Submission Guidelines for The Plenary posts:
The Plenary is meant to be a space to share and discuss ideas, research, and issues of interest to the UCSC Education department. The education department at UCSC is focused on fostering equitable and effective schooling for all students. The three interrelated domains through which the department does this work are:
1) school, families, and communities
2) teacher education and development
3) mathematics and science
Blog posts will be categorized into (at least) one of these foci. While we interpret these three foci broadly, please keep them in mind as you are drafting your post for The Plenary.
Types of posts
Posts on the plenary can take many forms. What follows are some suggested types of posts to consider writing:
- A concise report on research findings and significance
- An editorial expressing your opinion on a contemporary issue
- Update on research in progress
- A review of a book (or possibly of a documentary or film)
- A discussion of a conference or colloquia you attended or presented at
- A recognition of a department member’s accomplishment (e.g. award, receiving a grant)
Criteria for all types of posts
- As an informal space for sharing and discussing work, posts should be written in first person.
- In order to encourage accessibility and readership, posts should be at least 250 words (minimum) and no more than 750 words (maximum).
- We encourage contributors to use multiple forms of evidence to support their reasoning. This could be links to other research, embedded videos, or graphics (like charts).
- Please list your hyperlinks at the bottom of the post along with a key to what text within the post (highlighted) should be linked.
All posts are intended to be invitations for discussion. The Plenary is a space where we can develop our thinking (and writing) collaboratively by sharing our individual work and discussing contemporary issues. While we anticipate that arguments will be well-crafted, ideas do not need to be polished; this may be a venue for you to generate discussion about a piece you are working on for publication. We also hope this space can be used to build community within the education department and beyond, by sharing our successes and showcasing our accomplishments.
Once submitted, posts will be reviewed by a member of The Plenary editorial team on a rolling basis. You will receive an email notifying you that we have received the submission, and in a timely fashion, another email with any suggested revisions and next steps.
To make a submission
To submit text for a potential blog post, please contact The Plenary at:
Once submitted, posts will be reviewed by a member of The Plenary editorial team on a rolling basis. You will receive an email notifying you that we have received the submission, and in a timely fashion, another email with suggested revisions and next steps.