An incomplete compilation of works by or about Vanessa.
last modified: 19 Apr 2021
A Blueprint For Fixing Public Education (Civil Beat)
It includes writing a constitutional amendment ballot question that will withstand legal and public scrutiny.
January 9, 2019
Celebrating The International Day For Failure (Civil Beat)
Hawaii’s public schools will go nowhere until “failures” become a tool for growth instead of weapons of destruction.
October 4, 2017
An Open Letter To The BOE About Community Engagement (Civil Beat)
Without a framework that supports community schools, “local control” will mean little more than dictatorships with unqualified rulers.
June 15, 2017
Why Hawaii Should Adopt Finland’s Annual Day For Failure (Civil Beat)
If we embraced learning from mistakes and working to improve rather than punishing people for being human, we'd all be better off.
August 23, 2016
21st Century Schools Require a 21st Century Board of Education (Civil Beat)
Hawaii's statewide school board needs to improve its own communication and technology capabilities if it wants schools to improve.
January 23, 2015
A Blunt Student Tells BOE: Too Much Testing, Too Little Learning (Civil Beat)
From the mouths of babes — or at least a young student — comes the truth about education reforms.
May 9, 2014
Partnership formed to video record BOE meetings (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
December 15, 2016
Union Joins Effort To Let More People See School Board Meetings (Civil Beat)
Volunteers have been recording the meetings and making them available online. Now they’ll have help.
By Noelle Fujii
December 12, 2016
Former teacher's mission: Make BOE discussions more accessible (Hawaii News Now)
By Jim Mendoza
November 7, 2016
One Citizen's Effort to Film Every BOE Meeting - Vanessa Ott (ThinkTech Hawaii)
The Board of Education in Hawaii is unique compared to others across the nation. As its decisions affect every public school across the State, it's imperative that the public is aware of developments.
Oct 28, 2015
BOE Launching Live Audio Feed of Meetings (Civil Beat)
It will be available online, part of an ongoing effort to increase transparency at the Board of Education.
By Jessica Terrell
August 14, 2015
A smarmy COVID-19 virus sings about how simple it is to thwart his evil doings. Watch the video until the very last second to see how masks and hand washing vanquishes the villainous virus. [2 mins 17 secs]
2007 was the year I married, changed my last name, and began a new career direction in public education. Under my maiden name, Vanessa Else, these are my published writings:
Understanding Binary Numbers (Sierra Nevada University Department of Science and Technology Professor Barry Pollack class resource)
Build a Just Intonation Generator (Paia Electronics)
These are writings by others documenting my early work:
Women's Technet (MIT Press: Computer Music Journal Vol. 17, No. 1 p. 9)
Under her maiden name, Vanessa Ott, these are some of her contributions.
Save California's Workers Compensation System (LaborNet)
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