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. 51.1
Fall/Winter 2020
Theme: Connections: Crafting Instruction to Find Joy in Literacy 
Manuscript Deadline: April 1, 2021
Column Deadline:  April 15, 2021

Call for Submissions: The 2021 conference theme is “Connections: Crafting Instruction to Find Joy in Literacy.” Our 2020 TCTELA president, Stephen Winton, could not know when he “crafted” the theme for the 2021 TCTELA conference, how much both our personal and our teaching lives would change in 2020. Now, more than ever, we are impelled to find different ways to create joy in literacy and learning, not only for our students, but for ourselves.

In this issue of English in Texas, we want readers to think not only about how teachers of English language arts are “crafting instruction to find joy in literacy,” but also how, during the tumult in our country and in education in recent months, you have crafted literacy instruction to build connections between the students in your classrooms, working to increase empathy, and celebrate diversity.

As you consider how the “next normal” has changed your classroom instruction and/or your views on the importance of literacy inside and outside the classroom, think about the following questions:

  • What new connections are you making with students?
  • As instructional designers, how does your work connect the TEKS while guiding students to form positive social connections?
  • Are there things we need to “undo?”
  • When choosing trade books are there certain ones that you have found to be explicit on empathic themes while also allowing students to discover their own learnings?
  • Writing can be a form of journalistic expression. Are there topics/themes that can be combined within the standards and across all grade levels to find joy in literacy and in each other?

We welcome you to share your experiences and learnings through articles that are practical, research-based, and/or theoretical, as related to this topic of “Connections: Crafting Instruction to Find Joy in Literacy.”  Please refer to English in Texas on the TCTELA website https://www.tctela.org/english_in_texas 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 Spring/Summer columns, “Putting It All Together” and “The Tech-Savvy Teacher” as related to the theme of “Connections: Crafting Instruction to Find Joy in Literacy.” The following 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. 51.2
Spring/Summer 2021
Theme: Parking Lot Planning and Drive-Through Instruction? Let's Change Direction!
Manuscript Deadline: September 1, 2021
Column Deadline:  September 15, 2021

Call for Submissions: The Fall/Winter 2021 issue will focus on moving away from “instant” everything and thinking instead about slowing down our processing and taking time to internalize our learning, while also giving our students time to really let the learning “percolate” through them. Ayers, Kumashiro, Meiners, Quinn, and Stovall (2016) purport that “a call to slow education points to the fact that even in our hurry-up, instant-everything world, the growth of a child takes time” (p. 69).

In this issue of English in Texas, we want readers to share their experiences and insights into how to “slow down” and allow time for reading, internalizing, learning, making connections, and retaining what is learned. As you consider this, think about the following questions:

  • Are there special times in your instruction when you deliberately slow things down instead of bulldozing through a book or unit plan?
  • Have there been times when the slow-down occurred because you and the students were caught up in an idea or passage or discussion and you stopped your plan for the day and let learning happen?
  • In your planning, do you leave space for reflection and the slow-down that brings?
  • Do you plan time/make time for your students to grow? If so, how?

We welcome you to share your experiences and learnings through articles that are practical, research-based, and/or theoretical, as related to this topic of “Parking Lot Planning and Drive-Through Instruction? Let’s Change Direction!”  Please refer to English in Texas on the TCTELA website https://www.tctela.org/english_in_texas 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 “Parking Lot Planning and Drive-Through Instruction? Let’s Change Direction!”  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 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 7th 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.