Tuesday, March 26
10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Grand Ballroom A

Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

Keynote Conversation ID: 39748
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    Milton Chen
    Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation

Abstract: Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), 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, 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 as teachers form teaching teams with other experts and students take on more responsibility for their own learning. All of these trends call for new leadership from colleges of education for teacher preparation and educator development. Dr. Chen will show examples of these 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 by Google Translate.

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