Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship  journal, is intended for everyone interested in preK–12 education  issues, including curriculum, instruction, supervision, and leadership.  Each issue contains articles written by educators for educators. We  particularly look for articles that inspire improved teaching and  learning.

Educational Leadership is known for its theme issues. The more appropriate an article is for a theme issue, the more  likely it is that we will be able to publish it. We also accept articles on non-theme-related topics if the subject is compelling and timely.

The EL editorial staff makes all decisions regarding publication. ASCD reserves the right to reject material, whether solicited or otherwise, if it lacks quality or timeliness. ASCD offers no remuneration for articles.

 

What We Look For

The best way to determine what kinds of articles we publish is to read the magazine.

Most published articles are between 1,500 and 2,500 words, are written in a conversational style, and cover topics that are useful for preK–12 educators. These are some of the qualities we look  for:

  •  Articles describing research-based solutions to current problems in education
     
  •  Reasoned debate on controversial subjects
     
  •  Opinion pieces that interweave experiences and ideas
     
  •  Program descriptions (school, district, or state)
     
  •  Practical examples that illustrate key points
     
  •  An emphasis on explaining and interpreting research results rather than on methodology
     
  •  International contributions

We are not looking for term papers or reviews of literature, and we rarely publish conventional research reports. We cannot review drafts and usually do not find query letters helpful; we prefer to read the manuscript. We do not publish articles that have been previously published, in print or electronic form. While your article is under review with us, we ask that you not submit it to another publication or post it on a website or blog—not even your own.

Please submit your manuscript under the appropriate upcoming theme category. If your manuscript does not fit any of our upcoming themes, please submit it under the Special Topic category. Please do not submit the same manuscript under multiple categories--duplications will be withdrawn from consideration. 

For more information about the submission and editing process, please visit our web site.

The Self-Directed Learner

The prolonged period of remote learning in 2020–21 reinforced the value of self-directed learning—but educators have long seen independent learning as a hallmark of student engagement and intellectual growth. This issue will look at how schools can integrate instructional strategies that support self-directed work and exploration and help students take greater ownership of their own learning. Subtopics to be addressed include personalization, deeper learning, amplifying student voice and agency, academic self-monitoring, and problem-based learning.

Submissions Deadline: June 1, 2022

How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Double-space all copy and number all pages. 
  • Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the manuscript. Also include names and email addresses of any coauthors.
  • Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript. 


We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. 

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. 

Confronting Poverty in Schools

Poverty has continued to rise in the United States and around the world, presenting a range of challenges for learners—and their teachers—and creating grave opportunity, performance, and resource gaps in school systems. This issue will explore key strategies, understandings, and resources educators can draw on to better support students and families living in economic instability and to reduce barriers to learning and achievement. Points of focus will include whole child approaches and academic-equity issues and initiatives.

Submissions Deadline: July 1, 2022

How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Double-space all copy and number all pages. 
  • Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the manuscript. Also include names and email addresses of any coauthors.
  • Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript. 


We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. 

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. 

Beyond the Textbook: Content and Curriculum

This issue will look at the many facets of seeking out and developing effective educational content at a time when resources are multiplying and becoming increasingly decentralized. Given the centrality of sound curriculum to teaching and learning (and the potential for conflict around curricular issues), how can school leaders and educators better evaluate curriculum resources and ensure they support instructional goals and stakeholder expectations? How can teams of educators more effectively curate, create, and share impactful lesson materials? Who should be making decisions about curriculum content, anyway? And what policies or strategies are needed to ensure effectiveness and coherence?

Submissions Deadline: September 1, 2022

How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Double-space all copy and number all pages. 
  • Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the manuscript. Also include names and email addresses of any coauthors.
  • Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript. 


We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. 

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. 

Leading Through Change

Change is inevitable, but often uncomfortable. Creating equitable, high-performing, and safe schools requires a strong leader willing to overcome adversity, stay persistent, and take smart risks. This has only become clearer in the past couple of years. So what are the traits of an effective change leader? How do you prioritize and sustain organizational change? This issue will look at practical ways to navigate through change—both positive and negative—offering guidance for education leaders on strategic planning, navigating conflict, harnessing innovation, and adapting to new realities. Let’s change the way we think about change.

Submissions Deadline: October 3, 2022

How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Double-space all copy and number all pages. 
  • Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the manuscript. Also include names and email addresses of any coauthors.
  • Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript. 


We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. 

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. 

