Network Submission Guidelines
Network, the NAES monthly e-newsletter, is the leading publication of NAES. It provides its readers with timely information, best practices, practical tools, and thought-leadership to strengthen and advance the Episcopal identity, leadership, governance, and operations of Episcopal schools, from Preschool-Grade 12.
Submitting a News Item
News items for consideration must be submitted no later than one week before the first day of the month of desired publication. Our preferred format is a link to a page/announcement/news item on the school's website that we may publish in Network. NAES does not publish stand-alone documents (e.g. PDFs) nor do we create press releases on the NAES website platform using submitted information. Publication of news items is at the sole discretion of NAES.
Submitting an Article
The following guidelines will help you to submit an article that would best serve the NAES readership.
- Heads of School, Chaplains, Administrators, Trustees, Rectors, and Vestry Members;
- Independent school association professionals;
- Episcopal Church bishops and leaders, seminary deans and faculty members, and other church-related organizations; and
- NAES Corporate Subscribers.
- Chapel & Worship
- Chaplaincy (as a professional discipline)
- Episcopal Identity
- Equity & Justice
- Leadership & Governance
- School Life & Culture
- School Management
- Service & Service-Learning
- Starting an Episcopal School
- Study of Religion
What We Look For
Our readers are deep in the work of school leadership or helping to shape our schools and their leaders. Your article should provide guidance, information, and inspiration to help improve their practice, and by extension, Episcopal schools.
- Offer insights you’ve learned from your program, school, or research that other schools can take away. Don’t tell us that your program or school is great, let its greatness be apparent from the principles, methods, pedagogical tools, etc. that you are describing.
- Validating existing practice is useful, but more useful is telling readers something they don’t already know. Be counterintuitive; oppose current practice; buck trends.
- Be more prescriptive than descriptive: provide guidance. The more suggestion for improving our schools you have, and the stronger and more specific those suggestions, the better.
- Be judiciously critical where appropriate. If you believe that schools could do a better job at “x,” then risk saying so. As always, do not write about or refer to specific schools in negative ways.
- Give a vision of something great, whether in describing that which currently exists or dreaming up something that could be.
- The utility of each paragraph should be evident; the reader should be able to answer the question, “What does and Episcopal school leader learn from this?”
- Write plainly: Specialized or academic “jargon” and “edu-speak” should be avoided.
- Normal rules of good writing apply.
- Network is not an academic journal. NAES does not publish academic papers or dissertations.
- Network is distributed electronically the first week of each month, from August – June. The contents of each issue are finalized one month prior to publication.
- A special note: Articles and resources related to religious or secular events and observances are normally published one-to-two months in advance. For instance, Advent and Christmas resources are normally included in the November issue.
Length and Format
- Articles should be 500–1,500 words. All text should be formatted in Microsoft Word.
- Include a suggested title,
- Do not use footnotes. Citations should be noted parenthetically. Feel free to include mention of useful books, articles, or websites in the body of the article.
- Pictures, graphs, and other visuals are welcome where appropriate. You must secure permission from the responsible party in order for NAES to publish any pictures or visuals depicting students, parents, or colleagues. Photos, graphs, or other illustrations should be submitted as high resolution (300 dpi or greater) .jpg files.
- Accepted articles are subject to revision and editing.
Submitting Your Article
- All materials must be submitted electronically.
- Be sure to include a one-sentence bio that includes an email address at which readers can contact you.
- Email your submission to email@example.com.
- Submission is not a guarantee of publication. For accepted articles, NAES reserves the right to assign the date of publication.
If you have questions about the suitability of an article you may be considering writing or submitting, please feel free to contact:
Ann Mellow, Associate Director