Moonshots in Education
Esther Wojcicki, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford, is the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program that focuses on empowering students through the use of media (newspaper, magazine, yearbook, websites, video production, photography, radio, & television). The program started in 1984 with an already established (1918) 6 -8 page newspaper and 19 students; it has become the largest media program in the nation with 600+ students and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center.
She is a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow for the Student Journalism 2.0; the 2002 California Teacher of the Year by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; the 2011 Charles O’Malley Award recipient from Columbia Scholastic Press. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University (2013) and a speaker at multiple TEDx events as well as a speaker at the G20 Summit in Mexico in 2012. She just co-authored a well regarded book on blended learning entitled Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015). Her focus is how to empower students and teach 21st century skills using media studies as the platform.