Manuscript Submissions

Independent School is an open forum for the exchange of information about elementary and secondary education in general, and independent schools in particular.

We encourage submissions—articles and ideas for articles. Topics we’re especially interested in include school operations and administration, talent development, mission, innovation, marketing and communications, wellness, financial models, and teaching and learning.

We’re also happy to consider article and ideas focused on our published themes, noted below. In addition to articles, we also accept shorter items about school news or programs for “The Reporter” section of the magazine.

Please note that we generally close out each issue three months prior to publication.

  • Fall issue usually closes by May 15
  • Winter issue usually closes by August 15
  • Spring issue usually closes by October 15
  • Summer issue usually closes by January 15

*Theme-related submissions that arrive too late will also be considered for future issues.

Submit manuscripts (Word document) to ismag@nais.org. Article submissions should be no more than 2,500 words. Independent School is not an academic journal. We do not publish dissertations or other academic papers.

Allow at least two months for a decision. When submitting an article, please indicate with your submission whether your article, or any variation, has been published in another publication.

Themes for 2016-2017

Volume 77

Fall 2017
Talent
A mission statement can describe a lot about a school, but it’s the people who work there who best represent its heart and soul. Schools thrive when there are quality people at every level, from heads to teachers to administrators to trustees. But the nature of the workforce is shifting rapidly—it’s become more mobile and technology-driven and includes more millennials (and fewer boomers). What kind of impact are these and other demographic changes having? How prepared are schools for the greater numbers of heads who will be retiring in the coming years? How are schools developing faculty talent? What are the pathways to leadership? How can schools attract a more diverse talent pool? Are schools’ hiring practices bias-proof? This issue will delve into these challenges and more including recruitment, retention, succession planning, performance evaluation, work/life balance, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, compensation and benefits, and mentorship.
 
 
Winter 2018
Research
There’s no shortage of research and studies about education, which independent schools consistently use to inform curriculum and pedagogy. But what about school-focused and school-driven research? It’s quite possible that your school is already sitting on a goldmine of research and data—parent, prospect, and alumni surveys are but one example—that can help a school meet enrollment goals, better tell its story and bolster its value proposition, keep the board informed, and more. From data privacy to creating a data-driven culture to the best tools and strategies for using data and intelligence, this issue will explore how institutional research can help your school and will seek to answer such questions as what kind of research is most useful to schools? How to mine data that your school already has? How can schools conduct and collect meaningful, usable research? How to interpret the data and use it effectively?  

Check back in late summer for details about the Spring 2018 issue and beyond.