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 We do not publish articles that have been previously published, in print or electronic form.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 Please do not submit the same manuscript under multiple categories--duplications will be withdrawn from consideration.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

Time Well-Managed  


"The key is not spending time, but investing it," says Stephen Covey. This issue will look at the multifaceted topic of time in schools—how it influences educators' practice and the way schools are structured, and how education leaders can use it more effectively. We'll highlight time-management strategies to help educators become better organized and achieve work-life balance, and we'll explore ways schools can make time for what matters—by maximizing instructional time, prioritizing teacher planning and collaboration, adjusting the master schedule, minimizing "busy work," rethinking school start times, reconfiguring the school year, and more. 


Submissions Deadline: March 2, 2020

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.


Grade Expectations 


Grading reform has become a growing priority in K–12 education, one that is closely tied to equity and instructional policy. This issue will delve into models and practices designed to make grading more accurate and meaningful, with a particular focus on the shift to standards-based grading. Additional topics to be considered include grading alignment and fairness, assessment and progress monitoring improvements, homework changes, and report card redesign; the overall focus will be on grading for learning and to better support student growth. The issue will explore philosophical and pedagogical reasoning behind grading shifts, as well as practical implications and best practices for implementation. 


Submissions Deadline: April 1, 2020


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.

Trauma-Sensitive Schools 


Trauma and adverse childhood experiences are increasingly common for today's students—and awareness is growing about how they can affect a young person's life, outlook, and ability to learn. This reality can be heart-wrenching for educators and presents significant challenges for schools. How can educators be more responsive to the needs of students suffering from trauma? This issue will highlight new research and findings on developmental trauma and learning, explore approaches for accommodating and supporting affected students (in instruction, discipline, relationship-building, and assessment), and call attention to common practices and policies that exacerbate problems. We'll also look at self-care steps for teachers working with these students.  


Submissions Deadline: May 1, 2020



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.

 

The Early Grades  


Is it true that everything you needed to know about life you learned in kindergarten? Maybe not, but research indicates that a high-quality education in the first few years of school can increase children's success in reading, writing, and math; close achievement gaps; and set the foundation for healthy and engaged citizenship. This issue will delve into best practices and new ideas for supporting early elementary students (K–3) in developing the academic and social-emotional skills they'll need to thrive in later grades—and in their lives.  


Submissions Deadline: June 1, 2020




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.

 

Mental Health for Educators  


The majority of U.S. teachers report that their work is "always" or "often" stressful. Many are also vulnerable to secondhand trauma and compassion fatigue. Recognizing these as urgent issues in K–12 education, this issue will highlight ideas and programs for promoting teacher well-being and mental health and explore ways schools can provide better supports to help stave off burnout, depression, and anxiety. Educator mental health need not be the "elephant in the classroom" any longer.  


Submissions Deadline: July 1, 2020


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.

 

Making PD Stick 

Educators have no shortage of professional development offerings, but do they always have a lasting effect in the classroom or on school leadership? This issue will explore how and why effective PD works, highlighting successful programs as well as the science of adult learning and knowledge transfer. It will also provide tips and ideas for creating and facilitating effective PD sessions and look at how school leaders can build thriving cultures of professional learning. 

Submissions Deadline: September 1, 2020


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.

 

Equity in Action

 
Maya Angelou once said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." We know what the data say about inequities in education—now we need to do better. But how do educators actually change their practices to be more equitable? This issue will unpack how biases and legacy policies can shape everything from pedagogy to curriculum to assessments to relationships and expectations—and offer real and practical ways to take action at the school and classroom level. A central focus will be on identifying strategic steps to improving learning opportunities and support for all students.  


Submissions Deadline: October 1, 2020



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.

 

The Empowered Principal  


If it's true, as Simon Sinek says, that leadership is a way of thinking and a way of acting, what do effective school principals look like in action—and how do they get that way? What training, system supports, and school structures help principals feel empowered, capable of leading schoolwide instruction, and equipped to create thriving learning environments? This issue will look at ways to strengthen school leadership pipelines, build capacity, and support principals at all career stages. We welcome stories about or by successful school leaders describing their development and their professional needs.  


Submissions Deadline: November 2, 2020



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.

 

From Research to Practice 


Everyone wants to see evidence-based practices in schools. But how can educators and scholars do a better job of translating research findings into classroom instruction and school decision making? This issue will highlight effective ways to bridge education research and practice, exploring promising models and opportunities to address knowledge gaps, identify relevant findings, and integrate best practices in schools. Possible topics to be explored include teacher research, professional-development initiatives, school and higher education partnerships, and technology-based solutions to the gap between research and practice.  


Submissions Deadline: December 1, 2020




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.




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