Daniel C. Edelson is Vice President for Education and Children’s Programs and the Executive Director of the National Geographic Education Foundation. He leads the Society’s efforts to improve public understanding of geography through both formal and informal education programs. Dr. Edelson has conducted educational research and development focusing on environmental science and geography. He has also authored middle school and high school textbooks in the earth and environmental sciences and on geographic information systems (GIS) tools for use in schools. He has written extensively on motivation, classroom teaching and learning, educational technology, and teacher professional development and education. Prior to joining the National Geographic Society, Dr. Edelson was a professor of education and computer science at Northwestern University for fifteen years. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a B.S. from Yale University.
His talk, "Building a Geographically Literate Society: A Case Study of an Ongoing National Educational Reform Initiative," was given on February 4, 2009.