OJELA FALL 2019 Call for Manuscripts

The submission period for the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts is now open! Our next issue focuses on Teaching in the Age of Accountability. Submissions are due October 15, 2019!

About This Issue’s Theme:

In Teaching as a Subversive Activity, writers Neil Postman and   Chris Weingartner tell teachers to “eliminate all restrictions that confine learners to sitting still in boxes inside of boxes.” The problem? Their critical work was published in 1969, before the current era of end of course exams and  teacher evaluation systems, making their criticism of modern school structures  all the more powerful. So, how can we be true to our pedagogical roots and help our students find their voice yet also meet the demands on us – and them – to quantify and demonstrate their learning in a systemic way?

In this issue of the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, we explore creative ways that teachers have met assessment and accountability demands while still rooting their instruction in best practices designed to help students develop agency and ownership of their own learning. How can we meet increasingly centralized curricular demands while still meeting the individual needs of our students?

“As it is, the lover of inquiry must follow his beloved wherever it may lead him.” – Plato

It’s a pedagogical approach supported by the work of such important learning theorists as Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky and Freire, but how can we encourage inquiry in our students? How can teachers spark their students’ curiosity? What does true inquiry look like in an English Language Arts classroom?

In this issue of Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, we explore the use of inquiry and curiosity in literacy instruction of our students. In a discipline rooted in dialogue, how do we engage our students in the dialogue of wonder and excitement in the English Language Arts classroom?

More information on the current call for manuscripts can be found HERE.

If you have questions about the types of articles we are looking for or other questions about the next issue, please contact Elizabeth Walsh-Moorman, OJELA Editor at ewalsh@lec.edu