Calls for Manuscripts

Upcoming Language Arts Themes

March 2020 Readers, Reading, and Responding: Deadline Mar. 15, 2019
May 2020 Teacher Learning and the Language Arts: Deadline May 15, 2019
July 2020 Viewpoints and Visions: Deadline July 15, 2019
September 2020 Teaching in Troubling Times: Deadline Sept. 15, 2019
November 2020 Viewpoints and Visions: Deadline Nov. 15, 2019
January 2021 Multiple Identities, Intersectionality, & Literacy: Deadline Jan. 15, 2020

March 2020 Readers, Reading, and Responding
For this issue we seek Feature Article and Perspectives on Practice submissions that explore the nuances, complexities, and practices of children responding to a range of print, multimodal, and digital texts. We ask you to consider whether and how modes of response have remained the same or developed in the many years since foundational reader response theorists such as Louise Rosenblatt, Richard Beach, Lawrence Sipe, and Judith Langer encouraged teachers to value readers/texts/contexts (albeit across a continuum) while fostering literary understandings? What current pedagogies, theories, and studies build upon or complicate this earlier reader -response criticism? Some questions you might consider include: How do teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and librarians decide the importance of responding to texts in their classrooms or other teaching contexts? What are you noticing about features or genres of diverse series and/or multimodal texts that evoke certain kinds of responses in readers? In what ways have educators considered or negotiated tensions between asking students to engage in ‘close readings’ versus interpreting texts from experiential, cultural, social, or other stances and positionalities? What emerging theories of response incorporate the intersectional nature of student characteristics of race/ethnicity, class, gender, development, geography, etc. within the meaning-making process? Beyond reading and writing, how are the arts, music, dance, drama or other modalities viewed as ways of responding in classrooms and other out-of-school spaces? How might studies of response help us to better understand or advance children’s racial literacy, critical literacy, agency, introspection, and awareness of social justice? Join us in putting together an issue that will give us much to consider in regard to broadening our understandings of the many ways youth respond to texts. Due: March 15, 2019

May 2020 Teacher Learning and the Language Arts
Teaching the language arts in PreK–8 settings can often be challenging for novice and veteran teachers alike and requires ongoing professional learning. For this themed issue, we invite Feature Article and Perspectives on Practice submissions that address teacher learning and the language arts across a continuum. Some questions to consider might be: what do highly effective language arts teachers look like and what can others learn from their everyday classroom practices? In what ways do teacher beliefs, identities, and ways of knowing contribute to the successful implementation of language arts instruction? What kinds of texts, communities, or practices support teachers’ learning? Where are teachers finding inspiration and resources for ongoing growth in the profession? What can be done to ensure that educators are successful in teaching the language arts to students who are often marginalized in schools due to factors such as race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.? Students often inspire new lines of inquiry into our teaching practice. Are there particular students or problems of practice that have catalyzed teachers’ learning trajectories? How can teacher education programs prepare preservice teachers to become highly effective teachers of reading and writing and how can this work be sustained when preservice teachers become inservice teachers? What accounts for teacher development and adaptation throughout the trajectory of a teaching career? What types of professional learning groups and contexts help to sustain and further develop growth in teacher practices? How are teachers engaging in inquiry related to the language arts to improve their pedagogy and what kinds of insights does this inquiry provide? Join us in putting together an issue that will give us much to contemplate about teacher learning and the language arts. Submission deadline: May 15, 2019

July 2020 Viewpoints and Visions
For this unthemed issue, we invite Feature Article and Perspectives on Practice submissions that offer a variety of viewpoints and visions related to language arts across multiple settings and modalities. What topics, concerns, or issues do you think are important to today’s readers of Language Arts? What kinds of theoretical lenses have you applied to your inquiry work to increase our collective understandings of language arts instruction? How does your research illustrate the range of ways in which young people are engaged with the language arts? What trends do you see in the field of language arts? What innovative literacy practices do you see in the diverse spaces of classrooms and community settings? Within a digital age, how are our understandings of children’s literature, writing instruction, and literacy learning shifting? These are just a few of the many questions that can be explored in this issue. Join us in crafting an assortment of articles that helps to expand our viewpoints and visions about language arts. Submission deadline: July 15, 2019

