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Before you begin writing, read a sample issue of Principal to get an idea of what the editors are looking for—practical, jargon-free articles that address a variety of educational issues from the perspective of the principal.

NAESP accepts article submissions for its blog, Principal magazine, and Communicator e-newsletter. Share your expertise with the nation’s principals by submitting an article for consideration. If you have an idea for an article, NAESP wants to hear from you! 

Principal magazine publishes articles relevant to elementary and middle-level principals. Popular topics include the principal pipeline, early career principals, assistant principals, mentoring, women in leadership, aligning pre-k through third grade learning experiences, social-emotional learning, school safety, rural schools, afterschool and summer learning, and equity.

*Topics are subject to change

Sept/Oct 2020: Adapting to Change With Special Focus on Equity

The rapid spread of coronavirus has forced school closures and introduced a new normal to schooling. How can principals lead through changing circumstances while ensuring educational equity for all students? What other changes to “traditional” school structures may lie ahead? The issue will address recovering learning loss, SEL for students and teachers, and best practices for virtual learning.

Nov/Dec 2020: Literacy Instruction

Proficiency in reading by third grade is crucial to students’ academic and future success, but it can be challenging to create a literacy program that balances phonics and comprehension instruction appropriately for the individual student. How much do principals need to know about reading instruction to ensure that every student reaches his or her literacy goals, and how can they enlist parents in the effort beyond the classroom?

Jan/Feb 2021: Leadership Teams

Principals have a lot to handle, but they need to know how to ask for help in order to lead effectively. Sharing leadership tasks with assistant principals and teacher leaders can ease the burden of running a school and directing its curriculum, as well as bring new leaders into the principalship. And by evaluating data and performance regularly, principals can better know what strategies and which staff are making an impact.

March/April 2021: A Gender Lens

How can women excel in their leadership roles, and how can all principals recognize and accept gender differences and use them to a school’s advantage? This issue will explore educational issues through the lens of gender, including teaching, learning, and leadership styles; brain research; student discipline and unconscious bias; and creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ students.

May/June 2021: Brain Research & Social-Emotional Learning

Healthy brain development depends upon social relationships, emotional experiences, and cognitive opportunities, and if a learning environment supplies all three stimuli at opportune moments, children will thrive. Placing every student’s social and emotional development at the center of instruction can help them manage their own learning goals — and build brains that process new information flexibly and efficiently.

Principal magazine also seeks articles on the following topics

  • Early career principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Aligning pre-k-3 learning experiences
  • Social-emotional learning
  • School safety
  • Equity