In case you haven’t noticed by reading the entries here the last two weeks, we’re extremely proud of our September issue.
September is always a big month for us — as the back-to-school issue, it’s traditionally one of our largest. Last year, we tackled the subject of 21st century skills. In 2006, we featured award-winning coverage of New Orleans, one year after Katrina.
This September, IMHO, tops them both. If you’re not a journalist or writer, the inside business of putting a magazine together may seem a bit like sausage making, so I won’t go into the nitty-gritty details. But we decided to cover the topic seven months ago, when it was a hot political topic and was destined to get even hotter and more contentious.
Readers tell us that their schools are struggling with issue of diversity and how to integrate different ethnic and cultural groups. Add to that the increasing rancor around illegal immigrant, and immigration and diversity seemed like a natural subject for us.
We focused on what school leaders needed to know. We are aware that plenty of general consumer newspapers and magazines are covering this topic as well. We chose districts all over the country that were dealing with these issues –some successfully, some not.
September’s magazine also is the first ever to feature articles by all of our editors. Our editor-in-chief Glenn Cook even chipped in by kicking off a year-long series following the newly consolidated Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento, Calif.
If you’re just coming back from vacation or getting back to work, take some time to check out September.
Kathleen Vail, Managing Editor