Got an article idea? We welcome queries and would like to see academics, researchers, education practitioners and students all represented on our pages.
While we are interested in a wide variety of educational issues, in each issue we will run several articles on a theme. Story ideas that are especially appropriate for one of our themes are of particular interest.
ISSUE 1 (MARCH 2021): EDUCATING WITH THE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
On a global scale, we’re faced with complex societal and environmental challenges such as climate change, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation that we must address in order to achieve a more sustainable future for all. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out 17 action areas aimed at sustaining life (both human and non-human), ending poverty, and achieving social justice. These are the building blocks of global well-being.
For educators, the SDGs have enormous educational importance and potential. They offer cross-curricular relevancy and invaluable learning opportunities for students to discover their crucial role in solving local, regional, and global problems, starting in their own community. Simultaneously, education ministries, school districts and school communities will discover that engaging with the SDGs can support students in the important goal of acquiring the six pan-Canadian Global Competencies identified by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), to equip them to thrive in and shape their world.
In this issue, we explore how educators can engage students to become active global citizens and authentically address global issues in empowering and hopeful ways.
ISSUE 2 (MAY 2021): Back to “Normal?”
As we look ahead to students’ probable return to bricks and mortar schooling in the fall, we have a chance to think about what school should be and how we can better meet all students’ needs – a welcome change from the past year’s reactive scramble to cope with pandemic conditions! Can we – and should we – simply go back to how it was? Or can we use what we learned during the pandemic to re-imagine and re-tool school?
The pandemic revealed longstanding inequities in the system and forced educators at every level to do things differently. We saw that we can change, and quickly, when we need to. We also saw how resistant to change many aspects of schooling are, how strong the pull of the status quo. How will we meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world?
In this issue, we invite authors (and readers) to:
- reflect on the lessons and ongoing challenges of the pandemic
- showcase examples of creativity, innovation and adaptation (COVID hacks) that are worth keeping and building on, and
- envision a path forward to an education system that will equip students – all students – to thrive and to meet the challenges of the future
In short, where have we landed? Where should we be headed? What is our “prime directive”? And what do we need to do to move forward?
Deadline for queries: February 5, 2021
Issue 3 (September 2021): Student Wellbeing: From Surviving to Thriving
As we slowly emerge from the pandemic and all the obligations it imposed on the education system to preserve the physical health of young people, we face an equally urgent need to increase our support for the mental health and well-being of all students. This is an issue that needs to be addressed at the level of the individual student, in the classroom and school, and throughout the system through effective policy and programs.
In our September issue, we offer insights and approaches for school and district wellness champions, school community leaders, and for all educators working to build healthier, happier school cultures. We are looking for contributors to address the following areas of interest :
- A comprehensive school health approach: making systemic changes to support the well-being of students and the entire school community
- What do students say they need? Are we listening? How can we build voice and choice into education?
- Why does school itself so often take the joy out of learning and lead to anxiety and/or apathy among so many students – and how can we use meaningful pedagogy to re-engage students post-pandemic?
- Success stories: initiatives being undertaken to build healthy school cultures that are safe spaces for all
- Programs with demonstrated effectiveness in teaching mental health literacy, fostering adaptability and resilience, countering bullying.
Deadline for queries: April 15, 2021
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Send proposals for English articles to:
Holly Bennett, Editor