Harvard Ed review is publishing kids’ and teachers’ reflections on the role of arts in the future of education

Posted: April 6, 2012 by merryl in Uncategorized

Check this out! Could be a great opportunity for you and your kids!
How have the arts “expanded your vision?”

The Harvard Educational Review is now accepting STORIES FROM CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND ADULT ARTS LEARNERS for its upcoming special issue “Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education.”

Expanding our Vision for the Arts in Education intends to push beyond traditional understandings of arts teaching and learning to consider how education in and through the arts best suits today’s sophisticated learners. It will bring together the voices of practitioners, researchers, and youth who engage in innovative arts learning, to provide a launch-pad for ideas that will push the boundaries of what arts education looks like (or may look like) in our current educational system. As part of this project, we are looking for stories from children, youth, and adult arts learners that address the question, How have the arts “expanded your vision?”

Who should submit?
We welcome submissions from a wide range of learners—whether you’re six, sixteen, or sixty years-old, we want to hear from you! As long as an arts learning experience has helped to “expand your vision” in some way, then we’re interested in what you have to share with us.

What type of arts learning experiences are you interested in?
We are looking for submissions about many types of arts learning experiences—visual art, theater, film and video, music, dance, animation, Hip Hop, spoken word, new media arts—you name it. We’re also interested in hearing about arts learning experiences that take place in a variety of settings including schools, community centers, museums, performing arts institutions, or at home.

What types of submissions are you looking for?
Submissions may take one of two broad forms:

1. Written pieces: Written pieces can be submitted as short stories, poems, or essays. All written pieces must be no more than 1,000 words and either be written in English or include an English language translation. All written pieces should be submitted electronically as either .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the document that you are submitting.

2. Digital audio, video, or visual images: In addition to our standard print format, for this special issue of the Harvard Educational Review we are accepting digital audio, video, or visual images that may appear in print or be hosted on our website. Specifically, we are looking for student-made videos, audio tracks, or still images that respond to the overall prompt: How have the arts “expanded your vision?” Digital submissions must be no more than three minutes in length and may be submitted as .jpg, .gif, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .png, .wav, or .mov files. All digital pieces must either be in English or include English language translations. Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the digital media piece that you are submitting.

When is the deadline and how do I submit my story?
The submission deadline for all stories from children, youth, and adult art learners is June 1, 2012. No proposal is necessary. To submit your story, simply follow the prompts of our online submission management system. You can get started by clicking on this URL: http://hepg.submishmash.com/submit/

How will pieces be selected for publication?
Submissions from children, youth, and adult arts learners will be reviewed by the Harvard Educational Review’s Editorial Board. Selected pieces will represent a variety of ages, perspectives, ideas, and art forms. Editors will be looking for pieces that are engaging, that demonstrate a strong voice, and that best address the prompt, How have the arts “expanded your vision?”

What makes a good submission?
We find that the richest and most powerful submissions focus on specific moments, events, or people, and give lots of detail. Your submission might answer one or more of the following questions:
● Have the arts ever inspired you to think in ways you never had before?
● Have the arts taught you more about yourself or others?
● Have you ever been surprised by an experience with the arts?
● How do the arts help you to express what matters to you?
● How do the arts connect you to other people and events in the world around you?

Can I send in more than one submission?
Unfortunately, due to the large volume of work that we are expecting to receive, we are asking that each potential author only send in one submission for our consideration.

Can a friend and I work on a piece together?
Sure! We welcome co-authored submissions. If you are developing a submission together with one or more friends, then just be sure to list all of your collaborators as co-authors. We will need one person to serve as the corresponding author that we will communicate with, but if your work is accepted, all authors will be credited for your submission.

Can I send in a piece that I have published elsewhere?
Unfortunately not. If you have had a powerful piece of writing published elsewhere, we will not be able to republish it in our journal. Just as well, if you have a digital file posted on YouTube, Vimeo, or some other web platform, we can’t host it on our website as well. Instead, we encourage you to send us new work that helps you build your visibility in print or online.

When will accepted pieces be published?
The target publication date for this special issue is Spring 2013.

Where can I go for more help?
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at hersi@gse.harvard.edu

Information for Teachers or Mentors:
If you are submitting on behalf of (a) student(s), or if you will be having a large group of your students send in submissions, then please contact us at hersi@gse.harvard.edu with any questions you may have about large group submissions and teacher/mentor acknowledgement.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event that a learner is not able to express her-/himself through traditional modes of communication, we encourage submissions that are co-authored by a teacher or mentor.

About the Harvard Educational Review
The Harvard Educational Review is a scholarly journal of opinion and research in education. Its mission is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and debate about education’s most vital issues for a generalist audience. Our contributors and subscribers represent fields as diverse as educational administration, teaching, psychology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, government, and public policy. For more information about HER, please visit our website: http://www.harvardeducationalreview.org


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