Innosight Report on Florida Virtual School with Katherine Mackey and Michael Horn

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Date: Monday, November 2nd, 2009
2:30pm Pacific / 5:30pm Eastern / 10:30pm GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
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In this live and interactive interview with Michael Horn and Katherine Mackey of Innosight Institute we discuss their recently released education case study that details the rise of the Florida Virtual School. From its humble origins in a $200,000 grant and 77 students in 1998, the Florida Virtual School has grown exponentially to serve over 70,000 students in over 154,000 enrollments in the most recent school year thanks to a series of policy and design decisions. Michael Horn writes: "As we seek to understand the power of disruption to transform the education system into a more student-centric one, understanding Florida Virtual School's disruptive growth and drawing the right lessons from it are vital."

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Michael B. Horn is the co-founder and Executive Director, Education of Innosight Institute, a not-for-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. He is the coauthor of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (McGraw-Hill: June 2008) with Harvard Business School Professor and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson, president of the Citistates Group. BusinessWeek named the book one of the 10 Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008, Strategy + Business awarded it the best human capital book of 2008, Newsweek named it as the 14th book on its list of “Fifty Books for Our Times,” and the National Chamber Foundation named it first among its 10 “Books that Drive the Debate 2009.”

Disrupting Class uses the theories of disruptive innovation to identify the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggests a path forward to customize an education for every child in the way she learns. Horn has been a featured keynote speaker at many conferences including the Virtual School Symposium and Microsoft’s School of the Future World Summit.

Prior to this, Horn worked at America Online during its re-launch, and before that he served as David Gergen’s research assistant, where he tracked and wrote about politics and public policy. Horn has written articles for numerous publications, including Education Week, Forbes, the Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, he has contributed research for Charles Ellis’ book, Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox (Wiley, 2006) and Barbara Kellerman’s Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters (Harvard Business School Press, 2004).

Horn earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Yale University, where he graduated with distinction in History.

Katherine Mackey is a Research Fellow in Innosight Institute’s Education Practice. Prior to joining Innosight Institute in September 2008, she was an eleventh-grade English teacher at Highland High School, a public high school in Utah. She worked previously as a designer at Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books. She is the co-author of a strategic five-year Academic Master Plan for Salt Lake Community College and has assisted with the formation and writing of professional development packets for the Utah State Office of Education. She has also worked as an intern for Senator Orrin G. Hatch for two summers.

Mackey holds a BA in English and French from Wellesley College and an MA in Education from Harvard University.

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Where will this presentation be archived ?

The Elluminate recording is up right now. Audio and chat coming later today!
I'm reading through this. Very interesting. I wish they had dealt with a little more of the financial reality about full time student equivalencies and who gets it for students who enroll in the FLVS

I look forward to reading it. I have been fascinated by watching the Florida virtual school. During some years, they were huge online advertisers essentially dominating the Google Advertising for any keywords related to Florida and homeschooling or distance learning. I have heard rumors that each Florida virtual school student results in the payment of double student equivalences payment: one to the local school district, one to Florida virtual school.

Whatever the budget and organizational issues, it appears to be educationally very effective and a prime example of how the public sector can ride/drive a revolution in education. Those of us on the private side are both intimidated and inspired by the nimbleness of that 800 pound gorilla over the last decade.


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