JSD Themes for 2015

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Theme: Coaching/coaching skills
Manuscript deadline: September 15, 2014
Issue: February 2015

 

Educators in a range of roles are taking on the responsibility of coaching other educators. Whether they come from central office or school leadership positions or work both as classroom teachers and teacher leaders in a dual role, those in a coaching role need support themselves. JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

  • Where are there examples of schools or school systems in which coaches and coaching contribute to improved student achievement?
  • What professional learning practices helped coaches gain the knowledge and skills to provide valuable support to other educators?
  • What practices do coaches use themselves as they work with other educators to offer support?
  • How do educators in the system or school assess progress and maintain a focus on the practices and results that indicate success?
  • What elements of a school or system’s context, culture, resources, or circumstances are valuable in supporting coaches and sustaining a meaningful coaching program?

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


Theme: Tech tools, tips, and transformers
Manuscript deadline: October 15, 2014
Issue: April 2015

 

In this issue, JSD editors will explore the range of technology options, systems, and tools that enhance and support effective professional learning. For this issue, JSD editors will consider articles that address these questions and other related themes:

 

  • What uses of technology have advanced professional learning in schools or districts?
  • What support do educators at all levels need to implement or integrate technology in professional learning?
  • What contexts and support systems best support the use of technology for professional learning?
  • How do adult learning and facilitation practices shift in an online learning environment?
  • How do learning and data management systems support comprehensive professional learning systems?
  • How do individuals using technology tools bring their knowledge and skills to bear on their learning in a team, school, or system environment?
  • How can technology build and support collective knowledge development or support learning networks within and beyond schools and systems?

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


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: Career pathways
Manuscript deadline: January 15, 2014
Issue: August 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, JSD editors 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: Learning with the best (conference spotlight)
Manuscript deadline: April 15, 2015
Issue: October 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: 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.