Sam Chaltain

Sam Chaltain

Chief Storyteller 180 Studio

Sam Chaltain (@samchaltain) is a partner at 180 Studio, a global design collaborative dedicated to advancing people’s understanding of the future of learning — and what it requires.

Sam’s writings about his work have appeared in both magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. A former speechwriter for each of President Obama’s U.S. Secretaries of Education, Sam has also written for Oscar and Grammy Award winning artists. A periodic contributor to CNN, Sam is the author or co-author of six books; a co-producer of the PBS documentary film, 180 Days: Hartsville; and co-creator of the 10-part online film series, A Year at Mission Hill.

Sam has a Master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University, where he specialized in non-profit management and organizational theory. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he graduated with a double major in Afro-American Studies and History.

Press Clippings:

Play-based learning to develop 21st Century Skills, Open Access Government, 2019.

Must-see TV: A show that looks at inequality in America at a real high school — with actual students, Washington Post, 2018.

The Future of Learning, Freedom at Work Talks, 2017.

In rural towns like Hartsville, S.C., school ‘choice’ doesn’t make sense. Here’s why. Washington Post, 2015.

New book offers ground-level view of two D.C. schools, Washington Post, 2014.

The Art (& Science) of Great Teaching: Sam Chaltain, TEDxYouth@BFS, 2012.

Keywords: The future of learning, Public education, Science of learning