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A Story Replayed

In the quarter-century (as of next month) that I’ve been an editor at AASA, I’ve always thought of School Administrator as a magazine that belongs not to headquarters staff but to the professionals who comprise the association’s membership. These pages ought to be a fitting venue for your editorial contributions and a product shaped by your ongoing needs and interests.

One of the enduring ways I’ve been able to sustain member contributions is our book reviewing process. We’ve always welcomed any AASA dues payer to volunteer to critique new titles on leadership or education topics, and we’ve been fortunate to have some devoted reviewers over time.

One of the magazine’s longer-serving, Brian Benzel, has been reviewing books since 1998. Benzel, recently semiretired and living in Rio Verde, Ariz., after several decades in the superintendency and university administration in Washington state, digested a new work for this issue relating to the history of testing in public schools. He found it a fascinating read, one he wishes had been available in his active leadership days, telling me, “It is amazing … how little we know about our own professional evolution.”

While we welcome additional reviewers, we also want contributors to the magazine’s other sections — how-to pieces for Focus, commentaries for My View, humorous anecdotes for Leadership Lite, leads about unusual hobbies for Sidelight, etc. Our magazine’s web page offers advice to potential contributors on our expectations. Visit www.aasa.org/AuthorGuidelineMagazine.aspx.

Please grab an ownership stake in what I hope you consider your own magazine.


Jay P. Goldman, Editor
Voice: 703-875-0745
E-mail: jgoldman@aasa.org
Twitter: @jpgoldman


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