The English Record


Call For Manuscripts


Rebuilding Community in the ELA Classroom
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021
Publication Date: Winter 2021

Returning to school in the fall of 2021 will be a unique experience. While school districts across the country enacted different plans over the past year and a half – hybrid, remote, or in person – every student’s learning was interrupted. Our school communities adapted and changed, but for many students these necessary changes altered their perception of themselves as learners, their attitudes toward school, and their interactions with classmates and teachers. How will teachers anticipate and respond to student needs as we embark on life after the COVID-19 pandemic?

At the same time, students and teachers have also suffered from the trauma of racial violence, mass shootings, and political upheaval. As students try to make sense of what they have seen and experienced, they are developing new ideas about how they interact with the world, how they make sense of all that has happened, and how they can stand up for what they believe in.

In this issue of The English Record, we invite you to share writing that focuses on how English language arts teachers can support the social and emotional needs of students as we transition into another new era of learning. For example, what literature can we read to help us reflect on our experiences? What activities might help us build stronger relationships with each other? How can we create inclusive classroom environments that are inviting to students who have been socially and academically isolated? How can we continue to use technology to promote human connection, differentiation, and flexible grouping?

For this issue, we are seeking a variety of submissions based on this theme; however, we also accept general interest submissions and publish them as space allows.

We are interested in sharing scholarly writing focused on the issue theme, but we will consider a variety of topics related to English language arts instruction (4,000 words maximum, including all references and figures).

We would love to hear year stories from the classroom. Please consider sharing personal reflections and experiences related to the theme of the issue. (2,500 words maximum)

Our readers would love to learn about your practices. Please consider sharing lesson ideas and materials that can help spark new ideas about teaching and learning. (2,500 words maximum)

We would love to hear about the books that inspire your teaching. Consider sharing your response to a book (young adult, literary fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, graphic novel, etc.), a collection (poetry or essays), or a non-print text (film, artwork). (600 words maximum)

We would love to read your poetry, fiction, flash-fiction.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Dr. Deirdre Faughey via e-mail at
Manuscripts should be blinded, prepared using MS Word.
Manuscripts should follow APA 7th edition guidelines. No simultaneous submissions.

Each manuscript should include a cover sheet with the author’s name, affiliation, position, a short two or three-line author bio, preferred mailing address, telephone and e-mail address. Identifying information should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript.

Please include an abstract on the cover page of no more than 50 words.
All images, tables, figures and additional materials should be sent as separate files with a figure heading and notation within the manuscript for preferred placement.
Authors should adhere to the Statement on Gender and Language from the NCTE website, click here.

All of our Feature Articles undergo the peer review process. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirmation. If your submission is not an appropriate fit for the journal we will let you know.  Email inquiries to Dr. Deirdre Faughey, click here.
If your submission seems like a good fit for the journal we will send it to at least two reviewers, who will then provide feedback and make recommendations. The editor will then make a final decision about publication and share final edits.

As the author, you are required to secure any necessary permissions to reproduce any student work or materials from other sources.

Each corresponding author will receive a copy of the issue after publication.

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