Calls for Manuscripts

Upcoming Voices from the Middle Themes

Sept. 2019 Dear Teacher: Deadline Jan. 1, 2019
Dec. 2019 Engaging in Our Communities: Deadline March 1, 2019
March 2020 Tough Stuff: Deadline June 1, 2019
May 2020 What’s Next in English/Language Arts Curriculum?: Deadline Aug. 1, 2019


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Greetings from the editors
As former middle level English language arts teachers, we know well the joys and challenges of teaching middle level learners. We hope that Voices from the Middle will continue to serve you as a vibrant source of professional development, highlighting best practices in the craft of middle level teaching, pieces from middle grades and young adult authors, and even ideas, responses, and celebrations from the students we serve. We hope to do so with a growing attention to offering our readers interactive and multimodal content. We welcome your participation in growing YOUR journal in ways that make an impact on your students and your teaching.

—Sara Kajder (The University of Georgia) and Shelbie Witte (Oklahoma State University)

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September 2019 Dear Teacher In celebration of teachers, we begin the 27th volume of Voices from the Middle with a collection of curated letters to teachers. This “Dear Teacher” issue will share messages of encouragement and hope, while also challenging our readers to reconsider and re-envision. We invite readers to keep an eye to social media calls on the VM website and through other media—we will be gathering your letters and your voices for this special issue. Submission deadline: January 1, 2019

December 2019 Engaging in Our Communities As middle school English teachers, it isn’t new territory for us to consider the ways in which our students’ written work can capture the voices of our communities. That said, as we live in a time where adolescents have used their collective voices to advocate for change, literacy learning includes supporting our students in doing work that does work. What does that look like in your classroom work? How have you invited students into their local communities—and to what end? What digital tools or social media do students use to amplify their voices and invite the engagement of others? This issue examines teaching that builds students’ critical and place-based literacies while also challenging our thinking about the ways that the lessons, texts, and practices of the English classroom matter beyond our classroom walls. Submission deadline: March 1, 2019

March 2020 Tough Stuff Sometimes the world is not on its best behavior. What do WE do, as middle level educators, to support, guide, and be a resource for students who are either directly or indirectly dealing with tough stuff? What parts of our curriculum are best used to consider local, national, or world events in order to model critical thinking and civil discourse about controversial issues? When terrifying and disheartening things happen to young people, what are our roles as teachers? How do we model equality and equity for our students? This issue welcomes frank conversations about the range of tough stuff our middle level students face as well as the important issues we need to purposely discuss in order to provide safe places for questions and concerns. Submission deadline: June 1, 2019

May 2020 What’s Next in English/Language Arts Curriculum? These calls for “What’s Next” are an opportunity for us to look closely at what is happening right now in our classrooms—and what we see coming next. For this issue, we focus in on the “what” of our teaching—the texts, textbooks, and curriculum we use. Do you use a textbook to do smart and compelling work? What are the “must teach” texts that make up your non-negotiable list? How does your system engage in personalized learning? How do we best use/transform/deploy/imagine the programs and curricula we receive? This issue invites you to push against and challenge our thinking. What do we need to do next? And, what does innovation include? Submission deadline: August 1, 2019