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 We do not publish articles that have been previously published, in print or electronic form.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 Please do not submit the same manuscript under multiple categories--duplications will be withdrawn from consideration.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.

April 2020

Deeper Discussions

Long considered ancillary to other academic priorities, oral communication skills are now increasingly seen as central to student growth and success. This issue will consider ways to go beyond traditional formats for classroom exchanges to discussions that promote higher-order thinking, effective communication, and social-emotional learning skills. What discussion strategies actively engage all students—not just outspoken students, but also introverted ones, students with learning disabilities, and English language learners? How can teachers facilitate nuanced discussions on tough topics, developing students' ability to consider other perspectives and exchange differing opinions? The issue will also look at how discussion skills contribute to whole-child learning and development and how educators can foster more effective discussions among themselves. 

Deadline: November 1, 2019

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.

May 2020

Learning and the Brain

Research in neuroscience is shedding new light on how students learn and develop. How can educators make the most of this information—and how can they sort genuine scientific findings from myths and hearsay? This issue will offer a solution-oriented look at brain science and education, highlighting both groundbreaking findings and practical takeaways. Key questions to be examined include: How might recent findings in neuroscience inform instructional practices and lesson planning? What aspects of learning have schools conventionally overlooked or discounted? How can schools create the best conditions to support student learning, including in the case of students suffering from trauma or adverse experiences? And what does the latest research on the brain and learning really say—or not say? 

Deadline: December 2, 2019

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.

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.




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