August 2013 ELQ Call for Manuscripts: What Did You Read This Summer?
For this issue, Guest Editor Joellen Maples, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, would like to know what’s on your recommended summer reading list for students. What factors inform your decisions about what books make the list? Do you use young adult literature? If so, how do you decide what books to recommend? Do you use student surveys, read reviews, or follow trends? How, if at all, have the Common Core Standards influenced your recommendations? What supplemental activities do you assign with your summer reading list? What will you and your students do with the summer reading once school starts? We want to know what you and your students read this summer and why! Send manuscripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: April 15, 2013.
October 2013 ELQ Call for Manuscripts
Leadership continues to be our October theme. October’s a good month to consider leadership. Every year, school leaders have gotten the opening of school under their belts and are already considering what to do (and not to do) the following school year. And disillusionment hasn’t set in yet for teachers. More important, we think an annual leadership theme is only fitting for a journal that serves as the voice of and for English/language arts leaders in K–13 settings. Definitions of leadership—good leadership—are always changing. In her keynote speech at the CEL 2008 convention, Louann Reid, CEL’s 2008 Exemplary Leadership Award winner, suggested that effective 21st-century leadership is defined by collaboration, multitasking, and technological savvy—a change from leadership a generation ago, marked by hierarchy, intrinsic motivation, and a lack of diversity. English department head and CEL member David Padilla says, “There’s a difference between change that a department and/or person resists, versus change a department and/or person can’t do.” We think knowing the difference marks a good leader. For this leadership-inspired issue, we hope to hear from you about what it means to lead in the 21st century. Has your department experienced some growing pains? Changes in leadership? How do you set examples and raise expectations as a leader in your building? How do you prepare for a successful school year? How do you mentor beginning teachers? How do you meet the challenges of leadership in the 21st century? Let us hear from you! Deadline: June 15, 2013.