Call for Article Proposals for Educator's Voice, Vol. VIII: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for the 21st Century Learner

UPDATE: Feb. 21, 2014

The 21st century continues to pose new challenges for today's students who are graduating into a world of unprecedented change. In a society that is moving rapidly, driven by global communications, with a workplace that changes regularly, our future citizens have to be prepared beyond the three R's. Success in the 21st century requires multiple forms of literacy and communication, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving. This theme is designed to investigate ways in which learning that is authentic, collaborative, and hands on can capture the essence of real world tasks and prepare students for a global society defined by fast communications, ongoing change, and increasing diversity.

Examples of topic areas include:

  • STEM Education
  • Critical Thinking
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Problem- or Project-Based Learning
  • Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Special Populations
  • Multiple Literacies (civic, environmental, global awareness)

Editorial Guidelines

Grade and Content Area: Author(s) can describe practices in any grades (P-12) and affiliated with any content area. For example, a fourth-grade teacher and special education teacher may address their approaches as a teaching team; a high school social studies teacher may co-author a manuscript with the school psychologist, a kindergarten teacher in partnership with a university professor may discuss their approaches.

Audience: Teachers, school-related professionals, pupil personnel services providers, union leaders, parents, administrators, higher education faculty, researchers, legislators, and policymakers.

Deadline for Proposals: June 9, 2014.

Rights: Acceptance of a proposal is not a guarantee of publication. Publication decisions are made by the Editorial Board. NYSUT retains the right to edit articles. The author will have the right to review changes and if not acceptable to both parties, the article will not be included in Educator's Voice. NYSUT may also retain the article for use on the NYSUT website ( or for future publication in NYSUT United.

Article Length: The required article length is flexible. Please submit approximately 2,000 – 3,000 words (or 7-9 double-spaced pages plus references).

Writing Style: Authors are encouraged to write in a direct style designed to be helpful to both practitioners and to others committed to strengthening education. Education terms (i.e., jargon, acronyms) should be defined for a broad audience. For articles with multiple authors, use one voice consistently.

Manuscript: Authors must follow American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition style with in-text citations and references at the end of the article. Do not use footnotes. Please paginate the manuscript and include the lead author's name in the header. Graphics may be submitted, but must be high-resolution and provided separately from the manuscript (not embedded in the document). Please do not submit copyrighted material unless you obtain and provide permission from the publisher.

Content Guidelines

Please reference each of the following in your proposal and return to NYSUT by the June 9, 2014 deadline:

  • Relevance to the theme of Learning in the 21st Century
  • The context for the reader; describe the setting and student population (e.g., class approaches, whole school approaches).
  • Description of your approaches; include specifics of the practice or strategy used in your classroom(s). Include relevant artifacts if available.
  • The research base that supports the practice, including relevant citations and their connection to your classroom practice; links to Common Core or other standards.
  • Evidence of success that indicates the practice achieved its goal(s). Describe student outcomes and evaluation criteria, or metrics.
  • How you involved parents and caregivers as partners in your work.
  • How does your practice address the needs of diverse populations? (e.g., students with disabilities, English language learners, other students with unique learning needs)

Submission Form

Deadlines for Volume VIII

  • June 9, 2014: Proposal submission deadline
  • July 7, 2014: NYSUT responds to proposal
  • Aug. 29, 2014: Completed article submission
  • April 2015: Publication