Michael B. Horn

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Leading Authority on the Future of K-12 and Higher Education; Expert in Transforming Education Through Digital Learning; Co-Founder, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; Senior Strategist, Guild Education; Award-Winning Author of Five Books on the Future of Learning, including “Choosing College” (2019)

Biography

To innovate in the digital age, businesses must adapt constantly to advancements in technology by drawing upon highly skilled, flexible workers. The problem in finding agile employees across all generations is that our education system is still designed for the industrial – versus knowledge – economy. Michael Horn, a leading expert on disruptive innovation in education, argues that if our economy is to obtain the vital skills it requires to achieve sustainable growth, we must radically reimagine our approach to educating and upskilling people for the future of work and society.

The central problem with education, says Horn, is that schools operate on the model of an assembly line as they seek to standardize the way we deliver education to students. Although this suited the needs of our economy during the age of mass manufacturing, today’s businesses need workers who can think critically, constantly learn new knowledge and skills, and adapt to rapidly evolving technologies and circumstances. His latest book, “Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life” (Jossey-Bass, September 2019), co-written with renowned innovation expert Bob Moesta, has a two-pronged mission. First, Horn and Moesta equip students with the tools they need to choose the right higher education institution and program to suit their individual goals. Second, the authors advise both colleges and businesses on how they can better ensure students will acquire relevant, beneficial skills. Horn and Moesta evaluate these issues through the lens of the “Jobs to be Done” theory of innovation, a framework used to predictably develop new products and services that delight their users. Horn argues that in the future, because of the demands of a constantly changing economy and workforce, businesses will be playing a greater and more direct role in education, through partnerships with colleges and providers, as well as on-the-job training. To guarantee their future workers are acquiring the skills they need, companies must understand Horn’s and Moesta’s framework equally as well as any student or college admissions director.

Horn is committed to developing new ideas, policies and frameworks that address the shortcomings of monolithic, factory-model education systems by creating more student-centered, lifetime-oriented models to keep pace with the demands of the New Economy. In addition to serving as senior strategist at Guild Education, which partners with leading employers and organizations to help offer education and upskilling opportunities to America’s workforce, Horn is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. In this role, he has merged business approaches to disruptive innovation with public and private education systems. Writer of an education-focused Forbes blog, Horn is the author and co-author of multiple books, white papers and articles on the digital transformation of education, including the award-winning book written with Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen, “Disrupting Class,” and the Amazon-bestseller written with Heather Staker, “Blended“ and the “Blended Workbook.”

An expert on the global “EdTech” revolution, Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea. Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Horn is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, workshops, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life

(Jossey-Bass, September 2019)

The Blended Workbook: Learning to Design the Schools of our Future

(John Wiley & Sons, August 2017)

Augmented Management Intelligence: Can Robots Bring Humanity Back to the Workplace?

(CorpU, June 2017)

The Future of Student Aid: Advancing New Models to Expand Access, Improve Quality, and Spur Innovation in Education

(Entangled Solutions, May 2017)

A Blueprint for Breakthroughs: Federally Funded Education Research in 2016 and Beyond

(The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, May 2016)

Disrupting Law School: How Disruptive Innovation Will Revolutionize The Legal World

(The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, March 2016)

Schools as Community Hubs: Integrating Support Services to Drive Educational Outcomes

(The Brookings Institute, September 2015)

Policy Brief: Moving Beyond College: Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World

(American Enterprise Institute, August 2015)

The Educator's Dilemma: When and How Schools Should Embrace Poverty Relief

(The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, June 2015)

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

(John Wiley & Sons, November 2014)

Disrupting Class, Expanded Edition: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

(McGraw-Hill, August 2010)

Private Enterprise and Public Education

(Teachers College Press, August 2013)

Is K–12 Blended Learning Disruptive? An Introduction of the Theory of Hybrids

(The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, May 2013)

Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education

(Innosight Institute, February 2011)

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

(Innosight Institute, January 2011)

Rethinking Student Motivation: Why Understanding the 'Job' is Crucial for Improving Education

(Innosight Institute, September 2010)

Policy Brief: Virtual Schooling: Disrupting the Status Quo

(The James Madison Institute, May 2010)

