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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.
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"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


Cover of Education Nation


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)


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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.

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Kim Carter's picture

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!).

Allison Schumacher's picture
Allison Schumacher
PR and Communications Manager, Committee for Children

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

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