The California Department of Education (CDE) initiated the K12HSN with a grant to the Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE) in 2004.
The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, CENIC, and the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) are partners in combining resources to implement the K12HSN with high capacity, high-speed connectivity to schools and research institutions in California.
This unsurprising revelation bodes well for the ongoing development of increasingly sophisticated distance education applications accessible to K12HSN users.
Internet2 supports the K12HSN with a split mission.
The DataLINK service of the K12HSN was designed and implemented to directly connect connectivity data with related information from California K-12 schools.
The Directory of Network Applications (DNA) is another service delivered by the K12HSN primarily to provide access to locally produced content resources.
The California Learning Resource Network is a component of K12HSN that provides a clearinghouse of electronic learning resources (ELRs) aligned to California state curriculum frameworks and standards.
The California Technology Assistance Program (CTAP) is another state funded initiative and K12HSN affiliate providing support to schools and districts to integrate technology into teaching and learning.
The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) is another K12HSN partner providing professional development for district and site administrators focusing on digital school leadership with data-driven decision-making.
The K12HSN is also affiliated with two major professional organizations, the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) and Computer Using Educators (CUE).
To tie all K12HSN affiliates, associations and partners together, the CDE has developed the California Brokers of Expertise (BOE) project to connect teachers, schools, and districts with best practices.
The K12HSN offers tools for California K 12 distance education and classroom teachers as part of a comprehensive suite known as Calaxy.