Media Advisory

July 13, 2015

WHAT: Learning Landscapes: The Future of Education in San Diego with Milton Chen” – The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement hosts the third conversation in the Future40 event series. Learning Landscapes will bring together community and education leaders to discuss a future where learning is everywhere – at school, at a museum, at a park – and learn about innovative models that offer students personal, flexible, and equitable ways to explore their passions and build a more vibrant region.
WHO: Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit founded by filmmaker George Lucas that identifies and spreads innovative, replicable and evidence-based approaches through and research to help K-12 students learn better and to communicate a new vision for 21st Century education. Dr. Chen’s career has spanned four decades at the intersection of preK-12 education, media and technology. He served as founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) and director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, where he helped develop Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Dr. Chen was an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was one of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars conducting research on access and diversity issues in schools and universities. He is also currently a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, advancing the agency’s work in STEM and history/multicultural education. On his 50th birthday, Dr. Chen was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas.
WHERE: New Children’s Museum
200 W. Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP at Tours of the A.R.T.S. Center are available.
WHY: For four decades, The San Diego Foundation has grown a more vibrant region by supporting ideas, as well as the individuals who conceive them and institutions that propel them. Future40 is a series of public events that continues this legacy by engaging leading thinkers to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities, and challenge our assumptions about the future of San Diego.

The Future40 series marks the 40th anniversary of The Foundation, and extends the conversation through 2015 to help us explore the possibilities for our region. Future40 engages a wide cross-section of San Diegans, including thought leaders, scholars, and champions of change, who will raise important questions, discuss changing constructs, and identify emerging opportunities — and through these exchanges, shape a more equitable future for all.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $682 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $924 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Alyssa Enwright, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,