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 2022 Annual Curriculum in Context Issue

Next Edition Deadline: April 15, 2022

Theme: Teaching, Leading and Learning in a Continually Changing Climate

The single issue of Curriculum in Context in 2022 will center on the ways that schools and schooling are leading and learning in a new reality. Teachers and leaders have been innovative, committed and persistent, and caring for the whole child has taken on a whole new meaning. We invite authors to consider writing articles or book reviews that address the following suggested questions and topics:

  • How can the WSASCD commitments to the whole child be reimagined for this moment?
  • How can we commit to care for kids and also for adults in 2022?
  • How are we making adjustments to humanize our work with school stakeholders?
  • What are some exemplar revisions to curriculum and professional practice regarding topics like race and sustainability?
  • What are some helpful practices for working with families and community members regarding the polarization in our political climate and its impact on curriculum and schooling practices?

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.

Please submit questions or articles for consideration by April 15, 2022 to:

» Dr. Jill Heiney-Smith, Managing Editor

» Dr. Pete Renn, Co-editor

» Emily Huff, Co-editor

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.