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Committee for Children Sponsors Lecture “Education in the Next 50”

Do you ever wonder why school or work can't be more like a game? In games we learn quickly in a low-risk environment and the challenges are fun because game developers have figured out how to make us more optimistic and collaborative, how to make problem-solving more fun and social, and how to satisfy our hunger for meaning and success.

These game-world insights can be applied to transform the way we learn, solve problems together, and develop 21st century skills. Dr. Jane McGonigal will offer her insight at the lecture "Education in the Next 50" on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at McCaw Hall.

Come hear Dr. McGonigal and other national leaders discuss the future of learning and education, and the resulting effects on our lives, businesses and community. Presenters include:

  • Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., Creative Director of Social Chocolate, Director of Game Research and Development at Institute for the Future, best-selling author of Reality is Broken, named by The New York Times as one of 10 scientists with the best vision for what's coming next.

  • Milton Chen, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Edutopia/George Lucas Educational Foundation.

  • Bette Hyde, Ph.D., Director of Washington State Department of Early Learning.

  • Roger Weissberg, Ph.D., Psychology Professor at University of Illinois and CEO of Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning.


  • Kristen French, Ph.D., Director of Western Washington University Center for Education Equity and Diversity.

Tickets are priced at $37 and are available at ticketmaster.com (clock hours are also available).

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