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Celebrating 30 years of the International School Journal! April 5, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in International education, New releases.
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The much-loved International Schools Journal is 30 years old this edition!  Published twice a year, in November and April, in conjunction with the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the ISJ is a unique source of articles concerning virtually every aspect of international education.

Dr Mike Maybury, Executive Secretary/Director ECIS/CIS 1989-2004, explains a brief history of this fantastic publication:

Edna Murphy deserves enormous credit for persuading the ECIS Board of Directors that there was a niche for a publication comprising articles dealing with international education. Initially there was considerable reluctance, mainly on the grounds of cost, and for several years until 1989, the publication was funded in part by the proceeds of an annual begging letter from the chair of the Board’s Publications Committee urging member schools to make a voluntary donation. That so many schools contributed for so many years was a tribute to the value and quality of the ISJ.

In the years since 1991, when publication costs were first wholly included in the annual budget, the ISJ has gone from strength to strength mainly under the expert and caring guidance of Edna, Charles Gellar and Caroline Ellwood as editors, with unstinting support from the publishers, John Catt Educational Limited, represented by managing editor Derek Bingham, and the members of the advisory board, particularly Dr Roger Peel and Dr George Walker as Directors General of the IB and Professor Jeff Thompson of the University of Bath, and many staff members from ECIS member schools.

Meanwhile, looks forward to the future:

30 years old! What a wealth of development, human endeavour, enterprise, success (and sometimes failure) that period covers in the history of international education.

In a letter to his brother, Vincent Van Gogh commented on reaching the age of 30 that it was ‘the beginning of a period of some stability’ as he was ‘still young and full of energy’ but he added it is also the start of ‘another period of sowing time, and the harvest is not yet here’.

So as ISJ achieves its 30th birthday, we could also feel a certain ‘stability’ and certainly as the international education movement grows in strength and importance we hope to reflect the energy and excitement of its progress. Moving into the next decade we will, with the continued help and interest of practitioners across the world, carry on a tradition of recording progress, engaging with the controversial, alerting to future change and grappling with philosophic questions. And it is important here to acknowledge the debt of thanks we owe to all those contributors across the years who have helped to make this journal of interest. Please do carry on sending in your thoughts, research and observations, for a new ‘period of sewing time’.

‘The harvest is not yet here!’

 

Edna Murphy deserves enormous credit for persuading the ECIS Board of

Directors that there was a niche for a publication comprising articles dealing

with international education. Initially there was considerable reluctance, mainly

on the grounds of cost, and for several years until 1989, the publication was

funded in part by the proceeds of an annual begging letter from the chair of the

Board’s Publications Committee urging member schools to make a voluntary

donation. That so many schools contributed for so many years was a tribute to

the value and quality of the ISJ.

In the years since 1991, when publication costs were first wholly included in

the annual budget, the ISJ has gone from strength to strength mainly under the

expert and caring guidance of Edna, Charles Gellar and Caroline Ellwood as

editors, with unstinting support from the publishers, John Catt Educational

Limited, represented by managing editor Derek Bingham, and the members of

the advisory board, particularly Dr Roger Peel and Dr George Walker as

Directors General of the IB and Professor Jeff Thompson of the University of

Bath, and many staff members from ECIS member schools.

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