UPDATE: Our term with English Journal has ended and we are no longer accepting submissions. If you already submitted, please look for an email with an opportunity to publish on our website. 


The #DisruptTexts team is honored to announce a new column for English Journal, the official journal for secondary educators published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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As teachers, we can push for restorative practices that repair the historic harm inflicted on students who endure school systems that perpetuate racial inequities by challenging the traditional, White-centered canon to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum.

Educators must practice four principles for language arts equity: (1) interrogating our biases to understand how they inform our teaching practices; (2) centering the authentic voices and lived experiences of people of color; (3) applying a critical literacy lens to our teaching practices that is anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-bias; and (4) working in community with other educators, particularly Black, Indigenous, and educators of color.

This column is dedicated to supporting teachers who are committed to engaging themselves and their students in critical work that disrupts policies and curricula. The time for action and for dismantling and rebuilding our instructional practices toward justice is now. How have you engaged in any of the #DisruptTexts principles? What impact has your work had on students? What challenges have you faced, and how did you address these challenges?

We invite classroom practitioners to share best practices and sample work that can highlight how we might disrupt and reimagine our text selections and instructional practices to better serve all students.

Inquiries and submissions should be directed to DisruptTexts@gmail.com. 

  • Submission length: 1,200 – 1,400 words, emailed as an attachment.
  • Submissions should be double-spaced throughout (including quotations and Works Cited page), with standard margins. Please save copies of anything you send us. We cannot return any materials.
  • Use in-text documentation by following the current edi­tion of the MLA Handbook. Where applicable, a list of Works Cited and any other bibliographic information should also follow MLA style. (Note: While not required, we strongly encourage contributors to amplify and cite the work of Black, Indigenous, and scholars of color.)
  • Provide a statement guaranteeing that the manuscript has not been published or submitted elsewhere.
  • Ensure that the manuscript conforms to the NCTE Statement on Gender and Language.


Volume 110 / Issue Number Deadline to #DisruptTexts Column Editors
September 2020 February 15, 2020
November 2020 April 1, 2020
January 2021 June 1, 2020
March 2021 August 1, 2020
May 2021 October 1, 2020
July 2021 December 1, 2020

English teacher. Writer. Reader. Photography hobbyist. Daughter of immigrants. Wife to best friend. Mom to three Jedi-in-training. She/her.

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