Principal Magazine

2013-2014 Editorial Calendar

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Sept/Oct 2013: Early Learning
The impact of high-quality early childhood education is well established, particularly for children at risk for underachievement. The momentum for improved access to pre-kindergarten programs is growing, punctuated by President Barack Obama’s pledge to provide universal access to a quality preschool program. This issue will focus on the current issues surrounding pre-K-3 education, including curriculum alignment; research-based, age-appropriate standards; access and equity; school readiness as a factor in early intervention; and professional development for principals.
Deadline: May 13, 2013

Nov/Dec 2013: School Safety/Positive School Culture
A principal’s ability to develop and maintain a positive—and safe—school culture can accelerate improvements in student learning outcomes. This skill has never been more apparent than in this time of heightened awareness of the need for improved school safety and access to mental health services for students. Potential articles will address the principal’s role in safety and emergency management, discipline, mental health, and adult bullying, as well as positive behavior supports.
Deadline: July 1, 2013

Jan/Feb 2014: Assessments, Evaluations, and Data
The current emphasis on standards and accountability measures require a reconsideration of education values. This issue will focus on various methods for assessing student, teacher, principal, and whole-school performance. Potential articles will address innovations in student assessments, such as computer adaptive testing (CAT), the merits of growth models, and an overview of multiple measures. Articles can also address principal and teacher evaluations and whole-school grading systems.
Deadline: Aug. 30, 2013

March/April 2014: Poverty
Although children represent 24 percent of the total population, they represent 36 percent of the poor population, and 45 percent of children live in low-income families. Research has proved that students who live in poverty are less prepared for school and are more likely to be low performing. This issue will focus on innovative strategies—including in the realm of instruction and data use—to combat the effects of poverty. Potential articles address innovative uses of data and technology, arts integration, early learning, after school programs, and access to mental and health services.
Deadline: Oct. 18, 2013

May/June 2014: The Multifaceted Principal Leader
The principal’s ever-evolving—and expanding—role continues to become more complex and challenging. In the context of today’s high-stakes accountability measures, principals are expected to achieve new levels of performance for themselves and the teachers they lead. Potential articles in this issue will address the principal’s role in “talent management,” maximizing teacher potential, grooming teacher leaders, and leading innovative professional development and professional learning communities. Many factors outside of the classroom influence student learning, requiring principals to engage and gain stakeholder support. Articles in this issue will address the other skills that principals must master: building relationships with parents and community; crisis communication; and discussion complex issues such as ESEA, standardized testing, and teacher tenure.
Deadline: Dec. 13, 2013

English-Language Learners
Articles in this "horizontal theme" will address the needs of English-Language Learners, as well as strategies for effective instruction and assessment. Articles can also address the significance of students’ cultural background and the attitudes of classroom teachers on achievement.
One article on the topic will be published in each issue. Articles are accepted on a rolling basis.