Heather Staker is one of the world’s foremost experts on K-12 blended learning and a senior research fellow for the education practice at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. She has appeared on radio and television and in legislative hearings nationwide as a spokesperson for blended learning, competency-based learning, and student-centered design. In the fall of 2014, Heather published "Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools" (John Wiley & Sons, 2014), with co-author Michael B. Horn, a groundbreaking book that will serve as a field guide and eye-opener for the builders and influencers of the next generation of K-12 learning environments.

Named by Scholastic as one of the Five People to Watch in Education in 2012, Staker is well known for her work defining blended learning and naming the four most common models of blended learning in practice across America. In 2012, she co-authored “Classifying K-12 blended learning,” which identifies the main models of blended learning and explains how they differ. Her 2013 paper, “Is K-12 blended learning disruptive?” which she co-authored with Clayton Christensen and Michael B. Horn, makes provocative predictions about the future of America’s classrooms. Staker is also the co-producer of Brain Chase, a 6-week worldwide learning adventure disguised as a massive treasure hunt.

Staker appears regularly throughout the country as a keynote speaker, legislative expert, and conference panelist. Her favorite assignment is training education leaders on how to develop high-impact technology investments centered on high-quality blended learning.

Prior to the Christensen Institute, Staker worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, served as a member of the California State Board of Education during Governor Pete Wilson’s administration, taught U.S. history as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, started a co-op preschool, and marketed Oil of Olay for Proctor & Gamble. She holds a BA in government from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is happily married to Allan Staker, and together they are raising five spirited children.

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