Notes from the Field

We provide a forum for diverse voices in urban education. We invite contributions from school professionals, community-based organizations, parents, and students whose work illuminates connections among theory, practice, policy, and people.

We want to hear your voice. We think that good Notes from the Field:

• Appeal to practitioners’ perspectives
• Begin with a more newspaper-like lede (not a journal-like intro/summary)
• Establish a clear “I” or “we” in first paragraph
• Are written in a less scholarly, more personal, contemporary voice
• Feature field-based quotations and anecdotes
• Are divided into clearly marked sections with subtitles
• Use varied sentence length and shorter paragraphs than research articles
• Can leave endings open-ended or unresolved if appropriate
• Use references sparingly (if at all)

Notes from the Field should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words.