George Lucas Educational Foundation
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Lucas Education Research

Building Evidence for Innovative Practices

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Founded in 2013, Lucas Education Research operates as a sister division to Edutopia at the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Our mission is to build the evidence base to support best practices at classroom, school, and district levels that profoundly and positively impact the course of learning and lifelong achievement. We collaborate with research partners to design and evaluate innovative educational practices that can be replicated and taken to scale. Our work is currently focused on the study of a model for rigorous Project-Based Learning (PBL).

Process and Approach

Lucas Education Research is committed to the development and evaluation of rigorous project-based learning.


Producing transformative change in classrooms and schools is complex.

Current Projects

See how our research is influencing real-world education.


See how our research is influencing real-world education.

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