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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Middle School Journal

For a Special Issue on
Racial Justice and the Middle Grades

Manuscript deadline
01 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ellis Hurd, Illinois State University
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Kathleen Brinegar, University of Vermont
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Lisa Harrison, Ohio University
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Racial Justice and the Middle Grades

Sanitizing curriculum in ways that render concepts like systemic racism, privilege, and bias as invisible or non-existent moves away from foundational principles outlined in The Successful Middle School: This We Believe (Bishop & Harrison, 2021). To this point, recently proposed and passed bills in various states across the U.S. are not philosophically aligned to practices that we value as middle-level educators. For example, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has reemerged as a contemporary topic of debate in K-12 schools. However, CRT is a useful philosophical lens that illuminates how educational policies, beliefs, and practices sustain educational racism and thereby offers a pathway toward creating equitable schooling experiences and outcomes for students who the education system historically has failed (Ladson-Billings, 1998; Stovall, 2006).

While this current debate within education is concerning, it also highlights the many ways that middle level educators and community members are joining together in resistance by incorporating discourse around race in schools. For this special issue, submitted manuscripts should address one or more of the following questions:

  • How have teachers or schools implemented practices that promote racial justice in their middle grades curriculum and school community?
  • How are middle schools addressing pushback from legislation, policies, changes in curriculum, instruction, and assessment?
  • How are middle schools engaging their educators and staff in professional development centered around racial justice?
  • How are teacher education programs responding to the need for middle level teacher candidates to acquire the dispositions and skills needed to enact antiracist pedagogies in middle level classrooms?
  • How are educational researchers using CRT and other antiracist frameworks to provide insight to systemic racism in middle schools?

Submission Instructions

If you are submitting a manuscript for a themed issue, please specify the theme in your cover letter.

As you prepare your manuscript, please consult our Editorial Policy & Guidelines for Authors.

Address inquiries to Editors Kathleen Brinegar, Lisa Harrison, and Ellis Hurd at [email protected].

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