Submission guidelines

The Teacher Development Special Interest Group (TD SIG) is inviting everyone to submit proposals for video presentations (and a possible subsequent publication thereof) that fall broadly under the theme of teacher development. A successful applicant will be asked to record a presentation to be published on the blog of the Teacher Journeys website.

What we are looking for

We are most interested in personal narratives that clearly explain the professional change and the path to it. A typical proposal and subsequent video presentation will consist of the following elements:

  • Describing your situation (views, experiences, behaviors, opinions, etc.) before the change.
  • Describing what prompted the change. This often comes in the form of a critical incident leading to a certain insight.
  • Describing what informed the change. This may be personal observations, experience or reading of specific academic literature (or anything else we may not have thought about).
  • Describing the results of the change. This may include your views, behavior, opinions and/or other things.

Please see some of the previous submissions here, here and here to get a better idea of what we are looking for and, perhaps, for some inspiration.

Proposal requirements

Other than meeting the content requirements described above, your proposal must:

  • be in English
  • be between 150 and 250 words (excluding references, if any)
  • include 3-5 keywords
  • be typed in the default proposal template (click here to download)

Review procedures

Each proposal will be blindly reviewed by 2 reviewers. Proposals will be either rejected (with reasons) or accepted. In case of a rejection, you are allowed to re-submit your proposal again provided the feedback has been properly addressed. In that case, your proposal will undergo another blind review by either the same or different reviewers.

Note: We aim to review each proposal within 4 weeks, but it may take longer depending on the circumstances of the reviewers.

Video presentation requirements

If your proposal is accepted, your subsequent video presentation must:

  • be 20-30 minutes long
  • be in English
  • include an abstract of up to 250 words (all written materials should be submitted within the same Word file with clear headings)
  • include a written prompt for a discussion on the blog page (can part of or separate from the abstract; all written materials should be submitted within the same Word file with clear headings)
  • include the same prompt for a discussion at the end of the video presentation
  • be accompanied by both English and Japanese abstracts (all written materials should be submitted within the same Word file with clear headings)
  • be accompanied by a short bio (all written materials should be submitted within the same Word file with clear headings)
  • include 3-5 keywords (all written materials should be submitted within the same Word file with clear headings)

Note: Please ensure your Japanese translation is written/proofread by a proficient Japanese user. In case you are unable to produce a Japanese abstract, please generate one using and include the following disclaimer at the end: “This translation was auto-generated by”


Note: To qualify for an invitation to this year’s Teacher Journeys’ conference, your presentation must be published on the Teacher Journeys blog at least 2 months before the month when the conference is held. In case you miss that deadline, you will be invited to the next year’s conference.

Every year, the TD SIG holds the Teacher Journeys conference in which presenters are given an opportunity to engage in a live discussion with their viewers. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to prepare for a 25- OR 50-minute long session that should:

  • Include a refresher that is NO LONGER than 5 minutes for 25-minute long sessions or 10 minutes for 50-minute long sessions
  • Consist of no more than 3 (for a 25-minute long session) or 6 (for a 50-minute long session) content slides if you choose to use PPT or other visual aids
  • Include several prompts for a discussion related to your presentation (that is, provide an opportunity for a guided discussion of various topics/questions related to your presentation)


  • provide a workshop-like experience with a skill related to your presentation (if applicable) For more information regarding the conference date and venue, please refer to this page.


We welcome submissions to our primary journal, Explorations in Teacher Development. Please see the requirements for the ReflectionsExplorations, and Perspectives categories, which should serve as natural extensions of Teacher Journeys presentations into ETD articles.

Note: The submissions will undergo our regular blind review and will be subject to the regular publication requirements.