Media

Michael Horn's Blog for Forbes

Michael Horn's Blog for EducationNext

Michael Horn's Column for EdSurge

Michael Horn’s Future U Podcast

How to Get Every Student a Device and Access to the Internet

June 18, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education - The Time Horizon Matters! (Audio)

May 4, 2020

The Education Exchange: From "Innovative" to "Rotten" - Online Learning Amid Covid-19 (Audio)

April 27, 2020

Online Education Poised to Help Individuals Make Progress

April 24, 2020

The Great Need For Matching Individuals to Jobs During the Recession

April 9, 2020

Inside Higher Ed logo

A Not-So-Tidy Narrative

January 6, 2020

CNBC logo

Students Can Now See Exactly How Much They Can Expect To Earn Based on College, Major and Degree - Here's How

November 27, 2019

Disruptive Innovation with Michael Horn (Audio)

November 19, 2019

The Education Exchange: What Goes Into Choosing the Right College? (Audio)

October 15, 2019

Do Colleges Truly Understand What Students Want from Them?

October 15, 2019

Don't Go to College Without Being Clear Why You're Going

October 4, 2019

How Choosing a College is Like Buying a Milkshake

September 19, 2019

Getting to the "Why" Before Choosing a College

September 18, 2019

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Choosing College: New Book Explores Choosing a College and Making Better Decisions About Learning Throughout Life

September 16, 2019

The Need for Discovery Gap Years, Microinternships As Students Choose College

September 10, 2019

Stop Stressing About Choosing College

September 9, 2019

What Colleges Can Learn From Toyota

September 5, 2019

Why Colleges Could Start Closing Nationwide (Video)

August 31, 2019

Inside Higher Ed logo

Employers as Educators

July 17, 2019

Michael Horn: How to Tell if Your Degree is Worth the Money (Video)

July 10, 2019

Does College Still Pay? Seven New Rules For Making A Good College Choice

June 24, 2019

As Income Share Agreement Politics Heat Up, San Diego Debuts First Renewable Learning Fund

June 20, 2019

Why NOT Going to College May Be The Right Choice

May 28, 2019

Inside Higher Ed logo

Perilous Times

April 1, 2019

The Future of LinkedIn Learning and the Link Between Education and Work

March 13, 2019

Michael Horn: Accreditation on the Edge (Audio)

November 9, 2018

The Job of Innovation

Spring 2017

Biography

To innovate in the digital age, businesses must adapt constantly to advancements in technology by drawing upon highly skilled, flexible workers. The problem in finding agile employees across all generations is that our education system is still designed for the industrial – versus knowledge – economy. Michael Horn, a leading expert on disruptive innovation in education, argues that if our economy is to obtain the vital skills it requires to achieve sustainable growth, we must radically reimagine our approach to educating and upskilling people for the future of work and society.

The central problem with education, says Horn, is that schools operate on the model of an assembly line as they seek to standardize the way we deliver education to students. Although this suited the needs of our economy during the age of mass manufacturing, today’s businesses need workers who can think critically, constantly learn new knowledge and skills, and adapt to rapidly evolving technologies and circumstances. His latest book, “Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life” (Jossey-Bass, September 2019), co-written with renowned innovation expert Bob Moesta, has a two-pronged mission. First, Horn and Moesta equip students with the tools they need to choose the right higher education institution and program to suit their individual goals. Second, the authors advise both colleges and businesses on how they can better ensure students will acquire relevant, beneficial skills. Horn and Moesta evaluate these issues through the lens of the “Jobs to be Done” theory of innovation, a framework used to predictably develop new products and services that delight their users. Horn argues that in the future, because of the demands of a constantly changing economy and workforce, businesses will be playing a greater and more direct role in education, through partnerships with colleges and providers, as well as on-the-job training. To guarantee their future workers are acquiring the skills they need, companies must understand Horn’s and Moesta’s framework equally as well as any student or college admissions director.

