Since 2012, The Educator’s Room is primarily written by educators for educators. We are a community of passionate thinkers that come together around the belief that to amplify teacher voices teachers must write about their profession. With over 14 million page views and millions of shares- a teacher’s voice is critical.
In 2015, we started The Instructional Coach Academy to help give instructional coaches a voice and to build upon the work we’ve done at The Educator’s Room. Our goal is to bring a behind-the-scenes look into the life of an instructional coach.
The Educator’s Room has a wide-reaching influence among educators and is an ideal way to amplify your voice and establish your brand. Daily, we publish both solicited and unsolicited work from veteran educators and new and emerging voices in education.
Want to Write for The Educator’s Room?
We’re always looking for new writers who have a story to share. If you’re interested in submitting to The Educator’s Room- or any of its subsidiaries (i.e. The Instructional Coach Academy, Education in Atlanta, Teacher Self-Care), please read these submissions guidelines thoroughly first!
What is The Educator’s Room?
At T.E.R., we’re all about storytelling from a teacher’s perspective.
The journeys of teachers are filled with inspiration, content expertise, life lessons, and reminders that the only way to fix education is to focus on what happens in the classroom. The Educator’s Room community thrives because of teachers and writers who lend their voices and stir the discussion on topics that can be hard to discuss.
The Educator’s Room reader is an educator who not only loves their profession but is also ‘hungry’ to learn about what’s happening around the country. Our readers are self-starters and diligent protectors of public education. They want to know what the current trends are and how they impact our daily lives in the classroom. Our readers want to know about what news stories around education are being told, what interviews can help us with their self-care, and what advice they need to make their jobs easier.
We love to share articles around content that tell authentic stories and make educators from around the world, nod their heads in agreement.
What We Love
Let’s talk about the things that influence our classrooms from around the world! We love personal essays around teaching and learning with an emphasis on voices that are honest and come as close to the classroom as possible. We also love well-researched opinions and breaking news around education.
Our articles are generally between 800–2,500 words in length and conversational, insightful, and helpful to K–12 educators. (Submissions that exceed 3,000 words have a lower chance of acceptance.) Articles should contain fresh information, be research-based, and give concrete guidance that school leaders and educators can use to improve their practice. Authentic
examples from the classroom or school experiences are appreciated.
The best way to determine what kind of articles we publish is to read the website. Here are some of the qualities we look for in a submission:
- International perspective on education and nuanced issues in their country
- Personal stories of evidence-based practices and/or school improvement work
- Nuanced stories to current issues in education and solutions
- Investigated analysis of key issues or new ideas in K–12 education
- Authentic experiences from work in schools
- Opinion pieces that interweave experiences and ideas
For your reference, here are some previously published articles:
- PTSD in Teachers: Yes, It’s Real
- Why Your Teachers Are Quitting: Did You S.A.T.?
- 29 Elementary Classrooms to Die For
- Five Outrageously Outdated Things in Modern Education
- All of the Good Teachers Have Already Quit…Or Are Thinking About It
What We Don’t Love
Pieces that are fluff that is not written by current (or retired) educators. We are not the place for non-educators to tell teachers what to do. If pieces are submitted like this, we will discard them.
Not a Writer, But Have a Story to Tell?
The Educator’s Room puts out weekly call-to-action for stories from our teaching community based on specific themes we’re interested in exploring. If you are responding to a call to action, please send your full story in the email with as much detail as possible. If we are interested, our editor will reach out to work with you on publishing your story.
If this is your first time submitting to The Educator’s Room, please keep the following in mind:
- We prefer full drafts on the first pitch so we can get an idea of your writing style and ability to build a readable narrative.
- A sweet spot for length is between 800-1,500 words for editorial pitches and 1,500-2,000 words for personal essays.
- We require the first piece from writers to be on a trial basis! We would love to see how well your writing does with our audience before we bring you on as a regular contributor.
- Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Put your proposed title in the subject line – keep it snappy and eye-catching. Please look at our website, www.theeducatorsroom.com, and www.theinstructionalcoachacademy.org to see our writing style. If applicable, please Include writing samples!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you work with new writers?
Yes. Especially if they are educators.
2. What type of content are you looking for?
Users depend on our site for answers to their most pressing issues in education around coaching, but also for ideas that make teaching adults engaging. We cover topics across the education spectrum—from educational reform, and instructional strategies, to what parents should know about the current administration’s education plan, to navigating the infamous parent-teacher conference. The site is comprised of educational and lifestyle content, of interest to parents of preschool-grade 12 children. Although the topics change, the editorial areas remain the same:
3. Homepage Features: Short, often news-driven topics. 800-1,500 words. (Previous examples: “Obama on Education”, “Is Autism on the Rise?”, “Raising a Sensitive Child”, “Kindergarten Readiness”, “Are Learning Styles a Myth?”)
4. Grade-Based Content: The Educator’s Room has a portal for each grade, meant to be a Cliff Notes of sorts for coaches. Each portal features articles in 3 main areas: Content Strategies (ex. “First Grade Reading: What Happens”), Controversial Topics (e. “Social Graces: What to Expect in First Grade”), and Grade Levels(ex. “How a First Grader Thinks”). In addition, we also have
We publish a lot of content. We’re always looking for freelancers with great ideas, honed writing, and consistent dependability. Look at our site and make sure you have a sense of our style and tone. Then submit!
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