CALL FOR AUTHORS

Future Publication: A Race-Conscious Pedagogy Future: Essays that Forge a New Path for Equitable Schools

Editor

Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.

Co-Editor

Heather Bennett, Ph.D.

 

The Equity Institute for Race-Conscious Pedagogy’s publishing house, RCP Publishing, is accepting manuscripts from academics, school superintendents, K-12 educators, instructors in higher education, and school health care workers for a book of essays tentatively titled A Race-Conscious Pedagogy Future: Essays that Forge a New Path for Equitable Schools.

 

 

Aim of the Book

 

The 2019-2020 coronavirus has reshaped the look of primary, secondary, and postsecondary education in drastic ways once stay-at-home orders went into effect across the country in early March 2020. While getting devices into the hands of K-12 has been an essential part of teaching and learning in public schools across the country for more than a decade, higher education has always been the forerunner of remote learning and alternative assessment strategies. Restrictions caused by Covid-19 have nevertheless reinvented education, enabling educators to critique various kinds of critical pedagogy and launch innovative remote learning endeavors.

While COVID-19 exposed disparities in health and access to educational resources, discourse over race in America was shattered further in May, when reports of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 26-year old African American, was killed by three White vigilantes while jogging. Soon after, news about the deaths of a 26-year-old African American woman, Breonna Taylor, in Louisville, and African American males, George Floyd, age 46, and Rayshard Brooks, age 27, in Minneapolis and Atlanta, respectively, each killed by law enforcement officers, levied a heavy burden on educators to correct generations of colorblind and color-evasive pedagogy that traditionally distanced the school system from race-centered learning. 

Our aim for this book is to offer ideas that help school district and university leaders create equitable learning spaces in ways not imagined before spring 2020 when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the deaths of Arbery, Taylor, Floyd, and Brooks shook the nation. We urge authors to consider new approaches to education theory, classroom praxis, and administrative responsibilities after many months that school buildings and campuses have been closed and as the nation bore witness to Black Lives Matter demonstrations in all 50 states. Authors can reflect on any level of education and can offer new ideas ranging from antiracist pedagogies to ethnic studies, and from models of reparations to trauma-informed practices. Although we would like authors to quantitatively and qualitatively reflect on the interplay of race and culture with the school system following the health and racial crises of early 2020, proposals are welcome from all programs and practice. Authors may also submit proposals for mixed-methods and narrative form essays. International perspectives are welcome.

We hope new authors find the opportunity to work with RCP Publishing to be enlightening and motivating for future book projects. Experienced authors would do an excellent service to the organization, as this may become its first publication. Royalties from this book will go toward the research agenda of the Equity Institute for Race-Conscious Pedagogy. All authors benefit by having their work published, which may enhance their professional reputations and bring attention to the institutions and school districts they serve. Moreover, the Equity Institute for Race-Conscious Pedagogy will become an active advocate in promoting our authors' careers and will support our authors who would like to sell copies of this publication. The authors will receive complimentary copies of the publication.

Potential Topics (ensure that your topic addresses the themes of COVID-19 and social justice following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd):

  • Critical Race and Gender Studies                                                             Decolonial Theories (K-12, higher ed)

  • Antiracist and indigenizing movements in education                           Decolonizing bodies in higher education

  • Implementing a Strategic DEI Plan                                                           Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

  • Technology and a New Role of Educator                                                The Future of Virtual Learning

  • Grading Equity and Alternative Assessment Strategies                       Critical quantitative methods

  • School funding post-COVID-19                                                                 Equity Audits

  • Health and Well-Being                                                                                Social Justice Pedagogy

  • Intersectionality                                                                                          The Future of Standardized Testing

  • University-Community Relationships                                                      Confederate flag in schools

  • Models of Reparation                                                                                 Teaching Students with Disabilities

  • Trauma-informed practices                                                                       School to Prison Pipeline

  • Transnational Perspectives

 

 

Timeline

July 27, 2020                                     Intent to Submit Completed

September 28, 2020                       Deadline for submission

October 11-December 31, 2020   Peer Review Period

January 1-February 15, 2021         Final Revisions

February-April, 2021                       Copyediting and proofing period

May 2021                                          Target publication date

Submission

  • Intent to Submit:  Please send your intent to submit to info@raceconsciouspedagogy.org by July 27, 2020. Please send us a short email with the following:

  1.  Tell us who you are in 50-100 words (if you're co-authoring, this can be 100-200 words)

  2.  An abstract of your essay (100-300 words).  

  • We will officially award authorship to applicants upon reaching the deadline on July 27.

  • Manuscript submission: If awarded authorship, the essay will be due anytime before September 28, 2020.  Submit this to info@raceconsciouspedagogy.org. Details on how to prepare the manuscript are below.

Preparing The Manuscript

Manuscripts must be appropriately blinded, containing no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation outside of the title page. Here are a few tips:

  • Change your name if you are self citing

  • Change the name of your institution and any institution-specific documents

  • Do not put your name or institution name in the title of the manuscript or the name of the file. 

Email one document to info@raceconsciouspedagogy.org. Put in the subject line "Manuscript proposal: Post COVID." In the email, put your name, your professional title, institutional affiliation(s), phone number, and email address. Include also the names, titles, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses of co-authors. 

Your manuscript should include:

  • A title/subtitle

  • Abstract 75-100 words in length

  • Lengthy quotations of 300 or more words from one source require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Tables and figures taken from another source also require such approval. You are responsible to obtain written permission upon acceptance of your article for our publication.

  • Illustrations should be generated as a high resolution (300 dpi), black and white (no color) graphic image suitable for publication. Save as a TIF file. These hi-res images should be shared as a separate file name. In the manuscript, place a text box, include the file name of the image and a caption.

  • Articles should be at least approximately 5,000 words, but we anticipate pieces to range between 7,000-10,000 words.

  • Author's should use APA Style, 7th edition.

Upon the acceptance of a manuscript, authors are responsible for making the changes recommended by the copy editor and for proofreading their manuscripts prior to submitting the final correct copy.

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