March 2018
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Greetings Social Responsibility Interest Section!

We are Anastasia Khawaja and Riah Werner the editors of the SRIS newsletter, TESOLers for Social Responsibility. We were thrilled with the submissions for our pre-convention issue and are excited to announce that the theme for our post-convention June issue is Continuing the Conversation, Building Solidarity. For this issue, we’re looking for articles that engage in dialogue with sessions from the TESOL conventions and that build our community of TESOLers of Social Justice. These can be articles that discuss your convention presentations or reflect upon a session or a plenary that you attended. This is an opportunity to not only submit your own work and/or inspirations from the convention, but also an opportunity to continue any discussions started during the week. In addition to articles focused on the convention, we welcome submissions which reflect on the role of dialogue, community and solidarity within TESOL. We hope to showcase the varied ways we can come together and continue to innovate, encourage, and inspire our students, our staff, and/or our colleagues despite the challenges currently facing us as practitioners, scholars, and activists.

As always, we would love to share a wide range of voices and perspectives on these issues and particularly encourage international submissions.

We are looking for

  • Feature articles: Share your presentations, research projects, or classroom practices.

  • Lesson descriptions: Describe a lesson plan you’ve created about a social justice topic so that other teachers can use it with their students as well!

  • Anecdotes and stories: Do you have a story or personal reflection on incorporating social issues into your classes? If so, we’d love to hear it!

  • Lists of useful resources: Share resources that you use in your work, along with an explanation of how you use them or why you find them helpful.

  • Reports and reviews: Write about a book or an article that has inspired you as a teacher or researcher.

  • Interviews: Is there a member of the TESOL community you would like to interview? Send the interview our way!

  • Calls to action: Overviews of pressing issues around the world, and suggestions on how TESOLers can get involved.

  • Responses to articles published in the newsletter: We welcome submissions in dialogue with articles we have already published. Continue the conversations started in this issue!

Your submission can be between 500 to 1,750 words. Please keep this word count in mind as you draft your piece. It includes the title, byline, teaser and references, so the actual body of the article should be less than the limit of 1,750 words. If you have an idea but need some guidance on how to develop it more fully, please email us at or, and we will brainstorm together!

Please send your articles to Anastasia Khawaja at with the subject line "SRIS Newsletter Submission.”

The deadline for submissions is 1 May, 2018.

General Submission Quick Guide

Articles should

  • have the title in ALL CAPS;

  • list a byline (author’s name with hyperlinked email, affiliation, city, country, and an author photo);

  • include a 2- to 3-sentence teaser, written in the third person;

  • be no longer than 1,750 words (including bylines, teasers, main text, tables, references and author bios);

  • include a 2- to 3-sentence author biography, written in the third person;

  • contain no more than 5 references;

  • follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA style); and

  • be formatted in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt.

Include an author photo

  • This should be a head and shoulder shot.

  • It must be a jpg, submitted as a separate file, not embedded in the same document as the article.

  • Dimensions are 120 pixels (width) by 160 pixels (height).

  • The photo must be clear, clean, professional, and appropriate to the article.

The SRIS newsletter is a great venue to share your innovative work and ideas with our community. We look forward to receiving your submissions soon!

Kind Regards,

Anastasia and Riah

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Next Issue's Theme: Continuing the Conversation, Building Solidarity
How can we build a strong community for social justice in TESOL? What conversations should we continue beyond the convention? How can dialogue build solidarity? Submissions due 1 May 2018.