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Milton Chen

Education Innovation Expert & Former Executive Director of Edutopia
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Biography

As a leading figure in educational media for more than 25 years, Dr. Milton Chen is at the forefront of K-12 teaching and learning as it has been transformed in the Digital Age. An authority in education innovation, with interests ranging from project-based learning, social/emotional learning and technology strategies that enhance the educational process, Chen has made it his life's work to improve practices and programs so that teachers, administrators, and students can achieve their full potential in an era of cutting-edge innovation and transformation.

As executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia), Chen was instrumental in making the Edutopia.org multimedia website the premier online community for K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and students. With its emphasis on social learning, teacher development, and technology integration, Edutopia remains instrumental in advancing 21st-century learning skills and changing education for the better through its unique digital-savvy approach to innovation.

Prior to his leadership role at Edutopia, Chen was the director of research at the Children's Television Workshop, where he worked on such childhood touchstones as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. He is also the author of the book Education Nation: Seven Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools, a new vision of learning that takes education from its traditional classroom into a bold new era of possibilities — digital and otherwise. He currently serves as the chair of the advisory council for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at St. Vincent's College in Pennsylvania.

A frequent speaker on educational innovation and media, Chen offers customized presentations for educators working in a variety of fields and professional levels who seek the 21st-century skills he helped implement at Edutopia, CTW and beyond. Focusing on the role of technology inside and out of the classroom, Chen identifies and explores the inadequacies of our current education system, offering visionary insight and solutions for making learning our foremost priority for children as well as the adults who care about their future.

RESUME

  • Executive director for twelve years of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia)
  • Senior fellow at Edutopia, 2010-present
  • Current chair of the advisory council for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at St. Vincent's College in Pennsylvania
  • Former director of research, Children's Television Workshop and Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street, The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact)
  • Education director, KQED-San Francisco
  • Trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Co-chair, U.S. Department of Education's Technology Expert Panel
  • Winner, Fred Rogers Award from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting
  • Consultant, Children Now, Educational Development Center, The Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, Scholastic, Inc.
  • Assistant professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Social Studies
  • Graduated from Stanford University with an MA and Ph.D. in Communication Research

Topics

Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

This presentation looks at how school systems are reinventing themselves, focusing on their growing edges of innovation. Dr. Chen explains that these Edges are moving to the center and redefining the nature of “school” as it was known in the 20th Century and include 1) the Thinking Edge, 2) the Curriculum Edge, 3) the Technology Edge, 4) the Time/Place Edge, 5) the Co-Teaching Edge and 6) the Youth Edge. The Edges address fundamental shifts to our thinking about schooling; ways in which technology is transforming when, where and how students learn; and roles of teachers and students as teachers form teaching teams with other experts and students take on more responsibility for their own learning.

Digital Tools

The astonishing array of digital tools is bringing a new world of learning into focus, where information is available 24/7/365 on tablets, laptops and smart phones. The Internet is now maturing as an educational platform, where subjects, from chemistry to Mandarin to art history, are now making curricula more engaging and affordable for learners at increasingly younger ages. Online learning platforms now enable students and teachers to track and reflect upon progress on a daily basis. We know that digital learning can occur any time and any place, but can it migrate through any path, any pace?

This speech explores how digital learning should change everything about how we think about the learner, the teacher and the school. Dr. Chen will show examples of these innovative practices from Edutopia.org, the Lucas Foundation’s multimedia Web site and its archive of documentaries, available for free download and embedding, with foreign language captions from Google Translate.

Afterschool: Eliminating the Final Bell for Learning

The nation’s steady progress as an economy and as a society will end unless we profoundly change our thinking and policies about when, where, and how children learn and develop. In this presentation, Chen explores the importance of afterschool as a creative learning time that should be implemented into a larger, comprehensive year-round learning system.

Advocating the benefits of providing students with a seamless learning experience, Chen believes we need to avoid placing all responsibility for teaching on a short school day. Without a broader view of learning, all American school-age children will be denied access to experiences that will help them be successful lifelong learners.

Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia), will discuss how school systems are reinventing themselves, focusing on their growing edges of innovation in districts, states, and nations. These Edges are redefining the nature of “school” as it was known in the 20th Century and include 1) the Thinking Edge, 2) the Curriculum Edge, 3) the Technology Edge, 4) the Time/Place Edge, 5) the Co-Teaching Edge, and 6) the Youth Edge. The Six Edges form the framework of his 2010 book, Education Nation, selected as one of the 10 best books of 2010 by the American School Board Journal.

The Edges address fundamental shifts to our thinking about schooling; ways in which technology is transforming when, where, and how students learn; and roles of teachers and students with teachers forming teaching teams with other experts and students taking on more responsibility for their own learning. Dr. Chen will show examples of these innovative practices from Edutopia.org, the Lucas Foundation’s multimedia website and its archive of documentaries, available for free download and embedding.

Educating the Whole Child: The Role of the Arts, Nature & Place-Based Learning

To educate all learners to higher levels, education must now shift away from a narrow conception of curricula focused on language arts and mathematics. Experiences with the arts and in nature enable schools and other learning centers to expand engagement and success for students, building on their strengths and "multiple intelligences." Instead of an "achievement gap," we should address the "experience gap" and provide students with authentic, place-based learning in, for instance, school gardens and National Parks. These experiences enable them to learn not only about STEM, histories, and cultures in powerful ways, but also about themselves, their abilities, and their aspirations.

Weapons of Mass Instruction: Providing Every Child with Digital Tools for Modern Learning

Powerful digital devices are now affordable "weapons of mass instruction" for all learners. Providing them to every student, as well as teachers who know how to harness their power for learning, has become the civil rights–indeed, the human rights–issue of our time, since education is the key to violence reduction, health care, employment, and community-building. The next generation of digital tools will include wearable devices that enable students to track and improve their own behaviors. Dr. Milton Chen will present examples of projects that enable students to learn more, faster than in previous generations, enabled by hardware, software, rich Internet resources, and networks of mentors. He will show examples of these innovative practices from Edutopia.org, the Lucas Foundation’s multimedia Web site and its archive of documentaries, available for free download and embedding.

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