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Writing Guidelines

If you have an idea for an article, NAESP wants to hear from you! NAESP accepts article submissions for its blog, Principal magazine, and Communicator e-newsletter. Before you begin writing, read a sample article from these publications to get an idea of what the editors are looking for—practical, jargon-free articles that address a variety of educational issues for a principal or assistant principal audience.

Popular areas of focus include school equity, early career principals, assistant principals, mentoring, women in leadership, early childhood learning, social-emotional learning, mental health and school safety, and  innovation. 

Submit articles as a Word document to publications@naesp.org. Include your full title, affiliation, and contact information, with your mailing and email address. Please consult the guidelines below prior to submission.

Editorial Calendar

Sept/Oct 2022

Targeted and Wraparound Supports: As schools shift to meet new demands, educators and other stakeholders can come together to focus on steadying the whole child. This issue will explore a range of targeted supports such as leveraging out-of-school time, using data to address unfinished learning, and engaging staff and community to strengthen and systematize social-emotional learning.

Nov/Dec 2022

Leadership Teams: The pandemic has caused a “layering effect” of elementary school principals’ responsibilities, as they took on more roles without corresponding support to meet those additional demands. Researchers and policy advocates have noted that the elementary principalship may require some reconfiguration and specialization to be more manageable, including new models for distributed leadership. This issue covers shared leadership with assistant principals; getting the most out of district relationships; collaborating with support staff, especially in rural schools and small districts; and new strategies in communications.

Submission Deadline: June 10, 2022

Jan/Feb 2023

Students with Disabilities: Great schools are measured by how they meet the needs and unlock the potential of every student that walks through its doors each morning. This issue examines the unique needs of students with disabilities, with a focus on topics such as: Inclusive principal leadership after COVID; combatting special educator shortages; IDEA and interrupted learning; staff professional development; and understanding autism.

Submission Deadline: August 8, 2022

March/April 2023

Equity, Data, and Achievement: Equity-focused leadership requires both a commitment to success for each student as well as a systemic decision-making based on data. As schools recommit to school improvement plans, this issue will examine  mitigating biases in curriculum, instruction, assessment and aligning early childhood education.

Submission Deadline: Sept. 27, 2022

May/June 2023

Literacies in Focus: Although its importance can’t be understated, reading comprehension is only one of many “literacies” that students today are expected to possess. This issue focuses on other critical literacies such as cultural responsiveness, media literacy, math literacy, and a renewed emphasis on social studies.

Submission Deadline: Dec. 12, 2022

Principal magazine also seeks articles on the following topics

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