Write for the Blog

write for NCTELiteracy & NCTE is seeking original pieces from NCTE members on a variety of topics that impact teachers and students. We are particularly looking for pieces on topics for which you are passionate. Topics can range from teaching grammar to discussing the school-to-prison pipeline to how teachers take care of themselves within a rigorous profession and everything in between. We also encourage submissions by students. [If they are minors, we require a guardian’s permission to publish.] All blogs are shared on social media.


  • Pieces should be between 500–800 words.
  • Tone should be conversational but professional.
  • Avoid promotion of particular products, programs, or services.
  • Research sources should be hyperlinked using the following format:

My students read Frederick Douglass over the summer…


If you are interested in writing a piece for our blog, we suggest submitting a pitch outlining your topic and angle (50–150 words) to Lu Ann McNabb, who can provide feedback and direction prior to a full post submission.

Full post submissions should include:

  • a title;
  • photo of 2 MB or less that could be of you, the author, preferably in a setting (such as in a classroom, library, office or outside) or of content related to your piece (please note that any images of students must be accompanied by permission forms signed by guardians);
  • a 1-2 sentence biography of the author(s);
  • Author(s) Twitter handle(s), if on Twitter;
  • notation if on LinkedIn

All pieces we choose to publish will be copyedited; sometimes, they may be returned to you for clarification.

Literacy & NCTE editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in any blog piece accepted for publication to enhance clarity, conciseness, or style. The editors’ decisions are final.

It is the policy of NCTE in its journals, blogs, and other publications to provide a forum for the open discussion of ideas concerning the content and the teaching of English and the language arts. Publicity accorded to any particular point of view does not imply endorsement by the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, or the membership at large, except in announcements of policy, where such endorsement is clearly specified. Unless otherwise stated, all content on this blog is owned and copyrighted by NCTE. NCTE reserves the right to remove any comments from the site.


The suggested themes below will be featured throughout each designated month, but we will also publish content unrelated to the theme as space and opportunities arise. Do not feel limited by the suggested themes if you have a piece to share that doesn’t correspond but know that we are seeking member voice in these areas.

January: media literacy, goal setting

February: African American Read-In, diversity in literature

March: sports literacy, gender in the classroom

April: advocacy, poetry

May: teacher appreciation, favorite professional resources

June: summer learning for teachers / students, civic engagement and literacy

July: YA literature, summer reading

August: the power of mentoring, strategies for fostering an inclusive classroom culture

September: back to school resources, Students’ Right to Read / Write, censorship

October: National Day on Writing, digital literacy

November: NCTE annual convention, family literacy / storytelling

December: book-love, best of 2017 lists

Frequent Questions and Answers:

If I have written a book, can I advertise it on the blog?
  1. If you published or copublished a book with NCTE, you may write about the book.
  2. If you are a member and have written a book that was published outside of NCTE, you may reference it within your blog or biography but your post cannot be a promotion of the book.
  3. If you are a nonmember and have written a book that was published outside of NCTE, you may only reference your book in your biography.
Can I submit a video for a blog?

You may submit a video as your blog. We can either link to a video currently on a hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo, or upload a video file as long as it is not too large. We would also appreciate a transcript for closed-captioning and for printing alongside the video.

What type of photographs should I submit?
  1. If your post is by a single author, we like a photo of you. However, if you prefer not to use a photo of yourself and choose to use another picture, please feel free to share;
  2. If there are multiple authors, we will use photos of each author in the biography section. Your introductory photo can be a photo of your choice.
Can I submit photos of my student or students and/or student work?

Yes, you may submit photos of student work or students. If they are minors (under 18), please submit our Audio Image Video Participant Release Form signed by a guardian.