We welcome submissions from community members. Our suggested length is 750 words, and we recommend no more than 1,000 words.
Please include a headshot and two-three sentence bio (approximately 100 words). Please also include at least one photo with your submission. Don’t forget captions and credits. You must own the photo or have permission to use the photo. Photos with minors must include permission to publish images.
Horizontal pictures work best for our system (and iPhone photos are fine!) Photos should be at least 1200 pixels wide and no larger than 2 mg. You may also include a video, but we need at least one still photo per submission.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be back in touch about possible publication.
1. Don’t make it complicated. The best writing is simple. A conversational, accessible style works best. Start with a concrete example or narrative before moving to policies/big ideas.
2. Be authentic. You are the world’s leading expert on your experience. Use your own voice. You don’t need to take on an “expert tone” because you are the expert.
3. Stuck? Ask yourself: What is the one thing you wish the world knew about your experience (or your classroom, or your students, or your school)? If you had five minutes with a policymaker, what would you say? Use this as a starting point.
4. Tell a story. A personal anecdote is one of the best ways to illustrate an idea. Give examples to support your assertions.
5. Read it out loud. Read your final work out loud several times. You may “hear” it differently than you wrote it. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to edit.