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 We do not publish articles that have been previously published, in print or electronic form.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 you wish to submit an article to be considered for the ASCD Blog, please submit it under the "Submit an ASCD Blog" 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 Please do not submit the same manuscript under multiple categories--duplications will be withdrawn from consideration.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.
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 blog posts on best practices, innovative and creative approaches, and ideas in K–12 education.
Short blog posts (600-1,200 words) 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. Blog posts 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.
- Blog posts 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.
- Blog posts responding to current events and their implications for schools and educators.
- Personal stories on professional challenges or successes.
- Blog posts for school leaders (including teacher leaders) highlighting ideas and approaches to systemwide change and impact.
- Blog posts 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 on the ASCD Blog include 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 do not include attachments of photos or artwork with your submission. Images will be discussed during the editing process as needed.
Please allow three weeks for a response before querying about the status of your submission.
We look forward to reading your work!