The George Lucas Educational Foundation Announces New Editorial Director

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David Markus, Multimedia Editorial Professional, to Lead Edutopia Content Across All Media Platforms

San Rafael, California (November 3, 2008) -- The George Lucas Educational Foundation, the nonprofit organization that chronicles and advocates innovative practices in education, has named David Markus editorial director for Edutopia. Markus will provide strategic and creative leadership for the development and execution of editorial content for Edutopia.org, Edutopia magazine, Edutopia video, and Edutopia e-newsletters, all published by the Foundation. Chief Operating Officer Cindy Johanson announced the appointment today.

"David's strong editorial experience and management skills, as well as his passion for bettering public K-12 education, make him the perfect choice to lead Edutopia editorial," said Johanson. "This is an exciting time for Edutopia, and we're thrilled to have David in this role. Under his direction, I have no doubt that we will continue to broaden the strategic and editorial impact of Edutopia and inspire, inform, and stimulate education reform."

"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to broaden the Edutopia success," said Markus. "Truly, the time is right not only to create content that inspires and empowers public school educators but also to interweave that content strategically across our print, Web, and video platforms. As both a father of four public school students and a journalist who's been itching to make a difference in this arena, I couldn't be happier to join the talented ranks at The George Lucas Educational Foundation."

Markus cofounded and was the chief product officer at TeeBeeDee, and was general manager at Yahoo Health, president and CEO at the Dr. Spock Company, and editor in chief of Parenting magazine. He has written and edited for magazines and Web sites covering health, parenting, photography, and social networking. He has a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Syracuse University and a license of history from the Universite de Paris VIII. Markus resides in San Francisco with his wife and children.

About The George Lucas Educational Foundation:

The George Lucas Educational Foundation, founded in 1991, is a nonprofit operating foundation that documents, disseminates and advocates for innovation and the redesign of K-12 learning environments, including how technology can transform teaching and learning. Through Edutopia.org, Edutopia magazine, Edutopia video, Edutopia e-newsletters, and a growing online community, the Foundation is building a movement to stimulate education reform with a special focus on core concepts of integrated studies, project learning, technology integration, social and emotional learning, teacher development, and assessment.