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Editorial Calendar and Submission Guidelines

Editorial Calendar and Submission Guidelines

You're an expert in education. Please share your knowledge and experience with your fellow school leaders in Principal Leadership magazine.

Write about one of the following themes or submit an article on another topic of interest to principals, assistant principals, or aspiring principals.

Principal Leadership is your magazine—help make it an even more valuable resource by writing an article or passing these themes on to a colleague who has a great program or unique perspective. 

View Submission Guidelines

Principal Leadership for 2015

Preview the Ignite ’15 conference in San Diego, CA, February 19–21!
Look for articles from featured speakers and concurrent session and school showcase presenters. If you are presenting at Ignite ’15 and want to contribute, please contact plmag@nassp.org by August 4, 2014.

Deadline: October 6, 2014 

  • Meeting ELA Common Core standards
  • Media literacy
  • Close reading and other specific strategies
  • Incorporating nonfiction texts

Supporting College and Career Readiness
Deadline: November 3, 2014 

  • Supporting college and career readiness in the middle grades, in high school, and at home
  • Working with parents and postsecondary partners to ensure students’ access and success
  • Career and technical education

English Language Learners
Deadline: December 1, 2014 

  • Effective strategies for teaching both new and long-term ELLs
  • Professional development for general education and second language teachers
  • Common Core and ELLs

Deadline: January 5, 2015 

  • Sustaining a mature technology program
  • Evolving and adapting as technology changes
  • STEM, STEAM, and whatever’s next

Professional Learning
Deadline: May 4, 2015 

  • School-based professional development for teachers, assistant principals, and principals
  • Embedded professional learning
  • Improving skills as well as increasing knowledge bases
  • Developing others

Student Assessment
Deadline: June 1, 2015 

  • Common Core assessments
  • Formative assessments
  • Standards-based grading
  • Project-based learning

Behavior and Discipline
Deadline: July 6, 2015 

  • Implementing PBIS, restorative justice, and other programs to improve school culture and climate
  • Addressing issues of race disparity and other biases in disciplinary policies and practices
  • Culturally responsive curricula and instruction

Community & Wraparound Services
Deadline: August 3, 2015 

  • Explore how to educate parents
  • Find and leverage community resources
  • Position your school as a community hub
  • Serve the whole student



Principal Leadership Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should explore one of the monthly themes or other topics of professional interest to secondary school leaders. Manuscripts are evaluated by NASSP staff members and are judged on their relevance, interest to principals, timeliness, originality, readability, and credibility. Principal Leadership seeks articles that:

  • Describe best practices and exemplary programs objectively and include evidence of success as well as a discussion of barriers or problems
  • Address replicability and provide details about planning and process
  • Include research as appropriate and necessary
  • Explain how principals can act on the information
  • Include tips, advice, resources, and examples for sidebars
  • Offer opinions on some topic of professional interest to principals.

Manuscripts should be no more than 2,000 words, including references, but may include additional supplemental material. Successful manuscripts are written in a tone and style appropriate to a magazine; are well-organized; clearly establish the purpose of the article; use specific examples—it is best to show, not tell; summarize relevant research succinctly; and adhere to the rules of grammar. When referencing other material, authors should use parenthetical references in text and a reference list according to the reference style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition. The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is used for all other style matters. Research manuscripts with extensive notes and references are more appropriately submitted to the NASSP Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal.

How to Submit
Please send your manuscript to plmag@nassp.org and include:

  • The manuscript prepared in MS Word for a PC.
  • A cover letter that indicates your intention to submit the manuscript to Principal Leadership magazine and stipulates whether the manuscript has been submitted elsewhere.
  • Contact information for each author: affiliation and title, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  • A two-sentence author identification for publication. The first sentence should include a current title, affiliation, and e-mail address; the second sentence should highlight key accomplishments or reinforce your authority in discussing the topic.

Important Considerations

If you'd like to send photos to accompany your article, please attach the JPEG files to an e-mail and send them to plmag@nassp.org. (Photos should be at least 4"x6" at 300 dpi.) Include a photo credit and a brief caption that identifies the school and the context. NASSP does not identify individual students and does not require release forms. If no photos are available, NASSP will select file or stock art to enhance the article.

If you use an extended quotation (including charts, graphs, and tables) from another publication, you must obtain written permission from that publisher before submitting the manuscript to Principal Leadership. This permission must accompany the manuscript and be properly credited.

As publisher, NASSP protects its rights and those of its authors from copyright infringement. An author who requests permission to republish his or her submission generally receives it, with the understanding that the author will cite NASSP as the original publisher. Each author is responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and photo releases and should inform NASSP if the article has been published elsewhere. In accepting a manuscript, we ask the author to sign a statement that:

  • The submission is original
  • NASSP has permission to edit, publish, and copyright the submission
  • NASSP may republish the submission or any part of it in any future publication
  • NASSP may grant the right to reprint the submission in whole or in part.

The Process

  • Within a few days, you'll receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the manuscript.
  • Within 8 to 10 weeks, you will receive a letter of decision. If a manuscript is accepted, it may be months before a publication date is assigned.
  • If the article is accepted, you will receive an Intellectual Property Transfer to sign. (See previous section for a discussion of copyright.)
  • Editors will be in occasional contact with you to discuss revisions.
  • When the article is published, you will receive three complimentary author copies.

If you have questions, please contact:
Principal Leadership
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1537
Telephone 703-860-7315