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2022 Issue of New Jersey English Journal


New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, invites you to share submissions on the theme, “What’s Working? What’s Not?” While many of us have returned to a new normal for teaching and learning in English Language Arts, we continue to struggle with responding to the educational consequences of COVID-19 and amplified calls for schools to more directly address inequities and oppression. What have you returned to in your practice as an English educator? What have you changed or let go of? What do we as English teachers need to do better and how might we do that?

We seek research and practitioner-oriented pieces (~1000-2000 words), as well as personal essays (~700-1000 words) and other creative responses related to the theme and geared towards an audience of P–12 and postsecondary English Language Arts educators. In addition to submissions that respond to the theme, we also welcome poetry on the topic of teaching.

We welcome single and co-authored submissions from both veteran and new teachers, and we especially invite new writers, pre-service teachers, and graduate students to develop submissions. Writers are urged to read past issues available at to review past successful submissions.

We invite you to respond to the theme “What’s Working? What’s Not?” by considering such questions as:

  • What should English Language Arts look like in 2022? In what ways should our classrooms and approaches evolve from past practices?

  • What do we want to shift or let go of in our teaching and learning? Which of our widely-used or longstanding instructional strategies should be critiqued or overhauled?

  • How can educators create more equitable, inclusive spaces and learning opportunities? How can we be more responsive to students’ social-emotional needs and welcoming of their diverse cultural resources?

  • How can we better prepare students not only to meet our curricular standards, but also to participate actively in their schools and communities, and/or on a national level? Curricula and standards aside, what skills and competencies do our students need?

Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, January 9, 2022, via


All submissions will be reviewed through a double-blind process by multiple members of the Editorial Board. Submissions should not have been previously published or under review elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines for citations. All writing should appear in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and authors’ names and identifying information must be removed from all submissions. Send any queries to

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