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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.

June 28, 2010

"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


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


"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)

Read more and order your copy of Education Nation today! Follow Milton's blog on education innovation on


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.

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