How is education tied to the creative economy? One of the answers is obvious--the 4 C’s of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. These are skills encouraged through media literacy and deployed by workers in the creative economy, from publishing and printing to furniture and decorative arts. This issue discusses Richard Florida’s pathbreaking book The Rise of the Creative Classes, and show how workers in the creative industries have shaped the nature of work for many in the U.S. Also included is a short introduction to teaching for creativity in the K-12 classroom, followed by an article with two particularly vivid and well-conceived examples. Our Resources section offer highlights from Yong Zhao’s World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.