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Official Journal of OCTE

Published twice annually, spring/summer and fall/winter

Submission deadlines are February 1 (spring/summer) and September 1 (fall/winter).

The Oregon English Journal is a peer-reviewed publication which serves to reflect current content, theory, research, and practice in the teaching of English Language Arts at all levels, elementary through college.  The journal also publishes original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Oregon English Journal is a forum for the open discussion of ideas.  Publicity accorded to any point of view does not necessary reflect or imply endorsement by the Council, its officers, or members.

Call for Submissions

Spring/Summer 2024: Technology in the Classroom

During the pandemic, school districts implemented additional technology in support of K-12 students.  Federal dollars were available to help fund the increased use of laptops and technology tools in support of online learning.  When students returned to in-person learning, some of these technology tools continued to be used.  We recognize the importance of K-12 students developing literacy in our digital age.  But we wonder about the opportunities and challenges ELA teachers are facing in their efforts to incorporate technology and digital platforms in support of literacy.  We invite you to share your classroom stories about technology and digital literacy in the classroom.  Some possible questions we considered are as follows:

  • How do students use laptops during in-person learning in class to develop their ELA skills? 
  • What are the challenges of each student on a laptop in ELA classrooms?
  • What pandemic technology tools are you still incorporating in your classroom practice? 
  • (For example: classroom management systems, Google or PowerPoint slides, Padlet, Flipgrid, Pear Deck, Kahoot, online discussions, Zoom or Google Meets)
  • What is a technology tool(s) you recommend to support ELA students?
  • What are your wonderings about ChatGPT?
  • What is the role of ChatGPT in your classroom practice?
  • Have you had any issues with plagiarism from students using ChatGPT or other AI technology??
  • What you had other challenges when incorporating ChatGPT or other AI technology in your classroom? 
  • What are the roles of audible books in your classroom practice?
  • How are you using Podcasts in your ELA classrooms?

Please submit research, stories of classroom practice, original poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

We also invite book reviews (please refer to 'Call For Book Reviews' in the right hand column for more details).

Submit an electronic copy in Word (Docx) format to the Editor, and an accompanying separate electronic cover sheet including your name, mailing address, email, and a 2-3 sentence biographical sketch to the email address below. Manuscripts are reviewed in an impartial blind reading. To ensure this, please do not include your name anywhere in the manuscript but on the cover sheet. Deadlines are February 15 for the spring/summer issue and September 1 for the fall/winter issue.

Kimberly Hill Campbell

Editor of Oregon English Journal

Submissions must be received no later than February 15, 2024.

Editorial Board

Editor Emeritus:  Ulrich H. Hardt

Editor:  Kimberly Hill Campbell, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

    • Donna Dermond, Jesuit High School and Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, retired 
    • Joseph Fitzgibbon, Portland Community College
    • Tim Gillespie, Lake Oswego High School, retired
    • Erin Ocon, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling 
    • Wendy Swanson, Portland State University, retired


We are continuing our commitment to soliciting book reviews. Who better to share “good reads” than OCTE members? We hope you will head our call for Book Reviews and plan to submit a review for the Fall/Winter 2022 issue.

What recently published book have you read that would be a great addition to to a classroom library?  Are you teaching a book that is nudging students' thinking and/or modeling writing craft?  Have you found inspiration in a book about teaching that you want to be sure that you share with your colleagues?  Share your review in our new Book Review section of Oregon English Journal.

Our recommended format is 200-400 words in length.  Please include the book information (title, author, illustrator if applicable, publisher, and date).  In addition, we ask that you identify any language or content issues that might need to be considered in sharing this book with students.  While we would prefer you focus on recently published books,  if you just discovered a text that was published a few years ago, please check with the Editor about the book you wish to review.

Previous topics
Oregon Authors and Their Work, Literary Friendships, Caring about Conventions, Writers on Work and Labor Issues, Lewis and Clark: An Expedition into History, 25th OEJ Anniversary Issue, Dealing with the Realities of War in the Classroom, Whole language, Poetry, Literature of the Americas, Retrospectives on William Stafford, Beverly Cleary and Walt Morey.

Varied formats are welcomed, including debates, interviews, position papers, letters, point-counterpoint, satires, classroom ideas, program descriptions, reviews, and original poetry and fiction.

Peer Review
Members of the Editorial Board assess manuscripts in a blind review. Articles are judged primarily for originality of ideas, freshness of approach, pertinence of topics treated, straightforwardness of style and appropriateness to the audience. Selection also depends on usefulness and timeliness for the readers and editorial determination of cohesiveness and overall balance of content in the journal.


For questions about punctuation, capitalization and bibliography, consult the MLA Style Manual (Modern Language Association of America).

Authors should obtain all necessary permissions for quoted materials.

Charts, graphs, drawings, photographs
Must be camera-ready on good quality paper in black ink of high carbon content. Photographs should be 5"x7" glossy prints, black and white. Focus should be sharp with clear, well-defined lines. Snapshots rarely reproduce well in print. Return of photographs cannot be guaranteed. Include proper credit lines and clearances for photographs.

Concise presentations with interest-capturing titles are valued. No specific manuscript length is required; articles of 1500-2000 words are suggested.

Submission guidelines 

Submit an electronic copy of your manuscript/review in Word (Docx) format to the Editor, and an accompanying separate electronic cover sheet including your name, mailing address, email, and a 2-3 sentence biographical sketch to the email address below. Submissions/reviews will be read by the Oregon English Journal Editorial Board members in an impartial blind reading. To ensure this, please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript/review but on the cover sheet.

Send to Kimberly Hill Campbell, Editor

The Editor reserves the right to revise all accepted manuscripts for clarity, excessive length and offensive (e.g., sexist) language. Publicity accorded to any particular point of view does not necessarily reflect or imply endorsement by the Council, its officers or members.

Two complimentary copies of the issue are sent to the authors. To send manuscripts and correspondence regarding editorial matters, contact Kimberly Hill Campbell,

Advertising information
Available from the Editor on request

Requesting a Copy
Members always receive copies of the OEJ as part of their membership.  Not a member?  Contact Kimberly Campbell at

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