August 29, 2018 by

Inservice Call for Content – September 2018

Have you ever wanted to join the ranks of the incredible authors you read pieces from every month? Take a look at the topics we’re looking for for the month of September below. Please email your 700-1500 word submission to inservice@ascd.org by the designated due date.

Classroom Management – due September 5

As the school year begins, we want to provide educators will some of the best tips and tricks for successful Classroom Management. What does that look like? How can educators manage their classrooms early and set the top for the new school year? We’re looking for strategies that educators use to help students perform at their highest levels. Classroom Management skills and routines help make classroom life academically productive and satisfying and allow teachers to anticipate what skills and work habits students need.

Teacher Leadership – due September 12

As educators, you face the challenge of ensuring that each child—regardless of gender, ethnicity, or background—is given the resources necessary to succeed. For our theme on Teacher leadership, we’re looking for pieces that talk about increasing pathways and opportunities for teachers to exercise leadership, elevating teacher voice to inform and develop policy and practice and expanding existing efforts to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning.

Project Based Learning – due September 19

Project-based learning creates opportunities for groups of students to investigate meaningful questions that require them to gather information and think critically. How are you using Project Based Learning in your school or classroom? How have you seen PBL fail? If you wanted to implement PBL in your classroom, what are the essential things to know for success?

School Climate and Culture – due September 26

School climate refers to the school’s effects on students, including teaching practices; diversity; and the relationships among administrators, teachers, parents, and students. While School culture refers to the way teachers and other staff members work together and the set of beliefs, values, and assumptions they share. What are you doing as a teacher or school leader to ensure a positive school climate and school culture to promote students’ ability to learn? What are your go-to techniques to bring about a positive school climate and culture? What happens when we ignore the school climate or culture? What can you do as a school leader to maintain a thriving climate and culture?


Inservice, ASCD’s education blog, is intended for everyone interested in preK–12 education issues, including curriculum, instruction, supervision, and leadership. Each month we feature posts written by educators for educators. We particularly look for pieces that inspire improved teaching, leading, and learning.

Each month we send out a call for content for the coming month that contains the topics and themes we will be featuring. If you would like to write for Inservice but are not sure what you would like to write about, please send an email to inservice@ascd.org with the subject of “I Want to Write for Inservice” and you will be added onto the monthly topic email list. We also accept articles on non-theme-related topics if the subject is compelling and timely.

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 blog.

Most published pieces are between 500 and 1,500 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:

  • Pieces describing research-based solutions to current problems in education.
  • Reasoned debate on controversial subjects.
  • Opinion pieces that interweave experiences and ideas.
  • Classroom strategies that involve an immediate takeaway for readers.
  • Practical examples that illustrate key points.
  • 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 piece. 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.

What Your Piece Should Include

  • A short bio about yourself (50-100 words) at the end of your piece

What Your Piece Should Not Include:

  • Two spaces after a period
  • A block quote with more than 6 lines of text
  • Photos or images

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

How to Submit Your Piece

Send your piece as an attachment to an e-mail message, preferably as a Word document, to inservice@ascd.org. Please do not paste the text into the e-mail message or link to a Google doc. Use the subject line “Inservice Post [month]Submission.” You can expect an e-mail response verifying that we received your piece within a few days; an e-mail from the editor should follow within 3 weeks.

If you discover a small error after submitting your piece, please do not send a correction; we can correct errors in the editing process.

How to Survive the Editing Process

There’s nothing really to survive, but please be patient. If your piece is selected we will ask you to certify that the article, in whole or in part, has not been previously published, in print or in electronic form, including on the Internet.

About Artwork and Photographs

We appreciate receiving any photographs and artwork related to your piece. We consider photos (color or black-and-white), slides, and examples of student work for publication. Digital photos must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Send photographs and artwork only when we request them. Please include the name of the photographer or the source. And please add a note to explain photos and artwork, including the name and location of the school, if applicable. This information helps us when we write captions.

Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions to use any photographs or artwork they provide. If we decide to use your photographs for publication, we will ask you to sign and return a photo permissions form giving ASCD permission to use the photographs in your article and warranting that all persons in each photograph have given their permission for the photograph to be published.

When Your Piece Comes Out

As soon as the issue is published—we will do our best to send you a link and suggested social media posts to share with the world.


Additional Opportunities to Write for ASCD

If you would like to write for one of ASCD’s other publications you can find the links to their pages below.

MacKenzie Masten is the Social Media Strategist for ASCD and Managing Editor for Inservice. She is the voice behind ASCD's social media presence and her writing can be found on Inservice and ThinkFun Education. You can connect with her @kenziemasten.