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JSD Themes for 2015

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Theme: Professional learning basics & fundamentals

Manuscript deadline: Jan. 15, 2016
Issue: June 2016

 

For every innovative practice in professional learning, there is a need to emphasize the basics of what we know about effective professional learning. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • What are the core elements of high-quality professional learning?
  • How do schools and school systems introduce, integrate, adapt, and monitor use of the Standards for Professional Learning?
  • How do schools and school systems ensure that professional learning is integral to any significant initiative or improvement?
  • What do educators at any career stage need to know and be able to do to plan, lead, or facilitate standards-based professional learning?
  • How do learning leaders and facilitators maintain a connection between professional learning and student learning?
  • What elements of a school or system’s context, culture, resources, or circumstances are essential to high-quality professional learning?

JSD editors are always concerned with articles that show evidence that the professional learning described leads to improved student outcomes.


Theme: Idea Lab: Innovations from the field
Manuscript deadline: Feb. 15, 2016
Issue: August 2016

 

Educators in schools, districts, and organizations around the world are creating solutions for their most pressing professional learning and school improvement challenges. Here’s a chance to explore meaningful innovations in adult learning. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • What new practices in professional learning show promise?
  • How are educators, schools, or systems using technology in ways that support improved professional learning systems?
  • Where are there educators adapting practices from other fields to create professional learning that results in improved outcomes?
  • What elements of a school or system’s context, culture, resources, or circumstances are essential to supporting innovation in professional learning?
  • We’ll also showcase innovators and thought leaders offering sessions at our 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

JSD editors are always concerned with articles that show evidence that the professional learning described leads to improved student outcomes.


Theme: Equity
Manuscript deadline: April 15, 2016
Issue: October 2016

 

Many schools, districts, provinces, states, and countries have determined that a focus on equity is critical to improving student achievement at every school level. Equity may mean equity of access to effective professional learning for every educator. Equity may mean professional learning that helps educators reach and teach every student. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • How does professional learning help schools close achievement gaps?
  • What professional learning practices help schools or systems create equitable learning cultures and contexts?
  • What professional learning helps teachers create valuable learning experiences for all of their students and/or specific student populations?
  • Where are there examples of schools or systems that have improved student achievement through a professional learning focus on equity?

JSD editors are always concerned with articles that show evidence that the professional learning described leads to improved student outcomes.


Theme: Communities of practice
Manuscript deadline:
May 15, 2016
Issue:
December 2016

Communities of practice take many forms in schools and school systems, and play roles large and small in effective professional learning. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • What are the elements of an effective community of practice?
  • How do communities of practice help educators solve pressing student learning and school improvement concerns?
  • What knowledge and skills do effective communities of practice require of their participants and facilitators?
  • What elements of a school or system’s culture, context, or resources support effective communities of practice?
  • Where are there examples of networks of educators who have improved student achievement through the use of a community of practice?

JSD editors are always concerned with articles that show evidence that the professional learning described leads to improved student outcomes.


Theme: STEM
Manuscript deadline:
July 15, 2016
Issue:
February 2017

Many schools, districts, provinces, states, and countries have determined that a focus on STEM is essential to preparing students for college and careers. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • What professional learning is particularly effective in improving educators’ knowledge and skills teaching STEM topics?
  • What professional learning practices help schools or systems sustain and succeed with a focus on STEM?
  • What elements of a school or system’s culture, context, or resources support a STEM focus in professional learning?
  • Where are there examples of schools or systems that have improved student achievement through a focus on professional learning in STEM?

JSD editors are always concerned with articles that show evidence that the professional learning described leads to improved student outcomes.


Theme: Measuring impact
Manuscript deadline:
Oct. 15, 2016
Issue:
April 2017

Ongoing support for and investment in professional learning is linked to a belief that professional learning leads to results for educators and students. JSD editors will explore the topic of evaluating professional learning to monitor results in this issue. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • What structures, processes, and forms of evaluation are useful for those working in professional learning at the school or district level?
  • What do practitioners need to know and be able to do to understand the impact of professional learning on adult practices and student results?
  • How does the initial planning of an initiative best include elements that lead to knowing professional learning’s impact?
  • How do schools and school systems use internal and/or external evaluation expertise to collect information about the effectiveness of their professional learning?
  • What context and cultural elements support monitoring the impact of professional learning?
  • What examples of evaluation of professional learning contribute to the knowledge base about effective learning practices for students and adults?

JSD editors are always concerned with articles that show evidence that the professional learning described leads to improved student outcomes.