How to write for Inservice

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Thank you for your interest in writing for ASCD. In addition to accepting article submissions for our flagship magazine, Educational Leadership, we also consider submissions of shorter, online-only pieces on best practices and ideas in K-12 education. Such pieces are currently published on ASCD’s high-traffic Inservice blog, which has a wide and engaged educator audience.  

Articles submitted for Inservice should be between 600-1,200 words and written in an approachable, 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. 

In publishing these educator-written online pieces, ASCD’s objectives include highlighting diverse voices in education and fostering a dynamic community of practice and idea-sharing among our members and followers.  

What We Look For   

In evaluating submissions for the blog, we look for articles that are timely and topical, addressing current issues and challenges in the field in a concise and lively manner. Articles should also be solution-oriented and grounded in authentic educational practice and evidence. Here are some examples of the types of online articles we publish:  

  • Best practice pieces on instructional or leadership strategies that offer immediate takeaways for readers.  
  • Articles 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.  
  • Pieces responding to current events and their implications for schools and educators. 
  • Personal stories on professional challenges or successes.  
  • Articles for school leaders (including teacher leaders) highlighting ideas and approaches to systemwide change and impact.  
  • Articles focused on ideas and improvements in educator professional development. 

What We Don’t Want  

Examples of the types of content we are not likely to publish include term or grad-school papers; research reviews or reports; press releases or product promotions; organizational position/policy statements (including those masked as articles); and attack pieces or political rants.   

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 articles. 

How to Submit 

Send your piece as an attachment to an e-mail message, preferably as a double-spaced Word document, to elsubmissions [at] ascd [dot] org. Please do not paste the text into the e-mail message or link to a Google doc. Use the subject line “Inservice Post Submission.”  

Include a short author bio (50-100 words), social media handles, and contact information in your email.  

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.