Submissions to Independent Teacher

Independent Teacher 2020

Independent Teacher publishes two issues online each year in May and November. The Fall issue (November) includes articles covering a wide range of topics of interest to K-12 educators. Each Spring issue (May) will be devoted to a single theme. The upcoming themes for Spring issues are:

2019: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 
2020: Politics in the Classroom *deadline extended!
2021: EQ vs. IQ
2022: Connecting School and Real World (For Real, Not Just in Theory)

Deadlines for submissions to the spring and fall issues are March 15 and September 15, respectively. *Deadline for Spring 2020 extended to March 25, 2020!

Most Independent Teacher articles range in length from 1,500 to 2,500 words. Please send your submission to Independent Teacher as an attachment to In the email, include your name, title, and a one-sentence biography that includes school/institution and primary responsibilities.
  1. Please use Microsoft Word or some other word processing application that can be easily opened as an email attachment.
  2. Please follow Chicago Manual of Style guidelines for style and formatting.
  3. Independent Teacher is a general interest magazine for independent school teachers and administrators, and we intend it to be a resource for teachers seeking ideas for curriculum and pedagogy. We are not a scholarly journal for specialists. However, the writers of the articles we publish are most often master teachers in their field, with a body of knowledge and experience in a certain subject area or pedagogy or issue from which we can all learn. Although the focus of an article may fall on the program at a particular school, we would look for that program to be discussed from a critical or professional perspective rather than the perspective that program might receive in a school publication. Finally, although a writer's experience will certainly inform what he or she writes, we do not publish personal or autobiographical reflections, i.e. "The Life of a Teacher" or "My Experience As/In/With."
  4. A submitted article will normally be sent for review to several members of the editorial board to determine whether or not we should publish it. Once we have accepted an article for publication, we will inform the writer, and then it will be assigned to a member of our editorial board for editing. The author will be consulted about any changes the editor proposes to make prior to publication.
  5. Please understand that we do not, at present, pay writers for articles.
  6. Independent Teacher archives will continue to be available on our website after an issue has been published.
  7. Authors are free to submit accepted articles to other publications. We ask only that they not submit an accepted article to another publication until after we have published it in Independent Teacher, and that they indicate to the editors of other publications that a version of the submitted article appeared in Independent Teacher, and that past issues, including the article in question, continue to be available on our website.