CSAA Now Offers Country School Journal Submitted by Dr. Lucy Townsend
The Country School Association of America is now offering an opportunity for writers to share their scholarly work dedicated to the subject of country schools, their history and their current state. We recently launched our new website at COUNTRY SCHOOL JOURNAL and invite submissions for publication on this site.
The Country School Journal, sponsored by the Country School Association of America (CSAA), is a peer-reviewed, online, annual publication that includes interdisciplinary, open-access articles, curriculum, reviews, and icons. Its audience consists of people who wish to preserve country schools, disseminate scholarship about these schools, create and/or maintain the schools as museums, promote living history programs, and enable people of all ages to explore country schooling as practiced in the past and present.
Lucy Townsend, Northern Illinois University
Nicholas J. Shudak, Mount Marty College
Mark DeWalt, Winthrop University
Veronica I. Ent, St. Vincent College
Susan Fineman, District #1 School (Nashua, NH)
David L. Burton, University of Missouri
Susan Webb, The Traveling Schoolmarm (Birmingham, AL)
Articles are invited that deal with a range of issues and questions, for example:
- teaching or attending one or more country schools during a specific era,
- educational technologies used in country schools,
- fund raising for the preservation of a country school,
- the history of a country school,
- the biography of a country schoolteacher,
- a book or film review about country schooling.
Curriculum includes but is not limited to
- research methods for discovering the history of a school and its teachers to be used in lesson development,
- plans for a public school or family visit to a country school,
- script for a reenactor in a country school,
- cooperative efforts to tie a country school visit to the curriculum of a local public or private school.
Book or video reviews, poetry, icons, and family histories as related to one or more country schools are also encouraged. Links to videos are provided.
Publication will be determined by juried review. They should be relevant to CSAA members and others interested in country schooling. Each manuscript should be accompanied by a statement that it is unpublished and has not been submitted to another publisher for possible publication. Articles should be submitted by email to Lucy Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nicholas J. Shudak (email@example.com). Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the CSAA. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of the CSAA. For more information, contact Lucy Townsend or Nicholas J. Shudak.
Page proofs are sent via email to the designated author. They should be carefully checked and returned within two weeks of receipt. If authors have any problems, they should contact Lucy Townsend or Nicholas J. Shudak.
Online Submission Guidelines
The suggested length for submissions is 15 to 30 double-spaced pages. Chicago Manual of Style and the sample articles below can serve as guides for formatting a submission. The author should not write his or her name or any identifying information on the manuscript. That information belongs in the author’s email message to the editor.
The Great American Experiment:
The One-room Schools of DeKalb County, Illinois, 1830s—1957
Education has been called a “great American experiment, . . . a test of various philosophies
ideas, and institutions.” This study is about one of these experiments—the one-room country school
—where most American education occurred from the colonial era to the middle of the twentieth
century. In the 1918-19 school year, the number of one-room schools reached the high-water mark
of 196,037, including more than ninety thousand in the Midwest.[i]
The focus of this study is on the one-room schools of DeKalb County, Illinois, a 633-square-
mile tract of land with its eastern border fifty miles west of Chicago’s Lake Michigan shore and its
northern border around twenty-five miles south of the Wisconsin state line. The county was
established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1837, from land previously included in neighboring
Kane County. DeKalb County is named in honor of Baron DeKalb, a German soldier who was killed
while fighting with the American patriots in the Revolutionary War. Most of the county’s earliest
settlers were farmers moving west who made their land claims in close proximity to the groves of
trees and the streams that were most abundant in the northern and southern areas of the county.
Settlement later expanded into the sparsely timbered prairie of the center of the county, particularly
after the railroad lines came through.[ii]
Between the late 1830s and 1957, when the last one-room school closed in DeKalb County, the
county’s children were educated primarily in approximately 160 one-room schools scattered
throughout nineteen townships.[iii] Why did the residents build and support one-room schools?
What role did the schools play in the neighborhoods? What activities typically occurred in these
schools? How were teachers selected, educated, paid, and supervised? And what became of these
schools? These are the questions that will be explored in this study.
[i] Quotation from L. Dean Webb, The History of American Education (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson-Merrill-Prentice Hall, 2006), v; Wayne Fuller, One-Room Schools of the Middle West: An Illustrated History (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 194), I; Historical Dictionary of American Education, 1st ed., s.v., “One-room Schoolhouses.”
[ii] Harriet Wilson Davy, ed., From Oxen to Jets: A History of DeKalb County, 1835-1963 (Dixon, IL: DeKalb County Board of Supervisors, 1963), 11-12, 14, 23; Henry L. Boies, History of DeKalb County, Illinois (1868; repr., Evansville, IN: Whipporwill Publications, 1987), 34-36.
[iii] Davy, 12, 14, 23. The exact number of DeKalb County’s one-room schools is difficult to ascertain since one school was actually located in an adjacent county, some were moved, others were rebuilt and renamed, and there may have been others so fleeting that all traces of them have been lost.
Book and Video Review Submissions
Book and video reviews are important contributions to artistic and scholarly work on country schooling. Reviews keep other country school enthusiasts and scholars informed and examine important issues. Reviewers should reveal the strengths, weaknesses, and uniqueness of the work in question. Also, they should include the quality of the author's scholarship and its contribution to the body of visual and scholarly work on country schooling. Reviewers are encouraged to use their knowledge, experience, and taste to write a review. Length of a review may vary from 1,000 to 2,000 words. The submission should include a word count at the bottom of the text. If the video is online, they should provide viewers with a link.
Icons (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) may be in color or black and white. They should be submitted as separate digital files (300dpi or higher), be sized to fit a journal page, and be formatted in TIFF, EPS, or PSD.
Bibliographic Information and Referencing Guidelines
Each scholarly submission should provide complete references, text citations, and notes according to The Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition:
Table and Figure Submissions
Tables and figures should not be included as separate files. Each table should also include a brief descriptive title with a clear legend and any footnotes identified below the table. All units should be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All other figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author's name, and top edge indicated.
Painting credits: Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, "School is Out"