Curriculum in Context Information

Curriculum in Context (CIC) is WSASCD’s award winning eJournal featuring articles on timely issues for all members.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Fall/Winter 2018 Issue

Next Edition Deadline: September 15, 2018

Theme: School Climate & Safety

The next issue of Curriculum in Context will focus on measures to create supportive, positive, and safe school climates for all students and staff. With an increase in school violence across the country the time is now to address this important topic from myriad perspectives. Comprehensive approaches emphasizing prevention, support, and empathy will help turn the tide of an alarming trend (Lewis, 2009; Young, 2017). Implementation of restorative practices represents one example of reimaging how to “do” school discipline. Such a shift can work alongside policy to create a nurturing school climate of respect and understanding with reduced disciplinary actions (Okonofua, Paunesku, & Walton, 2016). Some related topics under this theme that may contribute to the conversation include:

  • School discipline policies and practices
  • Emergency response policies and practices
  • Restorative justice practices
  • Education on bullying and prevention
  • Systematic approaches to violence prevention
  • Threat analysis
  • Responsive approaches to students in crisis
  • Community and school-based support systems for students and school personnel
  • Professional development related to school climate and safety

Please see submission guidelines below and submit questions or articles for consideration by September 15, 2018 to:  Dr. Kathryn Picanco (


Lewis, S. (2009). Improving school climate: Findings from schools implementing restorative practices. International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School.

Okonofua, J. A., Paunesku, D., & Walton, G. M. (2016). Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(19), 5221-5226.

Young, J. (2017). Rhetoric, embodiment, and the ethos of surveillance: Student bodies in the American high school. Lexington Books.

Submission Guidelines for Curriculum in Context 

Manuscripts will be published in one of the three sections of Curriculum in Context: Learn, Teach, or Lead. Potential articles submitted for the Learn section should be a current book review between 500 and 750 words and should include the APA reference for the book. Manuscripts for the Teach and Lead sections should be between 850 and 2500 words, focus on either the classroom (i.e., teacher) perspective or the leadership perspective, and include citations written in APA format. Articles should be submitted via an email attachment in Microsoft Word format to the editor. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to provide a digitized photograph and a 2-3 sentence biographical introduction, including where they are presently employed.

To facilitate the editing of your article, please attend to the following:

  1. Proof your paper carefully; a professional manuscript should be free of typographical, spelling, and obvious grammatical errors.
  2. Use headings and indented paragraph breaks to help the reader track your line of argument.
  3. Include entries in your reference list only if the sources are directly cited in your article.


Here is a brief list of things to remember while drafting your article:

-Write as concisely as possible eliminating unnecessary words or phrases.
-Use plenty of real-world examples to illustrate your arguments.
-Avoid “academic” sounding verbiage when possible. When you do use a technical term or acronym briefly explain it in a phrase or sentence.
-Avoid the passive voice (i.e. “It will be argued here that…” as opposed to simply saying “I will argue here…”).
-Strive for gender-inclusiveness in language (i.e. “him or her” or a relatively even sprinkling of “him’s” and “her’s”).
-Use headings (see above) and transitional sentences to maximize the logical flow of your article.

The Curriculum in Context adheres to APA 6th edition rules.  Here is a brief list of small items that will make our editing task easier:

-Do not capitalize position titles of persons named in your article.
-Avoid unnecessary capitalization.
-Numbers one through nine should be written out; numbers 10 and above should be presented in numeral form.
-Single space after final punctuation including periods, colons, explanation marks, etc.