Submission Guidelines for Commentary Writers and Press Releases


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Guidelines for Commentary Submissions

Education Week takes no editorial positions, but publishes opinion essays and letters from outside contributors in its Commentary section.

Aspiring contributors should write Commentary essays on issues that affect K-12 education and are of interest to a broad range of people. Our diverse readership includes school administrators, policymakers, and teachers, as well as scholars, lawmakers, government officials, business leaders, professionals, parents, and community leaders.

Submissions should be no more than 1,200 words long. There is no minimum length, and shorter essays are welcome. On rare occasions, Education Week reprints articles, with permission, from other publications, but as a rule, we do not accept manuscripts that have been published or accepted elsewhere.

Submissions should be opinion essays, not scholarly articles, and must present a clear point of view on a specific topic. No footnotes, graphs, or illustrations should be included. We ask that writers avoid using subheadings and bullets; if you must include them, please use as few as possible. Keep quotations brief—your essay should discuss your views, not summarize other people’s opinions. You should provide sources of quotations and factual references for copy-editing purposes and to validate your statements, but we do not publish footnotes.

We acknowledge all Commentary submissions by email when they have been processed by our staff. You will be notified separately only if your submission is under consideration for publication. If Education Week decides to publish your essay, you will receive a contract to sign and return to the Commentary staff. With the exception of occasional specially commissioned essays, Education Week does not pay Commentary contributors.

Please note that we cannot provide frequent updates on the status of submitted pieces that are still under consideration. We discourage repeated messages regarding submissions, as they tend to slow down the deliberation process.

All submissions accepted for publication are subject to editing for clarity, accuracy, length, and conformity to Education Week style. If substantive changes or fact-checking are required, the Commentary editors will contact the author. The editors will make minor revisions at their own discretion and without consultation with the author(s).

The Commentary editors will decide where an essay will be published (in the print edition of Education Week and/or online at edweek.org), as well as when it will run. We strongly discourage authors from submitting their essays to other publications until after they have appeared in Education Week or on edweek.org.

Authors retain the right, however, to publish their essays subsequently. Any reprint requests from other publications will be referred to the writer(s).

Please email submissions as Word attachments to ewcommentary@epe.org. Be sure to include all pertinent contact information, plus a two- to three-sentence biographical sketch giving any current professional position held and related experience.

Please email ewcommentary@epe.org with any questions not answered above.

Letters to the Editor

We also welcome responses to past Commentary essays or to Education Week news articles in the form of letters to the editor. Guidelines for submitting a letter can be found here.


Education Week Teacher

Opinion Pieces

The editors of Education Week Teacher encourage submissions for the website’s op-ed/personal essay section, "Teacher Voices." The website aims to challenge, provoke, connect, and entertain teachers. To do this, we'd like to hear from a variety of contributors.

In organization and tone, these pieces should take the form of opinion essays rather than scholarly papers, research reports, or lesson plans. Essays may touch on local or state issues but must not focus solely on regional matters. Submissions should describe a particularly meaningful or moving personal experience, discuss issues of teaching or education policy, or reflect on teaching methods or other pedagogic issues. These essays are generally school-related, and they are often light in tone. We do not print poetry or fiction.

Submissions should run between 800 and 1,200 words. If your essay is accepted, you will be contacted about its publication date by phone or email.

Essays may be submitted at any time. Please email submissions as Word attachments to edweekteacher@epe.org. Be sure to include all pertinent contact information, plus a two- to three-sentence biographical sketch giving any current professional position held and related experience. Alternatively, you may mail to Education Week Teacher, Teacher Voices, 6935 Arlington Rd., Bethesda MD 20814.

Best Practices

Education Week Teacher also accepts short pieces on successful classroom practices. Best Practices essays should be no longer than 1,000 words and should describe your experiences with an effective lesson plan idea or instructional method, along with tips for other teachers. Essays should be emailed to edweekteacher@epe.org. Please put the words “Best Practices” in the subject line and include all pertinent contact information, plus a two- to three-sentence biographical sketch.

Press Releases

If you have press releases you'd like Education Week editors to consider, you can:

Send by e-mail to: ew@epe.org

Write to:
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