SF Assessor Phil Ting to Host “Ask an Expert” Webcast this Thursday on Education

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Reset San Francisco’s Live Interactive Discussion to Feature Leading K-12 Education Expert and San Francisco School Board Vice-President Hydra Mendoza

Assessor Phil Ting’s user generated government website ResetSanFrancisco.org will continue its live webcast series, “Ask an Expert,” this Thursday, October 28 at 4:00 pm (PST). The webcast allows viewers to submit questions in real-time to policy experts and community leaders working to reform San Francisco.

The Ask an Expert series is part of a vision shared by Phil Ting and members of the http://www.ResetSanFrancisco.org community to tap the knowledge of an online community to help reform San Francisco. The site is using tools such as streaming video and social media to crowdsource civic engagement in better government.

This week, the Reset SF community will hear from leading K-12 education expert Hydra Mendoza. Mendoza serves as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Education Advisor and as Vice-President of the San Francisco Board of Education. In that role, she has led public school reform efforts in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to improve academic performance and test scores, narrow achievement gaps and increase college prep courses for San Francisco students.

Mendoza is also the former Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools and former Parent Teacher Association (PTA) vice-president. In these positions and as a school volunteer she has worked to encourage greater parental involvement, establish language immersion programs, increase school funding, reduce class sizes, expand access to early childhood education and recruit teachers prepared for an urban school environment.

School reform in California and the United States is attracting intense public interest. The recent film “Waiting for Superman” has focused national attention on the challenges in our public schools. In California, the gubernatorial campaigns of both Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman have offered plans to improve public education.

The community can submit questions online at any time for the Ask an Expert series at Reset San Francisco. The San Francisco Ask an Expert webcast, launched on October 7, previously featured moderated discussions by Assessor Phil Ting with BART Board Director Tom Radulovich and Municipal Transportation Commissioner Cameron Beach as well as Michael Cohen, former SF Economic and Workforce Development Director.

Reset San Francisco is an online community bringing people together to discuss smarter solutions for San Francisco. The site is currently focused on reforming San Francisco city government, improving the San Francisco Municipal Railway, increasing San Francisco public safety, making housing more affordable, strengthening the San Francisco economy, improving San Francisco schools and other issues identified through the site’s open source community architecture.

What: Reset San Francisco “Ask an Expert” Live Webcast

Who: San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and Vice-President of the San Francisco Board of Education Hydra Mendoza

When: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 4 – 5pm

Where: http://www.ResetSanFrancisco.org/Ask-Now


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