[Editor's note: This piece was originally published here on the Clayton Christensen Institute's blog.]

One of the core ideas of the Christensen Institute’s research on innovation is that technologies improve over time to better meet the needs of the people they serve. For example, early smartphones supported only basic apps such as email and web browsing; but, over time, these devices have added functionality to support a huge variety of apps that have dramatically changed how people communicate, work, travel, and seek entertainment.

In education, however, we often don’t see this kind of steady progress. Rick Hess has...

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    Thomas’ research focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended-learning environments and other innovative educational models. He also examines how teacher education and professional development are shifting to support the evolving needs of teachers and school systems. – See more at: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/blog/rapid-cycle-innovation-holy-grail-education/#sthash.t5cNUNvO.dpuf