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Esther Wojcicki
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Journalism/English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA for the past 27 years. Built the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to one of the largest in the nation including 500 students, four additional journalism teachers, and five award-winning journalism electives: newspaper (The Campanile) , magazine (Verde), online (, television (InFocus), and Viking, a sports magazine. Selected by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as 2002 California Teacher of the Year. Over the past 20 years, the publications have won Gold and Silver Crowns from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the PaceMaker Award and Hall of Fame Award from National Scholastic Press, and best in nation from Time Magazine in 2003. The website was honored with two Webby Awards in 2005. She is V. Chair of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons focusing on education and learning.. She is also President of the Friends of the Lurdes Mutola Foundation to support girls' education in Mozambique. She is also a consultant for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Hewlett Foundation. She is on the Advisory Board for University of the People. She is married to Stanford University Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki, and mother of three grown daughters, Susan, Janet and Anne, and seven grandchildren. Her daughter Anne is the co-founder of 23andMe, a personal genetics company.

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Parenting Debate: Tiger Mom vs.Teacher Mom -- Today

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 7:55 AM


Interesting parenting debate today, Saturday, November 8. Me, mother of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki and Fulbright Award Professor Janet Wojcicki will debate parenting styles with the Tiger Mom, Amy Chua at the Mexican Conference
Cuidad de las Ideas...

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The War on Teacher Tenure

(110) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:57 AM


Time Magazine's recent cover on teacher tenure has set up a furious debate nationwide about teachers and even a petition from the American Federation of Teachers for an apology from Time. The article itself is reasonable and...

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Engaging Those Kids in Writing

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Back to school is happening around the country. Exciting times for students and teachers. So what can we do differently and better this year? Here is one idea.

Teaching writing has been a challenge for teachers for years. That is one of the reasons why many adults are poor writers;...

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Making Sense of All That Data

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Hello World, here comes a great opportunity to understand data from the king of data -- Google.

Data is everywhere and most people have no idea how to use data or are afraid of it. So here is an opportunity that will change all that for anyone...

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How Will US Policymakers Respond to Our Falling PISA Test Scores?

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Hysteria. That is what I predict will be happening in education circles next year.

2014 may turn out to be frightening for education in America: We will likely see national hysteria over US students' falling scores, both in the recently released PISA test scores (Programme for International Student...

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TRICK in Education = Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:03 AM


In my thirty years as a teacher, one thing I learned is that everyone -- policymakers, administrators, parents, philanthropists -- are looking for the magic key to improving education. In the 1990s, Bill Gates thought that small schools were that magic...

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And You Thought Censorship in China Was Bad, Look at Scholastic Journalism in America

(24) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 10:32 AM


As we celebrate our country's birthday July 4, 2013, we need to think about what attracted us and our ancestors to this nation. In one word: freedom. Freedom of speech, of religion, to congregate... all spelled out in the Bill of Rights. Most of us enjoy...

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K-12 Educators: Get Your Kids Involved in the Presidential Election Through Engage2012.Org

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 1:27 AM

If we want to know what voters are really thinking about the issues facing the presidential candidates, ask the kids. They always tell it like it is.

Check out this new website where kids can learn how to interview community members about election issues and post them to...

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Calling all Educators! August is Connected Educators Month.

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 5:49 PM

August is an important month for educators. It's Connected Educators Month right now.

What does that mean? It means that you as an educator or interested parent can connect online to many keynotes and panels by well known educators who can give you tips on using technology effectively...

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"Why Open Education Matters?" Check Out the Video Winners

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 11:25 AM

Open Education just got a big boost with the announcement of the winners of the "Why Open Education Matters?" competition the week of July 18. Here are three amazing videos to tell you WHY it matters:

First Prize -
Congratulations to Blinktower, an extremely talented creative...

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Want to Find Information Quickly on the Web? Sign up for This Free Google Online Course Starting July 10

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Are you usually in a hurry? Want to find information quickly on your phone or computer?

Most people want to find information quickly, but in general most people have really poor search skills. If you knew a few tips you could get that information quickly.

Starting Tuesday there...

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TEDxStanford Opens Its Doors Today With Free Live Streaming

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2012 | 10:26 AM

Many of you know that TEDx conferences are held to promote ideas worth spreading. They are an offshoot of the original TED conference (Technology, Entertainment and Design ) held yearly in Long Beach, California.

Perhaps you didn't know that today the first ever TEDxStanford...

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Finding Open Education Resources (OER), Some New Search Options

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 12:58 AM

One very useful tool for all educators is the Open Courseware Consortium search engine that allows users to search for Open Education Resources (OER) at the university level easily.

If you are a K-12 educator or parent, here is a very useful search engine for

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Celebrate Open Education Resources (OER) during Open Education Week March 5-10

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 11:19 PM

Want to participate in the most exciting part of the education revolution?

You can this week as universities, schools, educators and students around the world are celebrating Open Education Week

We all hear about it but most people don't know much more about it than the name....

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Digital Learning Day Is Happening Today

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 9:57 AM

Want to know how we can improve our schools using technology? Want to know how your son/daughter's education can be more effective? Today is the day to watch Digital Learning Day. It is happening all day.

You can see teachers and students talking about what works in the...

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Give Yourself A Free University Education at University of the People

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2011 | 1:48 AM

Here is a Christmas-Hannukah gift you can give yourself, a loved one, a friend, or the world---A university education online for free. Is this some kind of trick?

Nope, it isn't a trick. It is a new university called University of the People (appropriately named) but the degrees...

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Learning Matters Plays a Vital Role in Education Reporting

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:45 AM

For 16 years Learning Matters with John Merrow has been showing the nation what's really happening in public education at all levels. Learning Matters has been producing education reports for PBS NewsHour as well as producing independent documentaries about what is happening in our schools.

In 2011...

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Two New Education Documentaries Coming in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 12:30 AM

One of the best ways to see what is happening in education is with documentaries and videos and one of the best creators of these documentaries is outstanding education reporter John Merrow on Learning Matters.

For the past 16 years Learning Matters with John Merrow has...

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Imagine a Party at the White House

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2011 | 10:14 AM

It was a night to remember. Imagine going to the White House for a holiday party. Yes, the White House... a place I have seen in photos since I was a small child. It was last night, Dec. 2, and the first of many such parties the White House is...

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Why I Am Thankful

(45) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 10:27 AM

We are a country who says the glass is half empty instead of half full. We need to change our perspective, at least on Thanksgiving.

While the country is suffering the worst economic recession in decades, we all have reasons to be thankful. One important reason is that we are...

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