Call For Authors
Got an article idea? We welcome queries and would like to see academics, researchers, education practitioners and students all represented on our pages.
While we are interested in a wide variety of educational issues, in each issue we will run several articles on a theme. Story ideas that are especially appropriate for one of our themes are of particular interest.
ISSUE 1: Welcoming Newcomer Students
With so many Canadian communities mobilizing to welcome Syrian refugee families, it is timely to look at best practices and emerging research around meeting the education needs of recent newcomers and refugee students.
Theme articles could include:
- ESL teaching
- Creating a comfortable / safe environment when everything is different
- Working with newcomer parents and families
- Children coming from trauma: what educators should understand
- Integrating non-English speakers into the classroom
- Social issues
ISSUE 2: School Closure
Declining enrolment is triggering school closures in many communities, and has especially severe implications for rural, remote and small-town communities. Few issues mobilize parent and student opposition like impending closures, and often with good reason. Loss of a school may cause personal hardship, such as long commutes for students, and threatens the viability of small communities.
This issue examines the problem of school closure from several perspectives. Are small schools truly as problematic as they are assumed to be? Are there innovative ways to help them continue to offer a varied and dynamic program? (For example, can online learning, multi-use of under-capacity school buildings, Skype connections with urban classrooms, etc. be used to increase the capacity and viability of under-enrolled schools?) When closure is inevitable, is there a better way to communicate with and support the families affected?
An important article within this theme could be a critique of the current “per student” funding model, which is based on economy of scale and renders small school unviable. Is it time to find a new model, one that funds schools according to their needs, not their numbers?
Deadline for queries: Nov 5, 2016.
ISSUE 3: Educator Well-being
Stress, burn-out, anxiety and emotional exhaustion among educators is increasing, and this problem is reflected in (for example), high stats for stress leave and stress-related illness. This is serious in itself, but it also hampers our ability to bring our best to our students or staff. What are the workplace factors that affect the wellness of educators and school leaders – and what can we do to protect and support their mental health and well-being?
Deadline for queries: Feb 25, 2017.
ISSUE 4: Working with Parents
Parental engagement is a complex, double-edged issue that affects every level of education, from the student at home to provincial policy. From the importance of parent support to a child’s progress at school, to the tensions around parent advocacy for their children’s individual needs, to the political clout groups of parents can wield (for good or ill), this theme has many potential facets. Some examples:
- Getting communication right to enable educational reform
- Enlisting parents as partners
- Working with newcomer families
- The impact of parent advocacy on educational policy
- Creating partnerships with parents of children with special needs
- When parents are the problem
- The role of parent councils
Deadline for queries: May 20, 2017.
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