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NOTE: The current editorial team's term ends with the May 2016 issue. The first issue under new editors Sara Kajder and Shelbie Witte will appear in September 2016. You can find Kajder and Witte's calls for manuscripts below. Please note that they will not accept general submissions; all submissions must be tied to one of the themes. The review process will begin once the submission deadline has passed.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching within Middle Grades
March 2017

In his Presidential Address at the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention, Ernest Morrell reminded us that “the diversity in our English classrooms is our greatest strength.” This issue challenges us to consider the ways we engage our middle level students in learning that is culturally and socially relevant and responsive. How do we develop student voices, skills, and understandings in a way that empowers all students to speak their truths? What are the texts that help us to come together in understanding our differences and our sameness? Where are our collective and communal struggles? What classroom teaching engages middle level students in developing their skills as critical readers and writers? How can student readers and writers do work that actually changes their communities? We invite you to guide our readers in seeing the multiple and authentic ways in which we create opportunities for all of our students to tell their stories and engage in social action. Submission deadline: June 1, 2016

What’s Next in Teaching Reading
May 2017

Middle level readers are an exacting bunch, and recent professional texts have helped teachers create experiences that offer study of process and skills along with time to simply read. We’ve constructed classroom libraries and collaborated with students to create useful anchor charts. But, what’s next? This issue invites us to share our most recent discoveries and lessons when it comes to growing the skills, practices, and identities of middle level readers. What kinds of assessment are most useful in helping students to understand and, eventually, self-regulate their practices? How are you using digital tools and technologies to support student readers of electronic and print texts? What are the texts that feed your students’ interests, imaginations, and craft as writers? We invite you to share the ways in which you and your students are working together to become even stronger and more thoughtful readers. Submission deadline: August 1, 2016

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