Horn is committed to developing new ideas, policies and frameworks that address the shortcomings of monolithic, factory-model education systems by creating more student-centered, lifetime-oriented models to keep pace with the demands of the New Economy. In addition to serving as senior strategist at Guild Education, which partners with leading employers and organizations to help offer education and upskilling opportunities to America’s workforce, Horn is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. In this role, he has merged business approaches to disruptive innovation with public and private education systems. Writer of an education-focused Forbes blog, Horn is the author and co-author of multiple books, white papers and articles on the digital transformation of education, including the award-winning book written with Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen, “Disrupting Class,” and the Amazon-bestseller written with Heather Staker, “Blended“ and the “Blended Workbook.”

An expert on the global “EdTech” revolution, Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea. Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Horn is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, workshops, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

All speeches can be delivered in workshop format.

Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life

Students are conditioned to believe attending college is in and of itself a good thing. For the most part they are right: a college degree can significantly raise one’s earnings potential, and economic changes have made higher education a prerequisite for most desirable jobs. But as the cost of higher education has risen, more students have found their degrees are not quite paying off. Underemployment – working in a job for which one is overqualified – has increased. Businesses, meanwhile, complain of a lack of skilled workers. What accounts for this gap between employee fulfillment and business needs – and how do we address it? In this presentation, based on his forthcoming book “Choosing College” (co-written with legendary innovation expert Bob Moesta), Michael Horn answers those two key questions on which the future of our economy depends. Horn contends students must ask what “job” they want their education to do for them, and then consider whether that route will be useful. Businesses and learning institutions also have a vital role to play: companies that lack skilled workers need to be more directly involved in the process of students choosing their education and training courses. Through this approach, students and businesses alike may resolve lack of fulfillment, and our future workforce can acquire the skills it needs to flourish.

Innovation for Education: Driving Enrollment—And Revenue

As colleges and universities face greater financial and demographic challenges in the years ahead, the need to innovate and find other sources of revenue will increase. Institutions will not only need financial support to make investments in revenue-generating innovations, but also to understand the demand for those potential innovations so they create experiences that learners are motivated to attend and complete. In his talk, Michael Horn will discuss research from his groundbreaking book, “Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life” (September 2019), on why students enroll in higher education and its implications for innovating and designing programs, as well as preliminary thoughts on what causes individuals to make gifts to support schools.

How to Develop a 21st Century Strategy for Higher Ed

Higher education faces challenges related to affordability, success, and an increasing sense from parts of the public that a degree is no longer worth the time, money or effort. Colleges seek to better meet the needs of students, as well as businesses facing shortages of skilled workers, despite the continued rise in the number of degree holders. But what does it really take to make an institute of higher learning fit for the 21st century? What changes need to be made to enrollment procedures, course offerings and teaching methods? In this presentation, education expert Michael Horn outlines how to gain a competitive edge in the higher education landscape and the process universities must follow to inject disruptive innovation into their DNA. No two institutions are exactly alike in their challenges, so there can be no single solution. Horn expertly evaluates your organization’s gap between desired goals and existing efforts, helps you develop and implement a nimble, discovery-driven path, and ultimately chart a winning course to success without expending too much capital.

The Future of K-12 Schools

Disruptive innovation has shaken up K-12 education in preparation for a complete transformation. Schools will always remain, but in many places, we may see a redefinition of the classroom as we know it. What other transformations lie ahead? How should educators prepare? In this presentation, Michael Horn uses the theories of disruptive innovation to illuminate the future of K-12 schooling and provides practical advice for acting now to design a future that benefits all students.

The Future of Work: Education for 21st Century Learners

The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century greatly impacted education, and for more than 100 years, all students were taught the same material in the same way, without a thought to the differences in their personal learning styles. And still, the introduction of computers into schools over the last 30 years hasn’t changed or improved the way students learn. Today’s learners use more than laptops; they’re using applications. Everything about their lives is digital – smartphones, tablets and now virtual reality systems – and woven through the very fabric of their being. Now that we’re in the midst of the Digital Revolution, and as the nature of our work continues to change, so too must the method in which we educate future workers. Michael Horn illustrates how blended learning – online learning in conjunction with traditional instruction – is emerging within schools to create more personalized learning models for students. This can be used by both educators and businesses to provide inexpensive (and more impactful) learning and training, converting education from a one-time process to a lifelong experience.

