
  • The Dual Transformation” managing transformation A and B.
  • Go slow to go fast.
  • We don’t fully understand what everything will look like.
  • Seeing teachers in other places can help them see how it works.
  • Coalition of the willing.
  • Couple years is a baseline.
  • May not know all the details, but then you have a chance to celebrate


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