Call for submissions


2018 Issue of New Jersey English Journal:                                           

New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, invites you to share submissions on “Transformative Teaching in the 21st Century: Teachers as Catalysts.”  We seek researched articles as well as 500-word personal essays and other creative responses that shed light on the many possibilities, topics, issues, problems and solutions related to transformative teaching in the 21st century at all grade levels from kindergarten to college. Articles should relate directly to English Language Arts teaching and learning.  We value responses from both veteran and new teachers. Co-written articles are also welcome. Writers are urged to read past editions available online at to review past successful submissions.

New Jersey English Journal publishes thoughtful and carefully edited pieces, but we particularly welcome submissions and queries from new authors. We are interested in helping emerging writers to develop their public voices. So feel free to reach out for feedback.

We invite you to respond to the theme of “Transformative Teaching in the 21st Century: Teachers as Catalysts” by considering such questions as:

* Teaching Language Arts in a Technological Age

* Encouraging Critical Thinking & Creativity in an Assessment-Driven Environment.

* Creating Community & Encouraging Empathy in Language Arts Classrooms

* Building Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions for Global Citizenship

* Dispelling Myths about Education Today

* Social Justice Pedagogy and Tackling Controversial Topics

* Methods for Teaching beyond The Canon: Suggestions for 21st Century Texts and Strategies

In addition to submissions that respond to the theme, we also welcome poetry on the topic of teaching.  Submissions will be accepted between April 1 and December 15, 2017.  Submissions should not have been published or simultaneously submitted to any other journal. Submissions must use MLA formatting and Time New Roman or Garamond Font in Size 12.  All submissions will be reviewed by multiple members of our editorial board.  Submitters will receive a response by February 1, 2018; the journal will be released by April 1, 2018.  Send queries and submissions to 2018 journal editor Liz deBeer at

NEW: NJCTE is also seeking blog entries for our NEW blog ( The short format of our blog offers a great opportunity to try out new ideas. Send queries and submissions to our blog editor Audrey Fisch at

Posted by Audrey Fisch, blog editor for NJCTE.

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Call for submissions

The Inaugural NJCTE Blog Post

Welcome to the very first blog post of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English. We plan to offer regular posts.

But we can’t do it alone!

First of all, tell us your ideas! What would you would like to see in this space?

Second of all, write for us! Would you like to share your own post here? We welcome contributions from teachers, librarians, administrators, parents, and students who are interested in sharing their ideas with the NJCTE community. Feel free to pass along an idea for feedback or a finished blog post. For the latter, please include a one line biography (with links to twitter if you have a feed), a picture of any book you discuss, and a picture of yourself (if desired).

Here’s some of what we know already we’d like to see here:

  1. Classroom/lesson reflections. What did you try? How did it work? Do you have pictures? Inspire us!
  2. Education reflections. Share your thoughts about teaching, reading, writing, classroom management, or anything else. Keep it real but positive.
  3. Technology ideas. There’s so much great stuff out there, but the question is always how are you using technology and how is it helping you? Please share!
  4. Review of books. Tell us what you’ve read and loved. Explain what was great, include a few quotes, and suggest who else might like this book (readers who like so-and-so, grade level, interests). Keep the plot summary and spoilers to a minimum and only share your thoughts on the good stuff out there.
  5. Student work. Do you have a student who has produced a wonderful piece of writing? Share his/her/their work with a receptive, broader audience who can also celebrate the teaching that produced this writing. If you submit the work on the student’s behalf, be sure you receive permission to do so.
  6. Policy and practice. Do you have thoughts or expertise about New Jersey educational policy, particularly as it pertains to the teaching of English? Let us benefit from your expertise. Keep us informed about what we should know or be thinking about.
  7. Have a favorite poem or cartoon to share? If it’s out there already, it’s probably in public domain. Send it along with or without a few comments about why you like it or why you use it in your classroom.

Again, these are just our ideas. We are just getting started!

Posted by Audrey Fisch, blog editor for NJCTE.

New Jersey Council of Teachers of English
New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, the New Jersey state affiliate of NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English
The Inaugural NJCTE Blog Post