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2014 ASP Annual Supporters Luncheon

11:30 to 1:30, Monday, August 4, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Poolside Pavilion
Burlingame, CA

Dr. Milton Chen

Featuring Dr. Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Former Executive Director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Edutopia.org

The Edges of Innovation in STEM and Project-Based Learning

Dr. Chen will address:

  • The history and vision of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Edutopia, as well as the history of George Lucas’ interest in education.
  • How the George Lucas Foundation defines science literacy, and the emphasis on using technology and online learning.
  • “Project Based Learning” and why the foundation supports PBL, the evidence to show that this kind of learning is effective, and the roles of the teacher and student in such a learning environment.

The Luncheon program will also feature:

  • Welcome remarks by the ASP’s new executive director, Dr. Linda Shore
  • ASP Project ASTRO teacher/astronomer pair
  • Announcement of the 2014 Fraknoi Supporters Award recipient

Milton Chen has been a leading figure in educational media for more than 20 years. He 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. He served as executive director of GLEF for 12 years. During his tenure, GLEF and its media brand, Edutopia, greatly expanded their editorial publishing efforts, including the award-winning Edutopia magazine. Edutopia.org is known as a destination Web site for educators and others interested in educational innovation and has won numerous honors, including the 2009 Webby People’s Voice Award for best education website.

Dr. Chen’s career has spanned four decades at the intersection of preK-12 education, media, and technology. Prior to joining GLEF in 1998, he served for 10 years as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco. In the 1970s, he was director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. Dr. Chen has been an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and, during 2007-08, was one of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars conducting research on access and diversity issues in higher education and K-12.

Dr. Chen serves as chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey, which supports superintendent leadership and equity work in districts, and the Games and Learning Publishing Council at Sesame Workshop, a Gates Foundation-supported activity. He is a member of advisory board for the National Park Service, advancing their work in environmental and history/civics 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 book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools, based on his work at Edutopia, was published by Jossey-Bass.

Dr. Chen lives in San Francisco. He received an AB in social studies from Harvard College and an MA and PhD in communication research from Stanford University.

The Luncheon will be hosted by the ASP and is by invitation only. Please contact Kathryn Harper, Director of Development, for more details at kharper{at}astrosociety.org.