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.

Curriculum in Context – eJournal

WSASCD’s Award Winning eJournal


2022 Annual Issue  – Teaching, Learning, and Leading in a Continually Changing Climate (PDF)

Individual Articles

01-  A Message from the Editors – Dr. Jill Heiney-Smith, Emily Huff, and Dr. Pete Renn

02-  A Message from the President – Marissa Rathbone

03-  Still Becoming: Reflections on Our Ongoing Pursuit Towards Humanizing Education – Leah Marina Dale + Grace Inae Blum

03-  Adolescent Mental Health  – Steve Montoya

04 – Instructional Accountability for Student Learning: Embedding Leading Practices – Tavis M Peterson

05 – Anarchy in the Classroom– Adam Shilling + Esther Faris

06 – Executive Directions– Claire Carter


This journal addresses current issues in education. Past topics and instructions for submitting an article can be reviewed at Curriculum in Context Information.



        Spring/Summer 2021 –Where do we go from here? Teaching, leading, and learning after 2020
        Fall/Winter 2021 – Special Issue: Looking Ahead by Looking Back: Revisiting Timely + Enduring Submissions from Past Issues
        Spring/Summer 2020 – The 21st Century is Now!
        Fall/Winter 2019 – Innovative Approaches to Access & Equity for ALL Learners
        Spring/Summer 2019 – Challenging All Students
        Fall/Winter 2018 – School Climate and Safety
        Spring/Summer 2018 – Innovative Approaches to School and Learning
Fall/Winter 2017- Building Resiliency
Spring/Summer 2017 – Data Driven Decision Making to Improve Educational Outcomes for All Learners
Fall/Winter 2016 – Redefining Literacy in Education
Spring/Summer 2016 – Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Fall/Winter 2015 – Equity, Access and Achievement for All
Spring/Summer 2015 – Consulting, Coaching and Collaborating: Professional Development Worth Doing
Fall/Winter 2014 – Transcending Boundaries with Technology
Spring/Summer 2014 – Supporting Exceptional Learners
Fall/Winter 2013 – Engagement in Education
Spring/Summer 2013 – Improving Education through Innovation
Fall/Winter 2012 – Upholding Common Standards: Adopting and Implementing Common Core
Spring/Summer 2012 – Pursuing Excellence: Reforming Teacher and Principal Evaluation
Fall/Winter 2011 – Leading with Values in Troubled Times
Spring/Summer 2011 – Partnerships for Student Success
Spring/Summer 2010 – Preparing Students with 21st Century Skills
Fall/Winter 2009 – Moving from Success to Significance
Spring/Summer 2009 – Educators as Learners: Inquiry, Collaboration, and Scholarship to Improve Lerning for ALL Students
Fall/Winter 2008 – High Quality Teaching and Learning Context: What EVERY student deserves
Spring/Summer 2008 – Social Justice Issues: A Call for Reflection and Action
Fall/Winter 2007 – Educating the Whole Child: Creating a Shared Vision of the Schools We Want
Spring/Summer 2007 – A New Equation for Mathematics Education:Math Literacy = ALL Students
Fall/Winter 2006 – Expectations for Washington High Schools:Making Changes and Meeting Challenges to Serve ALL Students
Spring/Summer 2006 – Ready for Kindergarten: Ready for College
Fall/Winter 2005 – When All Really Means All: Educating Every Child
Spring/Summer 2005 – Still Open, Still Free: The Promises and Purposes of Public Schools
Fall/Winter 2004-05 – Strength in Numbers: Exploring School-Community Partnerships in Washington State
Spring/Summer 2004 – By Executive Order: Engaging the No Child Left Behind Act in Washington State
Fall/Winter 2003-04 – A United Front: Working Together to Help All Students Succeed
Spring/Summer 2003 – SHB 1209 + 10:A Decade After the Education Reform Act
Fall/Winter 2002-03 – Growing Our Own:Recruiting and Retaining Quality Teachers
Spring/Summer 2002 – Voices at the Table: Collaboration for Change in Washington’s Schools
Fall/Winter 2001-02 – Leadership:Creative Minds Think Differently
Spring/Summer 2001 – The Dynamic Use of Technology:Teaching the Love of Words
Spring/Summer 2000 – Building on What We Know to Be True:Teaching as If It Mattered
Fall/Winter 2000 – The Importance of Early Learning:A Response to the Crisis in Leadership
Fall/Winter 1999 – New Realities in Education:Meeting the Needs of All Our Students
Spring/Summer 1999 – New Realities in Education:This Is Not School as Usual
Fall/Winter 1998 – New Realities in Education:Keeping Schools and Communities Safe for Young People
Fall/Winter 1997 – Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum
Spring/Summer 1997 – Leadership in Changing Times
Fall/Winter 1996 – Technology in the Classroom
Fall/Winter 1995 – Creative Change in Education
Spring/Summer 1995 – Space, Time and Institutional Change
Fall/Winter 1994 – Creating New School Cultures:Alternative Uses of Time
Spring/Summer 1994 – Assessment With a Human Focus
Fall/Winter 1993 – The Human Focus in Curriculum
Fall/Winter 1992 – Connections and Partnerships in Schools
Spring/Summer 1992 – Anniversary Issue:Highlights of Curriculum in Context – 1986-1992
Fall/Winter 1991 – The Roots of Tradition and Wings of Change
Spring/Summer 1991 – Restructuring Education Through Synergy
Spring/Summer 1990 – The Gift of Being Special
Fall/Winter 1990 – Restructuring Education
Spring/Summer 1989 – Pathfinders for the 21st Century
Fall/Winter 1989 – Say Yes to Education
Fall/Winter 1988 – Washington State’s Most Valuable Resource to Young People
Spring/Summer 1987 – Windows of Opportunity… Pathways to the Future
Fall/Winter 1987 – Maintaining Balance and Flexibility in the Curricular Revolution
Spring/Summer 1986 – Effective Teaching… Skillful Thinking
Fall/Winter 1986 – Partnerships
Spring/Summer 1985 – Equity and Excellence
Fall/Winter 1985 – The Year of the Teacher
Winter/Spring 1984 – Seeking Excellence
Fall/Winter 1984 – Changing Times… Changing Schools
Winter 1983 – Leadership in Public Education
Summer 1983 – More Time in School?
Summer 1982 – New Horizons in Education
Winter 1982 – The Funding Crisis
Spring/Summer 1981 – Student Learning Objectives
Winter 1980 – Basic Education Act Revisited
Fall 1980– Basic Education Act
Spring/Summer 1980 – Health Education
Fall 1979– Community Education
Winter 1979 – Vocational Education
Spring/Summer 1979 – Educational Service Districts
Fall 1978 – Staff Development: A Growing Process
Winter 1978– Minimal Competencies
Spring/Summer 1978 – Teaching Controversial Issues
Spring/Summer 1977 – Teacher Evaluation
Fall/Winter 1977– Competing Priorities in Curriculum
Winter 1976– Being Accountable to the Citizens
Fall 1976 – Context and Conflict
Spring/Summer 1976 – Context and Conflict
Fall/Winter 1975 – Context and Conflict
Spring/Summer 1975 – Context and Conflict

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