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Education, Equity, and Justice Book Series

“Reconceptualizing College Teaching for Equitable Student Outcomes: A Strategic Focus on Equity-Based Teaching and the Systemic Levers that Support Broad-Scale Change”

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The American University School of Education’s Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) is the home an upcoming book series. The series co-editors, Dr. Antonio L. Ellis (Director of the Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice, American University School of Education) and Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (Dean and Distinguished Professor, American University School of Education) will distribute a thematic call for chapters (by invitation only) annually based on SIEEJ conference them. In addition, topic-related sole-authored and edited book proposals are welcomed throughout the year.

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Eradicating the Stigma Prioritizing Mental Health in PreK-16 Education

The first book in the Education, Equity, and Justice book series has sent out invitations for chapters. Read more about it here.

Learn About the First Book

EDITORS: Ian P. Levy, Manhattan College and Sam Steen, George Mason University.

The 2023 conference theme “Eradicating the Stigma: Prioritizing Mental Health in PreK-16 Education” centers on the importance of mental health support across primary and postsecondary settings. Education professionals have recognized the impact of mental health on students' learning and achievement, documenting consistently the ways mental health affects PreK-16 graduation rates, coursework, academic performance, motivation, and emotional stability. Complicating the challenges faced by students are also the demands placed on PreK-16 staff who are hired to support mental health. Often these staff are themselves overly stressed and at risk of burnout. This book will explore an array of symptoms of poor mental health in PreK-16 schools and highlight ways school districts, colleges, and universities are successfully, and unsuccessfully, seeking to promote the emotional health of their student body and staff. We will do so by soliciting chapters from interdisciplinary professionals in education, to both transcend the siloed nature of education, and collaborate on addressing PreK-16 student’s mental health through preventative and responsive approaches. Each chapter will include practical recommendations for mental health practitioners, teachers, higher education faculty, parents, and/or students. 

Authors of accepted peer reviewed proposals will be notified by September 25, 2023 about the status of their submission and sent chapter guidelines. First draft of full chapters, ranging from 7,000 to 8,000 words in Times New Roman 12, double spaced text, inclusive of title, abstract, manuscript, and references, should be submitted as a Microsoft Word email attachment by January 8, 2024. Manuscripts should conform to 7th edition APA style conventions. See Author Guidelines.

Invited Chapter Proposals Due – August 28, 2023
Proposals accepted/authors notified by – September 25, 2023
First Draft of Full manuscripts Due – January 8, 2024
Edits/Revisions by Ian/Sam returned to authors – March 4, 2024
Second Draft (Author(s) Revisions) Due – April 15, 2024
Submission by Ian/Sam to IAP – July 1, 2024

Draft of book will be ready to promote/discuss at the June 2024 conference with actual publication date TBD.

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All proposals should be sent to Ian P. Levy ( and Sam Steen (