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New Teacher Advocate – Write for NTA

Dr. Cheri Long Quote

New Teacher Advocate Author Guidelines
The Managing Editor and Advisory Panel for the New Teacher Advocate seek well-written manuscripts on topics of particular interest to or help for beginning educators. Manuscripts for one-page articles (500 words) or two-page articles (700-850 words) should be backed by research and offer practical suggestions and resources that student teachers and first- or second-year educators can readily apply in the classroom. When you write and edit, write succinctly so that each sentence is meaningful (like a tip in itself).

NOTE: The NTA Submission process has changed. Here is the new process.
Before you write, read these tips!

NTA Topics of Interest
Classroom Management
– includes behavior management and rewards, handling conflicts, averting bullying situations, and time management

Classroom Set-up – includes physical arrangement, bulletin boards, record-keeping, procedures, and routines

Communication – includes communications with students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and community members (including government such as city council, school board, or state or national legislators) – think about classroom newsletters, parent-teacher conferences of all types, what to say and how to say it

Differentiation – includes all types of differentiation with how-to’s – differentiating content, products, or processes – differentiating based on interests or abilities – tiering, cubing, RAFTing, etc.

English Language Learners – especially looking for low-prep strategies for helping them, ways to assimilate them into the classroom community, best teaching strategies

Family Involvement – how to get families and guardians more involved in the education of the student, how to get whole families involved in learning and participating at school – especially how to communicate with and involve parents and guardians of ELLs

Holidays – with the myriad nationalities and ethnicities represented in today’s classroom, what holidays do you celebrate and how? What holidays do you teach about or have students research or share with classmates?

Implementing Common Core – need practical ideas for transitioning from the way you were teaching or the textbook you were using to the expectations of Common Core – must be very how-to oriented

Professionalism – includes the teacher’s behavior, attire, attitude, and speech – may also include teachers’ lounge behavior or behavior outside of school – may also include legal issues of interest to beginning teachers or how to become a teacher leader such as establishing a professional learning community

Student Involvement – includes teaching strategies, differentiated instruction methods, technology for learning, assessment (especially formative assessment), and anything you do with your students or you have them doing that engages them in their own learning – may include a wide variety of resources

Sustainability – any strategies for integrating Education for Sustainability into the classroom or the curriculum, specifically interdisciplinary activities, problem-based learning ideas, and system thinking approaches.

Teaching Strategies – almost any teaching strategy – tell us how you do it and give examples

Your First Classroom – may be anything from various aspects of applying for a teaching position to interviewing to asking questions, includes what to do once you are hired and how to prepare for the first days of school, may also include special situations or unexpected situations such as preparing for co-teaching, working with a paraprofessional, meeting the needs of diverse populations of students, crossing cultures, keeping records, working with special students

Special Events – includes tips for testing time, help for maintaining a learning environment near the end of the school year

Submission Process
Articles should use good grammar and spelling, be succinct, be written with intended audience in mind, and cover topics applicable to today’s classrooms. Use active voice (“read”) rather than passive (“a teacher should be prepared to read”). Acceptance rate is about 40%. All manuscripts submitted undergo a review process by both a member of the NTA Advisory Panel and the Managing Editor.

If your article is on a topic which we need articles, it will be scored on this Review Form using the Rubric for NTA Review Form. The results of this review will be communicated with you. To see a sample of an article which needed major work, please see Example of NTA Article Needing Major Revisions. To see a sample of an article which needed minor work, please see Example of NTA Article Needing Minor Revisions.

Submit Manuscripts Online
Complete the online form to make your submission. The managing editor will receive your manuscript and read it within a few days. You will then receive a response with ideas and suggestions or to simply let you know if your manuscript is ready for review. In most cases, you will receive suggestions for improvement before your manuscript is sent for review. It is not uncommon that, after the review, a manuscript might need to be revised then resubmitted. About 75% are then accepted. Publication of your article will be 6-18 months later with a copy edit taking place three months before publication. At that time you will receive a copyright release to sign and will be asked to make a final review of the changes, then accept or revise final edits.

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