Your Turn: Write for Us
If you have a story to tell—something you’ve realized over the course of your career about how to get students excited about learning; a strategy you recently tried that didn’t quite work out and how you changed course; an aha moment that led you to rethink how you teach a particular subject or lesson—you’re in the right place.
We welcome pitches on all academic subjects and all grades from pre-K through 12th. And we’re always interested in pitches on our core strategies: project-based learning, social and emotional learning, technology integration, professional learning, comprehensive assessment, and integrated studies.
How to Propose a Post to Us
Send an email to GUESTBLOG at EDUTOPIA (dot) ORG with “Guest Blog: [Proposed Post Title]” in the subject line, and be sure to include the following information:
- A few sentences describing your proposed post and a detailed outline (keep in mind that finished blog posts should be around 750–850 words)
- Links to any multimedia you plan to include
- A few words about the intended target audience for your blog (for example, high school math teachers, administrators, etc.)
- A roughly 80-word bio with details about your role in education
- Three to five links to other pieces (if any) you’ve written, particularly for academic publications
- Full disclosure of any commercial interest in any products or services mentioned
- Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
Please note: We accept only original submissions. If your post has appeared elsewhere, we will not accept it.
Our Editorial Process
Our editorial team will discuss your pitch, and if we accept it, we’ll ask you to share a draft of your post. Next, it’s likely that one of our editors will want to work with you to do at least one round of revisions. Contributors frequently tell us that they appreciate the care and attention they receive when working with Edutopia editors to create a blog post that resonates with the people they’re trying to reach.
Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we have to say no to a lot of pitches, including many good ones. While we’re not able to respond substantively to every one, please know that we read all pitches closely, and we appreciate the time and energy that writing them requires. We do our best to respond to all proposals within two to three weeks. If we don’t accept the first pitch you submit, we hope you’ll try again with other great ideas.
Some Resources to Inspire You
If you’ve never published an article before or are wondering whether your idea is a good one for Edutopia’s audience, check out these resources: one teacher’s first pitch idea, two successful pitches written up in different ways, and a handful of posts on different topics.
Meet a New Edutopia Writer: Marissa King is a fifth-grade teacher at Tulsa Public Schools who had an interesting idea about using emojis to teach literacy skills. That idea became her first post for Edutopia, “Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills,” which considered the similarities between students’ emoji use and the skills she teaches with traditional texts, like working out what an ambiguous passage might mean by considering it in context. Her pitch for this novel idea was engaging, and she made a good case for the pedagogical value, with links to reliable sources.
Examples of Accepted Pitches: Sharing ideas with your classroom and colleagues is second nature, but somehow pitching a blog idea may seem different. Need some inspiration? Check out this PDF of two examples of pitches Edutopia has accepted.
Impactful Blog Posts: Get a concrete sense of the kinds of positive, constructive, and actionable posts we seek by reading some recent posts.
- “Standards-Aligned Genius Hour” by Matthew Farber
- “What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?” by Margie Pearse
- “Smart Strategies for Student Success” by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers
- “Overcoming the Principle of Least Effort” by Todd Finley
- “6 Tips for Building Reading Skills—in Any Class” by Susan Barber