Educational Institutions


aka Edutopia, GLEF, Lucas Education Research

San Rafael, CA



Our vision is of a new world of learning based on the compelling truth that improving education is the key to the survival of the human race.

It's a world of creativity, inspiration and ambition informed by real-world evidence and experience. It's a world where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills. It's a world where innovation is the rule, not the exception. It's a world where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology. It's a world where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered with a shared vision to change education for the better.

We call this place Edutopia, and we provide not just the vision for this new world of learning but the real-world information and community connections to make it a reality.

Our Mission

​We are dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. We are focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.

What We Do

1. Edutopia is the leading voice illuminating and showcasing what works in education. We show people how they can adopt best practices and we tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.

2. At Lucas Education Research, we develop and evaluate methods that profoundly impact the course of learning and lifelong achievement. Lucas Education Research strives for quality, replicability, and scalability.

To understand more about why we are passionate about our work, read about Edutopia's Core Strategies and about what our founder and chairman, George Lucas, has to say about Edutopia's role in education.

Please note: The Foundation is a nonpartisan organization, and does not take positions on any legislation or ballot measures, nor does it endorse or oppose any candidates in elections to public office.

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Executive Director, Edutopia

Cindy Johanson

Executive Director, Lucas Education Research

Kristin De Vivo

Main Address

PO Box 3494

San Rafael, CA 94912 USA


United States, America, k-12 education, public education, what works, george lucas, edutopia, project based learning, social emotional learning, technology integration





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Executive Director, Edutopia

Cindy Johanson

Cindy Johanson has more than 25 years experience leading the design and expansion of digital services with a primary focus on education. In her current role, Johanson oversees Edutopia, a premier Internet source of inspiration and information about what works in K-12 education. Prior to joining the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Johanson served as senior vice president of interactive and education for the Public Broadcasting Service. At PBS, she led the launch and growth of the award-winning Web site and its suite of Internet sites, including,, and Johanson's passion for online learning started in 1989 with text-based interfaces and 300 baud modems when she managed teacher support and training for Learning Link, an online service for K-12 classrooms. Cindy can be reached on Twitter: @cinjo

Executive Director, Lucas Education Research

Kristin De Vivo

Kristin is the first Executive Director of Lucas Education Research, founded in 2013 as a sister division to Edutopia at the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The division's mission and strategy, developed by Kristin, focuses on building an evidence base to support transformative practices in K-12 education. The group's specific five-year strategy focuses on building an evidence base for rigorous project based learning by employing design-based implementation research. Innovative methods for conducting research incorporate the use of a web portal to disseminate project based learning curricula, collect teachers' adaptations, build community, support teachers, and gather analytics.

Before heading Lucas Education Research, Kristin served as Vice President of Research and Validation at Scholastic Inc., from 2003 to 2013. During her tenure at Scholastic, Kristin implemented a continuous research and evaluation cycle that strategically improved the company's blended-model interventions, setting the highest-quality benchmarks for research in educational publishing. Before joining Scholastic, Kristin worked at two education-related start-ups in the Bay Area: LeapFrog Enterprises and Scientific Learning. In each case, Kristin developed the research strategy from the earliest start-up phase through an initial public offering.

Prior to this work, Ms. De Vivo conducted extensive neuropsychological and achievement testing with young children and adults at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and at the University of California at San Francisco. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

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