Money from Lucasfilm sale to Disney to support education

November 6, 2012

Star Wars creator George Lucas recently announced the sale of his production company, Lucasfilm, to Disney for $4.05 billion (US), and he reportedly plans to invest a portion of that money in a foundation that focuses on educational issues. It is not clear which organization will benefit from the money, but Lucas currently serves as chairman of Edutopia, which is speculated to likely be Lucas's choice. A website run by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia aims to transform the learning process through innovation and new strategies in the classroom. It assists educators in implementing several core learning strategies -- such as project-based learning and technology integration -- and states that those who adhere to the strategies are "empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact." Edutopia also produces a Schools That Work series, which showcases districts and programs that are improving the way students learn. Globe and Mail