Discussions about inequality often focus on achievement gaps. But opportunity is about more than just test scores. Opportunity gaps are a function of not just what students know, but whom they know. Julia will describe her current research on innovations that stand to strengthen and expand students' networks. She'll then lead a discussion on what these may mean for the future of school as we know it.
About the speaker:
Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.
Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the edtech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Her current research focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks. Julia's book, Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students' Networks (Wiley, 2018) comes out this August.
Julia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.