October 2014: Inspiring Professional Learning
During his keynote at CEL Boston 2013, Eric Sheninger reinforced the use of the term “professional learning” as he encouraged attendees to build a professional learning network (PLN). Fellow keynote Donalyn Miller emphasized that professional development should be considered an investment, not an expense. How do we help teachers continue to grow and thrive in their work as educators? How have individuals exemplified horizontal and vertical movement as they grow? How have individuals exemplified career development that is more cyclical? How are schools and districts allowing for teachers to develop themselves professionally rather than mandating one-size-fits-all workshops? How are leaders taking advantage of the diversity in their departments to design meaningful professional learning opportunities?
Deadline: June 15, 2014.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: October 15, 2014.
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: email@example.com. Deadline: December 15, 2014.