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

What does it take to lead schools and education systems to help all students develop the competencies they will need in the 21st century? Using the theories of disruptive innovation, Michael Horn paints a vision for the transformation and future of education. Online learning has the potential to create a student-centered education system that effectively educates all students by personalizing learning. Horn discusses not only how this plays out – in the U.S. and abroad, from Korea to Vietnam and Brazil – but also what educators, policymakers and others must do to ensure this disruptive innovation realizes its promise. He also dissects the successes of countries already doing this well, what lessons we should (or should not) draw, and what the implications may be if we do.

The Growth Mindset: Transforming Learning with Competency-Based Education

The old model of higher education no longer works. Is it time to embrace a different, more customized, student-centered model? Michael Horn says yes. He delves deep into competency-based education (CBE), what it means, how it’s structured and why it will help transform the future of education. Among the dimensions of CBE he will discuss are affordability, aligning to outcomes, ensuring students’ mastery of specific knowledge and skills, and tapping the hidden (and uncredentialled) talents of learners. All these aspects combine to expose students to new ways of thinking about the world, and instilling in them the abilities to communicate, collaborate and adapt to the challenges they will face in their careers and lives. Horn can also speak on competency-based learning in K–12 schools and the vast potential for educators to use it to instill key 21st-century skills of grit, perseverance, curiosity, and agency in all learners.

The Future of Education Policy: Moving from Inputs to Outputs to Outcomes

Policies that create access to online learning are outpacing policies that transform the system and focus on learning outcomes, says Michael Horn. The focus on outcomes is a positive trend – it makes sense to pay providers not just for serving students but also for student performance. But we must also eliminate the input-focused rules that dictate how school leaders accomplish these goals. Horn also dissects other policies that need to be struck down – from those dictating student-to-teacher ratios, teacher-certification requirements, or rules governing seat time. “We need to give them [school operators] autonomy, so long as they are held accountable,” Horn argues. Proof of success is to be found in results, not in arbitrary numbers. In this presentation, Horn offers a new framework for understanding when and how education has succeeded in preparing the next generation for the future.

Beyond Good & Evil: The Role of For-Profit Providers in 21st Century Education

Many educators and observers fiercely contend for-profit businesses should stay out of education, an argument often stemming from fear that a focus on maximizing profits will bring impure motives to the crucial processes of teaching and learning. These concerns often spring from misunderstandings of the factors at play – and for-profits typically don’t think very seriously or in-depth about their unique advantages, nor their very real drawbacks. In this presentation, Horn dissects the productive and valuable role for-profit educators play in American education. But, he stresses, it’s a role that must be earned. He explores how they can make the case for themselves, including by embracing quality-sensitive policies, policing their own ranks, supporting research that documents the value they deliver, and engaging in the public square. However, the difference in whether for-profit dynamism plays a constructive role or a less productive one lies less with for-profits than with the policy landscape they inhabit – and the way educators and other officials choose to utilize and scrutinize them. “On that score, we need a better understanding of for-profits, including their strengths, flaws, and what kinds of conditions bring out their best results.”

 

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Advance Praise for “Choosing College”

“Choosing College with its deliberate frame of employment-centric concepts used to take a fresh look at the confusing and opaque world of life long learning and higher education choices resonates with me as a parent of three college-aged daughters, an education executive, a former college instructor and a public policy wonk. Since the Great Recession, consumers of education (primarily parents and students) have increasingly sought tangible information on the return on their education investment. Yet, nowhere has that been harder to find, than in the college admissions process. Horn and Moesta bring a new and timely framework to this vital decision-making process and families, like mine, as well as education leaders across many disciplines and sectors will find their insights applicable to the critically important life-long learning sector.”

— Jane Swift, Former Governor of Massachusetts and Former CEO of Middlebury Interactive Learning

“Choosing College is a great guide for families and students to navigate the very complicated river of life at the college selection stage. Like a seasoned set of river pilots, Horn and Moesta guide you through the twists and turns and help keep you off the sand bars of stress. This book helps you to find “your” way as there is no “the” way. It is a great personal guide to a very complex process.”

