IE was established in 1971 and in this edition, founding editor Harry Stephens tells us what the political environment was like at that time and the way IE broke barriers and became the leading academic education publication it is today.

With around 70,000 copies distributed to members and subscribers throughout Australia, it’s clear to see that in 44 years, IE has gone from strength to strength.

In Kaleidoscope, Ged Kearney talks about her teachers and her Catholic schooling and those who have influenced her throughout her life. Now with over 2.5 million workers to represent as ACTU President, Kearney follows the likes of Bob Hawke, Cliff Dolan and Jenny George. Passionate about many things, she learnt to importance of the collective at an early age as one of nine children. Kearney joined with IEU members recently to campaign around policies for refugees and children in detention.

Key issues facing teachers throughout Australia at present are covered in the pages of this magazine; best practice, mentoring, induction, preservice education as well as the increasing number of issues principals are expected to deal with and the balancing acts they perform every day, week and term.

Queensland teachers working in Nauru tell of their experiences, so different from those in schools throughout Australia. How would you cope, what resources would you create or be able to use? Would you be strong enough to face the challenges of teaching children in detention? They talk of the most valuable resource: how they learn from each other.

On behalf of the editorial committee and publications team, I commend this issue to you.

Terry Burke