Sometimes known as the “education blogmother,” Joanne Jacobs has been “linking and thinking on education” since 2001 at Her book on a college-prep charter school for Hispanic students, "Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds," was published in 2005. She launched Community College Spotlight ( for the Hechinger Report this year. In an earlier life, she was a San Jose Mercury News editorial writer and Knight-Ridder op-ed columnist.