We’re going digital! While this does represent significant change, in this, its eighteenth year in publication, The New Hampshire Journal of Education remains a collaborative effort between the New Hampshire Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Plymouth State University, serving to engage our readers as they reflect on their own experiences and practices.
The theme of this year’s Journal, “Reaching and Teaching All Learners,” is explored throughout this edition, as author submissions reflect the importance of parent involvement, motivating students through engagement and choice, involving students in worthwhile STEM initiatives, and encouraging creativity, to name a few. We’re pleased that our authors continue to include practitioners from New England and beyond, as well national and international authors.
This year the Journal has made the leap to a fully online format, growing our audience and allowing our readers to access articles from anywhere in the world. In addition, past editions of the Journal have been fully archived through Plymouth State University’s digital collections library and can be accessed at http://digitalcollections.plymouth.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15828coll10. At this exciting juncture for the Journal, it seems appropriate to take a look back at how we got here and to thank all of those who have contributed to and supported our efforts.
Created in 1997 by education professor, Dr. Mary McNeil, the New Hampshire Journal of Education had a modest yet important start, often featuring the work of Plymouth State’s graduate students. Since then, the journal has evolved into a practitioner publication of note, attracting not only local but national and international authors. In fact, this year, the New Hampshire Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development was awarded the national ASCD Communications Award, in large part due to the Journal.
Moving to an online format would not have been possible without the support of both NHASCD and Plymouth State University. The NHASCD Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Dr. Susan Copley, have supported the Journal in numerous ways, from contributing content to serving on our review board. We also want to thank the faculty and administration of PSU who have consistently contributed to the success of this publication. Special thanks this year to Paula Lee Hobson, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, for encouraging this move to an online format. President Sara Jayne Steen, who is stepping down as President of Plymouth State University at the close of this academic year, has been a staunch supporter of the Journal for the last nine years and we will miss her dearly. We would also like to acknowledge the design and publication assistance the Office of Public Relations has provided to us in the past and to thank copy editor Anita Warren and digital designer Marylena Sevigney for their ongoing efforts.
Finally, I want to thank co-editor Dr. Stacey Curdie-Meade, for her intelligence and dedication to this Journal . She continues to epitomize what wonderful things can happen through strong collaboration and I remain grateful for her insight and humor.
So, while we may have a new look and a new format, we remain focused on the goals of giving a voice to educators and encouraging thoughtful conversation around the topics most important to New Hampshire practitioners. I hope that the articles that follow will encourage and inspire you, as you continue to reach and teach all learners.
Marianne M. True