Kentucky English Bulletin




Deadline:  February 28, 2017


Theme: Teacher Advocates Make Teacher Leaders

What is a teacher advocate? Katy Ridnouer in her book, Everyday Engagement, defines an advocate as a “person who supports or promotes the interests of another…one who promotes a cause.” Teachers exemplify these characteristics in the classroom, with colleagues, parents, the local community, and over professional issues within and beyond the state.

How do you advocate for your students?

  • How do you vest time in your school’s site-based decision making council?
  • How do you make decisions that are in the best interest of your students?
  • How do you attempt to meet the special needs of all students even though you may be met with resistance from parents or administration?

How do you collaborate with your colleagues regarding opportunities for students to learn?

  • How do you advocate for your colleagues?
  • How do you share information regarding national educational trends, state policies that can impact classroom practices?
  • How do you seek professional resources, or funding for professional development opportunities?

How do you advocate for your profession?

  • How do you involve yourself in educational contexts outside the classroom?
  • How do you seek to influence state or national decision-making on issues and policies regarding educational issues?

All of these questions point to teacher advocacy, which leads to teacher leadership. A teacher leader advocates for the teaching profession and for decisions that may affect student learning. Have you played the role of advocate in your professional community?

For this issue of the KEB, we want you to share your stories and your strategies, your struggles and your successes; give us a glimpse of what valuable work has been done and what worthwhile work still lies ahead for educators in our state.

In addition to articles, contributions are sought for standing sections of the Bulletin:

Teachers as Writers: Poetry, Essays, Letters
KEB Teaching Strategy Exchange
Professional Reading Recommendations
What’s New in Young Adult Literature?
Speak Out: Professional Issues
Inquiries and drafts are welcome.

The Bulletin observes MLA documentation style and NCTE’s position on avoiding sexism in language. Articles from 500 to 2500 words welcome!

Please See Revised Submission Guidelines/KEB Editorial Policy HERE.

Electronic submissions are preferred: keb @

Hard copies may be mailed to Dr. Judith Szerdahelyi, English Department, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11086, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086.

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