Centering Thinking and Discussion Skills

Knowing how to think critically and deeply and to share one’s ideas with others are essential life skills—and have become increasingly necessary in our complex, polarized times. How can schools create structures, curriculum, student work, and expectations that center students’ ability to think critically, apply effective thinking dispositions in various disciplines, and discuss ideas with others in probing yet respectful ways? Possible subtopics include deeper learning, deliberation skills, civic engagement, project-based learning, performance assessment, and creativity.

Submissions Deadline: November 1, 2022

How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Double-space all copy and number all pages. 
  • Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the manuscript. Also include names and email addresses of any coauthors.
  • Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript. 


We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. 

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. 

Social Justice in Schools

As key formative institutions in our society, schools are responsible for embodying and instilling the principles of equity and social justice, especially in times of crisis and change. How can schools more actively promote social justice and fairness in their curricula as well as in their policies and structures? What skills, values, and knowledge do students need to tackle injustices, understand social issues, and advocate or create models for change? How can schools improve their own cultures and systems to support opportunity, inclusivity, and civic engagement?

Submissions Deadline: December 1, 2022

How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  • Double-space all copy and number all pages. 
  • Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the manuscript. Also include names and email addresses of any coauthors.
  • Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript. 


We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. 

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. 

Please use this category to submit articles that may not fit any of our upcoming themes.

Note: While we do occasionally publish special topic articles of an exceptional nature, submissions that do not fit into an upcoming EL theme have a much smaller chance of publication. Response times on Special Topics submissions may also be longer. Thank you for your patience. 


How to Prepare Your Manuscript

  •  Double-space all copy and leave generous margins.
     
  •  Number all pages.
     
  •  Indicate the number of words in the manuscript, including references and figures.
     
  •  Include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the cover sheet.
     
  •  Include a two- or three-sentence bio for each author at the end of the manuscript.
     

We use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Cite references in the text like this (Jones, 2000) and list them in a  bibliography at the end of the article. Please do not use footnotes or  endnotes for the references. For other matters of style, refer to The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.).

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts.




ASCD is committed to highlighting diverse voices in education and fostering a dynamic community of passionate thinkers who share ideas around problems of practice and leadership. To further these aims, we welcome submissions for online-only pieces on best practices, innovative and creative approaches, and ideas in K–12 education.

Long-form articles are typically between 1,000 and 2,000 words and cover research-based strategies, examples and stories from your own classroom, advice about how to overcome specific challenges, or solutions to common problems of practice. They are typically featured in ASCD Express, our twice-monthly email newsletter. 

Online pieces should be written in an approachable, conversational, inviting, nonacademic style. They should be directed toward an audience of practicing educators—including school and district leaders, instructional coaches and learning coordinators, and teachers—and focus on one or more of ASCD's core topic areas: curriculum and instruction; equity and cultural competency; leadership and management; social-emotional learning; technology; and whole child education.

What We Look For

In general, we look for pieces that are timely and topical, addressing current issues and problems of practice in the field in a concise, conversational, and lively manner. Articles should also be solution-oriented and grounded in authentic educational practice and evidence. Here are some examples of the types of online content we publish:

  • Best practice pieces on instructional or leadership strategies that offer immediate takeaways for readers.
  • Articles focused on specific problems of practice in a school community (whether at the classroom or leadership level) and proposed or attempted solutions.
  • Pieces highlighting or responding to recent developments, controversies, or research findings in the field.
  • Articles responding to current events and their implications for schools and educators.
  • Personal stories on professional challenges or successes.
  • Articles for school leaders (including teacher leaders) highlighting ideas and approaches to systemwide change and impact.
  • Articles focused on ideas and improvements in educator professional development.
  • Some of our most widely read topics include instructional strategies, engagement, leadership, professional learning, equity, curriculum, technology, school culture, assessment, classroom management, policy, and social-emotional learning

What We Don't Want

Types of content we are not likely to publish include term or grad-school papers; research reviews or reports; press releases or product promotions; organizational position/policy statements (including those masked as articles); and attack pieces or political rants. Our style is friendly, conversational, and relaxed. While evidence-based and substantive, the articles we publish are not academic in style and do not use excessive jargon or insider terms.

We also do not accept any content that, in whole or in part, has been previously published, in print or online. Nor do we accept pitches for guest posts. ASCD reserves the right to reject material, whether solicited or otherwise, on the basis of its evaluative criteria and current content needs. ASCD offers no remuneration for online articles.


Please allow one month for a response before querying about the status of your submission. 


We look forward to reading your work! 

Educational Leadership