English Leadership Quarterly
English Leadership Quarterly helps department chairs, K–12 supervisors, and other leaders in their roles improving the quality of literacy instruction.
Calls for Manuscripts
Write for English Leadership Quarterly! ELQ has several open Calls for Manuscripts!
Upcoming themes include Designing and Leading Equity and Social Justice-Oriented Professional Development and Learning (vol. 45, no. 1; August 2022), Leading for Text Selection in Contested and Turbulent Times (vol. 45, no. 2; October 2022), Leading to Support and Learn with New Teachers (vol. 45, no. 3; February 2023), and Leading toward New Collaborations and Coalitions (vol. 45, no. 4; April 2023). See details on (and deadlines for!) each of the Calls below.
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2022
[New teachers] have exactly as much right to speak and be involved in [their] first year as [they] do in [their] twentieth. Just as experience should be listened to, so should the fresh perspective of a teacher early in their career.
This issue of English Leadership Quarterly is focused on supporting new teachers as they enter our field and departments while simultaneously amplifying the wisdom and ideas of new English teachers. This issue seeks to be a dialogue between new teachers and teachers with more experience. Rather than replicating a hierarchy based on experience, this issue intends to discuss how department chairs and literacy leaders can support new teachers, and how new teachers can inform the work of department chairs and literacy leaders. What can the experiences of first year teachers tell us about how to approach the work of leading a department? How can teacher mentorship for new teachers be positioned as a learning partnership between mentors and mentees? What do department chairs and literacy leaders need to know about being a new teacher in our current moment? What do new teachers need the most from department chairs and literacy leaders? These are just some questions that could be considered for this issue. Manuscripts co-written by new teachers and/or mentor teachers, department chairs, and teacher educators are highly encouraged for this issue.
Rademacher, T. (2017). It won’t be easy: An exceedingly honest (and slightly unprofessional) love letter to teaching. University of Minnesota Press.
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2022
Families and caregivers are also incredible assets. They often raise powerful voices when it comes to addressing the needs of a school. . . . Together, partnerships between teachers and caregivers further support the case for how ABAR [anti-bias, anti-racist] must be ingrained in the culture of your school, as there are shared values between school and home.
This issue is focused on how collaboration can foster new ways of imagining English teaching, literacy learning, and leading within schools. Collaboration offers not only new ways of approaching our work, but new angles to reconsider and revise our ideas about how our work operates. At its most fruitful, collaboration can allow us to complicate and broaden beliefs we have about teaching and leading within English spaces. To that end, this issue wonders: What new ideas might be generated from collaboration with educators across grade levels, disciplines, and institutions? For instance, how can secondary English teachers learn from elementary teachers? How can English teachers and other content area teachers develop cross-disciplinary knowledge? How can English teachers and departments partner with other institutions that educate young people such as libraries, after-school programs, and co-curriculars? How can English departments lead partnerships with caregivers within communities? These are just some questions that could be considered for this issue. Manuscripts co-written by English teachers and other educators, broadly and inclusively defined, are highly encouraged for this issue.
Kleinrock, L. (2021). Start here, start now: A guide to antibias and antiracist work in your school community. Heinemann.
October 2022: Leading for Text Selection in Contested and Turbulent Times
No longer accepting submissions.
Feeling supported, feeling valued, and feeling empowered to place their students’ needs first through such actions such as intentional text selection are key elements in keeping ELA teachers in the classroom, affecting and inspiring the future leaders of our nation. Especially in our country’s current challenging and often divisive climate, it seems even more important that teachers feel free to choose texts that will help their students to critically engage with current events and topics that are often polarizing, such as race relations, socioeconomic challenges, and immigration policies and practices.
—Janine J. Darragh and Ashley S. Boyd
This issue of English Leadership Quarterly is concerned with the text selection process. Given the importance of department chairs and literacy leaders in selecting texts, this issue seeks to understand how text selection processes can be expanded, critiqued, and reimagined in our contemporary political moment. How can we expand the types of texts we teach to engage in cross-textual conversations with students? How can we pair new texts with new forms of assessment? How do we critically analyze what we teach in curricular units in order to make changes? How can we expand ideas and definitions of “texts” in ELA curriculum to include multimodal texts as well as new, emerging types of texts? How do we select texts that honor the realities of historically marginalized communities without centering and replicating trauma? How do we select texts at a time in which some states are passing de facto curricular bans on texts that address historical and contemporary oppression? These are just some questions that could be considered for this issue.
Darragh, J. J., & Boyd, A. S. (2019). Text selection: Perceptions of novice vs. veteran teachers. Action in Teacher Education, 41(1), 61–78.
August 2022: Designing and Leading Equity and Social Justice-Oriented Professional Development and Learning
No longer accepting submissions.
[Teachers] must also feel agentive and equipped to identify the features of professional development that do or do not support their development of [social justice] educational practices and be able to suggest and initiate alternative designs for their professional learning.
—Allison Skerrett, Amber Warrington, and Thea Williamson, English Education
Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers
This first issue of English Leadership Quarterly for incoming editor Henry “Cody” Miller is concerned with professional development and learning that seeks to challenge curricular, pedagogical, and systemic inequities in our classrooms and schools. What does professional development/learning centered on equity and social justice look like in practice? How can professional development/learning lead us to develop practices that challenge racism, sexism, ableism, homo- and transphobia, along with other forms of oppression? How do we support new teachers and teacher candidates in developing equity and social justice practices? How can teacher educators work with teacher leaders to construct professional development/learning that challenges inequities in our field? How can challenging traditional, thus limited, ideas around professional development/learning create more equitable teaching practices? What does grassroots, teacher-lead professional development/learning look like?
Skerrett, A., Warrington, A., & Williamson, T. (2018). Generative principles for professional learning for equity-oriented urban English teachers. English Education, 50(2), 116–46.