George Lucas Educational Foundation
Stephen Merrill

Stephen Merrill

Executive Producer, Edutopia

Former high school teacher of English and history. Started a (long) second career as an editor or media product leader at publications like CNN, Outside magazine, and Newsweek Budget Travel. Always passionate about education--and its ability to change lives--I'm looking forward to producing top-notch educational content that moves the ball forward.


  • Education Trends
    Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools—it's not the reason you’d expect.
  • Readers Weigh In
    K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.
  • Readers Weigh In
    Interested in switching to flexible seating? Get funding ideas, helpful tips, and how-to photos from the pros—your fellow high school teachers.
  • Readers Weigh In
    We asked about the professional development books you’d recommend to your teacher friends. Here are the six that stood out.
  • Bullying Prevention
    Understanding the hot spots within schools is essential to putting a stop to student bullying.
  • Literacy
    We asked our community which works of literature were must-reads for high schoolers. Here are your top picks.
  • Parent Partnership
    An expert in childhood development makes an impassioned plea for creating safe learning environments—and then getting out of the way.