George Lucas Educational Foundation
Betty Ray profile

Betty Ray

Senior Editor at Large

I am passionate about positive and proactive change in education. I hear hundreds of stories a day of educators who are working to create environments that enable real learning against incredible odds. I'm excited by the renaissance in education that's enabled by technology and interconnected media. A long-time DIYer, I'm grateful to be here among so many talented and passionate educators.

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  • 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.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

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

    6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

    We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.
  • 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 2017

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

    Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

    By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

    Research shows that SEL increases prosocial classroom behavior, teaches cognitive control, changes students' home life, and prepares them for future success.
  • 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.