George Lucas Educational Foundation

Thomas Riddle

For more than twenty years, I've served in education as a teacher, coach, principal, district-level curriculum specialist, college professor and educational consultant for school districts, textbook publishers and the South Carolina Department of Education. I enjoy facilitating conversations with fellow educators around educational design, curriculum development, and instructional methodology at the local, state and national levels and helped establish Edutopia's Social Studies Group page at I currently serve as Assistant Director at Roper Mountain Science Center and as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Furman University. As an active proponent of design thinking in education, I enjoy creating and implementing curriculum within this space while serving as a co-moderator of #dtk12chat, a professional learning network comprised of some of the best and brightest in the field.

In 2007, in cooperation with Lucasfilm, Ltd., a colleague and I created "Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones" ( which provides interdisciplinary curriculum and lesson ideas based upon the iconic film hero. In 2012, we launched a companion project, "Star Wars in the Classroom" (, providing inspiration for lessons in history, mythology, science, and the art.

Areas of Interest: 
Endurance Racing,
Design Thinking in Education,
Teaching with Pop Culture

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