— Michael M. Crow, President of Arizona State University

“This book is not a guide to college selection. It’s a thoughtful and clear pathway for all learners to make the best decisions about who they are, what they want to do and what schools, colleges and universities should provide to help them get there.”

— Bev Perdue, Former Governor of North Carolina

“’Choosing College’ tackles one of the most complex and foundational decisions facing society today. Michael Horn and Bob Moesta go beyond dissecting the decision and formulating a return-on-investment. They frame a systemic approach to assist the reader in making a customized decision that is best for every individual. The break-through approach is the application of the popular innovation methodology (jobs-to-be-done) as a means of providing the reader with a pragmatic step-by-step model to make the most informed choices for their unique situation. As a business leader, an education advocate and a father, I found myself completely immersed in the content and in the resolution. I highly recommend this book to anyone contemplating the value and choices of pursuing continuing education.”

— Brad D. Smith, Executive Chairman, Intuit Inc.

“By focusing on the different reasons why students choose to go to college, Michael Horn and Bob Moesta offer an entirely fresh approach to coping with the admissions process. Learners contemplating further education at every stage of life will gain important insights from this book. So will educators who wish to serve their students better.”

— Richard Levin, President Emeritus, Yale University

“Does the world need yet another college guide book? It most certainly needs this fresh and insightful book from Michael Horn, who eschews the usual catalog of college profiles and instead focuses on the prospective student and the jobs they need college to do for them. Based on research, thousands of student profiles, and informed by a deep understanding of higher education, ‘Choosing College’ should be read together by students and their families and used as a way to frame the often fraught conversation about choosing the right college. Choosing the right college remains an often befuddling and irrational process. This book changes all that not because it provides better answers. It provides better questions and that’s what has long been needed. If you are considering college, this should be the first book you read. It may be the only one you’ll need.”

— Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University

“This is a friendly, pragmatic, accessible guide demystifying what is an often intimidating and stressful decision attended by an intimidating and stressful process. The authors focus on self-knowledge and the all-important personal “why”—why college, why now, why a particular type of institution, etc. rather than the elitist, extrinsic agenda-driven approach of too many college guides. I wish we’d had this book when our children were making their higher education decisions; I wish I’d had it when I was making mine.”

— Whitney Johnson, Thinkers50 Management Thinkers and Best-Selling Author, Build an A Team and Disrupt Yourself

“In offering 21st century advice in ‘Choosing College’ to students and parents about what to seek in a college experience, Michael Horn and Bob Moesta also lead counselors, teachers, and higher education leaders to examine what they are offering today’s applicants. Introducing “The Jobs to be Done” concept is a practical guide for sparking reflection, relevance, and renewal across the teaching and learning spectrum. I found how Horn and Moesta provide personal human stories on top of extensive data to be extremely effective driving home key points. This book provides an engaging approach to students and parents making critical decisions about college; even better, it pushes higher education leaders to make decisions that will sharpen their institution’s relevance to learners with different needs. And for policymakers confronting tough decisions about higher education, ‘Choosing College’ is a good starting point for matching how well a state’s institutions are meeting today’s student and workforce needs.”

— Bob Wise, Former Governor of West Virginia and Congressman

“The strength of American higher education is that it provides so many pathways, but this rich tapestry of options can appear to students as confusing and stressful. Students seeking clarity and a way to connect learning and further education to their current circumstances and life goals will benefit by using the “Jobs to be Done” framework of Horn and Moesta. Colleges and universities can also gain insights from exploring this framework as a new approach to understanding how learning experiences and student life circumstances can better connect.”

— Jerry Weber, President, Bellevue Community College

“Too many books focus on how to get into college without starting with the more fundamental question: Why are you going and how will you make it count? Horn and Moesta have developed a powerful framework to help students and the adults who support them, putting purpose and agency at the heart of the college decision process. And the world will be better for it!”

— Abby Falik, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year

“Choosing College removes the mystery around educational choices and provides a framework to help people deeply understand why they are considering more education…this book gives them the knowledge and tools to make the right life decisions. This is a critically important and timely work that should be read by all who want to advance their lives through learning.”

