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BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education is presenting talks by prominent education innovator and author Milton Chen on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29.
Chen will talk from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Whatcom Middle School auditorium. He will discuss and show film clips of how “Six Edges of Innovation” are moving to the center of school districts. These Edges include authentic project-based learning; students’ use of digital tools for accessing and creating content; co-teaching among teachers and other experts to integrate across subject matter boundaries; and involvement of the larger community as sources of inspiration and experiences for students.
The free talk is open to the public and educators are especially encouraged to attend. The talk is sponsored by Woodring College of Education and the Bellingham School District.
In addition, a free public talk by Chen on Western’s campus also will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Fraser Hall 3. This presentation will elaborate further on the Six Edges, including the Technology Edge and how the Internet is providing amazing new resources to re-think how curricula can be conveyed, from the sciences to the humanities. He will also address the Youth Edge and how today’s students, including student teachers, are ready to learn and collaborate in new ways, using their facility with digital media.
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, Edutopia.org, and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st Century schools. The website has won a Webby Award for best education website and attracts more than 700,000 users monthly from around the world. He is currently a member of the National Park System Advisory Board; chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey; and a trustee of Sesame Workshop. He has served as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco, director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, and as an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During 2007-08, he was one of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars conducting research on access and diversity issues in education.
His work has been honored by the Elmo Award from Sesame Workshop, the Fred Rogers Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Congressional Black Caucus, and by two science centers in the Bay Area, The Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science. His 2010 book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools, based on his work at Edutopia, was selected as one of the top 10 education books that year by the American School Board Journal.
Chen lives in San Francisco. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in social studies from Harvard College and master’s and doctorate degrees in communication research from Stanford University.
Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education is recognized throughout Washington, and beyond, as a leader in the development and implementation of programs that prepare outstanding teachers, from early childhood to adult education; educational administration leaders; human services professionals; and rehabilitation counselors. For more information please see Woodring College