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 2017 Issue

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Theme: Building Resiliency

The next issue of Curriculum in Context will address the topic of resiliency, referred to as another important 21st Century Skill. We want to hear about the great things that you are seeing and doing to help students, families and educational employees manage emotions or bounce back in the face of challenges, trauma or failure. The American Psychological Association, on their website, points out that “the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.” Resilience has been around for many years, with early research by Werner (1989), Bernard (1991) and others indicating that one of the major contributing factors toward resiliency is a positive relationship with an adult. We recognize that teachers and schools have the power to change lives.

From the preparation of teachers and students, to supporting those in their journey, there are many tools and strategies employed at the classroom, school and/or district level. The following may be central to work on building resiliency:

  • Trauma
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Core Tier 1 (Response to Intervention) Strategies and Systems in Addition to Tier 2 & 3
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

This issue of Curriculum in Context will focus on how schools are supporting teachers, students, families, and staff in their resiliency. The editorial staff invites you to submit an article or book review on this topic to Dr. Doreen Keller ( by September 15, 2017. Authors are invited to address any aspect of building resiliency; these are just some of the concepts that you might consider when submitting manuscripts. Final iterations are typically 850-2500 words, and citations are written in APA format. Please consider submitting a Twitter handle (if you have one) and the Twitter handle of your school district/organization.

Submission Guidelines for Curriculum in Context 

  1. Manuscripts will be published in one of the three sections of Curriculum in Context: Learn, Teach, or Lead.
  2. 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 and send to the editor, Doreen Keller, Ed.D.
  3. Manuscripts for the new 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.
  4. Submit the article as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format.
  5. 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.
  6. To facilitate the editing of your article, 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. (Use a single return between paragraphs.)
    3.   Your reference list should include only sources that are directly mentioned in your article.
    4.   For a guide concerning citations in the text and reference lists, refer to the enclosed handout, which is based on APA formatting guidelines.
    5.   Here is a brief list of things to remember while drafting your article
    6. Try to write as concisely as possible, eliminating unnecessary words or phrases.
    7. Use plenty of real-world examples to illustrate your arguments.
    8. Avoid “academic” sounding verbiage when possible. When you do use a technical term, or acronym briefly explain it in a phrase or sentence.
    9. Avoid the passive voice (i.e. “It will be argued here that…” as opposed to simply saying “I will argue here…”).
    10. Strive for gender-inclusiveness in language (i.e. “him or her” or a relatively even sprinkling of “him’s” and “her’s”).
    11. Use headings (see above) and transitional sentences to maximize the logical flow of your article.

 CiCtext is edited according to guidelines established by the Associated Press. Here is a brief list of small items that will make our editing task easier:

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