George Lucas Educational Foundation

Betty Ray

Founder of the Center for Ritual Design

A 2020 Mira Fellow, Betty Ray is the founder of the Center for Ritual Design where she works with individuals, communities, and organizations to facilitate meaningful self-designed rituals for major transitions. She has developed a series of evidence-based models that use human-centered design to help young people navigate through an uncertain future, including a contemporary rite of passage program for youth between the ages of 13-25. Previously, she spent the better part of a decade heading up editorial and community initiatives at Edutopia.

A sought-after speaker, Ray leads workshops and presentations and has shared her ideas on ritual design and DIY culture at Design-ED, Learning and the Brain, World Maker Faire, The Hero Round Table, ASCD, and ISTE. She has published articles on Edutopia and the Greater Good Science Center. She has a Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, tween daughter, and four cats.

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  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Designing a Meaningful Graduation Ritual in Quarantine

    In-person high school commencement ceremonies are canceled—but seniors can still mark the transition in a meaningful way.
  • Differentiated Instruction

    Sharing Tweets on Differentiation

    Highlights from a lively Edutopia Twitter chat on differentiation and formative assessment.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Nurturing Kindness in Young Children

    A leading researcher argues that kindness is innate and has developed a curriculum to strengthen prosocial behavior.
  • Teacher Appreciation

    6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

    We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

    When we asked our community for their best classroom management practices, over 700 ideas rolled in.
  • Learning Environments

    Sensory Room 101

    After we published a video about a special room designed to help autistic kids calm and focus themselves, you had questions. Here’s what it takes to create this kind of space.
  • Professional Development

    Best Education Podcasts

    These seven podcasts are the tip of the iceberg for hearing teachers discuss PLNs, school and teacher leadership, teaching strategies, STEM, PD, and more.
  • Professional Development

    Best Education Podcasts 2017

    Teachers, psychologists, and authors bring you handy tips and big-picture takes on the state of education in these eight podcasts.
  • Literacy

    Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

    These nine books—for students of all grade levels—convey what it’s like to be a refugee.
  • Education Equity

    The Crisis in Black Education: Crafting Mirrors Where Kids Can See Themselves

    A veteran educator shares his strategies for getting more black male teachers in front of black students.
  • Teacher Wellness

    2016 Teacher Gift Guide

    Looking for a gift for an amazing teacher? We’ve got you covered.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom

    Edutopia community manager Betty Ray presents a simple yet elegant strategy to bring real-world thinking into the classroom.
  • Education Equity

    The Crisis in Black Education: Focusing on Young People’s Strengths

    Washington, DC’s new chancellor stresses the importance of high expectations and wrap-around support for black students.
  • Education Equity

    The Crisis in Black Education: Reaching Students Where They Are

    An education professor draws connections between critical skills and hip-hop culture, and argues that there is no crisis in black education.
  • Education Trends

    Edutopia's Most Popular Posts of 2015

    In 2015, Edutopians preferred posts about being more grounded and capable, taking better care of yourself, owning your power, assessing more wisely, and helping hard-to-reach kids.