February 2015: Leading through Change
In his motivational parable Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, Spencer Johnson (1998, Putman) writes that “change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go,” a statement that can apply to both institutions and individuals. What has changed lately in your ELA classrooms, departments, and school cultures? What have you, colleagues, and students feared letting go? How have we coached ourselves, our colleagues, and our students through changes over which we have no control? What intentional changes have we made? We also welcome manuscripts addressing changes brought about by PARCC, new teacher evaluation systems, curriculum revisions, CCSS, and more. Email manuscripts or share as a document in Google Drive: email@example.com. Deadline: October 15, 2014.
April 2015: Collegial Partnership
The CEL 2014 theme, “Leading in a Collaborative World,” invites literacy leaders from across the country to share their experiences as partners. How are we partnering to help our students, our institutions, and ourselves? We invite manuscripts co-written by cross-institutional partners for this issue, and would especially like to see how attending CEL 2014 has helped ELA educators “partner up” with those outside their schools. Email manuscripts or share as a document in Google Drive: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: December 15, 2014.
August 2015 ELQ Call for Manuscripts: Voice and Choice
In Drive, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Daniel Pink calls educators to consider autonomy, mastery, and purpose as goals for both the classroom and workplace. These goals are best achieved through offering students choice. Despite efforts to encourage true voice, fake reading and fake writing abound, as do efforts to rent knowledge by simply pleasing teachers. How do ELA educators encourage students to bring their true voices and preferences into our classrooms? How do the demands of a standardized educational climate and teacher evaluation systems challenge and/or affirm us in this effort? Manuscripts including student work are encouraged. E-mail manuscripts
or share as a document in Google Drive: email@example.com. Deadline: April 15, 2015.
October 2015: Cultivating Creativity: