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March 2014: Common Core or Rotten Core?
As the English Language Arts Common Core Standards are being implemented in US schools, what is working? What’s not? What are your views of the Common Core? Are they helpful? Hurtful? Will these new national standards transform schools? Or are they fatally flawed? This issue will present research about classroom ELA instruction and policy as well as commentary from teachers and researchers about the Common Core Standards. For this call, we invite submissions that are commentaries of 350 words or fewer in addition to our more traditional submissions (research studies, literature reviews, and theoretical pieces of 6500 words or fewer).
Submission deadline: November 15, 2012
May 2014: Language and Literacy Brokering
This special issue is guest-edited by Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Danny Martinez, and Ramon Martinez. They characterize the issue this way: Considerable evidence exists that children bring tremendous linguistic resources to school from their experiences in homes and communities. Too often, however, these resources are not recognized or built upon in the classroom. This is especially true for multilingual and multidialectal children of color, students designated as English Learners, speakers of “nonstandard” varieties of English, and immigrant youth who serve as language and literacy brokers for their families. We invite articles that examine how the language, literacy, and cultural competencies that youth develop in their everyday lives can be leveraged for learning within school settings. How are language arts teachers building on student strengths? In what ways can school contexts help facilitate this? How do students’ everyday linguistic competencies overlap with the forms of language and literacy that are privileged in schools? How are teachers and students learning from each other in ways that increase classroom learning opportunities? We are especially interested in work that explores ways of building on the particular skills and capacities of students from non-dominant groups.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2013
July 2014: Insights and Inquiries (see above description)
Submission deadline: March 15, 2013
September 2014: Kids as Researchers
Current educational contexts do not necessarily recognize the powerful nature of children becoming co-constructors of knowledge. What happens when teachers and students jointly construct meanings and understandings and the focus of inquiry is student generated? Children can offer perspectives that we, as adults, may not consider. They ask different questions, have different frames of reference, and have access to a kid-peer culture, all of which can offer valuable insights and original contributions. In this issue, we seek manuscripts that celebrate learning events whereby children are positioned as researchers and co-constructors of knowledge. In some cases children are gathering and assessing data to make changes in their local settings; in other instances they are working alongside teachers investigating issues in the classroom. What are some of the celebrations and challenges when research is conducted with and by children?
Submission deadline: May 15, 2013
November 2014: The Arts in Language Arts
The term “21st century literacies” has become shorthand for meaning-making within digital environments. However, a range of forms and formats of expression, digital and nondigital, continue to be an essential part of language arts curricula. For this issue of Language Arts, we focus on how drama, visual art, dance, music, poetry, fiction, etc. are developed in elementary classrooms as part of 21st century literacies. How are students and teachers creating projects that work with traditional art forms as well as digital art forms as part of language arts instruction? What are the implications for literacy teaching and learning in classrooms that conceptualize the arts as necessary and vital components of a 21st century education?
Submission deadline: July 15, 2013