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Milton Chen, Senior Fellow at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, To Speak at Walden University Academic Residency

MINNEAPOLIS, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), will speak to more than 400 doctoral students at Walden University's academic residency on March 8, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, Md. GLEF is a nonprofit foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area that utilizes its award-winning website,, and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st-century schools.

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A leading figure in children's educational media, Dr. Chen has dedicated his career to developing and disseminating innovative models of K–12 teaching and learning for more than four decades. Prior to joining GLEF in 1998, he served as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education & Lifelong Learning (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 is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford University and a Fulbright Scholar.  His work has been honored with the Elmo Award from Sesame Workshop and the Fred Rogers Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He has been recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus, The Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science. Dr. Chen's most recent book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools, is based on his work with

Academic residencies at Walden, an accredited online university, support students' academic and professional goals by connecting them with individual faculty mentors, student support staff and hundreds of peers. During academic residencies, students from doctoral and select master's degree programs have the opportunity to conceptualize and develop research that contributes to positive social change.

Walden's plenary sessions are an integral part of the residencies and are led by speakers from around the world who share an array of experiences and viewpoints with the hope of inspiring debate and lively conversation. These sessions are intended to provide Walden students and faculty and staff members with the opportunity to hear perspectives on a variety of topics that are meaningful and relevant to their lives as scholars and practitioners.

For more information about Walden University, visit

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

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