Inservice Call for Content – May 2018


Looking to contribute to ASCD Inservice?  Take a look at next month’s themes below. 

Bolstering the Teacher Pipeline due 5/05

As Baby Boomers retire, the teacher workforce is changing dramatically—as are the instructional and professional demands on educators. What new approaches are teacher-preparation programs using to attract candidates and better prepare them for the realities of the classroom? What is the role of technology in changing how teacher training is delivered and organized? Are residency models viable alternatives to more traditional programs? What strategies attract diverse and academically select candidates? What roles can career-changer and grow-your-own programs play in school and district staffing strategies? And how can districts partner with teacher-prep programs to address shortages, particularly in high-need subjects and schools?

The Importance of Educator Self Care due 5/10

We all want to provide for our students and often times will put our students needs and the needs of others ahead of our own. This leads to an unsustainable pace, and it’s easy for educators to become burned out. This is why one of the most important things an educator can do is take care of themselves. Self-care is not a “nice to have” goal for when you have time to pursue it. For a classroom teacher it is the foundation that allows a teacher to give their students the focus and energy they deserve.

What Is Social and Emotional Education—And Why Is It Important?  due 5/15

To address mental health conditions like depression, schools must foster emotional safety for students and teachers alike. What exactly does social emotional learning look like in a classroom and why is it important for us to incorporate it into our lessons? What staffing and training challenges do schools face in supporting students?  How can educators help students succeed in school despite adverse childhood experiences?

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 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

  • Double-space all copy.
  • A short bio about yourself (50-100 words) at the end of your piece
  • One suggest social media posting for Facebook or Twitter at the beginning 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 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 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.


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