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ConneXions - A Guide for Contributors

ConneXions: A word about our content and audience

Each edition of AISA's ConneXions newsletter contains the following:
  • Connect with AISA’s Executive Director – an update from the AISA Executive Director
  • AISA ConneXions – AISA news that may include updates from AISA working groups, event and programme updates as well as learning opportunities offered by AISA
  • Learning ConneXions – Feature articles from international education leaders
  • School ConneXions – Updates and news from member schools
  • Associate ConneXions – Feature articles from Associate members as well as offerings for AISA member schools
  • Back cover: Staff contact details, New School Members, New Associate Members, New School heads

Guidelines for Contributors to Connexions

Articles may be:

  • Informational articles which introduce readers to a new framework, concept or research
  • Interviews
  • In-depth articles on a specific topic

Submitting an Article: Format and Style Guidelines

Format

  • Articles to be submitted in Word (not .pdf)
  • Spelling: should be set to UK English (not American)
  • Article length: should be no longer than 500 words for a one page article and 1,000 for a double page. Generally, articles should be no more than 2 pages in length.
  • Articles should cover a single topic and in enough depth that new or interesting information is provided. If your topic is sufficiently large, AISA will consider publishing the article in parts over 2-3 issues of ConneXions.
  • Headings: Give your article a title heading and use sub-headings and pull out text to break up your article and keep it focused.
  • News and Events: ConneXions is also a vehicle to grow a sense of community within our member school network. Therefore, submissions from schools on major events, anniversaries, achievements and the like are most welcome! Articles of this nature can be brief, describing the school news in 300-500 words, but they must include a good quality photo.
  • Author Caption: Describe yourself in no more than 40 words and add a good quality .jpeg of yourself.
  • For further Information: Do you want to include a link to your web site, Linked In page, email address (not compulsory) or reference a book for further information.
  • Photo: Include at least one photo to go with your article. The photo(s) should be related to the article and be captioned so as to provide context to the photo. If photos include children, please check with your school Child Protection Policy before submitting the photo.

Style

  • Omit needless words. Before submitting your article, carefully proof read your article, preferably out loud, and delete/edit anything unnecessary.
  • Articles should have an introduction, several sections (with headings) and a conclusion.
  • The tone of articles should be accessible and friendly/not too formal.
  • Acronyms should be defined.
  • Stories and anecdotes are perfectly acceptable, but make sure you have permission to relate them (if they are not about you) and that they relate to the point you are making.

Writing for Connexions: The Basics

ConneXions is the Association for International School’s in Africa’s (AISA) semi-annual newsletter. The overarching theme of the newsletter is, ‘Making the Connection’.

It is produced in both hard and soft copy and distributed via email to our extensive mail list, posted on the AISA web site and physically distributed to all AISA members.

The aim of ConneXions is to promote AISA as a thought leader on international education, to publicize the many learning opportunities, services and programmes offered by AISA, to connect our members with news and events occurring in member schools and to highlight services and offerings from AISA Associates.

Each addition will feature the following sections:

ConneXions is a newsletter, not an academic journal, and thus should be visually interesting. We want ConneXions to engage readers, enticing them to read the articles and get excited by what is happening within the AISA community. Articles should also bring to our readers the latest thinking on international education in an accessible format.

ConneXions is distributed in March at the Leadership Conference and October at the Educators Conference. Submission deadlines are:

Autumn Edition: 30th January

Spring Edition: 30th July

Please complete your submission here 

Always submit the best possible work that you can. Your article will have your name on it and is sent to a wide and varied audience. We want to ensure that your article is a true representation of your (or your school’s/organisation’s) thoughts, expertise and leadership credentials, so take due care with your submission.

Please note that AISA receives many submissions and thus may not be able to publish articles that require significant English or technical edits.

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