Curriculum in Context Information

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

    • Information for Upcoming Journal:

      • Fall/Winter Edition: March 15, 2017
      • Theme: Data-Driven Decision Making to Improve Educational Outcomes for All Learners

      The next issue of Curriculum in Context will address the expanding role of data in making informed decisions that impact all aspects of the educational system. According to a white paper published by Sagebrush Corporation entitled, “Data-Driven Decision Making: A Powerful Tool for School Improvement” (2016), today’s schools are finding that careful attention to reading and interpreting data supports efforts to:

      • Narrow achievement gaps
      • Improve curriculum
      • Communicate educational issues more effectively
      • Promote parental involvement and support of school efforts
      • Increase school efficiency
      • Enhance teacher performance

      Data-driven decision making systems collect data from a variety of sources and from both informal and formal tools. Schools then develop storage systems that foster easy access to collected data and support data analysis. In addition, effective storage systems allow collected data to be extrapolated to inform decisions across the school such as professional development, teacher certification and specializations, student learning plans, student disciplinary referrals, curriculum mapping, and more.

      This issue of Curriculum in Context will focus on how schools are developing and implementing data-driven decision making systems to enhance overall school effectiveness and to support achievement for all learners. Authors are invited to address any aspect of data-driven decision making. These are just some of the questions that you might consider when submitting an article or book review for consideration.

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 sent to the editor, Lori Johnson, 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:

a.   Proof your paper carefully; a professional manuscript should be free of typographical, spelling, and obvious grammatical errors.

b.   Use headings and indented paragraph breaks to help the reader track your line of argument. (Use a single return between paragraphs.)

c.   Your reference list should include only sources that are directly mentioned in your article.

d.   For a guide concerning citations in the text and reference lists, refer to the enclosed handout, which is based on APA formatting guidelines.

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

1. Try to write as concisely as possible, eliminating unnecessary words or phrases.

2. Use plenty of real-world examples to illustrate your arguments.

3. Avoid “academic” sounding verbiage when possible. When you do use a technical term, or acronym briefly explain it in a phrase or sentence.

4. Avoid the passive voice (i.e. “It will be argued here that…” as opposed to simply saying “I will argue here…”).

5. Strive for gender-inclusiveness in language (i.e. “him or her” or a relatively even sprinkling of “him’s” and “her’s”).

6. Use headings (see above) and transitional sentences to maximize the logical flow of your article.

7. CiC text 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.