Call for Manuscripts, 2013-14

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Call for Manuscripts, 2013-14


Kappan editors are inviting submissions of manuscripts to be considered for publication in the 2013-14 volume of the magazine.

Writing for Kappan gives educators an opportunity to give back to the field by sharing what you've learned with colleagues across the country. Kappan editors will review a wide range of manuscripts related to the following topics. The questions below are not an exhaustive list of potential topics but merely intended to be guides for writers.

Please review Kappan's Writer's Guidelines (kappanmagazine.org) before submitting a manuscript. Editors will not consider manuscripts that do not adhere to the guidelines.

Common Core

Deadline for submissions: Ongoing Publication date: Ongoing

Rather than focus a single issue of Kappan on the Common Core, we are seeking a variety of manuscripts related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related assessments and will publish these throughout the publishing year. Among the questions that Kappan editors want to explore are these:

* Which states and districts have stories to share about lessons learned during their implementation of the standards?

* Do the standards have the capacity to deliver the desired changes in instruction and assessment?

* What compromises, if any, are teachers making as they adapt their instruction to the standards? What are students gaining and losing as a result of the new standards?

* What costs are associated with implementation of the standards and the new assessments?

Advocacy for educators

Deadline for submissions: Ongoing Publication date: Ongoing

Educators once largely relied on unions and professional associations to be their voices in policy forums. But the expanding role of social media has made it possible for individuals and nonunion organizations to exert greater influence than ever before. Among the questions that Kappan editors want to explore are these:

* Where are there examples of individuals and organizations that have tried--both successfully and unsuccessfully--to influence policy? What lessons did they learn about what works and what doesn't?

* How have blogging and other social media been used effectively in advocacy?

* What's in the advocate's toolkit? What do educators need to know to become effective advocates?

* What restrictions are there on an educator's involvement in advocacy?

* What lies ahead for educator advocacy? What tools and tactics are untested but seem promising?

The softer side of learning--noncognitive skills

Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2013 Publication date: October 2013

Being successful in school or in the workplace typically requires more than mastery of math and reading. Increasingly, researchers are pointing to the behaviors, skills, attitudes, and strategies crucial to success in school and in life: grit, persistence, dependability, reliability, curiosity, self-discipline, self-reliance, self-initiative, responsibility, self-esteem, plus knowing how to negotiate, collaborate, show up on time, and meet deadlines. For this issue, Kappan is not interested in broadly written articles about "21st-century skills" but tightly focused pieces that examine single, vital, noncognitive skills, telling us why they are necessary and how schools can help students acquire them. Among the questions that Kappan editors want to explore are these:

* Where are there examples of schools and districts that have worked to improve students' noncognitive skills and seen improvements in student learning, student attendance, behavior, or high school completion? How can schools/districts measure their effectiveness in teaching such skills?

* How can schools/districts measure their effectiveness in teaching such skills?

* How can schools help students generalize skills, for example, helping them translate persistence in game playing to other areas of their lives? …

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