Welcome to K-12 News Network (K12NN). (We’re on your mobile phone too.) We launched in January of 2011. Here’s our mission statement.
At K12NN, she delivered inventive, award-winning online tools such as a story map that showed budget cuts to California schools by pupil, classroom, and district. She received the HTC/BlogHer 2011 Prize for excellence in creative use of technology by a woman media maker in front of 3,000 of the nation’s most powerful women bloggers. In 2012, her education news and civic engagement platform K12NN partnered with a San Jose parent group to implement a project funded by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. She built and ran the website and determined digital strategy on education-focused issues for voter registration and education among parents, students, immigrants, and low-income people. The project was enormously successful with over 15,000 new voters registered and new ground broken in peer-to-peer high school voter education efforts, complementing field organizing voter registration drives and a series of PSA videos in 8 different languages that aired on Univision and Asian language tv.
Most recently she worked on an 18-month long campaign with Los Angeles Unified School District parents, teachers, and students to force Superintendent John Deasy to resign. Pro-public education activists annotated public records first obtained by K12NN, and when pushed to Los Angeles corporate media, the annotated records immediately prompted a deeper investigation into the appearance of Deasy’s bid-rigging of his signature ed tech achievement, the billion dollar 1:1 iPad deal. K12NN led a petition effort and featured parents who called for a Los Angeles County civil grand jury investigation into the improper procurement of iPads and another $200 million spent on failed class scheduling software. The campaign succeeded beyond all expectations and Deasy is currently being investigated by the FBI.
In 2015, she’ll be facilitating workshops on media wrangling for public education advocates and participating as an invited guest at two journalism conferences that highlight cutting edge work in civic engagement and digital media making. Her areas of expertise include social media strategy, website construction and optimization for advocacy, coaching newbies in online campaigning, and civic engagement of youth and families of color around education issues.
Here’s a great example of how parents, teachers, and students can organize to strengthen and improve public schools:
Once again, here’s our mission statement.
K12 News Network.com Press Mentions
The Australian, January 2011
The China Post, February 2011
The California School Funding Map Tool, May 5, 2011
K12 News Network released a California School Funding Map Tool in early May in collaboration with the grassroots group Parents for Great Education. It lets all Californians see what the impact of an all-cuts budget is on K-12 education by school district, Assembly, and State Senate district.
Below, press on our map tool:
ABC KGO-TV, May 2011
San Jose Mercury News, May 2011
LA Times, May 2011
The LA Progressive, May 2011
ShePosts, May 2011
MomsLA, May 2011
Blogher.com, June 2011
Daily News Los Angeles, May 2011
Bloomberg Business Week, May 2011
Santa Clarita Signal, May 2011
NewsBlaze, May 2011
Inside Socal, May 2011
California Budget Project, May 2011
Education Web news, May 2011
The California Education Voter’s Guide to the Primary Election, 2012 press:
L. A. Progressive, May 2012
The Alamedan, September 2012
HuffPo Education, September 2012
PBS, December 2012