Located on the 24th floor of the Beaudry building is a remarkable series of monthly publications, collected in sturdy, bound volumes, called “Los Angeles School Journal”.
Spanning a 40-year period, from 1917 to the late 1950s, “Los Angeles School Journal”, not unlike back editions of major newspapers, is fascinating both as a chronicle of events, in more or less real time, and an historical document of significance.
Just as today, teachers, administrators, and board members 50 and 90 years ago were committed to addressing, managing, and solving problems or potential problems that prevented students from receiving a quality education.
Despite the advent of new technology, heightened sensitivities to the needs of particular groups of young people, and acceptance and rejection of numerous education theories through the years, school districts have always been heavily invested in achieving the same, positive outcomes for students.
The Communications Department launched LAUSD Ed Journal, a high-tech, on-line magazine that will feature a regularly updated series of stories about the many intriguing, interesting, and innovative teachers, administrators, students, schools and programs that are a part of this huge district.
Like “Los Angeles School Journal”, the magazine will offer both a profile of LAUSD at a particular point in time and, we hope, will provide future net surfers with some insight into what was happening with our schools in 2011, 2012, and beyond.
Certainly, LAUSD Ed Journal will not lack for articles and good ideas for articles. You can go to any school in this District, talk to the principal, parents, students, and teachers, and come back with a number of excellent story possibilities.
Our goal is to add two new articles per week, between 700 and 1000 words, and written in a style comparable to the better newspapers. Communications staff will be going into the field and contacting schools in a quest for intriguing stories.
Once employees become familiar with the new publication, we would fully expect to receive suggestions from school sites as well. Indeed, LAUSD Ed Journal is intended to be the pro-active answer to the nagging question, expressed more in frustration than curiosity, which you hear throughout the District:
“Why isn’t anybody writing about this great ______?”