DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 9: Leadership - Call for Editors

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will be publishing its ninth monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2022 addressing the Leadership practices. The DEC Recommended Practices Committee (DEC RPC) Dissemination Strand is recruiting at least two editors for this monograph.


The editors will collaborate with the DEC RP Dissemination Strand members to develop an open call for manuscripts for the monograph on DEC RP Leadership practices. Editors and strand members will conceptualize the focus for the monograph and why the Leadership practices are currently crucial for the field of early intervention and early childhood special education. The editors will solicit outside reviewers for the manuscripts submitted via the open-call and facilitate the peer-review and revision process in conjunction with the DEC Executive Office staff. The editors will write a brief introduction to the monograph, summarizing the monograph's focus and articles. Lastly, editors will engage in dissemination efforts that will include but are not limited to presenting the published monograph at the 2022 DEC Conference.


With this Leadership monograph, we are interested in editors committed to including work that proactively dismantles barriers historically faced by children with disabilities, their families, and people of the global majority. The global majority includes, but is not limited to, individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. To prioritize the needs and experiences of all children with disabilities, families, and practitioners who serve them, we seek editors with background and experience in one or more of the following areas: Systems or program leadership, research in and with leadership development, anti-racist and anti-ableist practices, and implementing the DEC's Recommended Practices. We encourage early-career professionals and people of the global majority to apply for editorial positions.


Deadline to submit materials to be considered for one of the editorial positions is February 26th, 2021.


Proposed Timeline: The editorial team will be determined by March 15th, 2021. Editors will share the open call for articles by April 1st, 2021 with a proposed publication of the monograph in September 2022.


Applicants should include their current resume or vitae along with a letter of interest. A review panel will consider the information/qualifications from applicants' submitted materials. The panel's evaluation will include but is not limited to applicants' responses to the following questions in their letter of interest.

  1. What importance do the Leadership practices have for early intervention and early childhood special education?

  2. What strengths and experiences would you bring to the editorial team?

  3. What influence would you like to see the monograph have for families with children who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities and those who work alongside them?

  4. In what ways have the Leadership practices been a part of your personal and/or professional life?

  5. How do you envision the Leadership RP monograph helping to dismantle barriers historically faced by children with disabilities, their families, and people of the global majority. The global majority includes, but is not limited to, individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

  6. What kinds of editorial or publication experiences have you had with DEC at the local (subdivision) or national levels?

  7. Are you currently a member of DEC?


Please contact the DEC Recommended Practices Committee Dissemination Strand co-chairs: Chelsea Guillen, cguillen@illinois.edu, and Lori Meyer, lori.meyer@uvm.edu, with any questions.


Deadline to submit materials is February 26th, 2021.

Submit your application here.

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