ASCD Express Calls for Content (March & April)

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ASCD Express Calls for Content: Critical Literacy in an Age of Click-Bait

Digital media has democratized news and information production so that literally anyone can make a claim or present evidence in a blog or tweet. With the proliferation of information sources comes an even greater need for readers to be able to cut through the fog of fake news and “alternative facts” and practice critical literacy. How do you challenge students to take a critical stance toward digital texts? What helps students develop the habits of questioning the news and opinions they read; assessing bias or motive, checking facts, and comparing sources? How can readers hold digital texts accountable through class discussions, creation of counter-narratives and responses, or through social action? Share your strategies for supporting active, reflective, and responsible readers.

ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or  brief multimedia content on the theme “Critical Literacy in an Age of Click-Bait.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to express@ascd.org by March 15, 2017 .

ASCD Express Calls for Content: Lifting School Leaders 

A great school depends on great leadership—from administrators and from teacher leaders. This issue will look at what it takes to develop and support outstanding leaders throughout a school. Articles will address such topics as the qualities and skills today’s school leaders need; strengths and weaknesses of current leadership preparation programs; and how practices like internships, coaching, and teams can support new leaders. How can we reduce principal turnover? Help new principals hit the ground running? Evaluate school leaders in ways that support growth? How are teacher leaders taking on various roles, such as peer evaluator, coach, advocate, PLC facilitator, and curriculum developer? What kinds of job-embedded supports benefit leaders? 

ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or  brief multimedia content on the theme “Lifting School Leaders.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to express@ascd.org by March 15, 2017.

ASCD Express Calls for Content: Targeting Bullying Blind Spots

Bullying can be hard to pinpoint because it manifests in both diffuse and acute ways. Awareness of certain types or targets for bullying may mask other, more subtle forms of on-going harassment. As educators, our own generational or cultural differences from our students can also make it hard to decode bullying and design authentic interventions. Recognizing that new strategies are needed to confront the problem, some schools are adopting student-driven approaches to bullying. This issue will share how educators are unpacking school climate and culture to expose bullying blind spots, and the steps they took to move from awareness to action. Are there areas of your school where bullying goes undetected? How do you address methods of bullying that might not be as apparent as overt name-calling or physical intimidation? Which data sources help you define and measure bullying? How do you make your schools safe for your most vulnerable students? What does a culturally-responsive approach to bullying look like? What role do students play in calling out abuse, and how can student-centered models for resolving interpersonal drama take hold? From big steps to small, we want to hear how you’re targeting bullying in all its forms.

ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or  brief multimedia content on the theme “Targeting Bullying Blind Spots.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to express@ascd.org by April 15, 2017

 

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