Call for JTE Manuscripts: Special Issue on Teaching to Changing Standards

The editors of the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) invite manuscripts for a special issue on preparation for teaching to changing standards (e.g., Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards). Manuscripts are due February 15, 2016.

The Common Core State Standards for mathematics and for English/language arts have been adopted by more than 40 states. Many states have either adopted or are considering the Next Generation Science Standards. The C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards was intended to provide guidance to states wishing to revise their standards.

There is vigorous discussion in many states about whether to adopt these standards. Some states are adopting new state-specific standards, or modifying standards previously adopted.

In any case, teacher educators must prepare candidates to succeed in teaching to changing standards, which will likely include topics, skills, and ways of thinking different from those they encountered when they were in elementary and secondary school.

For this special issue, we invite manuscripts that address questions related to how teacher education is changing and should respond to these new standards for K-12 student learning. We are particularly interested in papers that incorporate research-based evidence. Questions that might be addressed include these:

  • What approaches in teaching methods courses assist teachers in adopting instructional practices effective in teaching to new standards?
  • What aspects of teachers’ content knowledge must be strengthened to meet the demands of new standards?
  • What have been the successes and limitations of national networks aimed at aligning teacher preparation with new standards?
  • How have changes in the education policy context (e.g., new student assessments) affected teacher preparation programs?
  • What are effective approaches for helping those responsible for clinical instruction adapt to new standards?

In addition to submissions for this special issue, we always welcome manuscripts for our open-topic issues. For detailed submission guidelines and other information about the journal, visit

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Gail Richmond

Professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University