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Click the image on the left to access all of our published articles. If after doing some reading you decide you'd like to write an article, see the next section for more information and complete submission guidelines.



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Article Submission Guidelines:

Dream School Commons (DSC) seeks articles related to education reform in the United States. The goal of these articles is to inspire DSC community members to develop new research-based school design ideas in the Wiki area of the DSC website. Writers may promote an innovative idea, discuss an issue, or argue for or against a practice within education. Whatever the topic and scope, each DSC article will support its claims with reliable research and will somehow address one or more of the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be educated?
  • What does/should the process of becoming educated look like?
  • What is the purpose of schooling/education in the twenty-first century?
  • What does it mean to teach, and who should be doing it?
  • How might new school/education design promote successful education?
  • How might technology, community involvement, service, arts, physical activity, nutrition, nature, travel, and other resources be used to rethink education?

We prefer articles with a conversational tone that utilize practice/experience, educational theory, and research, which support the ideas being championed or discouraged within the article.

Submission Formatting and Procedure:

  • Manuscripts should be five to fifteen pages long (about 1500-4500 words). This is only a guide. Content is first priority, so quality ideas will be considered even if the article is a bit over or under the suggested length.
  • Begin your article with a title that will both attract readers' attention and give a hint of what your article is about.
  • We love it when authors include citations or references that support their work. If you’ve done this, kudos. Please send the URLs with your article so we can link to them. You can also use footnotes as follows: (1), (2), etc., with the full references at the end of the article. We’ll make links to these, too.
  • Email your article to submissions@dreamschoolcommons.org with "Your Name: Article Submission" in the subject line.
  • Paste your article in the body of an email or attach it as an HTML file. For security reasons, DSC cannot accept any other attachment formats unless you’ve received permission from the editors. We will provide instructions explaining how to submit artwork or other images that are to be included in the article.
  •  In the body of your email message before your article, include your name, a brief bio, email address (Let us know if you want your email address published with your article so readers can contact you directly.), telephone number, and the title of your manuscript.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts via email within seventy-two hours of receipt.
  • Please proofread your work for errors before submission. DSC's editors will also do this, but the more errors, the longer it takes to publish. We also check sources for accuracy as time permits, but remember that errors in “factual” information damages your credibility, so it’s best to fact-check before you click “Send.”
  • We will notify you via email whether we have accepted your manuscript or not. If you haven't heard from us after six weeks, please feel free to inquire about your manuscript by emailing submissions@dreamschoolcommons.org with "Your Name: Submission Query" in the subject line.
  • DSC expects to publish several new articles monthly. We may receive more articles than we can accommodate. If your submission is rejected for publication, don’t be discouraged to send us work in the future. There are many reasons a piece might not be published; quality of work isn’t the only factor. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to give thorough explanations for why a piece isn’t accepted, but we always welcome new articles. Previous publication on the DSC website does not guarantee future publication.  
  • We cannot provide contributors with an honorarium at this time, but we hope that the value of sharing ideas and expertise and the knowledge that you're contributing to an important movement will serve as their own modest rewards.    
  • Writers retain full copyright control of their work.
  • Articles published on Dream School Commons website do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors, founders, or associates. Statements and positions of the editors, founders, or associates or DSC do not necessarily reflect the views of our contributing writers.

 


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