Founder, Palo Alto High Journalism; Blogger, HuffingtonPost; Author, Moonshots in Education
Esther Wojcicki is the Chief Learning Officer of Planet3, an immersive, game based science platform for grades 5-8 that just launched in September, 2016 in Nevada. She is also an internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, a 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 one of the most distinguished and the largest scholastic media program in the nation with 600+ students, six additional teachers, nine publications, and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center. In October 2016, she launched—together with her partners, the Moonshot Incubator which she hopes will help revolutionize high schools worldwide.
She is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford 2013-present, 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 an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She was a speaker at the G20 Summit in Mexico in 2012. She co-authored popular education book on blended learning entitled Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015) that explains the way to revolutionize education for the digital age. Her focus is how to empower students and teach 21st century skills using media studies as the platform. She is also the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Medical School and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe.