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Community Works Online Journal Seeks Teaching Stories and Reflections

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Community Works Journal Online Magazine is looking for stories, essays, and reflections from K-16 and community based educators. The New Year is the perfect time to reflect. Share your teaching and learning experience with our readers from around the world.

Community Works Journal is published by Community Works Institute (CWI), in support of teaching practices that build community. Community Works Journal is now in its 17th year of publication and continues to meet a crucial need for sharing reflections on teaching, along with models and resources that inspire by example.

The journal supports educators from K-16 schools, community-based programs, and supporting networks. Over the years we have published hundreds of stories from urban, rural, and suburban communities, large and small. The articles we publish range from deeply personal reflections to more formal description of programs and curriculum. Visit the journal online at


Community Works Journal reaches a diverse, international audience. Most of our readers are educators, ranging from K-16 settings to formal and informal community based programs-along with representatives of local, national, and international organizations. Additionally, a sizable number of our readers are individual community members and students with a direct interest in supporting and improving local education.

We look for articles that highlight innovative educational strategies, curriculum, and practices involving educators and students in meaningful work within their communities. First hand experience is a must. We are of course most interested in articles that represent a formalization of the learning experience. In the case of articles about programs and resources we require that a story be told that goes beyond simply touting the program's benefits, focusing instead on providing a deeper connection for the reader with the participants themselves. We are especially interested in personal reflections on teaching and learning.

You should begin by telling a story that you think will engage our readers. Put your efforts into a larger or local context in describing the significance of your work. Incorporating reflections and comments by participants is a huge plus. Search for the aspects of your work that offer larger lessons and that you think will inspire and inform others.

We encourage submissions from members of the higher education community. However, formal academic papers and manuscripts will only be published if they are truly engaging--i.e., written for a broader audience, and include photos, participant comments and personal reflection by the writer. Formal research papers with an overabundance of citations and a lack of engaging narrative are discouraged. We prize writing that informs and analyzes but does so in a highly readable way.

Appropriate Topics and Areas of Focus Include:
· Sustainability
· Place-Based Education
· Service-Learning
· Social Justice
· Environmental Education and Ecological Literacy
· Arts in the Community
· Local History and Cultural Preservation
· School and/or Community Partnerships
· Reviews of resources that support our areas of focus

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Be sure to include a brief biography (3-4 sentences) of the author. Community Works Journal holds joint copyright on all original material published in the Journal and retains the right to include and reprint materials on our web-site or in print. The author will always be properly credited. We are very cooperative with authors who have opportunities to republish their article on other publications.

Submissions should be sent by email, as an attachment. Most word processing formats are acceptable. Minimal formatting is suggested. Word count maximum is generally 1,600 words. Please contact us if this is a problem. In some cases we will edit for length with the author's request. An exception to word maximum may be the inclusion of information on a resource of significance to the article.


Community Works Journal
PO Box 226968  l 975 S Atlantic Blvd.  l   Los Angeles, CA  l  909-480-3966
Submission Guidelines

Digital images should be sent by email, as attachments. Please observe the following guidelines: Scanned images must have a resolution of 300ppi; Digital camera images should be sent unchanged and full size, just as they came off the camera. Images should have short  file names that pertain to the article.

Submissions may be made at any time. We publish on a rolling deadline as articles are received and reviewed. You will be contacted if your article is being considered for publication. Submissions must be received by August 1 to be considered for our Fall 2012 edition.

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