EDUCATION NATION: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

The new book by Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

The new book by Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

"I strongly believe that education is the single most important job of the human race. I'm very excited that Education Nation is adding to the tools we are giving educators and many others to make change in their own communities."

—From the Foreword by George Lucas, founder and chairman,
The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Education Nation Book


Imagine an 'Education Nation,' a learning society where the education of children and adults is the highest national priority, on par with a strong economy, high employment, and national security. Where resources from public and private sources fund a 'ladder of learning' for learners of all ages, from pre-K through 'gray.' Where learners take courses through the formal institutions of high-quality schools and universities and also take advantage of informal experiences offered through museums, libraries, churches, youth groups, and parks as well as via the media.

—From the Introduction by Milton Chen

Read more and order your copy of Education Nation today!

Check out the resource page with an archive of a webinar Milton presented on April 26th, 2010.

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"Milton Chen has had an extraordinary perch for learning how media and technology can spark innovation and redefine teaching and learning. Education Nation provides a new vision of what is now possible, with vivid examples from real schools."

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor, Stanford University,
co-director School Redesign Network

"Milton Chen is a visionary and global leader in education. Emphasizing creativity, technology-enabled learning, project-based intellectual adventures, and social/emotional intelligences, Education Nation encompasses the well-being of the whole child and the major shift to student-centered learning. Chen is a masterful storyteller and collaborator. His ideals continue to inspire and push our own boundaries to do what is right to help kids—and to never give up."

Susan Patrick, President and CEO, International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL)


Milton Chen

Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a non-profit operating foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area that utilizes its multimedia website and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st-century schools. He served as executive director of GLEF for 12 years. He was the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco; a director of research at Sesame Workshop, in New York, working on Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact; and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Chen lives in San Francisco with his wife, Dr. Ruth Cox, faculty liaison for academic technology at San Francisco State University. Their daughter, Maggie, is embarking on a career in public health.

To inquire about Milton Chen speaking at your conference, please send a detailed email to


February 15: Learning & The Brain, San Francisco
February 20-21: Neuhaus Education Center, Bellaire, TX
March 1: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Orlando
March 15: Horry County School District, Myrtle Beach, SC
March 26-27: Society for Information Technology in Education (SITE), New Orleans
April 10: New South Wales educational technology, Sydney
April 17: Colorado Legacy Foundation, Denver
April 29: Waiting for Superman, AERA, San Francisco (panel)
June 6: e-Learning, George Mason University, Washington, DC
June 17: Utah Charter Schools, Provo UT
August 6: Texas Afterschool Programs, Austin TX


February 27-March 1: ISF Academy, Hong Kong
February 29: Hong Kong Institute of Education
March 7: Consortium on School Networking, Washington, DC
March 13: International Education Congress, Mexico City
March 22: Brownell-Talbot School, Omaha
April 3: PMK school architects, Dallas
April 27: Boost Afterschool Conference, Palm Springs, CA
June 7: Think 360 Arts Complete Education, Denver
July 27: Colorado School Executives, Denver
August 2: Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD
August 17: Next 50 Years, 50th anniversary of World’s Fair, Seattle
August 21: Belton School District Back-to-School, TX
September 4: Fremont USD Back-to-School, CA
September 11: International Congress, Pitagoras Publishing, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
September 27: California City Superintendents, Millbrae
October 2: Australian Council for Computers in Education, Perth
October 17: KIDS Illinois school districts, Galena, IL
October 19: Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance, Providence
October 22: NHK Japan Prize, Tokyo
November 2: East Asian Regional Council of Schools, Kuala Lumpur
November 6: Locus Publishing, Taipei
November 14: Hoosier Educational Computing Conference, Indianapolis
December 5: Crossroads: K-12 Education & Technology, Orrick law firm, San Francisco (panel)


April 25: Carson City (NV) Public Library
May 4: Independent Educational Consultants Association, Philadelphia
May 12: McCormick Early Learning Leadership, Chicago
May 13: Education Week, Chicago
May 17: Learning from Hollywood, Cooney Center, Los Angeles
May 20: Association of Children's Museums, Houston
May 23: Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico
June 3: New Jersey Superintendents Network, Cranbury NJ
June 15: Summer Institute for School Librarians, Emporia, KS
June 16: Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, Brainerd, MN
June 17: National Underground Railroad, Cincinnati, OH
July 10: National Principals Leadership Institute, New York, NY
July 11: Arizona STEM Institute, Tucson, AZ
August 12: Hayward (CA) Unified School District
August 16: Carson City (NV) High School Faculty
August 25: Town School for Boys, San Francisco
September 16: Arts Education Partnership, San Francisco
September 23: United Way/Deloitte, Boston
October 6: Global Education Forum, Madrid
October 13: New Jersey Principals and Supervisors, Monroe Township NJ
October 14: Southern Utah Education Conference, St. George UT
October 20: American Dental Health Association, San Antonio
October 28: University of Oregon College of Education, Eugene OR
November 2: Global HR Forum, Seoul
November 15: National Summer Learning Association, San Francisco
November 17: Cape Henry Collegiate School, Virginia Beach VA
November 18: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Denver
November 21: University of Minnesota Learning Technologies Media Lab, Minneapolis, MN

This article originally published on 6/28/2010

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PR and Communications Manager, Committee for Children

See you in Seattle!

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Hi Milton!

We are so excited that you'll be joining us to speak at "Education in the Next 50" in Seattle on August 16. If you'd like to invite any local friends, don't forget to tell them that students and educators get a discount! Looking forward to seeing you again.

Allison and the staff at Committee for Children

Unquestionably my #1

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Unquestionably my #1 recommended read, Education Nation is the single most cogent, articulate, and practical vision for "creating the new world of learning." Presenting "six leading edges of innovation" for education, Chen backs up his edges with myriad rich examples and even more follow up resources.

If I were in charge of the world, I'd use this book as a basis for collaborative inquiry with groups of educators and learners (teachers, administrators, community mentors, parents, and above all, students) in communities wherever there's an interest in improving education (i.e. everywhere!).

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