— Don Kilburn, CEO University of MA Online and Former President of Pearson North America

“Horn and Moesta shed novel light on what is really at work when students choose college. By helping us all focus on what we really seek from college and therefore what really matters to us, they open up rich new terrain for thinking better about one of the most important, and often expensive, choices we make. As a parent, this book helped me rise above brand chasing towards smart matching. As a leader in higher education, this feels like a needed wake up call at a crucial moment in history to setting mission and focusing priorities for institutions to move beyond trying to be all things to all people.”

— Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Choosing to attend or return to college is a critical life decision. Students “hire” a college to do many things. But many prospective students don’t fully recognize the criteria on which to make their choice. Sometimes educational “jobs-to-be-done” are well understood and sometimes they are more tacit. Michael Horn and Bob Moesta have captured and articulated the jobs students hire a college to do in a compelling and intuitive way. Better understanding these jobs can more effectively inform student choice. It can also better inform how colleges and universities can serve students and the jobs they are hired to do through their education. This book is as helpful to the prospective student as it is to the university administrator. Choosing College provides a significant contribution to the work of higher education and our collective efforts to better serve students.”

— Clark Gilbert, President, Brigham Young University Pathway Worldwide

“Michael Horn and Bob Moesta deliver insight after insight about why students choose college… and how to serve them better. “Choosing College” is a roadmap for leaders in the new world of higher education.”

— Alex Hernandez, Dean, University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies

“For almost every individual, the question of college – whether to go, where to go, what major – is one of those life-changing decisions? And while the data continues to support the attainment of post-secondary credentials as the surest path to opportunity, the college choice is decidedly a personal one. In ‘Choosing College,’ Michael and Bob expertly apply the Jobs to be Done theory to this seminal question, resulting in an incredibly relevant and useful guide for individuals, and those that support them, to evaluate their own reasons and purpose for attending college. It further highlights how and why different learners need different models and options to be successful. The research, personal stories, data and conclusions weave a compelling narrative, whether you are a first-time, returning or continuing learner.”

— Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University

“College is still one of the greatest avenues to personal opportunity in the world. But the stakes now are higher, and the financial investment demands that we make good choices about where and how to pursue education. There is no better guide than the thoughtful and insightful Michael Horn to help us understand what matters in college, what we can expect from a degree, and how to make the most of the college experience. If you are looking for one book to guide your choice, start here!”

— Mary B. Marcy, President, Dominican University of California

“In ‘Choosing College,’ Michael Horn and Bob Moesta dive into the complexities of making learning decisions and emerge with clear, compassionate guidelines for both learners and educators.”

— Adele Faber, co-author, How To Talk So Kids Can Learn

“Michael Horn and Bob Moesta offer sensible and compassionate advice for students and parents alike. By reframing the college choice to focus on the actual reasons that people pursue a degree, ‘Choosing College’ cuts through the mountains of rumor, hype, and sheer misinformation that typically surround this important decision. ‘Choosing College’ is clear, concise, and well-informed.”

— William Deresiewicz, Author, Excellent Sheep

“Michael captivated Indiana educators, business leaders, and community members at the IACTE Summit November 7 – 8, 2019.  Michael’s thought-provoking and innovative presentation gave all of us something to think about as it relates to creating new educational models, coaching educators, and transparency vs. accountability.  Although Michael shared challenges, he also shared some innovative practices and solutions that were well received in Indiana.  More people need to hear and learn from Michael B. Horn.”

— Fran Bisselle, Head of School, Hathaway Brown

“Michael is a pro when it comes to how technology is shaping the future of PK-12 education. As a speaker, he does his homework, he is easy to work with, he manages technology with ease and he responds to audience questions thoughtfully. He was well received as both a keynote speaker and webinar thought leader. We look forward to working with him again in the future.”

Jeffrey Shields, President and CEO, NBOA

“The attendance at the 2015 Niswonger Foundation School Success Symposium was the largest ever. Comments from our teachers and administrators have let us know they are talking and making plans to use personalized learning in their classrooms. Michael opened the door to new thinking and answered many questions. It was amazing for our educators to hear the local, state, and national views on personalizing learning for our students.”

— Vivian Franklin, Executive Director i3 Grant,
Niswonger Foundation

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