Julia Freeland

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    Julia Freeland is a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. Her research focuses on innovative policies and practices in K-12 education. Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program and a summer associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP, a litigation firm in San Francisco. Julia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies. She also received a JD from Yale Law School.


Blog Posts/Multimedia

Will Youth CareerConnect disrupt or sustain?

The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.


Alternatives to the Traditional

Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.


Can Pre-K Blaze the Way to Disruption?

Because half of 3 and 4 year olds are not enrolled in pre-K today, we have an opportunity to foster disruptive innovations that could change the way we think about childcare, parenting, and education.


“Pulling” In New Edtech Solutions? The Federal Agenda to Bolster Learning Technology

How can the government best incentivize and speed up the creation of “high impact” learning technologies?


Libraries and Diplomas — and the Players in Between

Are libraries repositioning themselves as learning centers that eventually might serve as schools of the future?


Can Technology Cultivate Social Capital?

In addition to altering instruction, technology stands to reshape how we guide and mentor students, and how we might expand their social and professional networks.


A Chance for Federal Investment in Competency- Based Education: Youth CareerConnect

Competency-based education and career and technical education can go hand-in-hand to ensure that students are mastering the skills necessary to workforce readiness.


Technology Tools Lag Our Competency- Based Aspirations

The edtech market consists of numerous niche solutions that fail to provide educators with integrated solutions.


Barriers to Competency- Based Innovation Aren’t Just Coming from Above

Transforming from a time-based to a competency-based system upends the traditional culture, structure, and schedule in schools and districts. Bell schedules, grading policies, academic department structures, fixed sense of course scope and sequence, and familiarity with whole-group instruction may all be exerting the tug of status quo bias.

Sponsored Results

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University - Ideas Defining a Free Society

Harvard Kennedy School Program on Educational Policy and Governance

Thomas Fordham Institute - Advancing Educational Excellence and Education Reform