You are on the front lines of transforming K-12 education, and you have a story to tell: something you’ve realized over the course of your career about what it really takes to get students excited about learning; a strategy you recently tried, in your classroom or in your home, that didn’t work out quite the way you planned and how you changed course; an aha moment that led you to rethink how you teach a particular subject, with great results.
You’re in the right place.
Impactful Blog Posts
Get a concrete sense of the kinds of positive, constructive, and actionable posts we seek by reading some of our most impactful blog posts:
- “The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home” by Elena Aguilar
- “5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers” by Rebecca Alber
- “Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor” by Gerald Aungst
- “Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding” by Todd Finley
- “Parent Communication Toolbox” by Gwen Pescatore
- “The Power of ‘I Don't Know’ ” by Heather Wolpert-Gawron
How to Propose a Blog Post to Us
Once you’re confident that you have an idea for a post that matches what we’re looking for, email GUESTBLOG at EDUTOPIA (dot) ORG with “Guest Blog: [Proposed Post Title]” in the subject line, and be sure to include the following information in your message:
- A few sentences describing your proposed post and a high-level outline (keep in mind that finished blog posts should be between 750-850 words)
- Links to any multimedia that you plan to include
- A few words about the intended target audience for your blog (for example, high school math teachers or reform-minded educators)
- An 80-word bio with details about your role in education (bonus points if you complete all the fields of an Edutopia member profile and link to it in your email)
- Three to five links to other pieces you've written, particularly from academic publications
- Full disclosure of any commercial interest in any products or services mentioned
- Your Twitter handle and a link to your Facebook page (if you have these).
Please note, we only accept original submissions. If your post has appeared elsewhere, we cannot accept it.
Tips for Including Multimedia
We are always thrilled to see imaginative uses of multimedia that help bring the central ideas in a blog post to life. Here are some ideas for how you might approach including multimedia in a post that you’re developing for us:
Show, don’t tell: If you find yourself describing something that it would be easier to just show us, think about creating a quick video demonstration. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to fancy equipment; a video shot on your phone is fine, as long as it’s clear what’s going on. In this blog post about teaching coding in the classroom, contributor Sam Patterson shares a video that demonstrates a “Bee-Bots” activity he does with kindergarteners.
You don’t need to create it: If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of creating a video or other multimedia but feel that the post you’re writing would benefit from some nontextual storytelling, consider linking to or embedding media from other trusted sources. For example, in this blog post about dyslexia in the general-education classroom, contributor Kelli Sandman-Hurley adds value for readers by including a TED-Ed video that explains dyslexia in just four minutes.
Got other ideas for including multimedia in your post? We’re all ears (and eyes).
Our Editorial Process
Please note that because of the volume of submissions we receive, we have to say no to a lot of posts, including many good ones. While we are not able to respond substantively to everyone, please know that we read all proposals closely, and we sincerely appreciate the time and energy required to prepare a proposal for our consideration. We do our best to respond to all proposals within six to eight weeks. If we don’t accept the first proposal you submit, we hope you’ll try again and continue to connect with Edutopia in other ways.
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