English in Texas

Every three years, Texas Council of English Language Arts (TCTELA) selects a new editorial team for English in TexasEnglish in Texas is a national, peer-reviewed journal focusing on teacher research, classroom application, student writing, and professional development in English Language Arts.  The journal editorial team has responsibility for all final decisions pertaining to the content and quality of each issue of English in Texas.  Email questions to the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu.

Editorial Team from Houston Baptist University

Vickey M. Giles, EdD, Lead Editor
Angie Durand, EdD
Elizabeth (Polly) Trevino, PhD 
Mary White, EdD 

The editorial team of English in Texas, the peer-reviewed journal of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, invites you to submit your manuscripts. Speak to Texas teachers about the practice of teaching the English language arts in Texas.

We also welcome submissions for our NEW standing columns (500-1000 words):

Putting It All Together:  This column focuses on opportunities teachers provide to integrate reading, writing, listening and speaking.  What are some successes you’ve had in integrating reading, writing, listening and speaking?  What resources have you consulted?  How do your students respond to integrated lessons as opposed to isolated lessons?  To submit a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu.

The Tech-Savvy Teacher:  This column focuses on ways to incorporate technology into your daily teaching.  What are some technology tools you’ve found useful?  How do these tools inform your instruction?  How do students respond to these tools?  What is required to use these tools?  To submit a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu.

New Teacher Voices:  This column provides a space for teachers with 3 or fewer years of classroom experience to have a voice.  Share with other young teachers and remind veterans what it is like at the beginning of a teaching career.  What are some of your great successes?  What lessons have you learned from your failures?  What is the best advice you have received?  What resources do you count on to get you through? To submit a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu.

Call for Reviewers

English in Texas, the premier journal of TCTELA with a readership of 1,000+ throughout Texas and the U.S., is seeking reviewers to join the current group of professionals serving on our review board.  We highly value peer review by all stakeholders: practitioners, academicians, and administrators, who support the teaching of English Language Arts.  We are looking for reviewers with a wide variety of interests and areas of expertise.

If selected you agree to review no more than THREE manuscripts in a 12 month period.  Manuscripts should be reviewed and returned within 15 days.  If you are unable to complete your review within 15 days you can decline to review for that cycle.  Please note, however, that after two failures to review or two late reviews, you will be removed from the active list of the review board.

If you are interested, please let the editorial board know by contacting us at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Calls for Submissions

English in Texas, Vol. 50.2
Fall/Winter 2020
Theme: Academic Language in an Emoji World
Manuscript Deadline: September 1, 2020
Column Deadline:  September 15, 2020

Call for Submissions:  The theme for this call is “Academic Language in an Emoji World.” This theme will focus on the importance of academic language in this culture of emojis rather than words. Bailey (2007)

states that “Academic language proficiency is knowing and being able to use general and content-specific vocabulary, specialized or complex grammatical structures – all for the purpose of acquiring new knowledge and skills, interacting about a topic, or imparting information to others.”

In this issue of English in Texas, we want readers to see how teachers design academic language instruction. How do you validate and build on students’ conversational/social language proficiency to develop their academic language fluency? Students are well versed in communicating through emojis, Instagram, and abbreviated texts. What approaches do you use to help them translate to both oral and written academic language for instruction and learning? What instructional choices do you make to help develop students’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, and visual literacy for academic purposes? 

We welcome you to share your voice through articles that are practical, research-based, and/or theoretical, as related to this topic of “Academic Language in an Emoji World.”  Please refer to the English in Texas website for manuscript submission guidelines.  Do not hesitate to contact the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu should you have any questions. 

Furthermore, we invite interested individuals to submit ideas for our Fall/Winter columns, “Putting It All Together” and “The Tech-Savvy Teacher” as related to the theme of “Academic Language in an Emoji World.”  The below descriptions detail each column as well as provide information for contacting the editorial team regarding your column idea.  Please query the editorial team BEFORE submitting your full column.

The columns to be published in this issue include:

Putting It All Together:  This column focuses on how teachers differentiate for special populations, including gifted/talented, English learners, struggling readers, and other students with special needs. What experiences have you had in integrating reading, writing, listening, and speaking with these populations?  What resources have you consulted?  What challenges have you faced and how did you address them? To submit a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu.

The Tech-Savvy Teacher:  This column focuses on ways to incorporate technology into your daily teaching.  What are some technology tools you’ve found useful?  How do these tools inform your instruction?  How do students respond to these tools?  What is required to use these tools?  To submit a column for publication consideration, please contact the editorial team at EnglishinTX@hbu.edu. 

English in Texas, Vol. 51.1
Spring/Summer 2021
Theme: Connections: Crafting Instruction to Discover Joy in Literacy
Manuscript Deadline: April 1, 2021
Column Deadline:  April 15, 2021

Call for Submissions:  Check back for further details. 

English in Texas Submission Guidelines

  • Inquiries and Innovations manuscripts are those that follow the biannual themes. Research articles should be no more than ten to fifteen double-spaced, typed pages in length (approximately 2,500 to 3,750 words), but classroom innovation articles should be eight to twelve pages in length (2,000 to 3,000 words).

  • Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point font and double-spaced throughout (including quotations, endnotes, and works cited), with standard margins. Microsoft Word 2004 or later is preferred. Please save copies of anything you send us. We cannot return any materials to authors.

  • Number all pages.

  • Adhere to the style guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition.

  • Ensure that the manuscript conforms to the NCTE Guidelines for Gender-Fair use of Language.

  • Tables and figures should be in separate file(s), but with their content included in the word count.

  • Provide an abstract of 150-200 words and a list of 5 key words pertaining to your Manuscript.

  • In your cover letter, please provide a statement guaranteeing that the manuscript has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

  • List your name, address, school affiliation, telephone number, and e-mail address on the title page only, not on the manuscript. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by e-mail.

  • Student consent forms for research-based articles will be requested upon acceptance of the article for publication.

Manuscripts should be sent by e-mail as an attachment.

English in Texas is peer-reviewed, and virtually all manuscripts are read by two or more outside reviewers. We will reach a decision on each article submitted for a themed issue within two months after the submission deadline, and articles of General Interest within five months after the submission deadline. In order to be considered, submissions must be received on or before the call deadline.