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JSD Themes for 2015

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Theme: Individualized, personalized, collective learning

Manuscript deadline: November 15, 2014
Issue: June 2015

 

Teachers demand opportunities to access learning specific to their needs, and there are more options than ever for systems to personalize learning. At the same time, schools and teams set collective goals for improvement. How can schools and districts best support what might at times be competing needs? For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:


  • Where are there examples of schools and systems that balance individual and collective professional learning needs to improve student achievement?
  • How do individual educators and those who support them integrate school and system level goals into their personal learning goals?
  • How do educator effectiveness systems best support individual, team, and school-level improvement?
  • What role can individual autonomy and choice play in comprehensive professional learning systems?
  • How does the use of data inform both individual and collective development?

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


 

Theme: Learning with the best (conference spotlight)
Manuscript deadline: February 15, 2015
Issue: August 2015

 

Job-embedded learning year round can be effectively supported by an infusion of inspiration and information from outside sources, including conferences. In this issue, JSD editors will highlight information, resources, and thought leaders from the 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. For this issue, editors will seek articles from conference sessions and presenters that offer valuable content for readers whether or not they attend the conference.


Theme: Career pathways
Manuscript deadline: April 15, 2015
Issue: October 2015

 

Educators who plan, facilitate, and implement professional learning do so from every position in a school system, with many beginning to offer this support in their earliest years of teaching. For this issue, JSDeditors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

 

  • How do schools, districts, states, and provinces support career development for leaders at all levels?
  • How do educators in different roles and in different career stages support or offer professional learning in a school or system?
  • What are the possibilities for those educators who want to support educator growth and still teach students in the classroom?
  • How does an educator at any stage of his or her career create a pathway that supports his or her particular vision or goals?
  • What elements of a school or system’s context, culture, resources, or circumstances are essential to supporting meaningful career pathways?
  • We’re also interested in hearing the personal career pathways of those who have succeeded in leading professional learning.

 

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

 

Theme: Professional learning for literacy
Manuscript deadline: May 15, 2015
Issue: December 2014

 

Many schools, districts, provinces, states, and countries have determined that a focus on literacy is critical to improving student achievement at every school level. 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 in literacy at any level?
  • What professional learning practices help schools or systems sustain and succeed with a literacy focus?
  • How can professional learning help teachers unfamiliar with literacy content integrate a literacy focus in any class?
  • What elements of a school or system’s culture, context, or resources support a literacy focus in professional learning?
  • Where are there examples of schools or systems that have improved student achievement through a focus on professional learning in literacy?

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