George Lucas Educational Foundation

Nora Fleming


Nora Fleming has 15 years of experience in the media, writing and communications fields. As an editor at Edutopia, Nora develops ideas for stories and multimedia content, writes and edits articles, and manages a bank of national writers. Before arriving at Edutopia, Nora was the editorial director at Fenton, a social change communications firm, where she worked across the agency managing content and multimedia projects for leading foundations, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations. Previously, she served as a reporter at Education Week, the leading national news publication on K-12 education policy, and as an editorial manager on a winning California State Senate campaign. She has also held positions as a development and communications manager for children’s policy nonprofit, an education beat reporter in Los Angeles, and a communications and marketing associate for small business. After her undergraduate studies, Nora served in AmeriCorps as a college counselor at a low-income middle school in East L.A.

Nora holds a master's degree from George Washington University in Media and Public Affairs with a concentration in Education Policy. She earned her bachelor's degree, with double major in Journalism and American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, where she worked for a local publication and as the photography editor of her college newspaper.


  • Special Education

    New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home

    In special education, teachers say that schedules, sensory supports, and close collaboration with families can help smooth the transition to remote learning.
  • Mental Health

    Loss—and Hope—After a Cluster of Student Suicides

    Nearly 1 in 5 high school students seriously considers suicide in a year. After a cluster of suicides, a district decides it’s time to talk more frankly about the issue.
  • Early Childhood Education

    ‘Not Just Tummy Time’: A Preschool Professionalizes ECE

    Part of a national network of preschools, Educare New Orleans uses a holistic approach to teaching and learning to ensure that every child is ready for kindergarten.
  • School Leadership

    A Public School Makes the Case for ‘Montessori for All’

    A Title I public school in rural South Carolina is proving that Montessori education can work well anywhere.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Designing a Public School From Scratch

    On a mission to reimagine traditional schooling, a K–8 school in San Diego puts teachers and students at the center.
  • Mental Health

    Students Can Now Miss School for a ‘Mental Health Day’

    Driven by high rates of youth suicide and depression, some states are now providing the legal backing for students to take a ‘mental health day.’
  • Learning Environments

    A ‘University’ Model for High School

    In small-town Wisconsin, four schools cluster on one campus, fostering a culture of experimentation and self-directed learning for both students and teachers.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Why Diverse Classroom Libraries Matter

    At a school in Oakland, California, students see themselves—and the broader world—in the books they read.
  • Assistive Technology

    Can a Robot Help Autistic Children Connect?

    A school in South Carolina tests whether a robot can be a bridge to deeper human connection for autistic children.
  • School Leadership

    ‘The Anger Pushed Me Through’: On Founding a School

    Jose Luis Navarro, a principal and former California Teacher of the Year, shares his struggles and successes working with disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    In Oakland, Reinventing School Policing

    A district-wide focus on social and emotional learning has found an unlikely new partner: the police.
  • Parent Partnership

    4 Innovative, Local Programs Smooth Kindergarten Transitions

    The transition to kindergarten can be stressful for children, parents, and schools, but communities throughout the country are meeting the challenge head-on.
  • Parent Partnership

    Parent Stories: When Your Neighborhood School Doesn't Cut It

    Sometimes your assigned school isn't a good fit. Read stories about why three parents selected schools outside their neighborhood.
  • Parent Partnership

    Parent Stories: When Your First School Choice Isn't the Right One

    Sometimes your child's first school doesn't work out. Four parents share their stories of making a change.
  • Parent Partnership

    Parent Stories: When Your District Changes the Game

    Sometimes your school system throws you a curveball. Learn how three parents navigated their new terrain.