Publishing Column

October 10, 1984 5 min read

A number of new education periodicals have been launched in the last few months, ranging in subject matter from Native American education to cultural anthropology. The magazines and newsletters are designed for teachers, administrators, parents, and elementary and secondary students. Following is a brief look at seven of them, with addresses for those who would like to receive subscription information.

ProEducation--The Magazine About Partnerships With Education is a new quarterly periodical that made its first appearance in August. The magazine, published by Modern Talking Picture Service, will focus on what its editors call “the national trend” of private-sector involvement in public schools.

The magazine, according to promotional material, “reports what business, the professions, trade associations, and public institutions are doing to support educators.” The periodical, which costs $12 annually ($15 for international subscribers), will tell educators how partnerships translate into classroom programs and what private organizations are actively involved in education, and will provide examples of successful partnerships across the country, according to the publisher.

For subscription information, write to ProEducation Publications, P.O. Box 41570, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33743.

Pathways, which its editors call “a forum for progressive educators,” was first published in April. A quarterly newsletter, it is designed to encourage communication among educators at progressive schools.

In the first issue, Editor Kathe Jervis writes that the newsletter’s purpose is “to encourage teachers and administrators to write from their own experience; to speculate about teaching, curriculum, children, and learning; to describe their own classrooms; and to reflect on their schools.”

The publication, she writes, is a follow-up to the Miquon Conference on Progressive Education. (See Education Week, April 20, 1983.) Its first issue features four articles on various aspects of progressive education, a reading list for parents, and a list of monographs on progressive education.

For more information on Pathways, which costs $5 annually, write Ms. Jervis at Pathways, Center for Teaching and Learning, Box 8158, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. 58202.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the American Astronomical Society have started publishing a free newsletter for teachers of grades 3 to 12.

The newsletter, which is written for teachers who do not have extensive knowledge of the field of astronomy, will feature short, nontechnical articles on new developments in the exploration of the universe, suggestions for classroom activities, and recommendations of print and audiovisual materials on astronomy, according to the sponsoring organizations.

For more information or to receive copies of the quarterly newsletter, teachers are asked to write on school stationery to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Teachers’ Newsletter, 1290 24th Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94122.

The Native American Science Education Association, an organization created in 1982 to close what its founders view as the gap between science and technology and tribal culture, has published the first issue of a quarterly newsletter.

The publication--called Kui Tatk, which means tree root--is designed to focus on both the needs and the achievements of Native Americans in science education.

Asserting that the lack of representation of Native Americans in the physical and natural sciences is of great concern to the organization, Helen Red Bird, chairman of the group’s board of directors, also notes participants’ concern that “there must be an understanding of and respect for seeking a balance of technology and social and cultural goals.”

For information on the newsletter, which costs $20, write nasea, P.O. Box 6646, T St. Station, Washington, D.C. 20009-0246.

LiveWire, a new publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, is designed to provide teachers of grades K through 7 with ideas and information on reading, writing, and other language-related endeavors.

The 16-page publication, which made its debut in August, will be published five times a year. Among its features are sections on choosing and using children’s books, incorporating language-related activities across the curriculum, and coping with teachers’ workloads.

The publication, which is punched for insertion in a three-ring, 8-by-11-inch binder, also provides information on free and inexpensive teaching materials, opportunities for students and teachers, and new children’s books.

For information on the publication, which costs $15 annually ($12 for charter subscribers), write to ncte, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801.

The College Board has published its 1984-85 edition of GRO--Going Right On, a guide to help high-school students plan for college. The 12-page tabloid features articles on choosing a college, taking admissions tests, and investigating financial-aid options.

Additional sections include schedules of application and admission deadlines for high-school juniors and seniors, advice from students, and tips on writing admissions essays.

For a free sample copy of the publication, write to Public Affairs, The College Board, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, N.Y. 10106.

Faces, a new magazine for 8- to 14-year-old readers, investigates the cultural anthropology and archaeology of cultures different from that of the United States. The magazine, published by Cobblestone Publishing Inc. in cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, was mailed to charter subscribers last month.

Each issue of the magazine, which will be published 10 times a year, will focus on one theme with several articles on folk tales, myths, histories, beliefs, and crafts of another culture, according to promotional material. Photos, puzzles, and illustrations will highlight the essays.

Cobblestone Publishing currently produces Cobblestone, a magazine on American history for 8- to 14-year-olds.

For more information on Faces, which costs $16.50 a year ($1.95 for single issues), write Cobblestone Publishing Inc., 20 Grove St., Peterborough, N.H. 03458.


A version of this article appeared in the October 10, 1984 edition of Education Week as Publishing Commentary