Opinion Submission Guidelines
Note to Prospective Authors: Thank you for considering writing an Opinion essay during this global health crisis. Covering the pandemic and its implications for education is our current editorial priority. Even as we’re experiencing an unprecedented surge in Opinion submissions related to the coronavirus crisis, we appreciate hearing your experience, ideas, insights, research, and suggestions for the field—and we know the Education Week readers will, too. We also appreciate your patience as we review your contribution. May you and yours stay healthy.
—Elizabeth Rich, Opinion Editor (April 10, 2020)
We welcome submissions from a range of perspectives within the K-12 education community. Regardless of your role in education—whether you’re a teacher, student, principal, superintendent, policymaker, education researcher or professor, parent, business leader, or anyone else deeply involved in the field—we want to hear from you.
What we want:
• Know your audience: Submissions should be relevant to a national audience interested in pre-K-12 education news. You’re addressing teachers, policymakers, school administrators, researchers, advocates, and the broader education community—or some combination of them. Make it clear whom you’re writing for.
• Get to the point: Keep your writing clear and concise; essays longer than 1,000 words will not be considered.
• Have a point of view: We're not just looking for you to lay out general arguments for and against any given issue; instead, bring your own distinct perspective to the subject. Tell us how you really feel, but make sure you can back up any factual claims.
• Be solution-oriented or practical: Try to move beyond just diagnosing a problem. Classroom best practices, thoughtful policy recommendations, personal reflections on classroom experiences, productive commentary on the news, and compelling calls to action are all more useful to our readers.
What we don't want:
• Straight news coverage or scholarly articles: Please be sure you’re offering an opinion—and avoiding any distracting academese and jargon.
• Shameless self-promotion: Drawing on your own experiences is great, but if the essay boils down to a press release, we’re not the right publication for you. Opinion essays cannot be used for promotional purposes, and all potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.
Please submit all essays, along with a short (1-2 sentence) bio and preferred phone number, to [email protected]. Education Week does not typically pay for opinion essays.
We respectfully ask that you not submit to multiple news outlets simultaneously. Generally, we do not accept essays that have been published or accepted elsewhere.
We will be in touch if we think the essay is a good fit for our publication.