We are pleased to announce that we are in the early stages of work on a book about bilingual education. If you’re a subscriber or have been following this blog for long, you have probably noticed that Rethinking Schools has published a number of excellent books relevant to teaching and learning in bilingual classrooms.
Yet, if you consider yourself a bilingual education advocate, you also know the importance of improving and reforming bilingual education in collaboration with other bilingual educators, activists and students. We hope you will contribute to the conversation in this new book dedicated to rethinking bilingual education.
We are looking for articles—social justice-oriented, story-rich, and replicable—that describe bilingual classroom teaching and curriculum. Review our call for submissions below for details, and please share this with your professional network!
Grace Cornell Gonzales, Elizabeth Schlessman, and Pilar Mejía
Call for Submissions: Attention Bilingual Educators, Students, and Activists!!
Seeking Narratives for a new book by Rethinking Schools
Working Title: Rethinking Bilingual Education
Bilingual education is a perspective. A human right. An opportunity. Bilingual learning affirms that there is more than one way to say, see, and know. Yet bilingual programs too often replicate the inequities of the dominant culture. We must rethink bilingual teaching—day in, day out, from multiple perspectives—to ensure that the injustices and inequities that permeate our schools are not simply translated from monolingual to bilingual learning environments.
We invite you to submit a story that relates to teaching and learning in bilingual classrooms in the United States. We are particularly interested in articles that describe bilingual classroom teaching and curriculum—those that are social justice-oriented, story-rich, replicable, and critical. We hope to include articles about bilingual education across the curriculum so teachers and students of all disciplines are encouraged to contribute. We are especially looking for articles about:
- teaching in bilingual classrooms from a social justice perspective
- special education in bilingual contexts
- confronting the challenges of bilingual education
- perspectives from a diverse range of bilingual programs (especially those taught in languages other than Spanish, and programs that incorporate African American Vernacular English or ASL)
- family involvement
- how policy matters affect bilingual ed (e.g., analysis of testing, legislation, CCSS, etc.)
- stories that offer historical perspectives with a connection to the present
Students’ voices are important; make sure we can hear them! We especially encourage submissions from teachers and students of color, particularly those who speak a language other than English as their first language. We will also read submissions written in Spanish.
Please remember that Rethinking Schools is not an academic journal. We want the writing to be lively, conversational, and to avoid the kind of needless jargon that infects so much education writing. Please approach it as a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end, filled with anecdotes and the voices of teachers, parents, and/or students. Academic/scholarly articles will not be considered for this book.
The best way to understand what works for Rethinking Schools is to read through several issues of the magazine with an eye to how the authors show specifically what they do in the classroom and how they integrate information about the topic into the article. Specific models you might want to look at include:
- “Sin Fronteras Boy” by Grace Cornell Gonzales, and
- “Aquí y Allá: Exploring Our Lives Through Poetry—Here and There” by Elizabeth Schlessman
As a model of writing for the magazine, see anything by Linda Christensen.
Before you begin writing, check out the writers’ guidelines.
Please send submissions electronically (Word.doc). We are unable to read submissions of more than 3,500 words, and are generally interested in articles that are substantially shorter.
The initial submission deadline is April 30th.
If you have questions, e-mail Grace Cornell Gonzales.