CLASSROOM STRUGGLE

Strategy and Analysis to Defend and Transform Public Education

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We welcome submissions for the blog and newsletter. Please review the editorial guidelines below. To submit, email classroomstruggle@gmail.com.

Editorial Guidelines for Classroom Struggle Newsletter & Blog

Adaptation of the submission guidelines for the Abolitionist, Rethinking Schools, and Left Turn.

What type of content do we seek to publish:

  • Pieces that offer anti-capitalist and anti-racist perspective on education policy, the current state of education in Oakland, and organizing for education justice.
  • Pieces that offer resources, examples of transformative & community based school models and/or radical curriculum.
  • Pieces that highlight resistance and political action of folks most impacted by the injustice of the education system in Oakland, the U.S. and around the world. While we will most certainly publish analysis of setbacks and defeats, we will always seek to do so alongside stories that remind readers that we do have power and that we must fight to win.
  • Pieces that expose the goals and impacts of privitization of OUSD.
  • Pieces that make non-education specific topics (i.e. the Occupy movement or the Arab Spring) relevant and compelling to teachers, students and parents.
  • Pieces that align with our points of unity and support the development of an anti-capitalist, anti-racist analysis among our readers.
  • Pieces in a broad range of formats: News articles, essays based on personal experience, strategy position papers, letters, reproducible artwork, cartoons, graphic infograms, book reviews, dialogues, interviews, creative writing, lesson plans, etc.
  • Pieces that are accessible to a broad range of readers including parents, teachers, and students, including folks with a broad range of reading skills and a broad range of background knowledge related to these issues. This means avoiding political jargon and academic vocabulary and instead breaking down new ideas, defining political terms used, providing background information, and being cognizant of accessibility of language and sentence structure. This does NOT mean that content should be “dumbed down.”
  • Pieces that are timely and pieces that contribute new ideas, perspectives or angles on education topics.
  • Pieces that are critical, nuanced, offer constructive analysis and seek to build unity. Because we hope the newsletter and blog will be sites for conversation and movement building, including constructive debate about strategy and politics, we will avoid publishing pieces that are more oriented to attacking potential allies than they are to engaging them.

Additional Submission Guidelines:

  • To ensure the credibility of the publication and to increase our ability to reach those who do not already prescribe to our viewpoints, we ask that authors cite their sources as thoroughly as is possible. For these reasons, we encourage the use of hard data and documentation in articles, even though we also highly value more qualitative evidence of the issues and trends in our schools. We welcome more lengthy footnotes which can be published on the blog version of your piece.
  • While there is no word limit, in the interest of making the newsletter accessible and affordable to print, longer pieces will often be shortened for newsletter printing and/or included in their entirety online.
  • We encourage authors to include 3 or 4 reading questions (reflections, comprehension checks, controversial/analytical questions) with their pieces that teachers can use to engage students in discussing the article. These questions will be published on the blog. Submissions of lessons or activities related to articles are also very welcome.
  • We will republish pieces previously published pieces that are particularly timely or relevant.
  • We edit all submissions for content, length, and clarity. We will ask:
  1. Is the piece clear?
  2. Is what the author is trying to say easily understandable?
  3. Are the messages communicated in the pieces anti-capitalist, anti-racist and in line with our points of unity?
  4. Is the piece politically coherent?
  • If authors do NOT want their pieces edited, they can include a note with their submission indicating that no changes should be made. This may result in the piece not being printed.
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