Dee Dickinson is the retired CEO and founder of New Horizons for Learning, a non-profit (501-c-3), education network based in Seattle, Washington. Since Dee’s retirement, New Horizons for Learning’s website is now the Journal on the Internet at Johns Hopkins IDEALS Institute. She has been a school administrator and has taught on all levels from elementary school through university, has produced several series for educational television, and has produced nine international conferences on education.
She is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and has been a consultant to educational systems and organizations, community colleges and universities, policy-making groups, and corporations including Motorola, IBM, and Prudential. She has also worked as a consultant to software companies including Microsoft, Disney Interactive, Word Perfect, and Sierra/Bright Star.
Formerly, she was Vice President of the International Accelerative Learning Association, based at the University of Rio de Janerio, and director of the Seattle Creative Activities Center. She founded the Northwest Art Project that is now the longest lasting project of the Junior League of Seattle, serving over 20,000 students in public schools a year. She has served on a number of local, national, and international boards, including the University of Washington College of Education, KCTS-TV, The Institute for Research on Learning, George Lucas’ Educational Foundation, Child Research Net (Japan), the Learning Forum/SuperCamp, the White House Task Force on Learning, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, the International Association for Accelerative Learning (Brazil), the European Lifespan Learning Initiative (Belgium), and the National Inventive Thinking Association (U.S. Patent Office).
She has been the recipient of the Maverick Award by the Washington Governor’s Leadership Institute, the Annual Leadership Award by the Citizens Education Center, and the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award for Community Service. She has also received the prestigious International Junior Leagues Mary Harriman Award for Leadership.
Her report Positive Trends in Learning: Meeting the Needs of a Rapidly Changing World was commissioned and published by IBM in 1991, and her book Creating the Future: Perspectives on Educational Change was published by Accelerated Learning Systems in England also in 1991. She is co-author (with Linda Campbell and Bruce Campbell) of Teaching and Learning Through Multiple Intelligences published by Allyn and Bacon, new edition, 2004 (now translated in seven languages). She is now a member of the Johns Hopkins University Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Advisory Board, works with the Institute for Science and Biology planning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) programs during the summer for public juniors and seniors, UW College of Education Ambassadors, and plans programs at Mirabella, a retirement residence where she now lives and thrives.
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