July 27, 2011

NCELA Call for Papers for the Fall Quarterly Review

NCELA Call for Papers for the Fall Quarterly Review

AccELLerate! is the quarterly review of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition; we strive to include topics of interest to stakeholders in the education of English learners. The fall 2011 issue will focus on topics related to two of the discretionary grants issued through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA): the National Professional Development (NPD) and the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NA/AN) programs. NPD grants focus on preservice and inservice development of teachers prepared to work with EL students in programs that meet their needs, while NA/AN grants focus on improving the educational outcomes of Native American and Alaska Native children by helping them meet the same rigorous standards for academic achievement that all children are expected to meet.

This call for contributions invites articles from ESL, bilingual education, and content-area teachers, state and local administrators, researchers, and others who work with these programs and/or these populations; in particular, we invite current and former recipients of NPD and NA/AN grants. Topics relevant to the issues may include (but are not limited to): use of students’ heritage language and culture; parent involvement/home school relations; PD activities that incorporate and affirm students’ background and culture; and PD activities that have been found to be especially successful for preservice and inservice teachers.

Preference is given to manuscripts that are well-prepared, well-organized, and well-written. Three categories of papers are published in the quarterly review. (1) Full-length articles (approximately 1,000 words including all references, tables, and figures) should provide objective synthesis and interpretation of a subject of importance to the field or report original research. (2) Success Stories (about 500 words) describe successful projects and programs or provide brief reports of new observations, concepts, or methodologies. (3) Teachers’ Gems of Wisdom (about 250 words) share professional insights and best practices in teaching ELs. Papers that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere in an accessible, retrievable form are not acceptable for submission to the review on grounds of prior publication. However, summaries of previously published work may be submitted.

To submit an article

* All submissions should include complete contact information (phone number and email) for the primary author and a short biography with the name, title, and affiliation of each author.
* All articles will be reviewed carefully; NCELA may request revisions by the author(s) and/or may make needed revisions. A submission does not guarantee publication; revising an article does not guarantee publication.
* Submissions for a full-length article will include the title of the article and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Submissions must be received by August 15; authors will be contacted by August 19 to write a full article by September 30.
* Submissions for a Success Story or Teachers' Gems of Wisdom will include the title of the submission and the full article. Submissions must be received by August 24.
* Complete submissions should be sent to Natalia Romanova, editor, at romanova at gwu dot edu.
* All authors will be notified of the publication status of their articles by October 20, 2011.

Manuscript preparation guidelines
All articles should be submitted electronically in MSWord format. For writing and editorial style, authors should follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009), except for citations. Please note that, in order to improve the readability of the publication for a broad audience, references are cited in the text in bracketed numbers, with the references following each article in the same numerical order; other notes are indicated by consecutively numbered superscripts. Go to http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/accellerate to see past issues of the quarterly review.

NCELA List. NCELA Call for Papers for the Fall Quarterly Review. NCELA List listserv (NCELA@HERMES.GWU.EDU, 25 Jul 2011).

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