April 1, 2012

NCELA Call for Papers: Teacher Evaluation Systems

AccELLerate! is the quarterly review of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, covering issues of interest to stakeholders in the education of English learners.

NCELA invites contributions to the summer 2012 special theme issue that deals with teacher evaluation systems, focusing on measuring the quality of teachers working with English learners. They seek papers that explore

Methods for evaluating teachers of ELs;
Measuring teacher effectiveness;
Identifying indicators of excellent teaching;
Linking student achievement and teacher evaluation; or
Implementing a system for reviewing teachers' effectiveness.

Submissions may be theoretically or empirically based or address more general issues of policy and practice as related to teacher evaluation. Preference is given to manuscripts that are well-prepared, well-organized, and well-written. NCELA always welcomes contributions from teachers who work with English learners.

Three categories of papers are published in the review. 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. Success Stories (around 500 words) describe successful projects and programs or provide brief reports of new observations, concepts, or methodologies. Teachers’ Gems of Wisdom (around 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 must be received by April 9, 2012.
Complete submissions should be sent to Natalia Romanova, quarterly review coordinator, at romanova at gwu dot edu
All authors will be notified of the publication status of their articles by May 30, 2012.

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

NCELA Call for Papers: Teacher Evaluation Systems. (NCELA@HERMES.GWU.EDU, 22 Mar 2012).

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