Best-selling author, Sesame Street developer to speak at American College of Education graduation

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By Chris Bavender

Milton Chen, the best-selling author of “Education Nation,” a former executive at the George Lucas Educational Foundation and a developer/researcher for Sesame Street, will be the keynote speaker at the July 29 American College of Education commencement ceremony at The Palladium in Carmel.

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“Dr. Chen is a highly-respected author, speaker and advocate for educators and students,” said Dan Holestine, chief operating officer of the American College of Education. “In his book, ‘Education Nation,’ Dr. Chen examines ways in which learning can be revolutionized through innovative reform and the use of technology. Coupled with the fact he possesses decades of experience in the education field, it just seemed like a perfect fit. We’re excited to host Dr. Chen and have him share his story with our graduates.”

Chen said it’s an honor to speak to graduates on the day of their achievement.

“My talk is entitled, ‘Deepening Connections Through the Wisdom of Fred Rogers.’ 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the broadcasts of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS,” Chen said. “He was one of the original and most eloquent advocates of what we now call social/emotional learning. Recent research tells us that education for the heart is just as important as acquisition of knowledge and skills. So I’ll ask the graduates to carry this understanding into their work as educators.”

The main message he wants to impart, however, is that education for the “whole child” needs to be embraced more urgently.

“So often in education we take too narrow a view of the child. Subjects are taught in an isolated fashion, without connection to the real world or what children are interested in,” Chen said. “We know that many children come to school without health care or a healthy diet, which impacts learning. We also know that parents are a child’s first and most important educator. So we need to broaden our view of what children need in order to learn.”

The online college, which focuses entirely on the learning needs of working professionals, will graduate 2,200 students.

“Students are able to use our online learning platform that offers access from anywhere at any time,” Holestine said. “ACE students are able to collaborate on projects and build professional relationships with colleagues from around the world as they advance their education. This often yields a much richer experience.”


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