To understand the significance of the online launch of this issue of the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (JEDIC), one must understand its beginnings. Created by the late Professor Dennis Craig and Professor Emerita Zellynne Jennings-Craig, JEDIC was birthed out of a need to produce scholarly research by and for the Caribbean people, pertaining to both education and development. The first issue, published in June 1997 in Guyana, produced four articles, one book review and one thesis abstract. In 2001, JEDIC arrived on the shores of Jamaica as an independent academic journal. By 2008, the School of Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus assumed ownership of JEDIC. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the journal and with it, 19 years of scholarly research on educational policies, processes, theories and practices relevant to the Caribbean. With the launch of the online issue, seminal articles were selected from previous issues to be republished along with new articles to demonstrate the national, regional, and international lens of critical scholarship in the areas of language, literacy, higher education, students with disabilities and the like.