Looking Back and Moving ForwardMay 2011.
NCTE and Voices have traveled together toward new understandings about young adolescents’ literacy and learning. As NCTE celebrates its 100th anniversary, we are taking our final steps as VM’s editorial team. We invite you to get on board and join us as we reminisce about where we have been and as we look to the future for new possibilities. In this final issue, we reflect on seminal literacy practices of yesterday and seek new and evolving ways of helping our diverse students become strong and independent learners. What are the seminal literacy practices advocated by NCTE that every teacher of young adolescents should embrace? In looking forward to the future, what new and evolving practices should we take along? Let’s get “on the road again” (Willie Nelson) and take one final journey together. Deadline: May 1, 2010.
The September 2011 issue of Voices from the Middle will be the first for the new editorial team of Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp. They have decided on “Quality Teaching” as their first theme, so start thinking about this one! Additional calls and the Submission Guidelines for the new editorship will appear in our May issue.
September 2011. Teachers matter and what they do matters most. In fact, quality teaching has greater influence on student achievement than any other factor in education. But what do we mean by quality teaching? What are the components that comprise quality teaching, and how do we know it when we see it? Understanding quality teaching has implications for professional development and curriculum design. It’s even part of a Response to Instruction and Intervention model; to be successful, all students need access to quality core instruction. As a profession, we’ve focused on evidence-based instruction, but have debated the evidence. How do you make decisions about quality teaching and how to use those valuable instructional minutes? Deadline: September 1, 2010.