September 2020 Teaching in Troubling Times
With increasing frequency, educators have witnessed acts of violence play out across media outlets, heard anti-immigrant discourses and name-calling, and watched as their students come to class managing waves of social anxiety created by living through troubling times. At the same time, young people are leveraging literacy practices in response to injustices, raising their voices and organizing to make change. In a riveting speech at the 2018 March for Our Lives rally, 11-year-old Naomi Wilder called for the end of gun violence in schools and communities. Tween Marley Dias started the #1000BlackGirlBooks movement to diversify book lists. Within this issue, we seek manuscripts that explore how we can use literacy to teach about social injustices, even as we also foster hope for a more equitable future. What are your students teaching you about navigating these troubling times? How are young people engaging in social activism and drawing on community-based assets to document and respond to troubling times and experiences across platforms (e.g., blogs, community newspapers)? What texts, multimodal literacies, and instructional practices support young people in engaging in civically minded discourse and the responsibilities of citizenship? What roles can language arts educators play in helping students appreciate multiple perspectives and bridge ideological, linguistic, racial, gender, and social class divides? How are teachers moving students forward academically while also being responsive to the emotional dimensions of teaching and learning? Some educators may also find certain educational currents troubling. How are teachers responding to increasing demands related to testing, standardized curricula, censorship, and silencing of student and teacher voices? How are teachers engaging in literacy practices to persevere through difficult times? Join us as we construct an issue responsive to troubling times and to children creating hopeful visions of the future. Submission deadline: September 15, 2019

November 2020 Viewpoints and Visions
For this unthemed issue, we invite Feature Article and Perspectives on Practice submissions that offer a variety of viewpoints and visions related to language arts across multiple settings and modalities. What topics, concerns, or issues do you think are important to today’s readers of Language Arts? What kinds of theoretical lenses have you applied to your inquiry work to increase our collective understandings of language arts instruction? How does your research illustrate the range of ways in which young people are engaged with the language arts? What trends do you see in the field of language arts? What innovative literacy practices do you see in the diverse spaces of classrooms and community settings? Within a digital age, how are our understandings of children’s literature, writing instruction, and literacy learning shifting? These are just a few of the many questions that can be explored in this issue. Join us in crafting an assortment of articles that helps to expand our viewpoints and visions about language arts. Submission deadline: Nov. 15, 2019

January 2021
Multiple Identities, Intersectionality, & Literacy

Within this issue, we seek Feature Article and Perspectives on Practice submissions that explore how educators draw on and cultivate the multiple and fluid identities held by youth as they engage in language and literacy practices. These include identities marked by race, gender, ethnicity, ability, social class, religion, sexuality, and other markers. Some questions you might pose are: What and how are students’ identities expressed and valued in your language arts classroom? What roles can language arts educators play in helping students embrace the identities they hold as well as those held by others? How are young people using the language arts to navigate their identities in school, on social media, and in out-of-school spaces? We also seek insights into the ways Kimberlé Crenshaw’s concept of “intersectionality”—which addresses the cumulative effect of multiple identities and highlights interlocking systems of oppression—might inform language and literacy curricula. For example, if we build on and expand Crenshaw’s ideas, what instructional practices, texts, and other material selections help to illuminate or critique the marginalization experienced by certain groups with intersecting identities (e.g., Black and Brown girls or boys, Muslim and Arab youth, or those who identify as LGBTQ and persons of color)? How might literacy instruction that foregrounds intersectionality help to blur divisions among the variety of groups represented in your classrooms, schools, or districts? Finally, what are some of the theoretical, practical, or research-based potentialities and challenges of recognizing identities and their intersections? Join us in putting together a collection of articles that nuance and broaden our thinking about multiple identities, intersectionality, and literacy.
Submission deadline: Jan. 15. 2020